In last week's service
the scripture from John 6:1-21
related the story of Jesus' "Feeding of the 5000". Today's scripture follows that with another type of feeding, "Feasting on Love"...and on this first Sunday of August, we will also be sharing in another "feast" in the service of "Holy Communion" both in the church and here, online.
Recent developments in the understanding and spread of the COVID-19 virus has prompted this statement from our UMC Florida Conference: "We urge the use of masks in indoor settings, as an expression of our love for our neighbor and as the fulfillment of the law of Christ (Galatians 5:14)."...Consequently Bethel will be requesting that all those attending services in the church, even those who are fully vaccinated, with the other exceptions in the policy insert above, wear masks. We appreciate your continued understanding and cooperation during these times.
Click on the "Bethel United Methodist Church" script above
for links to some Resource materials for today's 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.
: 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 08/01/21 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 . (02:49)
- Opening Hymn
. Verses - "Blessed Assurance" . (UMH 369)
Here are some that were suggested for today's scriptures:
. Verses - "You Satisfy the Hungry Heart" . (UMH 629)
. Verses - "Come, Sinners, to the Gospel Feast" . (UMH 339)
(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)
- . OT Scripture Reading: " Psalm 51:1-12" . (06:23)
......consider following along with a favored translation of your own.
- . Slides - Pastor's Thoughts, Prayers and Lord's Prayer . (10:25)
Please continue to include this prayer for the youth among your prayers for Bethel at this time.
- . "Youth" Message: "Feasting on Love" . (13:47)
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 6:22-35 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.)
- . About - Holy Communion (02:29)
We normally use consecrated crackers and grape juice during the service but you may use other elements for the acts of remembrance as you participate. During this time of "social distancing", the church service uses individual packets for communion taken in the pews.
- Closing Hymn:
. Verses - "Change My Heart O God" . (TFWS 2152)
- 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