A More Light Congregation

Bethany Presbyterian Church

This Week in Worship

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Morning Reflection

“When you offered your self to your loved ones you urged, “Do this in remembrance of me.”  That sacred request took hold in their hearts and carried itself down through the ages to us.”1


Chimes


Opening Prayer 1

Creator God, you whispered the world into being; you sculpted humanity from dust; you inspired writers to record the beauty in nature; you spoke through artful psalms; you placed I us creative spirits.  You are the on, Creating God, whom we worship and serve.  In your mystery and might, move our creative spirits.  Amen.


Welcome


Introit      Your Grace is Enough”     Matt Maher


Call to Worship 2

ONE: We come together as the church of Jesus Christ, recognizing that our Lord lived and died, not just for the church, but for all people, God's highest creation.

ALL: For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.

ONE: We also recognize that in God's great love, we sense our need first to be loved and thus to be turned around, to face the needs of others.

ALL: We love, because God first loved us.

ONE: Let us love, then, so that we may be free of selfish desires, liberated to strive for God's will.


Hymn 366 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling


Prayer of Confession

Holy God, you have called us to be holy, even as you are holy.  We confess that we have not lived the disciples' life to which you have called us.  We have ignored our pledge to take up the cross and follow in joyful obedience.  We have become more conformed to the world than transformed by new minds and natures.  We have relaxed our principles and justified personal pleasure.  We offer you our own confessions in our own words, silently now.  


(silence)


Forgive our unholiness, our unfaithfulness to you.  Empower us to be worthy disciples who follow the teachings of Jesus and grow in his image.  Help us live as a called-out people, holy and acceptable in your sight, to whom be glory forever and ever.   Amen.3


Response Hymn 427

Jesus knows the inmost heart: nothing can be hidden.

Jesus knows the inmost heart: nothing can be hidden.


Assurance of Forgiveness 4

ONE: Be assured that God hears our prayers and forgives us.  Hear these words from Scripture.  If we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  Through Christ we are forgiven.

ALL: Thanks be to God.


Sharing the Peace

ONE: The peace of Christ be with you.

RESPONSE:  And also with you.


Response Hymn 669

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Let's sing unto the Lord. Alleluia!


New Testament Reading: 2 Corinthians 12:2-10


ONE: This is the word of the Lord.

RESPONSE:  Thanks be to God.


Anthem       If I Had A Hammer”     Pete Seeger, Lee Hayes


Sermon:   Reverend Debra McGuire


Hymn 647  Give Thanks


Invitation to the Offering

God has shown us the meaning of generosity in the beautiful diversity of creation, in the overflowing love of Jesus Christ, in the never-ending gift of the Holy Spirit.  God has abundantly blessed us and called us to be a community that honors each other, to be servants to others with joy, to share our love and material possessions.  We thank you for continuing to send your financial offerings to the church.  Our ministries continue because of you. We thank you for your continual giving of your time and resources to our community at Bethany.


Offertory “His Grace is Sufficient for Me”     Mosie Lester, Arr. Robertson


Prayer of Dedication

Lord, we bring before you the common things of our common life: our money, our songs, our labors to be your faithful congregation, our needs and dreams, our joys and sorrows, our selves. We celebrate all this with you, seeking the touch of your Spirit so that we will share more deeply what we are and have with all our brothers and sisters in our city and our world.  In faith and gratitude we offer common things made miracles by your grace.  Bless what we give and bless what we keep, that all may be used for your glory.  Amen.


The Sacrament of Holy Communion


Preparation of the Table


Invitation and Great Prayer of Thanksgiving

LEADER: The Lord be with you

PEOPLE: And also with you

LEADER: Lift up your hearts

PEOPLE: We lift them up to the Lord

LEADER: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

PEOPLE: It is right to give our thanks and praise.

LEADER: Let us pray.  Almighty and ever-living God...


Words of Institution


Sharing of the Cup and Bread


Prayer of Thanksgiving


Prayers of the People


The Lord's Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.


Hymn 337 My Country, 'Tis of Thee


Announcements


Blessing


Closing Charge

Go out into the world in peace. Have courage! Hold on to what is good. Return no person evil for evil. Strengthen the faint-hearted, support the weak, help the suffering. Honor all people. Love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit!


