A More Light Congregation

Bethany Presbyterian Church

This Week in Worship

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Centering Prayer

God, you are the source of our life.  Gather us now together, we pray.  Form us into a holy community of your own people.  Mold us by the breath of your holy spirit, reveal in this corporate body the face of your anointed Christ.  Amen.


Call to Worship

ONE: We worship the God who inhabits our world and indwells our lives. We need not look up to find God,

ALL: we need only look around: within ourselves, beyond ourselves, into the eyes of another.

ONE: We need not listen for distant thunder to find God,

ALL: We need only listen to the music of life, the words of children, the questions of the curious, the rhythm of a heartbeat. We worship the God who inhabits our world and who indwells our lives.


Prayer of Confession

Holy and uncontainable God, for trying to contain you, forgive us.  Loving and limitless God, for trying to limit you, forgive us.  Gracious and boundless God, for trying to bind you, forgive us. Sometimes we are foolish enough to believe that it is to our advantage to reduce you to something we can comprehend.  Forgive us, Almighty God.  Amen.


Response Hymn #183




Assurance of Forgiveness

God sent Jesus not to judge us, but to save us. God accepts both our courage and our fears.  In the name of Christ, your sins are forgiven.  Dare to accept the gift of a new beginning.


Preparation for the Word Hymn #161



Benediction

Because Christ lives, because the Spirit flourishes, the headline reads:

Grace, mercy, and peace are yours.

The news is good. Accept it with joy and serve God gladly. Amen.

Centering Prayer

Reveal your presence to us this day, O God of light, love, and glory.  As you did to our servants at the foot of the mountain, send your Spirit to show us your story.  May the brilliance of your face illuminate this place as we dare to proclaim your Word and may we, your people, be never unable to tell all of that we have heard.  Amen.


Call to Worship

ONE: Beyond our busyness, above the cold winter floor there is a glory rising born of heaven and reaching out to each one of us,

ALL: light that shines through the clouds, an invitation seeking all of who we are that transfigures the world,

ONE: that transforms darkness into hope, that brings life from a cross where old life ends and new life is born.

ALL: In glory Jesus meets us here, raising us from depths of the valley to the height of the mountain, carrying the weight of our humanity to the heights of heavens glory. Let us worship from the mountain and hear again “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!”


Prayer of Confession

Forgive us, God, when we linger too long by the waters, and on the mountain tops, enthralled with the glory that flows from you.  When we fail to listen to your voice leading and guiding us, shake us from our contentment and send us forward endowed with your power.  Amen.


Response Hymn #183





Assurance of Forgiveness

The God of Elijah, the God of Moses, and the God of Jesus desires mercy more than sacrifice and a contrite heart rather than burnt offerings.  Love God and do the right thing and forgiveness shall be your friend and mercy your true companion.  Amen.


Preparation for the Word Hymn #161



Benediction

May God now send us back down the mountain of our worship. We have been changed. We can’t be silent anymore. We have seen the Light of the World. Let us go and share the radiance of love!

1. Stephen Fearing

2.Rev. Rob Smith

3. Rev. Madison Shockley

February 23, 2020

Sermon by Reverend Deb McGuire

"Listen"

Hymns

#189 O Wondrous Sight, O Vision Fair

#274 You, Lord, Are Both Lamb and Shepherd

#377 I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light


Come and join the song, women, children, men.

Jesus makes us free to live again!

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Centering Prayer

Mighty God, stay with us always, as we worship and as we share the risk and challenge of living our faith.  By your powerful Spirit, turn our fear to courage and our confusion to confidence.  Your glory shines in the face of Christ.  Shine in our hearts and lives.  May your name be praised, glorious God.  Amen.


Call to Worship

ONE: This is sabbath – we seek deep within our restful selves for re-creation.

ALL: This is Sunday – we celebrate the bright resurrection and its good news

ONE: This is the day which God has made.

ALL: Let us rejoice and be glad in it.


Prayer of Confession

God of remembrance, do not forget your mercy.  Remind us of your desire for us to share the fullness of life with all your children.  We forget those who deserve our gratitude.  We take our friendships too much for granted.  We too often do not remember the right gesture until it is too late.  Make us thankful and generous with all that has been given us.  Restore us to the joy of your salvation.  Amen.


