Lent Approaches

Have you been away from church for awhile? Are you feeling a need to connect to something greater than everyday life? Is God calling you to take action for the betterment of the community?

The season of Lent is just around the corner. It is a time of reflection, self-assessment, and reconnection with the things in life that have true and lasting meaning. If you are feeling the tug of God on your heart today, why not make Lent your time to answer his call?

Take communion and receive the ashes on Ash Wednesday, and discover anew the message and mission that Jesus Christ has for you. Easter is only seven weeks away: prepare yourself for Christ’s Resurrection by experiencing one of your own!

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.