Postlude

1 “Holy Memory”, by Evelyn Hunt, in “Fragments of Your Ancient Name”

2 Keith Graber Miller

3 Willard E. Roth, adapted

4 Arlene M. Mark


July 4, 2021

Celebration of Holy Communion

Reverend Debra McGuire

Music Director - Jessica Reddell-Popovich

Liturgist - Bonnie Morgan

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Morning Reflection

“O God Almighty, [Parent] of our Lord Jesus Christ: Grant us, we pray, to be grounded and settled in your truth by the coming down of the Holy Spirit into our hearts.  That which we know now, reveal; that which is wanting in us, fll up; that which we know, confirm; and keep us blameless in your service; through the name Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.1


Chimes


Opening Prayer

Almighty and everlasting God, in whom we live and move and have our being, you have created us for yourself, so that our hearts are restless until they rest in you.  Grant unto us purity of heart and strength of purpose, so that no selfish passion may hinder us from knowing your will, and no weakness prevent our doing it.  In your light may we see life clearly, and in your service may we find purpose, for your mercy's sake.  Amen.


Welcome


Introit     Refiner's Fire”     Brian Doerksen


Call to Worship

ONE: Let us worship the eternal God, the source of love and life, who creates us.

ALL: Let us worship Jesus Christ, the risen one, who lives among us.

ONE: Let us worship the spirit, the holy fire, who renews us.

ALL: To the one true God be praise in all times and places, through the grace of Jesus Christ. Let us worship God!



Hymn 11 Source and Sovereign, Rock and Cloud


Prayer of Confession

From 1 John 1, we read, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  Let us pray:  Gracious and loving God, you already know our hearts.  We ask your forgiveness for all that we omit, and for all the times when we fall short of your expectations.  We carry our own heavy spaces in our hearts for these things.  We take a moment in silence now God, to offer these burdens to you.  


(silence)


Loving God, forgive our unholiness, our unfaithfulness to you.  Empower us to be worthy disciples who follow the teachings of Jesus and grow in his image.  Help us live as a called-out people, holy and acceptable in your sight, to whom be glory forever and ever.   Amen.2


Response Hymn 427

Jesus knows the inmost heart: nothing can be hidden.

Jesus knows the inmost heart: nothing can be hidden.


Assurance of Forgiveness 4

ONE: And indeed, it has been as we have read.  God who is faithful and just has forgiven our sins and cleansed us from all unrighteousness.  Through Christ we are forgiven.  

ALL: Thanks be to God.


Sharing the Peace

ONE: The peace of Christ be with you.

RESPONSE:  And also with you.


Response Hymn 669

Alleluia! Alleluia!  Let's sing unto the Lord. Alleluia!

Alleluia! Alleluia!  Let's sing unto the Lord. Alleluia!


New Testament Reading: Mark 6:14-29


ONE: This is the word of the Lord.

RESPONSE:  Thanks be to God.


Anthem     One Pure and Holy Passion”     Mark Altrogge


Sermon:   Reverend Debra McGuire


Hymn 427  Out of the Depths


Invitation to the Offering

God has shown us the meaning of generosity in the beautiful diversity of creation, in the overflowing love of Jesus Christ, in the never-ending gift of the Holy Spirit.  God has abundantly blessed us and called us to be a community that honors each other, to be servants to others with joy, to share our love and material possessions.  We thank you for continuing to send your financial offerings to the church.  Our ministries continue because of you. We thank you for your continual giving of your time and resources to our community at Bethany.


Offertory “His Grace is Sufficient for Me”     Mosie Lester, Arr. Robertson


Prayer of Dedication

Lord, we bring before you the common things of our common life: our money, our songs, our labors to be your faithful congregation, our needs and dreams, our joys and sorrows, our selves. We celebrate all this with you, seeking the touch of your Spirit so that we will share more deeply what we are and have with all our brothers and sisters in our city and our world.  In faith and gratitude we offer common things made miracles by your grace.  Bless what we give and bless what we keep, that all may be used for your glory.  Amen.


Prayers of the People


The Lord's Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.


Hymn 313  Lord, Make Us More Holy


Announcements


Blessing


Closing Charge

Go out into the world in peace. Have courage! Hold on to what is good. Return no person evil for evil. Strengthen the faint-hearted, support the weak, help the suffering. Honor all people. Love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit!


