A More Light Congregation

Bethany Presbyterian Church

This Week in Worship

Centering Prayer

Loving God, call us together as your people; transform us with your love. Transform our hearts, that we may love generously. Transform our eyes, that we may see your grace. Transform our hands, that we may serve others. Transform our spirits, that we may be the body of Christ, gathered to worship and sent out to serve. Amen.


Call to Worship

ONE: Gathered in this holy moment, we come, eager to listen and act.

ALL: Here in this safe space, we are slow to speak and slow to anger.

ONE: As God’s own beloved ones, we welcome God’s Word,

ALL: Planted in our lives, pushing to grow in us.

ONE: So let us worship the Giver of Life.

ALL: Offering our best gifts to honor the One who gives us life,

ONE: Let us turn expectant hearts to hear and act on Good News!


Prayer of Confession

ONE: When the busyness of our lives erodes the intentions of our hearts, Merciful God,

ALL: Forgive us.

ONE: When our personal agendas take precedence over reaching out to others, Merciful God,

ALL: Forgive us.

ONE: When we keep putting off being more active “doers of the word”, Merciful God,

ALL: Forgive us.

ONE: When we resist change, knowing that our acting and thinking are limited by our prejudice and ignorance, Merciful God,

ALL: Forgive us.

ONE: When we only half-listen to those who cry out to be fully heard, Merciful God,

ALL: Forgive us.

     (silence)

ALL: Gracious and merciful God,  forgive us for past faults and help us in the present and future to make ourselves more available to the hurting world that surrounds us - the world that begins on our doorsteps.  Equip us to be patient and compassionate listeners,  proclaiming the gospel not in overbearing ways but sensitively and lovingly. Strengthen us with the Holy Spirit to be fruitful and active witnesses to Jesus in all we do and say.


Call and Response




Assurance of Forgiveness

ONE: As we become doers of the word and not merely hearers, we discover that it is “in pardoning that we are pardoned, in giving of ourselves that we receive” - sure evidence of “the implanted word that has the power to save our souls” – Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

ALL: Thanks be to God!


Preparation for the Word Hymn #701




September 2, 2018

Celebration of Holy Communion

Sermon by Reverend Kathryn Pyke

"Searching the Heart"

Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary,

Pure and holy, tried and true;

With thanksgiving,

I’ll be a living sanctuary for you.

Lord, have mercy (Lord, have mercy)

Christ, have mercy (Christ, have mercy)

Lord, have mercy  (Lord, have mercy)

Centering Prayer

Come, Lord, come down, come in, come among us. Enter into our darkness with your light.  

Come fill our emptiness with your presence. Dispel the clouds and reveal your glory.  Come refresh, renew, restore us. Come Lord, come down, come in, come among us. Amen.


Call to Worship

ONE: From the corners of worry and fear, from the shadows where we huddle with our doubts,

ALL: God calls us to this place of sanctuary where we can draw from Love's deep wells.

ONE: In every moment where we look for strength to continue, in every time we wonder if faith is worth it,

ALL: Jesus calls us to this time  where we can welcome the peace given to us.

ONE: In every person who embraces us with acceptance, in every touch that offers healing and hope,

ALL: The Spirit calls us to see those around us as God's beloved, our sisters and brothers of grace.


Prayer for Justice

ONE: Pray for those who are hungry

ALL: Pray harder for those who will not feed them.

ONE: Pray for those who struggle each week to pay their bills.

ALL: Pray harder for the wealthy who do not care.

ONE: Pray for those who are homeless.

ALL: Pray harder for those who deny them shelter.

ONE: Pray for the sick and lonely

ALL: Pray harder for those who will not give them comfort.

ONE: Pray for those who cry out for dignity.

ALL: Pray harder for those who will not listen.

ONE: Pray for those oppressed by unjust wages.

ALL: Pray harder for those who exploit them.

ONE: Pray for those who bear the yoke of prejudice.

ALL: Pray harder for those who discriminate against them.

ONE: Pray for those whose basic needs are denied.

ALL: Pray harder for public officials who cater to the greedy and ignore those bound unjustly. Amen.


Response Hymn #494





Preparation for the Word Hymn #701




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September 9, 2018

Sermon by Reverend Kathryn Pyke

"Crumbs, Conversation, and Getting Caught with our Compassion Down"

Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary,

Pure and holy, tried and true;

With thanksgiving,

I’ll be a living sanctuary for you.

Jesus, Thou joy of loving hearts,

Thou font of live, thou light of all,

From the best bliss that earth imparts,

We turn, unfilled, to heed thy call

Centering Prayer

To you, O God, we lift up our souls. To you we offer our praise and prayer, our worship and thanksgiving, even our very lives. Make your ways known to us. Show us the path on which we should walk. Lead us in your truth and teach us. For you alone are the God who saves, the God in whom we trust; and the One on whom we wait. Amen.


Call to Worship

ONE: They went to Jesus, and he asked them,

ALL: Who do you say I am?

ONE: They answered,

ALL: You are the eschatological manifestation of the ground of our being, the kerygma of which we find meaning in our interpersonal relationships.

ONE: And Jesus said,

ALL: What?

ONE: Faith doesn’t have to be that hard.  Life doesn’t have to be that difficult.

ALL: Sometimes, we just have to live God’s love. Sometimes, we just have to live what we believe. And so we are here, simply, to sing, to celebrate, to worship God!


Morning Prayer

Merciful God, you call us to follow; to turn away from our own selfish interests, and to take up our cross and follow after you , even if the path is difficult to see, or is heading in a direction

we would never have chosen for ourselves. Forgive us for being so quick to question and

so hesitant to follow.  Help us to see with the eyes of faith, rather than from our own human point of view. Teach us to follow without fear, knowing that you are always with us, leading the way.

Amen.


Response Hymn #494





Preparation for the Word Hymn #701




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September 16, 2018

Sermon by Reverend Kathryn Pyke

"Who Do You Say That I Am?"

Scripture  

Mark 8:27-38


Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary,

Pure and holy, tried and true;

With thanksgiving,

I’ll be a living sanctuary for you.

Jesus, Thou joy of loving hearts,

Thou font of live, thou light of all,

From the best bliss that earth imparts,

We turn, unfilled, to heed thy call