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This page provides audio recordings of sermons and special music from recent services at Bethel.
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June 2019
16 - Father's Day
.... - (02:27) Introduction and Scripture: Luke 15:11-32
.... - (22:19) Sermon: The Forgiving Father
.... - (02:46) Closing Prayer and Invitation
05 - 09 - Pentecost Sunday - remembering the "Birth of the Church", 50 days after Easter.
.... - (04:13) Introduction and Scripture Reading from Acts Chapter 2
.... - (17:59 Sermon: Filled with the Holy Spirit
.... - (02:21) Closing Remarks

May 2019
19 - Heritage Sunday - this service at Bethel Pond was not recorded
12 - (02:39) Introduction and Scripture: from Revelation Chapter 5
.... - (21:14) Sermon: The Lion King - Part 2
.... - (02:19) Closing Prayer and Invitation
05 - (01:58) Introduction and Scripture: Revelation 5:11-14
.... - (13:14) Sermon: The Lion King - Part 1

April 2019
28 - (02:53) Introduction & Scripture: Revelation 1:4-8
.... - (19:35) Sermon: Jesus is Coming Back
.... - (01:37) Closing Prayer
21 - Easter Sunday
.... - (00:28) Introduction (connecting preceding special "Who Am I?" to the sermon)
.... - (01:58) Scripture: Luke 24:1-12
.... - (17:22) Sermon: Follow Me
.... - (02:16) Closing Prayer and Invitation
14 - Palm Sunday
.... - (04:27) Scripture and comments: Luke 19:28-24
.... - (13:44) Sermon: Keep Striving (a message about Losing...and Finding our Identity)
.... - (01:58) Closing Prayer and Invitation
07 - The opening hymn: "They Will Know we are Christians by our Love" was fitting for this timely topic.
.... - (01:24) Scripture: Philippians 3:12-16
.... - (19:20) Sermon: Keep Striving (a message about Losing...and Finding our Identity)
.... - (02:12) Closing words

March 2019
31 - Lay Minister Tina Oaks led the service this day while pastor Wrightstone was away
.... - (17:38) Message: Conditions of the Heart - Part 1
...... During this time the Young People passed out small Heart Candles and the Hymn "Change My Heart, O God" was sung by the congregation.
.... - (05:45) Message: Conditions of the Heart - Part 2 (Dealing with one more heart condition)

24 - (30:31) Sermon: Figs or Bananas?,\; Scripture: Luke 13:1-9

17 - This service began with reports from two who had just completed a "Walk to Emaius" weekend:
.... - (00:33) Introduction by Pastor Wrightstone
.... - (03:29) Annie Hartzog speaks about her experience.
.... - (03:06) Tina Rucker speaks about her experience
.... - (03:57) Remarks by pastor, encouraging Tina to speak about her background.
...later came the message:
.... - (01:38) Scripture: Luke 13:31-35
.... - (16:33) Sermon: Who Lives in You?
.... - (02:00) Closing Prayer & Invitation

10 - (02:50) Scripture: Luke 4:1-3
.... - (27:21) Sermon: It's Lent Time
.... - (02:24) Closing Prayer & Invitation
03 - (04:50) Scripture: John 14:15-31
.... - (21:45) Sermon: Believe the Holy Spirit

February 2019
24 - (11:10) Introduction of Messenger & Message
.... - (24:25) Message: All Things Are Possible, Invited Speaker Rev. John Peterson, from FLUMC Foundation
17 - (31:09) Sermon: Spiritual Growth, Scripture: 1 John 2:12-14
.... - (02:32) Closing Prayer & Invitation
10 - (03:11) Introduction & Scripture: Matthew 18:21-35
.... - (25:29) Sermon: Forgiveness is Freedom
.... - (02:28) Closing Prayer & Invitation
03 - (02:49) Introduction and Scripture: Hebrews 10:19ff
.... - (13:55) Sermon: What is Worship?

