A More Light Congregation

Bethany Presbyterian Church

This Week in Worship

June 9, 2019

Pentecost Sunday

Sermon by Reverend Kathryn Pyke

"Come Alongside"

Centering Prayer

We rejoice greatly, loving God, in the birthday of the church known to us as Pentecost.  Your Holy Spirit has come bringing the church into reality.  Likewise, your Holy Spirit seals us as members of Christ's family.  Your Spirit emboldens the church and keeps us faithful as disciples of Christ. So we praise you, Lord, for the church that has nourished us from our childhoodand continues to nourish us today.  Amen.


Call to Worship

Our God reigns!  Robed with majesty and armed with strength, God holds our world and our lives securely.  This is the God to whom we have given our lives – the God who deserves our worship and our praise!


Morning Prayer

Where did you go Jesus?  Where did you go?  We stand, necks craning back, looking heavenwards, but we cannot see you.  Where did you go?  Did you leave us?

Hush my child, listen, listen,  Listen for the breeze.  Listen for the breath.  Listen for the Holy Wind's whispered promise: You are not alone.  You are not alone.  You are never alone.  My love is yours.  My strength is yours.  My wisdom... all yours for the taking.  Listen, listen, listen....

It comes, a gentle breeze, caressing your spirit.  It comes, building, energizing, filling the spaces until you are full.  O Holy Spirit! Come!

(silence)

Breath of God, Spirit of God, our wise counselor, our constant companion: help us to remember that you are always with us in persecutions, and turmoil, and dread; in excitements, and joy and love; in the mundane and everyday you are here.

O God, our God,  we praise you.  We call on you.  We rely on you as we stand and stare, as we wait again for the reminder that Pentecost only needed to happen once as you promised, for now the Spirit is always with us. Creator, Brother, Breath.  Amen and amen


Response Hymn #286




Preparation for the Word Hymn #300


Breathe on me, breath of God; Fill me with life anew,

That I may love what thou dost love,

And do what thou wouldst do.

We are one in the Spirit; we are one in the Lord;

We are one in the Spirit; we are one in the Lord,

Ane we pry that all unity may one day be restored:

And they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our love; yes, they'll know we are Christians by our love.

Centering Prayer

Here, in this place, God welcomes all the dreamers, as well as the doubters: here, the worriers and wanderers can call on God by name.  Here, in this time, we can remember all the ways God has graced us: here, in these moments, we are reminded that God is with us, always!  Here are gathered those daring enough to step out of comfort into the unknown: here, in this faith space, we will find the courage to cry out, 'God, save us!' in every situation.  Amen.


Call to Worship

To God be all glory, the One who visits us in three persons,the Holy Trinity of hope and love.  For there is no place which is without you, O God, and no time when you are not there.  For you are the beginning and the end, the source of all that is in the wonder of universal life.  And yet, you take us by the hand and lead us, as the life of Christ walks our human way and shows us that life is stronger than death.  In the Holy Spirit, we are gifted, again and again, and are called onwards toward a future in which we are surrounded with love and grace. We praise and worship you, O God, for there is no other God like you.  Amen.


Morning Prayer

In this act of prayer, O God, our lives are opened to you, and with them, our world.  We pray that your Spirit would whisper through every heart and every place where the voice of your presence is silent.  We ask that your Spirit would challenge and empower all who are weak, broken, diseased or weeping.  We long for your Spirit to inspire all who follow you to think, speak and live as true imitators of Christ.  That our world and all who live in it may know peace, healing and reconciliation with you and with each other.  Bless us, O Lord, that we may become the building blocks of your Kingdom among us.  In Jesus' name, amen.


Response Hymn #286





Preparation for the Word Hymn #300



June 16, 2019

Sermon by Reverend Kathryn Pyke

"It's Not Over Yet"

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Breathe on me, breath of God; Fill me with life anew,

That I may love what thou dost love,

And do what thou wouldst do.

We are one in the Spirit; we are one in the Lord;

We are one in the Spirit; we are one in the Lord,

Ane we pry that all unity may one day be restored:

And they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our love; yes, they'll know we are Christians by our love.

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Centering Prayer

Holy God, the source of all good things, we pause in your presence and hold our day before you. Still us, calm us, guide us as we enter this day.  Amen.


Call to Worship

VOICE ONE: We are the body of Christ!

VOICE TWO: The hand clapping, toe tapping, heart pumping, mouth tasting, arms embracing,

VOICE THREE: Justice seeing, hymn singing, love making, bread breaking, risk taking

ALL: Body of Christ!