Response Hymn #183




Assurance of Forgiveness

There is no chasm that cannot be bridged, no loss that cannot be recovered, no mistake that cannot be forgiven, no life that cannot be redeemed – by the grace of God in Christ Jesus.  May you assuredly know that you are forgiven and the ability to begin again is yours.  Glory be to the Holy One who can make all things new!  Amen.


Preparation for the Word Hymn #161



Benediction

Like a rock, God is under our feet.  Like a roof, God is over our heads.  Like the horizon, God is beyond us.  Like water in a pitcher, God is within us and in the pouring out of us.  Like a pebble in the sea, we are in God.  Let us go out and change our world as God has changed our lives.

February 16, 2020

Sermon by Reverend Deb McGuire

"Servants"

Hymns

#681 This is the Day the Lord Hath Made

#36 For the Fruit of All Creation

#545  Lord, Bid Your Servant Go in Peace


Come and join the song, women, children, men.

Jesus makes us free to live again!

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Come to me, O weary trav'ler

Come to me with your distress

Come to me, you heavy burdened;

Come to me and find your rest

Centering Prayer

When the child plays hide and seek, he thinks that hiding his eyes means hiding all his body. We make the same mistake when we play with God. If he is not in our egos, he is gone for sure. But hide-and-seek is the Creator’s game: hiding in his seeking, waking in his sleeping, moving from body to spirit to mind without leaving any of them. He is coming, ready or not. When we pout, he thunders in our pouting places.


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 triune God be praise in all times and places, through the grace of Jesus Christ


Prayer of Confession

Almighty and everlasting God, we know that your love is over every creature whom your hands have made.  We know that your only wish is not to destroy but to save, not to condemn but to forgive.  Save us from all that would hinder us from remembering that love.  Make us responsive always with kind and compassionate Christ-like hearts.  Amen.


Response Hymn #183




Assurance of Forgiveness

Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old.  I am about to do a new thing; There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set us free from the law of sin and of death.  Amen.


Preparation for the Word Hymn #161



Benediction

We praise you, O God, for being with us in this special time and place.  Send us forth with courage to be witnesses of your work in the world.  Let us not forget your name or power; let us not miss your glory in the mundane; let us not trample on holy ground, through Christ we pray.  Amen.

1. Sara Hong

February 9, 2020

Sermon by Reverend Deb McGuire

"Perspective"

Hymns

#1 Holy, Holy, Holy

#224 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

#353 My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less


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Come to me, O weary trav'ler

Come to me with your distress

Come to me, you heavy burdened;

Come to me and find your rest

Come and join the song, women, children, men.

Jesus makes us free to live again!

Centering Prayer

“i thank you god for most this amazing day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything which is natural which is infinite which is yes.” -- e.e.cummings.


Call to Worship

ONE: We worship the God who inhabits our world and indwells our lives. We need not look up to find God,

ALL: we need only look around: within ourselves, beyond ourselves, into the eyes of another.

ONE: We need not listen for distant thunder to find God,

ALL: We need only listen to the music of life, the words of children, the questions of the curious, the rhythm of a heartbeat. We worship the God who inhabits our world and who indwells our lives.


Prayer of Confession

God, we sometimes chop our world and our lives into pieces, accepting some parts and rejecting others. We have made ourselves the judges of which hopes, which people, which nations are acceptable, forgetting that you are the only judge. We have denied, repressed, ignored, or condemned all the pieces of your world that we don’t like. In our souls and on our earth we have left brokenness where you created wholeness. Merciful God, forgive us our sin. Amen.

Response Hymn #183




Assurance of Forgiveness

Neither this world nor your life is so broken that God cannot restore it to wholeness.  Trust and believe that, after separation, reconciliation is possible.  God does show us the way home.  In the name of Christ Jesus, your sin is forgiven.


Preparation for the Word Hymn #161



Closing Charge

The way is long, let us go together.  The way is difficult, let us help each other.  The way is joyful, let us share it.  The way is Christ’s, for Christ is the Way, let us follow.  The way is open before us, let us go!


