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Bethany Presbyterian Church

This Week in Worship

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Reflection for Easter Morning

“If I shed every belief I have and stood naked in the nothingness of my knowing, what would I have left? Only you. Only you. Only you. The entirety of my being would find its feeble feet on the solid ground of your endless love, the true nature that upholds me.”  ~ Mary Baker Eddy


Ringing of the Easter Bells


Centering Prayer 1

Triumphant God, we rejoice together in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  We give thanks for the

faithful women who traveled to the tomb early in the morning and carried their fragrant spices.  We give thanks for the heavenly messenger whose good news amazed the women and transformed them into evangelists.  We give thanks for the glorious hope that death has lost its sting and joy comes forth from sorrow.  Renew your life in us, O God; grant us courage to live as people empowered by the resurrection all the days of our lives!  We pray in the name of the risen Christ.  Amen.


Welcome


Introit     My Living Hope"   Phil Wickham


Call to Worship 2

We enter a virtual gathering space once again this season.  We worship together in spirit and in truth, though not in person.  We pray, sing, and listen to God’s Word despite the fear that pervades our community.  We trust Christ’s peace, a peace given freely, despite our doubts and fears.  We know the Holy Spirit is among us, blowing with a hopeful wind of change. We feel the presence of Christ, the one who died and rose again, and brings us eternal life.  We submit to God’s leading in this time of transformation.  We experience the joy of Easter morning when we celebrate all God has in store for us.  Let us face the fact that the walls of this church, and the life of our institution cannot entirely contain Jesus Christ!  Let us celebrate the irrepressible power of God breaking out with life where we least expect it!  Let us worship God!


Hymn 232 Jesus Christ Is Risen Today


Easter Affirmation  3

“Christ is risen!” “He is risen indeed!”

We repeat our Easter shouts of surprise and joy again and again, for news of your victory over powers of death and evil is news so startling so amazing so different from the news that bombards us day by day.  Beyond our comprehension You startle us again and again with resurrection Life, bringing grace and hope and joy.  You, in your risen power, are shaping all our days, and so we praise you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.


Response Hymn 255

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

How best are they who have not seen,

and yet whose faith has constant been,

For they eternal life shall win.

Alleluia! Alleluia!


Sharing the Peace

ONE: The peace of Christ be with you.

RESPONSE:  And also with you.


Response Hymn 253

Alleluia! Christ is arisen.

Bright is the dawning of the Lord’s day.


Scripture Reading: Mark 16:1-8


ONE: This is the word of the Lord.

RESPONSE:  Thanks be to God.


Anthem       “Glorious Day”   Michael Bleecker/Mark Hall


Sermon:  Reverend Debra McGuire


Hymn 235 O Sons and Daughters, Let Us Sing


Invitation to the Offering

Mary Baker Eddy says, “If I shed every belief I have and stood naked in the nothingness of my knowing, what would I have left?  Only you.  Only you.  Only you.  The entiretyof my being would find its feeble feet on the solid ground of your endless love, the true nature that upholds me.”  This Easter day, we celebrate the Risen Christ and stand in awe of that precious gift.  We invite you to celebrate the true nature that upholds you with your offering today.  We invite you to share your gifts as you are able, with God’s gift to you in your heart.  We thank you for continuing to send your offerings to the church.  Our ministries continue because of you.  We thank you for your continual giving to our community at Bethany.


Offertory “King of Kings and Lord of Lords”    Hebrew Folksong, Arr. Ellen Elwell


Prayer of Dedication

Holy One, whose heart abounds with gifts, receive this offering as a sign of our intention to live surrounded by your mercy, inspired by your Spirit, open to the joy of your presence, hospitable to one another, and generous toward your world.  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 236 The Strife is O'er


Announcements


Closing Benediction 4

As Christ burst forth from the tomb, may new life burst forth from us and show itself in acts of love and healing to a hurting world.  And may that same Christ, who lives forever and is the source of our new life, keep our hearts rejoicing and grant us peace this day and always.  Amen.


