A More Light Congregation

Bethany Presbyterian Church

This Week in Worship


Call to Worship

One: We gather with followers from throughout the centuries, we come to welcome Jesus.

All: We join crowds from many different places, shouting with joy for the king who enters Jerusalem.

One: If we were silent, the stones would shout out.

All: Let us raise our voices with all who joyfully praise God for the powerful deeds we have seen.

Prayer of Adoration

Holy and sovereign God, we praise you for your Son, Jesus, who rode in triumph into the holy city of Jerusalem, hailed a King and Messiah by adoring crowds. May we, who continue to proclaim Christ as Messiah, Redeemer, Lord and King, be courageous and faithful to follow him in the way of suffering and the cross, lest we be numbered among the fickle crowd who turned their backs on your Son. Turn our hearts again this day to enter into Christ’s Passion and death so we may also enter into his resurrection and glory.  Amen.


#196 "All Glory, Laud and Honor"

#197 "Hosanna, Loud Hosanna"

#629 "Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee"

  #93 "Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates"

March 22, 2015

Palm Sunday

Sermon by Reverend Richard Pyke

"Seeing Is Believing"

Call to Worship

One: Keep watch, people of God.

All: On this night, Jesus humbled himself to wash our feet and instructed us to follow his example.

One: Keep watch, people of God.

All: On this night, Jesus commanded us to love one another as he loves us.

One: Keep watch, people of God.

All: On this night, he invited us to eat the bread of heaven, his body, and drink the cup of salvation, his blood.

One: Keep watch, people of God.

All: On this night, we betrayed him.

One: Keep watch, people of God.

All: On this night, we denied him.

One: Keep watch, people of God.  Watch and pray.

Evening Prayer

Ever gracious God, we gather this evening hour as friends gathered with Jesus in an upper room long ago. We come bearing the marks of a bitter and broken world. We come from anonymous places, with dry and thirsty spirits. Remind us, in the breaking of the bread, of our need and of your sufficiency. Refresh us and make us whole with the cup of forgiveness. Draw us nearer to each other in mutual service and closer to you in the covenant of faithfulness and thanksgiving. As the night advances, deepen in us a sense of your steadfast love for us in Jesus Christ, our Redeemer.  Amen.

Litany of Remembrance

Lord Jesus, you bid us come to the upper room, to share with you your final meal.

We hear your words. We were there.

You knelt before us with a towel around your waist.

We felt the smoothness of your hands on our calloused feet. We were there.

You offered us yourself, the bread of life.

We dipped our hands in the bowl with yours. We were there.

You commanded us, “Love one another, and I have loved you.”

We heard our words. We were there.


#215 "What Wondrous Love Is This?"

#525 "Let Us Break Bread Together"

#228 "Were You There?"

April 2, 2015

Maundy Thursday

Meditation by Reverend Kathryn Pyke

Evening Prayer

Crucified and Sovereign Jesus, we confess that we have been untrue to you.  Like Peter, we have denied you, stood with our neighbors and acted as though we never knew you.  You did not leave us, even when we betrayed your love and sacrifice.  We break our promises, but your word is never broken.  Forgive us for being weak in the face of adversity and conflict, for fleeing when the going gets tough, for forsaking you.  You must have the last word - and it is "Father, forgive them."

Affirmation of Faith  

Christ Jesus, you hung upon a cross and died for us  

So that we might live for you.

Your body was broken and your blood shed

So that we might be healed and made whole.

You were faithful unto death

So that we might be faithful unto life.

Your last command was that we might love one another: one family together from every tribe and nation.

A new creation united through your sacrifice

Redeemed by your blood

Healed by your love

United by your covenant of peace

In your death may we find life.


John 17:20-23



#228 "Were You There?"

#442 "Just As I Am, Without One Plea"

April 3, 2015

Good Friday

Worship Drama: "The Denial"



Matthew 28:1-10


#232 "Jesus Christ Is Risen Today"

#197 "Hosanna, Loud Hosanna"

#246 "Christ is Alive!"

#233 "The Day of Resurrection"


April 5, 2015

Easter Sunday

Sermon by Reverend Kathryn Pyke

"New Life"


Prayer of Preparation

God of rock and roll, the rock is rolled away!  The tomb is empty!  Christ is Risen! We've come to celebrate the rolling stone and to ask you to roll the stone away in our lives to allow the resurrection of ourselves as new creations in Jesus Christ to come forth.  Rattle and shake us this Easter morning!  Amen!

Call to Worship

One: This is the Day!

All: Glorious day, resurrection day!

One: Empty tombs and renewed lives

All: This is God's doing.

One: So, rejoice --

All: Alleluia!

One: And sing --

All: Alleluia!

One: Be glad --

All: Alleluia!

One: For Christ is risen from the dead.

All: He is risen indeed

One: Alleluia!

All: Alleluia!

Easter Prayer

God of the morning light, God of Easter miracles, open our hearts to hear once again the story of love overcoming death, of joy drowning out sorrow, of hope emerging from despair.  Bring Easter to this moment.  Touch us.  Fill us.  Amen.

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