Martin Luther and the Reformation

Please join us for a presentation on Martin Luther and the Reformation, at 3:00 p.m. in the Immanuel Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall (242 Main Street).

Rev. Dr. Robert Mordhorst (pictured at left) will talk about the nature of Luther and his theology and the rise and importance of Protestantism. Audience Q&A will follow.

Co-sponsored by Immanuel Lutheran Church and Bethesda United Methodist Church.

We Remember 9/11

Bethesda honors Preston’s first responders in 2016’s 9/11 Remembrance Service.

A Prayer for the Anniversary of 9/11
by the Rev. Jeremy Pridgeon

O God, our hope and refuge,
 in our distress we come quickly to you.
 Shock and horror of that tragic day have subsided,
 replaced now with an emptiness,
 a longing for an innocence lost.

We come remembering those who lost their lives
 in New York, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania. 

We are mindful of the sacrifice of public servants
 who demonstrated the greatest love of all
 by laying down their lives for friends.
 We commit their souls to your eternal care
 and celebrate their gifts to a fallen humanity.

We come remembering
 and we come in hope,
 not in ourselves, but in you. 

As foundations we once thought secure have been shaken,
 we are reminded of the illusion of security. 

In commemorating this tragedy,
 we give you thanks for your presence
 in our time of need
 and we seek to worship you in Spirit and in truth,
 our guide and our guardian. Amen.

Today’s Offertory

Today’s offertory, “Meet and Right It Is to Sing,” was sung by Eric Cheezum in loving memory of Lily Kate Powell, who tragically passed away last week at the age of nine. The words of the hymn are by Charles Wesley, and the tune was composed by Lily Kate’s father, Tim Powell, and dedicated to her at her birth in 2007. (With thanks to accompanist Kari Farnell.)

Breaking Free

Explore the lessons of the Book of Exodus with us in Pastor Linda’s new sermon series, “Breaking Free.” The first three sermons can be heard by clicking on their titles below. Do you need help breaking free? Come join us every Sunday at 10:15 a.m. as we learn how God wants us to live.