Postlude

1 Clement of Rome (1st century)

2 partially from Arlene M. Mark


July 11, 2021

Reverend Debra McGuire

Guest Musician: Amy Stephens-Chen

Liturgist - Bonnie Morgan

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For live Worship on Sunday

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Morning Reflection

“We may wonder whom can I love and serve?  Where is the face of God to whom I can pray?  The answer is simple.  That naked one.  That lonely one.  That unwanted one is my brother and my sister.  If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." 1


Chimes


Opening Prayer 2

Lord Jesus, bind us to you and to our neighbor with love.  May our hearts not be turned away from you.  May our souls not be deceived nor our talents or minds enticed by allurements of error, so that we may never distance ourselves from your love.  Thus may we love our neighbor as ourselves with strength, wisdom and gentleness.  With your help, you who are blessed throughout all ages, we pray.  Amen.


Welcome


Introit     "Here I Am, Lord"     Dan Schutte


Call to Worship

ONE: O Lord our God, gentle shepherd of the flock,

ALL:     in you we find security, in you we discover identity.

ONE: Before we knew we were lost,

ALL:     you searched for us and brought us safely to the fold.

ONE: We hear your voice, and we come to you.

ALL:     To the one true God be praise in all times and places, through the grace of Jesus Christ.  Let us worship God!



Hymn 393 O Day of Rest and Gladness


Prayer of Confession

From 1 John 1, we read, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  Let us pray:  We like sheep have gone astray; we have turned to own way.  Holy God, you have called us to be holy, even as you are holy.  We confess that we have not lived the disciples' life to which you have called us.  We have ignored our pledge to take up the cross and follow in joyful obedience.  We have become more conformed to the world than transformed by new minds and natures.  We have relaxed our principles and justified personal pleasure.    


(silence)


Loving God, forgive our unholiness, our unfaithfulness to you.  Empower us to be worthy disciples who follow the teachings of Jesus and grow in his image.  Help us live as a called-out people, holy and acceptable in your sight, to whom be glory forever and ever.   Amen.3


Response Hymn 427

Jesus knows the inmost heart: nothing can be hidden.

Jesus knows the inmost heart: nothing can be hidden.


Assurance of Forgiveness

And indeed, it has been as we have read.  God who is faithful and just has forgiven our sins and cleansed us from all unrighteousness.  Through Christ we are forgiven.  


Sharing the Peace

ONE: The peace of Christ be with you.

RESPONSE:  And also with you.


Response Hymn 669

Alleluia! Alleluia!  Let's sing unto the Lord. Alleluia!

Alleluia! Alleluia!  Let's sing unto the Lord. Alleluia!


Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 23:1-6 (Common English Bible)

                               Psalm 23 (CEB) Psalm 23 (NRSV)


ONE: This is the word of the Lord.

RESPONSE:  Thanks be to God.


Anthem    


Sermon:   Reverend Debra McGuire


Hymn 727  Will You Let Me Be Your Servant


Invitation to the Offering

God has shown us the meaning of generosity in the beautiful diversity of creation, in the overflowing love of Jesus Christ, in the never-ending gift of the Holy Spirit.  God has abundantly blessed us and called us to be a community that honors each other, to be servants to others with joy, to share our love and material possessions.  We thank you for continuing to send your financial offerings to the church.  Our ministries continue because of you. We thank you for your continual giving of your time and resources to our community at Bethany.


Offertory “His Grace is Sufficient for Me”     Mosie Lester, Arr. Robertson


Prayer of Dedication

Lord, we bring before you the common things of our common life: our money, our songs, our labors to be your faithful congregation, our needs and dreams, our joys and sorrows, our selves. We celebrate all this with you, seeking the touch of your Spirit so that we will share more deeply what we are and have with all our brothers and sisters in our city and our world.  In faith and gratitude we offer common things made miracles by your grace.  Bless what we give and bless what we keep, that all may be used for your glory.  Amen.


Prayers of the People


The Lord's Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.


Hymn 700  I'm Gonna Live So God Can Use Me


Announcements


Blessing


Closing Charge

Go out into the world in peace. Have courage! Hold on to what is good. Return no person evil for evil. Strengthen the faint-hearted, support the weak, help the suffering. Honor all people. Love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit!