January 2019
27 - (04:32) Introduction and Scripture: Luke 4:1-13
.... - (27:07) Sermon: Our Christian I.D. (a message about Temptation)
.... - (06:02) A Prayer, Witness and Invitation (don't skip this)
13 - (01:46) Introduction and Scripture: Acts 17:27-28
.... - (27:10) Message: Understanding the Apostle's Creed
.... - (01:45) Closing Prayer
06 - (04:13) Scripture: Matthew 2:9-23
.... - (20:56) Sermon: Get Up & Go

December 2018
30 - (02:59) 1st Sunday after Christmas -Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12
.... - (20:31) Sermon: Happy New Year
.... - (01:28) Closing Prayer & Invitation
24 - (14:30) Christmas Eve - Message: "A Christmas Letter", Scripture: John 1:1-14
23 - (10:27) 4th Sunday of Advent - Message: The Life of Jesus (This followed the youth presentation of "The Birth of Jesus")
.... - (02:42) Closing Prayer & Invitation
16 - (29:38) 3rd Sunday of Advent - Sermon: What's Next?, Scripture: Luke 1:26-38
.... - (01:20) A Personal Reflection
.... - (00:20) Closing Prayer & Invitation
09 - (27:43) 2nd Sunday of Advent - Sermon: Can I Help?, Scripture: Luke 3:1-6
02 - (27:17) 1st Sunday of Advent - Sermon: Here We Go Again, Scripture: Luke 21:25-36

November 2018
25 - Chrismon Service - on this "Christ the King" day, the last Sunday of the liturgical year, we are decorating the Chrismon tree with symbols of Christ's Birth, Passion and Victory, with appropriate scripture readings and hymns. (The service was not recorded}
18 - (30:17) Sermon: The Beginning, Scripture: Mark 13:1-31
11 - (02:11) Preliminary Remarks about Scripture: Ephesians 6:10-18
.... - (28:32) Sermon: We Are at War! - Part 2 (Last week's sermon on Part 1 was not recorded,but this carries on appropriately for Veteran's Day)

October 2018
21 - (01:50) Scripture: Mark 10:35-45
.... - (22:08) Sermon: Must We Help Others?
.... - (01:03) Sermon: Closing Remarks
14 - Homecoming Service - (Not Recorded, No Power from Hurricane Michael)

September 2018
30 - (03:30) Scripture: James 5:13-20 and commentary
.... - (25:33) Sermon: The Tender Touch - Part 1
23 - (01:30) Scripture: Matthew 22:34-40
.... - (16:40) Sermon: Life is Complicated
.... - (04:02) Sermon: Closing Prayer and Invitation
16 - (01:19) Scripture: Jude 1:17-21; A Call to Remain Faithful
.... - (31:34) Sermon: Looking for Jesus
09 - (28:38) Sermon: Why Study the Bible?; Scripture from Psalm 105
02 - (01:50) Scripture: John 4:19-26
.....- (17:19) Sermon: Here I Am to Worship

August 2018
19 - (03:51) Comments and Scripture: 2 Timothy 4:7-8
.....- (21:42) Sermon: What is God's Purpose for Us? - Part2
12 - (29:04) Sermon: What is God's Purpose for Us? - Part1; 2 Timothy 4:1-5

NOTE: On August 12, Pastor Wrightstone began a series of sermons leading to a Thursday evening Bible Study beginning 6:30 pm September 13.

July 2018
29 - (24:17) Sermon: Knowledge of Love, Ephesians 3:14-21
15 - (16:49) Sermon: Spiritual Warfare, Ephesians 6:10-20
01 - (03:41) Scripture: Mark 5:21-43
.....- (14:26) Sermon: The Healing Touch

June 2018
24 - (23:28) Sermon: Calming the Storm, Mark 4:35-41
10 - (01:36) Scripture: Mark 3:31-35
.....- (25:08) Sermon: Family Ties & Good-Byes
03 - (02:28) Scripture: Mark 2:23-3:6
.....- (23:26) Sermon: Keeping Sunday

May 2018
27 - (24:31) Sermon: Jesus Teaches Nicodemus, Scripture: John 3:1-21
13 - (28:36) Mother's Day Sermon: Are Mother's Important?; Scripture: John 17:6-19
06 - (25:17) Sermon: What is a Friend?; Scripture: John 15:9-17