February 2, 2020

Celebration of Holy Communion

Sermon by Reverend Deb McGuire

"It's Not What You Think"

Hymns

#12 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

#826 “Lift Highthe Cross

#11 Source and Sovereign, Rock and Cloud


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Come to me, O weary trav'ler

Come to me with your distress

Come to me, you heavy burdened;

Come to me and find your rest

Come and join the song, women, children, men.

Jesus makes us free to live again!

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Come to me, O weary trav'ler

Come to me with your distress

Come to me, you heavy burdened;

Come to me and find your rest

January  26, 2020

Sermon by Reverend Deb McGuire

"Only Christ"

Hymns

#32 I Sing the Mighty Power of God

#492 You Belong to Christ

#547 Go, My Children, with My Blessing


Come and join the song, women, children, men.

Jesus makes us free to live again!

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Centering 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.


Call to Worship

ONE: O God, as we worship you, lead us into life in all of its fullness.

ALL: Help us to worship with all we are and have.

ONE: Let our laughter and our tears be instruments of prayer.

ALL: Let our loves and our delights emerge as shining hope.  And let the light of the world be here within us until we radiate the love that is Christ.


Prayer of Confession

Redeeming God, you are waiting for us, for we are slow to make room in our hearts for the Christ Child.  Your stars are shining, and the angels' songs are praising.  Yet we are in no hurry to hear the message of peace and goodwill, to sing "Glory" with the angels, to leave our sheep on the hillside, and come with haste to find incarnation.  Redeeming God, forgive our unbelief, forgive our lack of wonder, forgive our denying the birth in our midst.  Open us to your miracle, let us hear again the message of love that Jesus Christ is born.  Let us respond with joyous hearts, glorifying and praising God for all that we have heard and seen.  Amen.


Response Hymn #183




Assurance of Forgiveness


Preparation for the Word Hymn #161



Benediction

“Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

May we go in peace. Amen.

January 19, 2020

Sermon by Reverend Deb McGuire


Hymns

#377 I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light

#379  We Shall Overcome

#835 Just a Closer Walk with Thee


Come to me, O weary trav'ler

Come to me with your distress

Come to me, you heavy burdened;

Come to me and find your rest

Come and join the song, women, children, men.

Jesus makes us free to live again!

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Come to me, O weary trav'ler

Come to me with your distress

Come to me, you heavy burdened;

Come to me and find your rest

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Centering 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.


Call to Worship

ONE: O God, as we worship you, lead us into life in all of its fullness.

ALL: Help us to worship with all we are and have.

ONE: Let our laughter and our tears be instruments of prayer.

ALL: Let our loves and our delights emerge as shining hope.  And let the light of the world be here within us until we radiate the love that is Christ.


Prayer of Confession

Redeeming God, you are waiting for us, for we are slow to make room in our hearts for the Christ Child.  Your stars are shining, and the angels' songs are praising.  Yet we are in no hurry to hear the message of peace and goodwill, to sing "Glory" with the angels, to leave our sheep on the hillside, and come with haste to find incarnation.  Redeeming God, forgive our unbelief, forgive our lack of wonder, forgive our denying the birth in our midst.  Open us to your miracle, let us hear again the message of love that Jesus Christ is born.  Let us respond with joyous hearts, glorifying and praising God for all that we have heard and seen. Amen.


Response Hymn #183




Assurance of Forgiveness


Preparation for the Word Hymn #161



Benediction


January 12, 2020

Sermon by Reverend Deb McGuire

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#377 “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light”

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Prayer of Confession


Response Hymn #183




Assurance of Forgiveness


Preparation for the Word Hymn #161



Benediction


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Sermon by Reverend Deb McGuire

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Come to me, O weary trav'ler

Come to me with your distress

Come to me, you heavy burdened;

Come to me and find your rest

Come and join the song, women, children, men.

Jesus makes us free to live again!

Come to me, O weary trav'ler

Come to me with your distress

Come to me, you heavy burdened;

Come to me and find your rest

Come and join the song, women, children, men.

Jesus makes us free to live again!