A More Light Congregation

Bethany Presbyterian Church

This Week in Worship

Prayer of Preparation

Call to Worship

Let us worship God as children...with wonder and awe.

Let us worship God as youth...with questions and eager hearts.

Let us worship God as adults...with gratitude and praise.

Let us worship God as elders...with wisdom and hope.

Let the Body of Christ sing praises to God, from whom all blessings flow.


James 3:13-18


#388 “Come All You People”

#626  “As the Deer Pants for the Water”

#853  “We are Marching in the Light of God”

September 13, 2015

Rally Day

Reflection by Elder David Cady

Prayer of Preparation

Call to Worship

One: We come as seekers,

All: Unsure of what we seek.

One: We come as followers,

All: Not understanding the One we follow

One: We come to worship,

All: Even though we don’t know how.

One: Holy One, by your grace,

All: Meet us where we are.

Prayer of Confession

O God of the wondrous journey, help us so to trust your love that we may fearlessly follow our wandering Inner Christ through shadow and light, knowing and unknowing, until our outer and inner steps become as one.


Mark 8:27-37



#633 “Praise Ye the Lord”

#721 “Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore”

#742 “We Will Walk with God”

September 20, 2015

Sermon by Reverend Kathryn Pyke

"Finding Life"

Sermon by Reverend Kathryn Pyke

Prayer of Preparation

Call to Worship

Exquisite and down to earth, luxurious and everyday, rare and commonplace: this Christ calls his followers to be. Called to invade and infect the neighborhood, making a difference by living in light and inviting others to taste the goodness of God.  God invites us to be beautiful and attractive, to flaunt God’s marvelous creation until all are drawn to God’s wonderful light.

Morning Prayer

God of mystery and of grace, who has made us to be salt and light in a tasteless, shadowed world, guide us in this time of worship. Grant us understanding and spiritual discernment so that others may see your good works through us, and come to know you in their lives. Amen.



#405 “Praise God for This Holy Ground”

#705 “You Are Holy”

#744 “Arise, Your Light is Come”

September 27, 2016

Sermon by Reverend Kathryn Pyke

"Salt and Light"

Prayer of Preparation

O God, it is your will to hold both heaven and earth in a single peace. Let the design of your great love shine on the waste of our wraths and sorrows, and give peace to your church, peace among nations, peace in our homes, and peace in our hearts; in Jesus name, we pray.


(Spoken in German) Holy One, you are the Bread of Life, you are the Cup of Healing for all the nations. You delight our senses with smell and touch, with sight and sound, with taste and pleasure.  As we have gathered, like wheat from the hills to become your Body, fill us with your Holy Spirit and make us drunk with your presence.  Bring us to your banquet table, that we may feed the world in praise and prayer.  Amen. Assurance of Forgiveness

Invitation to the Lord's Table

We come, Holy God, out of our separateness, to enter into unity with one another, and with all those who seek the presence of Jesus Christ, through the breaking of bread and the sharing of wine. We come, confessing that which separates us from God and one another.

Prayer of Confession

One: (Spoken inTaiwanese)  Out of a desire to be free and to start again with you and one another, we join our voices in confession:

All: God of mercy, we confess that too often we have failed to speak and act with kindness, to care for others as we have been cared for, to welcome others as we have been welcomed, and to live as forgiven and beloved people. We remember the good not done, words not spoken, and grace not given or received. Hear us now as we make our silent confession to you.

Assurance of Forgiveness

(Spoken in Taiwanese) Anyone who is in Christ is a new creation; the old life has gone, the new life has come. Know that we are forgiven, and have the courage to forgive one another.

Prayer of Consecration

(Spoken in Vietnamese) We give thanks, O God, for the mighty sweep of your love, embracing all people and all nations. We thank you that you have sent Jesus Christ to us to break down the walls of hostility that divide the earth’s people, and to reveal your all- encompassing love, making us all one. As we share this bread and this cup, may we once again be united with people throughout your world. May we be strengthened in compassion and in solidarity with the poor, the oppressed, and the hungry of this world. For it is in the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

The Lord's Prayer

(Spoken in Luganda)  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.


