A More Light Congregation

Bethany Presbyterian Church

This Week in Worship

Prayer of Preparation

Living spring and living fire Love!

Our hearts inflame, inspire!

Peace, true peace, we ask you, bring;

Lead us safe beneath your wing.


Call to Worship

One: A wind breathes among us, calling us to gather in the name of the Holy One.

All: A fire burns within us, calling us to service, calling us to prayer.

One: A spirit moves around us, calling us to turn in joy toward the sorrows of the world.

All: Burning, breathing, Spirit of Compassion, we bring our lives to you.

June 4, 2017                                                                                                                 Worship Notes

Faith In Action Sunday

Scripture  

Acts 2:1-21

Hymns

#285 “Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song”

#280 “Come, O Spirit, Dwell Among Us”

Prayer of Preparation

O Lord my God, I believe in you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Insofar as I can, insofar as you have given me the power, I have sought you. O Lord my God, my sole hope, help me to believe and never to cease seeking you. Grant that I may always and ardently seek out your countenance. Give me the hope of finding you. Amen.  (Adapted from St. Augustine)


Call to Worship

All: God is calling us today.

One: Why is God calling us?

All: To be the church, people united by God in faith.

One: For what purpose would God do such a thing?

All: Because God has given each member a gift to share, so that if we all come together and lean on one another, then we can become all that God has called us to be.


Prayer of Confession

You call us to be your light in the darkness, your voice in the wilderness, your hope for the hopeless. You give us strength in our weakness, peace and gentleness, words and boldness, to proclaim more of you and of us, less. Bless us and open us to your Spirit of Love. Amen.


Assurance of Forgiveness

One: The One who breathed life into our lungs continues to be present with us. God, who has made us reflective of God's own image, has forgiven us all and made us new creations.

All: God, who made me in Your image, teach me to love myself as You love me. God, who made me in Your image, allow me to show that image to the world. God, who made me in Your image, help me to see Your image in all those I meet.

God, who made me in Your image, teach me to conserve and protect all Your creation. God, who made me in Your image, bless, protect, and keep me and all Your children safe.

One: Therefore, since our sins are forgiven, let us be present with love and peace, honoring and upholding the dignity of all we meet, knowing we see reflections of God's image all around.

All: Thanks be to God.

June 11, 2017                                                                                                                 Worship Notes

Celebration of Holy Communion

Sermon by Reverend Kathryn Pyke

"Going Into the World"

Hymns

#298 “Lord, You Give the Great Commission”

#510 “We Gather Here in Jesus’ Name”

#716 “God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending”

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Prayer of Preparation

Be silent. Be still. Alone. Empty Before your God.

Say nothing. Ask nothing. Be silent.  Be still.

Let your God look upon you. That is all.

God knows.  God understands.  

God loves you with an enormous love, and only wants to look upon you with that love.

Quiet.  Still.  Be. Let your God— Love you.


Call to Worship

One: Come with your questions, come with your awe!

All: For the God who broods over the chaos meets us in this place.

One: Come with your energy, come with your weariness!

All: For the God who breathes new life into the dust meets us in this place.

One: Come with your sadness, come with your joy!

All: For the God who dared to become human meets us in this place.


Morning Prayer

One: Into the daily cycle of our lives When all seems well with us and with the world; when our yoke is easy and the burden light, You break in

All: And scatter our complacency.

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One: Into the daily cycle of our lives when we are comfortable and at our ease; when the fire is lit but eyes are closed, You break in

All: And challenge our dependency.

     (silence)

One: You break into our daily prayers; humble hearts lay souls bare, You break in

All: You break in

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One: You break in  When defenses are down With an Angel's shout  Or the quietest sound You break in

All: You break in

One: And we change

All: And all things change

One: When you break in.


Response Hymn #616




Preparation for the Word Hymn

June 18, 2017                                                                                                                 Worship Notes

Sermon by Reverend Kathryn Pyke

"What a Difference a Day Makes"

Scripture  

Exodus13:21

Luke 9:51-62

Hymns

#307 “God of Grce and God of Glory”

#649 “Amazing Grace” (stanzas 1, 3, 5)

#296 “Go in Grace and Make Disciples”

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Our God is an awesome God

Who reigns from heaven above

With wisdom, power and love

Our God is an awesome God.

Holy Spirit, truth divine,

Dawn upon this soul of mine.

Word of God and inward light,

Wake my spirit, clear my sight.