Postlude  “Roll, Roll the Stone”  Joseph M. Martin

1 Marlene Kropf

2 Rev. Dr. Libby Grammer

3  Christine Jerrett

4  Carol A. Wise

April 4, 2021

Easter Sunday

Reverend Debra McGuire

Music Director - Jessica Reddell-Popovich

Liturgist - Ken Henry

Welcome


(Silence)


Call to Worship

One: At the break of dawn, a bird sings.

All: The long night of darkness is over.

One: The stone is rolled away.

All: The tomb is empty.  

One: The sun begins to shine.

All: The Son has risen!

One: It’s a morning of glory,

All: Of love overcoming death,

One: Of women spreading Good News,

All: Of men turning from despair.

One: It’s a morning of joy.

All: For Easter has come again.

One: Love is stronger than death,

All: And we lift our voices in song.


Hymn 245 Christ the Lord is Risen Today!


Easter Prayer (Unison)

Holy God, in the stillness of the dawn, with the sounds of nature awakening, open our ears and awaken our hearts that doubt might be rolled away and the bright light of Easter joy dawn within us and all around us. Today we celebrate the Risen Lord!  Amen.


Scripture Reading: Mark 16:1-8


Meditation:  Reverend Debra McGuire


Easter Litany

One: Deep within ourselves we yearn to live fully each day.

All: Deep within ourselves we hope death leads us into eternal life.

One: Thank God for Jesus of Nazareth who faithfully followed his inner voice all the way through death into resurrection.

All: We appreciate God’s presence then and now.

One: In life and in death, we are God’s people; body and soul, we care about the earth and our neighbors.

All: We are carried through dark places into bright ones, and we learn to practice divine peace.

One: Christ is alive in our minds and in our senses

All: Alleluia! Alleluia, Alleluia!  Give thanks to the living Christ!  Alleluia, Alleluia!  Give praise to our God.


Hymn  238 Thine is the Glory


Benediction

April 4, 2021

Easter Sunrise

Reverend Debra McGuire

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Easter Bells

Centering Prayer 1

Dear God, you are astounding! At the end of all your surprises you send among us the One who was crucified, dead and buried, and risen into glory.  He comes now as a living Lord, defying our locked doors, banishing our fears, greeting us with peace, and overwhelming us with awe and wondering love.  Please receive our thanks, our praise and our worship, and continue bless us beyond our deserving, as we lift up our voices in celebration.  In the name of this same Christ Jesus whose presence makes this occasion. Amen!


Welcome


Introit


Call to Worship

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

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

LEADER 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.


Hymn 232 Jesus Christ Is Risen Today


Statement of Faith (unison)

We are not alone, we live in God’s world.  We believe in God, who has created and is creating, who has come in Jesus to reconcile and to make all things new.  We trust in God, who calls us to be the church; to celebrate God’s presence, to live with respect in creation, to love and serve others, to seek justice and to resist evil, to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge and our hope.  In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us.  We are not alone.  Thanks be to God.


Sharing the Peace

ONE: The peace of Christ be with you.

RESPONSE:  And also with you.


Response Hymn 235 O Sons and Daughters, Let Us Sing

Refrain only, sing twice


Gospel Reading: John 20:19-31


Sermon:  Reverend Debra McGuire


Hymn 256 These Things Did Thomas Count as Real


Invitation to the Offering and Prayer of Dedication


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 255 O Sons and Daughters, Let Us Sing


Announcements


Closing Benediction 2

Your light is the only light we need as we travel through life's mystery.  Your word the only voice we hear that still small voice that leads us to the place where we should be.  Your presence is the only company we need as we walk this narrow road.  Your fellowship the warmth we crave to help us on our way.  May the truth of Easter, the joy of Easter, and the blessings of Easter be with us this day and all days.  Amen.


