A More Light Congregation

Bethany Presbyterian Church

This Week in Worship

Prayer of Preparation

Eternal God, we give thanks to you, we call upon your name. We sing to you, we sing praise to you, telling of all your wonderful acts. We give glory to your holy name. Our hearts rejoice as we seek you. We look to you as our strength. We remember all the wonder you have done for us. In your presence we worship you and seek your face. Amen.

—Based on Psalm 105:16.


Call to Worship

This place for us is Holy Ground.  The place where we sing songs of praise to the Lord, and repeat the stories of faith  that inspire us to respond to Christ’s love.  God called us here, in whispering winds and in burning flames, and with God’s presence, disarms us of the barriers we have placed around us. Instead God meets us in our vulnerability, our humanity.  Let us worship the Lord.


Prayer of Confession

God, just as you called Moses so long ago, so You call each one of us to speak and act on your behalf in our world today. Forgive us when we are hesitant to follow: when we question Your call or make excuses for our abilities;  when we complain about our lack of time or hoard our resources. Give us courage to step out in faith, to follow where you lead without hesitation or fear, trusting that your presence goes with us, and that you will provide all that we need. Amen.


(silence)


Response Hymn #413



Assurance of Forgiveness

One: Believe the good news of the gospel: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.

All: Thanks be to God!


Preparation for the Word



September 3, 2017

Service of Holy Communion

Sermon by Reverend Kathryn Pyke

"A 'Come to Jesus' Moment"

Scripture  

Exodus 3:1-15

Hymns

#515 “I Come with Joy”

#39 “Great is Thy Faithfulness”

#710 “We Lift Our Voices”

Come into God's presence with singing,

"Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia"

Gloria, gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Gloria, gloria, alleluia, alleluia!

Prayer of Preparation

We gather with grateful hearts in this sacred space, O God.

Awaken us to hear your call for our lives and help us listen with our hearts as well as our minds. Instill in us a desire to follow you with determination and purpose through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Call to Worship

Come, let’s praise God together! Sing a new song— a song of God’s goodness and mercy, faithfulness and love. For God delights in God’s people, crowning them with honor and glory! Let’s worship together.


Morning Prayer

One: Holy God, before time you named us through time you redeem us. You call us, precious in your sight.

All: May we love as you love.

One: Holy One, through the turbulent waters make us steady, your hands holding strong the fragile and weak.

All: May we love as you love.

One: Gracious God, may the fruits of our lives be food for the hungry: bread, clothing, shelter, fire, water, Word.

All: May we love as you love.

One: God of justice, remove the chaff of our lives that keep us from hearing, following, your call.

All: May we love as you love.

One: Loving God, take this day our fears, our worries, distractions, and all; turn hem into wheat, heart food.

All: May we love as you love. Amen


(silence)


Response Hymn #413



Preparation for the Word Hymn #583



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September 10, 2017

Sermon by Reverend Robin Crawford

"Singing Psalms and Swinging Swords"

Hymns

#409 “God is Here”

#192 “Lord, the Light of Your Love Is Shining”

#378 “We Wait the Peaceful Kingdom”

Come into God's presence with singing,

"Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia"

Glory to God, glory to God, glory to God in the highest!

Glory to God, glory to God, alleluia, alleluia

Centering Prayer

O God who wrestles with us,

circle our hearts,  

center our minds,  

still our bodies be present to us now.

Amen


Call to Worship

One: We come, for God gathers us here, with that community called faith:  

All: where the hungry are served first, where the thirsty drink life's water.

One: We come, for God welcomes us here into that home called grace:

All: where the naked are clothed in robes of hope; where the stranger is embraced as the long-lost prodigal.

One: We come, for God reunites us here, sisters and brothers in that family called love.


Morning Prayer

Loving and living Lord,   as we welcome you into our midst we call upon you to hallow this time: that we may know your blessing and you may know our devotion; that we may know your presence and you may know our worship; that we may know your will  and you may know our willingness; that we may know you in the silence ... ... ... and you may know us in our praise. Amen.y


(silence)


Response Hymn #413



Preparation for the Word



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September 17, 2017

Sermon by Reverend Kathryn Pyke

"A Cup of Cold Water"

Scripture  

Matthew 25:35-40

Hymns

#388 “Come All You People”

701 “Lord, Prepare Me”

614 “Great Are You, Lord”

Come into God's presence with singing,

"Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia"

Gloria, gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Gloria, gloria, alleluia, alleluia!

Centering Prayer

O God who wrestles with us,

circle our hearts,

center our minds,  

still our bodies be present to us now.

Amen.


Call to Worship

One: Here, in this place,

All: God welcomes all the dreamers, as well as the doubters:

One: Here, the worriers and wanderers can call on God by name.

All: Here, in this time, we can remember all the ways God has graced us:

One: Here, in these moments, we are reminded that God is with us, always!

All: Here are gathered those daring enough to step out of comfort into the unknown:

One: Here, in this faith space, we will find the courage to cry out, 'God, save us!'

All: In every situation.


Prayer of Invocation

Holy God, Creator of Life,

you call us out of our dark places, offering us the grace of new life.  When we see nothing but hopelessness, you surprise us with the breath of your spirit.  Call us out of our complacency and routines, set us free from our self-imposed bonds, and fill us with your spirit of life, compassion, and peace, In the name of Jesus, your anointed one, we pray. Amen.


