On this Mother's Day
we have some joy in being able to celebrate the day in a way that was denied by the developing virus pandemic last year. The vaccines now available have provided more opportunity for family gatherings this year and a promise for a return to "normalcy" in the near future. In similar fashion, when the disciples gathered on the Sixth Sunday
after Jesus had been placed in a tomb, they were likely celebrating with joy being able to experience the physical presence of Jesus. They didn't realize how soon what they expected to be their "new normal" was to become something completely different.
Click on the "Bethel United Methodist Church" script above
for links to some Resource material for this service.
There are also items on the Resource page relating to the
recent closing of Centenary Camp in Quincy
We are also having a service at 11:00 this morning in Bethel's sanctuary. An insert to the bulletin, provided by a link above, presents Bethel UMC's policy regarding these gatherings during the time of COVID-19 restrictions.
For those unable to attend the services at the church, a new service will be available here online before 10:00 am each Sunday morning, using the same format as the on-site service. So you may "gather" here for an "Early Service" at 10:00 or the traditional service at 11:00...actually it will be available here at any time all week. We hope that you will find it a refreshing place to come into God's house.
NOTE: Each part of this online service consists of an audio file and, for most, a Link to a pdf file of "projection slides". Click on the symbol to play the audio file under a separate browser tab or in a new window. Then select the "Bethel 05/09/21 Service" browser tab or return to this window to open the Link to the "slides". It is best to stop the playing of one Audio segment and close its tab or window before starting another.
Thank you for coming. Our prayer will be that we will soon all gather again for worship in Bethel's Sanctuary, but until then we'll be here for you on Sunday morning.
- . Verse - Prelude/Processional - "Sing Alleluia to the Lord"
During normal times...acolytes would bring light to the candles on the altar, followed by the pastor and other worship leaders...today, it simply provides an opening for this time of Worship.
- . Slides - Welcome and Announcements . (03:39)
- Opening Hymn
. Verses - "Shine, Jesus, Shine" . (TFWS 2173)
There are many hymns in our song books suitable for the current season. These are ones that you may want to add to your personal service today. Take your time. We'll wait for you.
. Verses - "Faith of Our Mothers" (from UMH 710, with words by A.B.Patten)
. Verses - "Happy the Home When God is There (UMH 445)
. Verses - "The Gift of Love" . (UMH 408)
(Let us know if you have a favorite hymn that you would like to have included in an online service.)
- . Slides - Call to Worship, Apostle's Creed and Gloria Patria . (02:52)
- . OT Scripture Reading: "Psalm 98" . (02:43)
......consider following along with a favored translation of your own.
- Special Music
. "That's What Momma's Do", prepared and sung by Travis for Mother's Day last year
- . Slides - Pastor's Thoughts, Prayers and Lord's Prayer . (10:19)
Please continue to include this prayer for the youth among your prayers for Bethel at this time.
- . "Youth" Message: "Chosen and Appointed" . (12:26)
Though addressed to the "Youth", whom we truly miss seeing on Sundays, this message is for all of us. You may wish to follow the reading of John 15:9-17 in your own Bible.
(The "Church" message on this day, with the same topic, will be on the "Sermons" page of Bethel's web site later this week.)
- Closing Hymn:
. Verses - "More Precious Than Silver" . (TFWS 2065)
- Closing Chorus & Benediction:
. Verse - "Bind Us Together"
Please let us know of any problems you have with or suggestions about this site by sending an email to "firstname.lastname@example.org". If you have any announcements or prayer concerns you would like included next week you may contact Pastor Ralph Wrightstone directly at: 850-591-9785