Postlude "Morning Has Broken"  Farjeon, Stevens

1 Mother Teresa

2 Saint Anthony of Padua, 10th century

3 partially from Arlene M. Mark


July 18, 2021

Reverend Debra McGuire

Guest Musician: Amy Stephens-Chen

Liturgist: Tamra Hollenbeck

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Morning Reflection

“Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised!  There is no end to your greatness.  One generation shall praise your works to another and shall declare your power."  Psalm 145:3-4


Chimes


Opening Prayer 1

Give us our Lord steadfast hearts, which no unworthy affection may drag downward; give us unconquered hearts which no tribulation can wear out; give us upright hearts which no unworthy purpose may tempt aside.  Bestow on us also, O Lord our God, understanding to know you, diligence to seek you, wisdom to find you, and a faithfulness that may finally embrace you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Welcome


Introit     Heart Of Worship”     Matt Redman


Call to Worship

ONE: Come, O Lord, and hear our praise!

ALL:  Come, O Lord, and touch our hearts!

ONE: Whether our lives are full of sorrow or full of joy,

ALL:  We are confident of your abiding love.

ONE: In thanksgiving for your merciful grace,

ALL:  Our hearts of praise are for you. Let us worship God!


Hymn 305 Come Sing, O Church, in Joy!


Prayer of Confession 2

ONE: Our God is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.  God is close to all who call on God in truth, listening to their cries for help, and offering them freedom from the burden on sin.  So let's bring our confession to God, first in corporate prayer and then in silent private prayer.  Let us pray:

ALL: O Loving God, to turn away from you is to fall, to turn toward you is to rise.  For the ways in which we have fallen, forgive us.  Grant us your help in rising again.  Forgive us for those things which we neglect, for passing by those who make us uncomfortable, and for avoiding broken relationships instead of looking to repair.  Seek in us any place where we hold secrets and help us to lay them at your feet.  Hear us now as we offer you our own personal confessions, in silence now.  


(silence)


ALL: Lord, Our God – whose power is beyond compare, and glory is beyond understanding; whose mercy is boundless, and love for us is ineffable – look upon us with your compassion and grant us your abundant mercy.   Amen.


Response Hymn 427

Jesus knows the inmost heart: nothing can be hidden.

Jesus knows the inmost heart: nothing can be hidden.


Assurance of Forgiveness

ONE:  Now hear these words of assurance: Indeed, it has been as we have read.  God who is faithful and just has forgiven our sins and cleansed us from all unrighteousness.  Through Christ we are forgiven.  

ALL:  Thanks be to God.


Sharing the Peace

ONE: The peace of Christ be with you.

RESPONSE:  And also with you.


Response Hymn 669

Alleluia! Alleluia!  Let's sing unto the Lord. Alleluia!

Alleluia! Alleluia!  Let's sing unto the Lord. Alleluia!


Scripture Reading: Psalm 145:10-18


ONE: This is the word of the Lord.

RESPONSE:  Thanks be to God.


Anthem    “Blessing”          Brendan Graham, David Downes


Sermon:   Reverend Debra McGuire


Hymn 692  Spirit, Open My Heart


Invitation to the Offering

God has shown us the meaning of generosity in the beautiful diversity of creation, in the overflowing love of Jesus Christ, in the never-ending gift of the Holy Spirit.  God has abundantly blessed us and called us to be a community that honors each other, to be servants to others with joy, to share our love and material possessions.  We thank you for continuing to send your financial offerings to the church.  Our ministries continue because of you. We thank you for your continual giving of your time and resources to our community at Bethany.



Offertory Counting Every Blessing”     The Rend Collective, arr. Craig Bray


Prayer of Dedication

Lord, we bring before you the common things of our common life: our money, our songs, our labors to be your faithful congregation, our needs and dreams, our joys and sorrows, our selves. We celebrate all this with you, seeking the touch of your Spirit so that we will share more deeply what we are and have with all our brothers and sisters in our city and our world.  In faith and gratitude we offer common things made miracles by your grace.  Bless what we give and bless what we keep, that all may be used for your glory.  Amen.


Prayers of the People


The Lord's Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.


Hymn 543  God, Be the Love to Search and Keep Me


Announcements


Blessing


Closing Charge

Go out into the world in peace. Have courage! Hold on to what is good. Return no person evil for evil. Strengthen the faint-hearted, support the weak, help the suffering. Honor all people. Love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit!