Exodus 16:1-4a

Mark 8:1-10



#637 “O Sing to the Lord”

#530 “One Bread, One Body”

#822 “When We Are Living/Pues si vivimos”

#853 “We Are Marching in the Light of God”

October 4, 2016

World Communion Sunday

Sermon by Reverend Kathryn Pyke

"More Than Enough"

Prayer of Preparation

Ever-calling God,

We give thanks that you have gathered us into your church

And graced us with your faithful presence.

We ponder our history, ancient and still developing.

Grant us the vision to be a part of a new reformation for the Church

That will bring ever more joy and justice to the world.

Continue to gather us, the diverse lot of us, into Jesus’ vision and dream

That your faithful people may be one in you. Amen.

Call to Worship

One: Welcome today to a service of re-formation.

All: Change is our constant companion. What does God have in store for us?

One: God seeks to form our lives anew, as lives of love and service.

All: We are ready to hear God’s word and do God’s will.

One: Open your eyes, your ears, your hearts to God’s awesome love.

All : Come, O Lord, and transform our lives.

Morning Prayer

God of the faithful, we give thanks for your abundant blessings.

Thank You for our fathers and mothers in the faith who,

Sometimes with significant risk, stood up for their beliefs.

Give us the courage to speak out and speak up,

That we might share Your merciful love and grow in grace.

In Your holy name, we pray. Amen.


Mark 10:46-52



#275 “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”

#451 “Open My Eyes, That I May See”

(The Roller Skating Hymn)

#305 “Come Sing, O Church in Joy!”

October 25, 2015

Reformation Sunday

Sermon by Reverend Kathryn Pyke

"What Are You Willing to Risk?"

Prayer of Preparation

Loving God, we confess that our silence is noisy, our minds filled with distracting chatter, our thoughts focused on problems, and our lives bombarded with temptations. How hard we find it to be still and rest in your holy and healing presence. Teach us in this hour the words to pray and the silences to keep. Quiet the tempests within us that we may hear you. Amen.

Call to Worship

One: We bless the Lord, as we gather for worship as God’s children.

All: We come to remember who you are and whose we are.

One: We gather in worship to be renewed in our faith.

All: We come with hearts open to receive God’s love.

One: We gather in worship to catch a vision of what might be.

All: We come ready to change what is.

One: We gather for worship in gratitude for all we have been given.

All: With thanksgiving, we lift our voices in songs of praise.

Prayer of Adoration

Lord, everywhere we look we see the imprint of your creative love. The wondrous works of nature show your majesty. As we gather today to celebrate your love and creation, keep us mindful that we are part of that created order, meant to be stewards and not destroyers. Prepare us to work for you in ministries of peace and justice. Amen.


Mark 10:17-31



#18 “Hallelujah! Sing Praise to Your Creator”

#697 “Take My Life”

#37 “Let All Things Now Living”

October 18, 2016

Sermon by Reverend Kathryn Pyke

"Come On Down"

Prayer of Preparation

O God, still our hearts. We do not know what words you will speak to us today, but we open ourselves to receive your spirit. We want to see you, to know you more and to receive your love and to respond in worship. Our songs, our words, our actions are for you and you alone. Guide us, Spirit, as we worship today. Change us because we have been in your presence. Amen.

Call to Worship

One: We come together as seekers

All: That we might learn what God would have us do and where God would have us go.

One: We come together to renew our faith.

All: That we might bring hope to others.

All: To the God who is the source of goodness and love, let us sing our praise!

Prayer of Thanksgiving

For the gift of faith

Which sees beyond the present moment and looks to an eternity,

We thank you.

For the gift of faith

Small as a mustard seed, which has power within its simplicity,

We thank you.

For the gift of faith

Bestowed on those who would simply come, hearts open in humility,

We thank you. Amen.


Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4

Luke 17:5-6

2 Timothy 1:1-7



#1 “Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty”

#22 “God of the Sparrow”

#614 “Great Are You, Lord”

October 11, 2016

Sermon by Reverend Kathryn Pyke

"Just Do It!"