VOICE ONE: Baptized in one Spirit, we are members of one body.

ALL: Many and varied in gender, color, sexuality, age, class, and ability,  we are members of Christ's beautiful body.

VOICE TWO: None of us can say to another, "I have no need of you."

ALL: For only together can we find wholeness.

VOICE THREE: None of us can say to another, "I will not care for you."

ALL: For we are connected like muscle and bone.  If one suffers, we all suffer. If one rejoices, we all rejoice!

VOICE ONE: Thanks be to God who, in Christ, has made us one.

ALL: Let us worship God!


Prayer of Invocation

Gathered in this sacred space, O Creator Spirit, in the multicolored company of your Church on Earth and in Heaven, we celebrate your creation and invite your presence into our midst.  We know, Creator Spirit, that eternity cannot hold you, nor can our little words describe the breadth of your faithfulness to us.  Yet in the space of our small heart and in silence, Come close and heal us.


(silence)


ONE: Creator Spirit, bring new life

ALL: Where we are worn and tired,

ONE: New love

ALL: Where we have turned hard-hearted,

ONE: Forgiveness

ALL: Where we feel hurt and are wounded,

ONE: And the joy and freedom of Your holy presence

ALL: Where we are prisoners of ourselves.

ONE: Creator Spirit,

ALL: In the space of our small heart and in silence, Come close that we may dream.


Response Hymn #286





Preparation for the Word Hymn #300



Breathe on me, breath of God; Fill me with life anew,

That I may love what thou dost love,

And do what thou wouldst do.

We are one in the Spirit; we are one in the Lord;

We are one in the Spirit; we are one in the Lord,

Ane we pry that all unity may one day be restored:

And they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our love; yes, they'll know we are Christians by our love.

June 23, 2019

More Light Sunday

Sermon by Reverend Kathryn Pyke

"Coming Out"

Centering Prayer

When we gather in your name, we are changed. There is no way around it. We cannot come together in your presence and not be moved. So, today we surrender to your moving and to the ways you desire to change us. Let this hour together be sacred, and may your name be made great. You are holy, worthy and full of glory. We are humbled to be in your presence. Receive our worship as an offering of praise. Amen.


Call to Worship

ONE: In our moments of chaos...

ALL: God is with us.

ONE: In our moments of calm...

ALL: God is with us.

ONE: In our moments of life.

ALL: God is with us.  Alleluia!  We go as a Pentecost people, touched by fire, stirred by wind, to mend the world. Alleluia!


Morning Prayer

Keeper of every moment in eternity: we come, not only to hear those words which can transform us, but to be filled with your grace and hope.  We have come, not out of habit, but to respond to your call, willing to be called away from the familiar ways of our lives. Walker of our journeys, in the midst of our harried lives, you call us to lay aside all that entangles us, to follow you into service to others.  You invite us to step into the waters of life and hope, reaching out to draw others to our side so that, together, we might enter your kingdom of laughter and joy.  When uncertainty fills every block in our daily calendars, you come, Grace's Companion, to offer that hope which anchors us in God's heart; to place our feet firmly on that rock called peace; to bring us safely to that haven filled with God's steadfast love.  God in Community, Holy in One, we offer our prayer to you. Amen.


Response Hymn #286





Preparation for the Word Hymn #300



June 30, 2019

Sermon by Reverend Kathryn Pyke

"Every Moment Counts"

Scripture

Luke 9:51-62

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Breathe on me, breath of God; Fill me with life anew,

That I may love what thou dost love,

And do what thou wouldst do.

We are one in the Spirit; we are one in the Lord;

We are one in the Spirit; we are one in the Lord,

Ane we pry that all unity may one day be restored:

And they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our love; yes, they'll know we are Christians by our love.

Centering Prayer

O God, you are a God of Life to us.  You show yourself as our source of compassion as we struggle for whole relationships in the home, our communities, our nation and our world.  We recognize your presence among us in our life and worship, and ask your gentle Spirit to constantly open our hearts to the ways of justice and peace.  We ask all of this in your Name,

because you alone are holy, our true justice and peace. Amen.


Call to Worship

ONE: We are called together this day to praise God

ALL: We ask that God will put us in pathways to service to others.

ONE: The Lord will walk with us as we faithfully witness to Christ’s love.

ALL: Open our hearts, Lord, to receive your words and will.

ONE: Come, let us worship God!

ALL: Let us sing our praises to God our Redeemer and Healer.