Postlude

1 Thomas Aquinas 13th century

2 Liturgy of St. Basil 4th century

July 25, 2021

Reverend Debra McGuire

Guest Musician: Amy Stephens-Chen

Liturgist: Craig Bray

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Due to technical difficulties, today's worship service is presented in three parts

PART ONE

PART TWO

PART THREE

Morning Reflection

“We may wonder whom can I love and serve?  Where is the face of God to whom I can pray?  The answer is simple.  That naked one.  That lonely one.  That unwanted one is my brother and my sister.  If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” 1


Chimes


Opening Prayer 2

Give us our Lord steadfast hearts, which no unworthy affection may drag downward; give us unconquered hearts which no tribulation can wear out; give us upright hearts which no unworthy purpose may tempt aside.  Bestow on us also, O Lord our God, understanding to know you, diligence to seek you, wisdom to find you, and a faithfulness that may finally embrace you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Welcome


Introit     


Call to Worship

ONE: O Lord our God, gentle shepherd of the flock,

ALL:  in you we find security, in you we discover identity.

ONE: Before we knew we were lost,

ALL: you searched for us and brought us safely to the fold.

ONE: We hear your voice, and we come to you.

ALL: To the one true God be praise in all times and places, through the grace of Jesus Christ.  Let us worship God!



Hymn 81 Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken


Prayer of Confession 3

ONE: Let us pray:

ALL: We like sheep have gone astray; we have turned to own way.  Holy God, you have called us to be holy, even as you are holy.  We confess that we have not lived the disciples' life to which you have called us.  We have ignored our pledge to take up the cross and follow in joyful obedience.  We have become more conformed to the world than transformed by new minds and natures.  We have relaxed our principles and justified personal pleasure.


(silence)


ONE: Loving God, forgive our unholiness, our unfaithfulness to you.  Empower us to be worthy disciples who follow the teachings of Jesus and grow in his image.  Help us live as a called-out people, holy and acceptable in your sight, to whom be glory forever and ever.   Amen.


Response Hymn 427

Jesus knows the inmost heart: nothing can be hidden.

Jesus knows the inmost heart: nothing can be hidden.


Assurance of Forgiveness

ONE:  And indeed, it has been as we have read.  God who is faithful and just has forgiven our sins and cleansed us from all unrighteousness.  Through Christ we are forgiven.    

ALL:  Thanks be to God.


Sharing the Peace

ONE: The peace of Christ be with you.

RESPONSE:  And also with you.


Response Hymn 669

Alleluia! Alleluia!  Let's sing unto the Lord. Alleluia!

Alleluia! Alleluia!  Let's sing unto the Lord. Alleluia!


Scripture Reading: Psalm 145:10-18


ONE: This is the word of the Lord.

RESPONSE:  Thanks be to God.


Musical offering    Dave Wales


Reflections  Pam Matthews, Kathleen Mitchell, David Wales, Ken Henry, Bonnie Morgan


Hymn 692  Spirit, Open My Heart


Invitation to the Offering

God has shown us the meaning of generosity in the beautiful diversity of creation, in the overflowing love of Jesus Christ, in the never-ending gift of the Holy Spirit.  God has abundantly blessed us and called us to be a community that honors each other, to be servants to others with joy, to share our love and material possessions.  We thank you for continuing to send your financial offerings to the church.  Our ministries continue because of you. We thank you for your continual giving of your time and resources to our community at Bethany.


Prayer of Dedication

Lord, we bring before you the common things of our common life: our money, our songs, our labors to be your faithful congregation, our needs and dreams, our joys and sorrows, our selves. We celebrate all this with you, seeking the touch of your Spirit so that we will share more deeply what we are and have with all our brothers and sisters in our city and our world.  In faith and gratitude we offer common things made miracles by your grace.  Bless what we give and bless what we keep, that all may be used for your glory.  Amen.


Prayers of the People


The Lord's Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.


Hymn 65  Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah


Announcements


Blessing


Closing Charge

Go out into the world in peace. Have courage! Hold on to what is good. Return no person evil for evil. Strengthen the faint-hearted, support the weak, help the suffering. Honor all people. Love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit!


Postlude  Dave Wales

1 Mother Theresa

2 Saint Anthony of Padua, 10th century

3 Arlene M. Mark

August 1, 2021

Guest Musician: Pam Matthews

Liturgist: Ken Henry

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