April 2018
29 - (25:12) Sermon: The True Vine; Scripture: John 15:1-17
22 - (02:34) Scripture: John 10:1-18
.....- (19:08) Message: The Good Shepherd
15 - While the pastor was away, youth director and lay minister Tina Oaks led a service for both youth and adults.
.....- (04:26) Children's Message: God Looks Inside
.....- (00:28) Scripture: 1 John 4:4, read by youth, Christiana
.....- (06:20) Message: In the Mirror - Part1: For the Youth
.....- (02:02) Reading: "The Way I See Myself", read by youth Zion Imani
.....- (06:58) Message: In the Mirror - Part 2: For the Adults
.....- (02:15) Closing Prayer (This followed a time of expressing Joys & Concerns but is an appropriate closing for the service)
01 - (02:34) Easter Sunday Scripture: John 14:1-14
.....- (23:05) Sermon: IS ETERNAL LIFE A MYTH?

March 2018
25 - (25:09) Palm Sunday Sermon: Donkeys and Greatness, Scripture: Mark 11:1-10
.....- (02:37) Closing Prayer
18 - (03:04) Scripture: John 12:20-33
.....- (19:45) Sermon: A Grain of Wheat
.....- (01:22) Closing Prayer and invitation
11 - (04:38) Scripture: John 3:14-21
.....- (27:10) Sermon: The Eyes of God
.....- (01:51) Closing Prayer and invitation
04 - (18:21) Sermon: Clean House; Scripture: John 2:13-22

February 2018
25 - (02:01) Scripture: Mark 8:31-38
.....- (23:50) Sermon: Should We Carry a Cross?
.....- (02:29) Closing Prayer
18 - (03:54) Scripture: Mark 1:9-15 & Luke 4:1-12
.....- (20:36) Sermon:Would We Take a Crown or a Cross?
.....- (02:22) An Invitation and Closing Prayer
11 - (01:11) Preliminary Remarks on "Valentine's Day"
.....- (00:51) Scripture: John 3:16
.....- (21:02) Sermon: A Test of Real Love
.....- (01:18) An Invitation and Closing Prayer
04 - (03:34) Scripture: Mark 1:29-39
.....- (21:28) Sermon: Everyone is Searching For You

January 2018
28 - (02:36) Scripture: Mark 1:21-28
.....- (22:19) Sermon: Astonishing!
.....- (02:16) Closing Prayer and Invitation
21 - (22:50) Sermon: The Personal Touch, scripture Mark 1:14-20
.....- (02:31) Closing Prayer and Invitation
Note: Pastor Ralph Wrightstone was visiting Haiti and Jamaica the first two Sundays of January. Those services were led by Bethel Lay Servant, Tina Oaks.
14 - (02:11) Sermon: Do You Have God in a Box? (part 1)
.....- (03:28) Music Video: King of the World, sung by Natalie Grant (the link provided here will take you to the YouTube video)
.....- (20:44) Sermon: Scripture - Psalm 147:5 and Part 2 of Sermon
.....- (01:07) Closing Prayer
07 - (05:57) Special Music: Holy Spirit, sung by Tenesa and Travis
.....- (23:31) Sermon: The Yes Step; Scripture: 1 John 3:18
.....- (01:10) Hymn: I'll Say Yes, Lord; led by Travis & Tenesa