Prayer of Preparation

God, we recognize that, apart from you, our worship is meaningless. We can sing with the most beautiful voices or speak with unmatchable eloquence, but if you are not our focus, all of this is worth nothing. We thank you for giving us voices to sing and speak. Fill us with you as we worship today. Keep our hearts set always and only on you.

Call to Worship

One: Rejoice in the Lord always! Again, I say rejoice!  

All: Thank you, God, for so many wondrous gifts.  

One: For our homes and families, for our church and friendship, for food and fellowship.  

All: Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, we say rejoice.  

One: Thank you, God, for new life in Jesus Christ, for love, for belonging and for this time of thanks and praise.  

All: Let us now rejoice and feast in the gifts and grace of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Prayer of Invocation

Loving God, I come to you in thanksgiving, knowing that all I am and all that I have is a gift from you. In faith and love, help me to do your will. I am listening, Lord God. Speak your words into the depth of my soul, that I may hear you clearly. I offer to you this day all the facets of my life, whether it be at home, at work, or at school—to be patient, to be merciful, to be generous, to be holy. Give me the wisdom and insight to understand your will for me, and the fervor to fulfill my good intentions. I offer my gifts of time, talent and possessions to you as a true act of faith, to reflect my love for you and my neighbor. Help me to reach out to others as you my God have reached out to me.


Jeremiah 29:11



#761 "Called As Partners in Christ's Service

#680 "Soft Rains of Spring Flow"

#757 "Today We All Are Called to Be Disciples"

November 15, 2015

Sermon by Elder Lyn Hughes

"A Future Filled With Hope"

Prayer of Preparation

God of all people, of all times, we are here seeking your presence, in our time of remembrance. We honor those who have gone before us, and at the same time, we come seeking you, O God, who was a constant companion, a source of strength for those we honor. We, too, need your guiding presence as we live our lives; we pray your Spirit will be felt by all who are gathered here this morning. Amen.

Call to Worship

One: We remember, O God...

All: the countless saints of history who have blazed a trail of courage through time,

One: We remember, O God...

All: the tender touch of loved ones, the example of heroes, the healing words of comforters, the remarkable acts of fearless ones.

One: We remember, O God...

All: the gentle strength of grandmothers, the loyalty of friends, the kindness of stranger, the joy of children, the sacrifice of parents.

One: We remember in every time and place the saints of God who have shown us the Lord.

All: Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses... let us worship God with joy!

Prayer of Confession

When we are called saints the idea jars us, for we are not saintly people. But we are seekers after God’s will, those who have been powerfully claimed by Jesus Christ. Remembering who we are intended to be, we come before you, O God, confessing that which separates us from you and others. We come seeking forgiveness, healing and empowerment. Amen.


Matthew 5: 1-12



#326 “For All the Saints”

#325 “By All Your Saints Still Striving”

#805 “Come Sing to God”

November 1, 2015

All Saints Day

Sermon by Reverend Robin Crawford

"Blessing the Saints"

Prayer of Preparation

Lord God of love and peace, open our hearts today to receive the invitation of Jesus to come and be present in our lives. Release us from our smallness and create an atmosphere of confession and healing love in our hearts and our spirits.  Amen.

Call to Worship

One: We have good news today! God knows where we are and calls to us, offering new life.

All: Zacchaeus hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today!

One: Jesus calls to us, wherever we are, no matter what we were doing.

Men: Peter, come; follow me and I will make you fish for people!

Women: Matthew, leave your tax booth and follow me!

One: Your past does not matter; God has a place for you and for me.

All: We come to celebrate good news today!  God, who knows who we are and where we are, offers us new life!

Morning Prayer

Surprising and persistent God, you never give up on us. You seek us, follow  us, call us. We cannot escape from your yearning for us, and only when we  turn to you do we find the sweetness of life, the reason for living.  Thank you for your amazing grace that surprises us, comforts us and renews  us. Give us hearts of gratitude, and forever let us sing your praise. Amen.


Luke 19:1-10



#401 “Here in This Place”

#175 "Seek Ye First”

#192 “Lord, the Light of Your Love Is Shining”

November 8, 2015

Sermon by Reverend Kathryn Pyke

"Gaining a New Perspective"

Archive - Autumn 2015