What’s New?…

…asks Pastor Linda in her New Year’s Day sermon, now posted online here. At this time of the turning of the year, are there things you need to leave behind, as well as to take up?

Whatever your needs in 2017, we hope you will take time to connect more deeply with God. As the Apostle Paul told the Romans, “our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” We hope you will seek out that glory this year and for years to come.

Christmas Eve at Bethesda

Below are some pictures from tonight’s Christmas Eve service. For more Christmas joy, join us for our Lessons and Carols worship service tomorrow at 10:15 a.m. Hear all your favorite Scriptures and sing all your favorite carols, all to celebrate the brith of our Savior! Joy to the world! You can hear Pastor Linda’s Christmas Eve sermon by clicking here.

Lessons and Carols on Christmas Day!

Gerard van Honthorst, Adoration of the Shepherds (1622)

Sunday, December 25 is Christmas Day, and Bethesda will have its regularly scheduled worship service at 10:15 a.m. We will have a “Lessons and Carols” Service, full of all your favorite Christmas scriptures and songs. Please join us – take a break from the festivities and commercialism, come as you are*, and help us welcome our Savior, Jesus Christ, into the world.

Come, let us adore him!

*We mean it: wear those new pajamas you just got for Christmas if you want.

Lessons & Carols at Barratt’s Chapel


From UMC.org

Christmas Carols at United Methodist Landmark

The “Independence Hall of American Methodism” invites people to enjoy a Christmas concert each December. Barratt’s Chapel in Frederica, Delaware was built in 1780 by a Methodist Society. It was at Barratt’s Chapel that Thomas Coke and Francis Asbury first officially celebrated the sacraments of communion and baptism and therefore turned a religious movement into the Methodist Church in America. The Quaker-style pews and intimate space heighten the experience of the 2016 Lessons & Carols service featuring the Wesley College Choir, the Delaware Choral Society and four more community choirs. “Sometimes I think about how worshippers were singing those same carols here, same notes, same words, 200 years ago, and that’s special, “ says James Wilson, Associate Professor of Music at Wesley College in Delaware. Enjoy this excerpt from the 2016 concert, brought to you by United Methodist Communications.  Merry Christmas everyone!