November 2017
05 - (23:35) Sermon: Means of Grace; Scripture: 1 Cor 11:23-26
October 2017
29 - (04:25) Scripture Readings: from Acts 2 and Joel 2
.....- (31:41) Sermon: Why Join a Church?
.....- (01:53) Closing Prayer
22 - Methodists - This is the first of a series of sermons "Teaching" a little about Methodists in general and United Methodists in particular.
.....- (02:40) Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 1:1-2,12-17
.....- (03:35) Sermon: Part 1 - Some Methodist History
.....- (28:04) Sermon: Part 2 - Why a United Methodist?
.....- (00:41) Hymn: Introduction to "Blessed Assurance"
15 - (04:23) Scripture Reading: Matthew 22:1-14
.....- (20:49) Sermon: You Are Invited to the Wedding
.....- (02:20) Closing Prayer & Invitation
08 - Homecoming
.....- (03:11) Special Music: Bring it All to the Table, Travis Oaks
.....- (04:16) Scripture Reading: Matthew 21:33-46, The Parable of the Tenants
.....- (20:31) Sermon: God's Bag of Cookies
.....- (02:20) Closing Prayer
01 - (00:43) Opening: Remarks about "O Holy Night"
.....- (02:02) Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:1-11
.....- (23:11) Sermon: O Holy Night
September 2017
24 - (27:07) Sermon: How Soon We Forget; Scripture: Exodus 16:1-35
.....- (00:47) Closing Prayer
17 - (03:43) Scripture: Matthew 18:21-35
.....- (23:49) Sermon: The Power to Forgive
.....- (02:18) Closing Prayer
10 - (03:20) Scripture: Matthew 18:15-20
.....- (02:58) Commentary on Reading
.....- (16:42) Sermon: Radical Love is Reconciling
.....- (02:08) Closing Prayer & Invitation
August 2017
20 - (02:17) Scripture: Matthew 15:21-28
.....- (17:50) Sermon: Great is Thy Faith
.....- (02:30) Closing Prayer
13 - (18:21) Sermon: Overcoming Life's Obstacles, Scripture: Matthew 14:22-36
06 - (19:18) Sermon: A Happy Meal!!, Scripture: Matthew 14:13-21
July 2017
30 - (21:55) Sermon: For the Bible Tells Me So, Scripture: Romans 8:26-39
23 - (01:43) Introductory Comments
.....- (02:57) Scripture: Romans 8:18-27
.....- (23:20) Sermon: Taking Sides
.....- (01:22) Closing Prayer
16 - (03:36) Scripture: Romans 8:1-17
.....- (19:30) Sermon: A Good Virus
.....- (02:29) Closing Prayer
02 - (02:41) Scripture: Matthew 10:34-42
.....- (20:20) Sermon: The Power of Cold Water
June 2017
25 - (03:16) Scripture and Commentary: Matthew 10:28-31
.....- (22:20) Sermon: Don't Be Afraid
.....- (02:15) Closing Prayer
18 - Father's Day and more
.....- (05:45) Children's Moment: Honor Your Father and Mother
.....- (04:25) Reports from Youth returning from Camp
.....- (00:23) Prayer with Children and Youth
.....- (05:56) Some Words for Father's Day
.....- (22:06) Sermon: Opportunities for Mission, Scripture: Matthew 9:35-10:1
.....- (01:42) Closing Prayer and Invitation
11 - Trinity Sunday
.....- (01:37) Remarks on the Cross and Flame emblem of the UMC
.....- (01:25) Scripture: Matthew 18:16-20
.....- (26:00) Sermon: The Trinity
04 - Pentecost
.....- (29:31) Sermon:A Lightning Rod or a Cross, Scripture: Acts 1:6-14
May 2017
28 - (02:58) Scripture: Acts 1:6-14
.....- (24:54) Sermon: How Did We Ever Get This Far?
.....- (00:52) Closing Prayer & Invitation
14 - Mother's Day
.....- (01:58) Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15
.....- (16:57) Sermon: "A Home Under God", Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15
.....- (01:15) A Note from "Mom"
.....- (05:26) IOU's to Mom
.....- (01:13) Closing Prayer & Invitation
07 - (03:34) Children's Moment: "We Are Like Sheep"
.....- (20:19) Sermon: The Gift of Free Will; Scripture John 10:1-21
April 2017
30 - (03:32) Scripture: Luke 24:13-35
.....- (20:19) Sermon: The Walk to Emaius
.....- (01:33) Closing Prayer
23 - Laity Sunday with Tina Oaks speaking
.....- (00:29) Scripture: Matthew 7:7-8
.....- (19:33) Message: "Are You: Asking, Seeking, Knocking?"
.....- (22:33) Special Music: Tenesa & Travis
.....- (00:40) Closing Prayer
16 - Easter Sunday
.....- (03:06) Scripture: John 20:1-18
.....- (15:08) Sermon: Have Your Key Ready
09 - Palm Sunday
.....- (01:45) Scripture: Mark 1:1-11
.....- (22:33) Sermon: When the Cheering Stopped
02 - (02:23) Preliminary Remarks on Hope
.....- (21:20) Sermon: We are Set Free for Life; Scripture: Mark 11:1-45
.....- (01:06) Closing Prayer and Invitation
March 2017
26 - The "theme" for today's service was "Storytelling" and featured a visiting speaker for Wesley Foundation's "Blitz Sunday"
.....- (02:25) Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13
.....- (05:34) Pastor's remarks on Storytelling yesterday and today
.....- (13:05) Sharing the Story of FSU Wesley Foundation by Christina Parcelle, Director of Development at FSU & TCC Wesley Foundation
.....- (02:23) Sharing some Personal Faith Stories
.....- (03:08) Some concluding Remarks, including a few more "stories"
.....- (02:22) "Closing thoughts" about the stories of Christmas, Easter and personal Faith
19 - (02:35) Scripture: Psalm 95
.....- (25:57) Sermon: Can We Get Right?
12 - (This service was the occasion for the baptism of young Jackson Amos Bell)
.....- (15:23) Sermon: What Did We Just Do to You, Jackson?
.....- (02:19) A Prayer and Invitation
05 - (2:19) Scripture: Matthew 4:1-11
.....- (20:47) Sermon: Temptations of Jesus' Life