1. adapted from Bruce Prewer

2. John Birch        


April 11, 2021

Reverend Debra McGuire

Music Director - Jessica Reddell-Popovich

Liturgist - Bonnie Morgan

*Due to our Staff Sabbath this week, this is a repeat airing of worship from the Sunday after Easter 2020, on April 19.

Morning Reflection

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth.”

~William Faulkner


Easter Bells


Centering Prayer 1

We thank you, God, for drawing us to this place and time and for interrupting us with your gift of life in Christ.  Whether we have heard the news many times over, or are this day listening with brand new ears, surprise us with your justice and righteousness, that our lives might turn in the right direction; startle us with your goodness and mercy, that we might receive your empowering forgiveness; stagger us with your hope and peace, that our eyes will remain wide open, wondering what you will be doing this week in our world and in us.  This we pray in the name of your Messiah.  Amen.


Welcome


Introit Mazurka in F Major   Frédéric Chopin


Call to Worship 2

As people, as a group, as a community of faith – we gather in this place, in person or online. We gather to listen, to speak, to worship, and to pray. We gather to be with God. Because we know – it is out of God’s authority, it is out of God’s love, that we live. Alleluia! Let us worship God!


Hymn 239 Good Christians All, Rejoice and Sing!


Prayer of Confession 3

Almighty God, Maker of all things, Jesus Christ, Redeemer of the world, Holy Spirit, Giver of life, have mercy on us.  In raising Jesus from the grave, you shattered the power of sin and death.  We confess that we remain captive to doubt and fear, bound by the ways that lead to death.  We overlook those in need and are deaf to cries for justice and mercy.  Forgive our unwillingness to be even just a little uncomfortable.  Help us to trust your power to change our lives and make us new.  Help us allow you to stretch us in ways that serve your work in our world, for we know that you are the only path to joy and life abundant given in Jesus Christ, the risen Lord.  Amen.


Response Hymn 247

When our hearts are wintry, grieving, or in pain,

your touch can call us back to life again;

Fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been:

love is come again like wheat arising green.


Words of Assurance 4

Scripture says that those who are in Christ are a new creation; everything old has passed away; see, the new has come!  Hear then Christ’s word of grace to us: ‘Your sins are forgiven.’  Thanks be to God.


Sharing the Peace

ONE: The peace of Christ be with you.

RESPONSE:  And also with you.


Response Hymn 253 (sing twice)

Alleluia! Christ is arisen.

Bright is the dawning of the Lord’s day.


Scripture Reading: Acts 3:12-19


Sermon:  Reverend Debra McGuire


Hymn 263 All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name!


Invitation to the Offering 5

During this Easter season, we celebrate the Risen Christ and stand in awe of that precious gift.  We invite you to celebrate the love and grace of God as you consider your offering today.  We invite you to share your gifts as you are able, with God’s gift to you in your heart.  We thank you for continuing to send your offerings to the church.  Our ministries continue because of you.  We thank you for your continual giving to our community at Bethany.


Offertory  "Golden Reflections"  Martha Mier


Prayer of Dedication 5

Holy One, whose heart abounds with gifts, receive this offering as a sign of our intention to live surrounded by your mercy, inspired by your Spirit, open to the joy of your presence, hospitable to one another, and generous toward your world.  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 246 Christ is Alive!


Announcements


Closing Benediction 6

As Christ burst forth from the tomb, may new life burst forth from us and show itself in acts of love and healing to a hurting world.  And may that same Christ, who lives forever and is the source of our new life, keep our hearts rejoicing and grant us peace this day and always.  Amen.


1 Peter L. Haynes

2 Richard Bott

3 Book of Common Worship, adapted

4 Cheryl Lawrie

5 Christine Jerrett

6 Carol A. Wise  


April 18, 2021

Reverend Debra McGuire

Music Director - Jessica Reddell-Popovich

Liturgist - Bonnie Morgan

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