4th Sunday After Pentecost
June 20, 2021
This 4th Sunday after Pentecost
is the occasion of 2 special days on the civil calendar, Father's Day
and the 1st Day of Summer
. Notable also was last week's legislation making yesterday, Juneteenth
, a national holiday. Three very different days but each deserving our attention.
The banner heading above and the links provided by clicking on the graphic images are borrowed from last year's online service for Father's Day
. Hopefully they will still invite meaningful reflections about the day. This service will focus again on "Our Father"...who is in heaven.
Click on the "Bethel United Methodist Church" script above
for links to some Resource material for this service.
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 06/20/21 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 . (02:55)
- Opening Hymn
. Verses - "He Has Made Me Glad" . (TFWS 2270)
On this Father's Day, we are offering several hymns that focus attention on our Heavenly Father. We hope you will choose one or more to personalize this service for you. Take your time...we'll wait for you.
- . Verses - "Children of the Heavenly Father" . (UMH 141)
- . Verses - "This is My Father's World" . (UMH 144)
- . Verses - "Faith of Our Fathers" . (UMH 710)
- . Verses - "Eternal Father, Strong to Save" . (TFWS 2191)
- . Verses - "Father We Have Heard You Calling" . (W&S 3150)
This hymn encompasses the spirit of the new Juneteenth holiday:
- . Verses . About- "Lift Every Voice and Sing" . (UMH 519)
(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 . (03:06)
Listen for grandson Trevor who is assisting this week...thanks Trevor.
- . OT Scripture Reading: "Proverbs 4:1-25" . (04:22)
......consider following along with a favored translation of your own.
- Special Music
This was presented by Travis at last year's Father's Day service in the church...
- "I Have a Father"
- . Slides - Pastor's Thoughts, Prayers and Lord's Prayer . (10:15)
Please continue to include this prayer for the youth among your prayers for Bethel at this time.
- . "Youth" Message: "The Forgiving Father" . (11:38)
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 Luke 15:11-32 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 - "O How He Loves You and Me" . (TFWS 2108)
- 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