Jan 8-Feb 26, 2017
Beginning with the Jan 8, 2017 service and continuing for 8 weeks through Feb 26, pastor Ralph Wrightstone presented a series of sermons on recovering from "Hurts, Hangups and Habits". There is a "handout" to accompany each service, provided here as PDF documents.

Click here for a brief audio description of the series.
Click here to access the documents and recordings from this series.

January 2017
01 - (3:01) Scripture: 2 Chronicles 7:14-22, Hebrews 11:1
.....- (15:18) Sermon: Hope

December 2016
25 - (27:12) Christmas Day Sermon: "No Room in the Inn"; Scripture: Luke 2:1-7
24 - (15:01) Christmas Eve Sermon: "Let There Be Light"; Scripture: Matthew 4:12-17
18 - (19:16) Sermon: "Men & Women of God"; Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25
11 - (21:30) Sermon: "Are You the One?"; Scripture: Matthew 11:1-19
November 2016
20 - (35:04) Sermon: "The Book of Ralph - Chapter 1"; Scripture: Ephesians 2:1-10
.....- (1:24) Remarks: a last story
13 - (28:58) Sermon: "A Bad Hair Day"; Scripture: Luke 21:5-38
October 2016
23 - (31:39) Sermon: "Our Most Common Sin"; Scripture: Luke 18:9-14
16 - (36:38) Sermon: "What Will Jesus Find When He Returns?"; Scripture: Luke 18:1-8
09 - (25:07) Sermon: "Thankfulness"; Scripture: Luke 17:11-19 (Homecoming)
02 - (04:16) Special Music: "Amazing Grace Seems So Far Away",Travis Oaks
.... - (27:25) Sermon: "Three Small Steps"; Scripture: Luke 17:1-10
September 2016
25 - (30:01) Sermon: "Neighbors We Never Met!"; Scripture: Luke 16:19-31
11 - (19:58) Sermon: "GPS for the Lost"; Scripture: Luke 15:1-10
04 - (27:12) Sermon: "The Cost of Discipleship"; Scripture: Luke 14:25-33
August 2016
28 - (19:53) Sermon: "Humble Thyself"; Scripture: Luke 14:1-14; Prayer
21 - (29:55) Sermon: "Sabotaging the Sabbath"; Scripture: OT Jeremiah 1:4-5; NT Luke 13:10-17
14 - (29:16) Sermon: "Fire from Heaven"; Scripture: OT Isaiah 5:1-7; NT Luke 12:48-57
July 2016
24 - (29:29) Sermon: "You Do Have a Prayer"; Scripture: OT: 2 Chronicles 7:14; NT: Luke 11:1-13
17 - (27:23) Sermon: "Perseverance!"; Scripture: Revelation 14:12
10 - (25:54) Sermon: "The Good Samaritan"; Scripture: Luke 10:25-37
03 - (25:33) Sermon: "Liberty and Civility"; Scripture: Galatians 5:1-15

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