Morning Prayer

Merciful God, in all our celebration, fireworks, parades, and gatherings we have proclaimed liberty and freedom. Yet our hearts are chained by anger, doubt, terror, and fear.  We live in those chains, often not knowing that there is really any other way.  We have become accustomed to our imprisonment.  Forgive us when we turn away from your freeing love.  Help us to place our trust in you and serve you by working with others for peace and hope for all.  These things we ask in Jesus’ Name.  Amen.


Response Hymn #286





Assurance of God's Forgiveness

Reach out!  Stretch your Spirits!  God’s love has freed us from oppression and fear!  We have been made whole in God’s eternal love.  Amen.


Preparation for the Word Hymn #300



July 7, 2019

Celebration of Holy Communion

Sermon by Reverend Kathryn Pyke

"Offering Peace"

Breathe on me, breath of God; Fill me with life anew,

That I may love what thou dost love,

And do what thou wouldst do.

We are one in the Spirit; we are one in the Lord;

We are one in the Spirit; we are one in the Lord,

Ane we pry that all unity may one day be restored:

And they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our love; yes, they'll know we are Christians by our love.

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Centering Prayer

Lord of justice and mercy, we come to you this day seeking your healing and reconciling love. Help us to be open to your word, your presence, your compassion.  Clear our hearts of those things which block your will.  Keep us focused on your enabling power so that we, having been healed, may more fully serve you.  Amen.


Call to Worship

Oh God, We come before you today with gratitude: Gratitude for the opportunity to share with each other and to give to each other.  Gratitude for the example of Jesus, who teaches us to love our neighbors and serve those around us.  Please open our eyes to new visions of service and faithful living.  Thank you for the opportunity to expand our hearts, our communities, and our lives through your grace.  Amen.


Prayer of Wondering

Lord, we come before you today knowing what it is that you require of us but wondering how to achieve these things you ask of us.  As we continue to ask ourselves how to better serve you and one another, guide us, support us, and encourage us.  Guide us in making the right choice.  Support us as we work to follow those decisions.  Encourage us so that we may always be asking the questions and striving to find the answers.  In your name we pray. Amen.


Response Hymn #286





Preparation for the Word Hymn #300





Prayer of Commitment

Our call is;

To do justice: Lord, open our eyes and hearts to those around us.  Let us see the hurts and questions and doubts in each other.  Let us respond with compassion, empathy and kindness.

To love kindness: Lord, let us show kindness to each other, not just on Sunday mornings, but everyday.  In traffic, at our jobs, with our children and parents, enemies and families.

To walk humbly:  Lord, show us the way to be the hands and feet of Jesus.  To be the people of God's peace.  Let us walk your path while serving you.  Amen.

July 14, 2019

Sermon by Reverend Kathryn Pyke

"Drawing Near"

Breathe on me, breath of God; Fill me with life anew,

That I may love what thou dost love,

And do what thou wouldst do.

We are one in the Spirit; we are one in the Lord;

We are one in the Spirit; we are one in the Lord,

Ane we pry that all unity may one day be restored:

And they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our love; yes, they'll know we are Christians by our love.

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Centering Prayer

Lord, help me to relax.  Take from me the tension that makes peace impossible.  Take from me the fears that do not allow me to venture.  Take from me the worries that blind my sight.  Take from me the distress that hides your joy.  Help me to know that I am with you, that I am in your care, that I am in your love, that you and I are one. Amen.


Call to Worship

ONE: Blessed be the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth!

ALL: Praise be to God, the Giver of many gifts!

ONE: Our help is in God’s name, the One who calls us here.

ALL: We come with songs of praise, with prayers too deep for words.

ONE: Blessed be the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth!

ALL: Blessed be the Lord!


Morning Prayer

Christ Jesus, we come into your presence from many different places.  We come with songs of joy and shouts of gratitude.  We come carrying heavy burdens and sighs of suffering.  As you welcome us into your house, lift our burdens and receive our praise.  Salt us with your grace

and flavor us with your mercy.  Bind us together, that we may be at peace with one another and be strengthened to go forth in service to the world.  In your holy name, we pray. Amen.


Response Hymn #286





Preparation for the Word Hymn #300




July 21, 2019

Sermon by Reverend Kathryn Pyke

"Offering a Cup of Cold Water"

Scripture

Mark 9:38-50

Breathe on me, breath of God; Fill me with life anew,

That I may love what thou dost love,

And do what thou wouldst do.

We are one in the Spirit; we are one in the Lord;

We are one in the Spirit; we are one in the Lord,

Ane we pry that all unity may one day be restored:

And they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our love; yes, they'll know we are Christians by our love.

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