15th Sunday After Pentecost
Labor Day Weekend
September 5, 2021

Pastor: Ralph Wrightstone Bulletin . Insert . Photos Music Director: Travis Oaks

This 15th Sunday After Pentecost brings us to this day before Labor Day in the secular calendar. We've made use of the presentation from last year's online service to remind us that it is more than just the "Last Day of Summer" and the "First Day of School". Click on each of the buttons above to find out more about this special day.
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 09/05/21 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.

  • . 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 - "He Touched Me" . (UMH 367)
    Other Hymns for you
    With the understanding that the most satisfying "Labor" is that done as a Service offered with Love, here are some "Work" Songs for Labor Day:
    . Verses - "Make Me a Servant" . (TFWS 2176)
    . Verses - "Together We Serve" . (TFWS 2175)
    . Verses - "The Servant Song" . (TFWS 2222)
    . Verses - "Song of Hope" . (TFWS 2186)
    (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 . (05:19)
    This includes the reading of part of the message scripture from Mark 7:24-30
    We hope that you will participate privately or communally in this responsive reading and affirmation as part of your worship service.

  • . OT Scripture Reading: "Psalm 125" . (00:59)
    ......consider following along with a favored translation of your own.

  • Special Music
    . All My Hope is in Jesus, sung by Travis (from last week's "Church" service.)

  • . Slides - Pastor's Thoughts, Prayers and Lord's Prayer . (06:09)
    The slides here include a list of those for whom prayers have been requested.
    Please continue to include this prayer for the youth among your prayers for Bethel at this time.

  • . Pastor's Message: "Uncontainable Faith" . (12:36)
    You may wish to follow the reading of Mark 7:31-37 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, Oh God" . (TFWS 2152)

  • Closing Chorus & Benediction:
    . Verse - "Bind Us Together"

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.

Please let us know of any problems you have with or suggestions about this site by sending an email to "bumctlh@gmail.com". 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