(silence)


Response Hymn #413



Preparation for the Word



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September 24, 2017

Sermon by Reverend Richard Pyke

"A Little Good News"

Scripture  

Acts 3:1-10

Romans 10:14-15

Hymns

#353 “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less”

#792 “There Is a Balm in Gilead”

#700 “I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me”

Come into God's presence with singing,

"Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia"

Gloria, gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Gloria, gloria, alleluia, alleluia!

Prayer of Preparation

God of our lives, your Word is one of communion, not division. Your gifts are gifts of abundance, peace, and freedom, not scarcity, violence, and oppression. We thank you that in Christ you have given us greatest gift: you gave us yourself. As we gather today, may your gifts and your presence be received with joy and humility.  Amen.


Call to Worship

One: We are all one family.

All: We are all one family, made in the image of God.

One: We are all one family.

All: We are one family, all over the world.  

One: We are one family.

All: We are all one family, each unique, each special.

One: We are one family.

All: We are all one family, brothers and sisters.

One: We are all one family.

All: We are all one family, given gifts and talents to share.

One: We are all one family.

All: We are all one family, on one journey of faith.

One: We are all one family.

All: We are all one Family, united in love, united in peace, united in Christ our Lord.


Prayer of Confession

God of compassion and mercy, we are your wounded and wounding children. We bring our wounded selves, our divided society, and our broken world, seeking your healing and transforming grace; it is easy for us to point the finger at others. Yet we know that we all need your forgiveness; so we lift into your presence today, not only the victims of conflicts, but also those we have called enemies. Break down the walls of hatred, distrust and bitterness and open a way for us to reach one another in truth and love. Enable us to build a society where all can belong; to share our gifts in mutual respect and to seek for the new future, which you offer us through Jesus the Christ. Amen.


(silence)


Assurance of Forgiveness

Friends, believe in the good news of the Gospel. In Jesus Christ, we are a forgiven people. Amen.


Response Hymn #581




Prayer of Consecration

God of all nations, we give You thanks that we are all made in Your image, with such rich diversity. On this day we are in solidarity with the faithful around the world. As we break bread together, we remember that we are still one body in You, even though we have different languages, cultures and traditions, different ways of worship, praying and praising. In solidarity we drink the cup together of hope, of new life, knowing that Your will is for Your people to be one body. We are one body, but we are not the same—it is through the gift of diversity that we are able to be Your body. We thank You and praise You for making us all who we are, individually and collectively. We each celebrate our own ancestry, culture and ethnicity. Amen.

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October 1, 2017

World Communion Day

Sermon by Reverend Kathryn Pyke

"Faith as an Adventure"

Scripture  

Luke 17: 5-10

Hymns

#510 “We Gather Here in Jesus’ Name”

#507 “Come to the Table of Grace”

#505 “The Feast is Ready”

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

World without end.  Amen, amen.

Gathering Prayer

O Holy Maker of all, we ask your blessing on every creature gathered here today, the large and the small. May they live peacefully in praise of you. Bless us all to love your creation, and revere its sacredness. We ask this blessing in the name of the one who was, is, and always will be, our Creator, to whom every creature belongs. Amen.


Call to Worship

One: But ask the animals, and they will teach you;  The birds of the air, and they will tell you;

...and the fish of the sea will declare to you. In God’s hand is the life of every living thing.

All: Amen.


Prayer of Thanksgiving and Confession

One: Lord, for all the animals in the whole wide world,

All: We thank you, God!

One: Lord, for all the fun and friendship we have with animals,

All: We thank you, God!

One: Lord, for all the times we have hurt or neglected animals,

All: We are sorry.

One. Lord, for all the times we have used poisons that have killed animals,

All: We are sorry.

One: Lord, for all the times we have destroyed the homes of animals in the forests, oceans, or fields,

All: We are sorry.


Blessing and Rememberance of the Animals


Benediction and Charge

All: Go out into the world, love one another. Cherish our animal family,  protest against abuse and neglect of our animals;  exercise stewardship of ALL creation, so that ALL can experience God’s Shalom.

One: Go out into the world, my horizontal and vertical brothers and sisters in Christ. In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

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October 8, 2017

Blessing of the Animals

Reflection by Reverend Kathryn Pyke

Scripture  

Genesis 2:18-20a

Gathering Prayer

Eternal God, we give thanks to you, we call upon your name.  We sing to you, we sing praise to you, telling of all your wonderful acts. We give glory to your holy name. Our hearts rejoice as we seek you. We look to you as our strength. We remember all the wonder you have done for us. In your presence we worship you and seek your face. Amen.

(Based on Psalm 105:1-6)


Call to Worship

One: Rejoice in the Lord always, again I will say, Rejoice!

All: Today we choose to rejoice. Today we choose to worship and give thanks.

One: Seek the peace of God that will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

All: Today we choose God's peace; today we place our trust in God.

One: Turn your hearts away from the distractions and disappointments of life that will always flow in and flow out like the tide. Set your affections on things above and worship the Lord who loves you and cares for you.

All: We come to worship God who alone is excellent and worthy of praise!


Morning Prayer

God of peace, cause us to rejoice in you always, make us gentle to everyone, keep us from being anxious about anything — help us to ask you for what we need, with thanksgiving; and let your peace guard our hearts and minds in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


(silence)


Response Hymn #413



Preparation for the Word Hymn #583


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October 15, 2017

Sermon by Reverend Kathryn Pyke

"Do Not Be Anxious"

Come into God's presence with singing,

"Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia"

Glory to God, glory to God, glory to God in the highest!

Glory to God, glory to God, alleluia, alleluia