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Sermons and Special Music

This page provides audio recordings of sermons and special music from services at Bethel during the pastorate of Ralph L. Wrightstone.
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From Bethel UMC Services of
January 1, 2017 thru December 10, 2017

December 2017
31 - Sermon: Happy New Year!; Scripture: Isaiah 61:1-11 (Recording not saved)
24 - Christmas Program
17 - Sermon: A Small Town is Blessed; Scripture: Micah 5:1-4 (Not Recorded)
10 - (01:12) Scripture: Philippians 4:4-7
.... - (22:51) Sermon: Peace Calls
.... - (00:47) Closing Prayer and Invitation
03 - (23:56) Sermon: A Voice Calls; Scripture: Luke 3:1-20
November 2017
26 - Chrismon Service (Not Recorded)
19 - (24:02) Sermon: Prevenient Grace; Scripture: Psalm 130:1-15
.... - (03:26) Sermon: Means of Grace; Scripture: 1 Cor 11:23-26
12 - Sermon: Spiritual Gifts; Scripture: Ephesians 4:1-16 (Not Recorded)
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

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