Armistice Centennial

Along with other organizations across the United States, tomorrow Bethesda will toll its bell twenty-one times, at five-second intervals, at 11:00 a.m., in honor of the centennial of Armistice Day. If you have access to a bell in the town of Preston, we hope you will join us. In 1918 President Woodrow Wilson wrote in response to the Armistice: “A supreme moment of history has come. The eyes of the people have been opened and they see. The hand of God is laid upon the nations. He will show them favour, I devoutly believe, only if they rise to the clear heights of His own justice and mercy.” We pray, in this moment of remembrance, that God will continue to show mercy and justice, and bring peace to his people on earth.

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.

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!

An Historic Homecoming!

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Our current pastor, Rev. Linda Pevey (center), flanked by her predecessors, Rev. Joan Wolff (left), who served Bethesda from 2004 to 2010, and Rev. Karen Handy (right), who served Bethesda from 2012 to 2015.

Bethesda had a great Homecoming and 231st Anniversary service today, in spite of the wind and rain. What a thrill it was to have all three of Bethesda’s woman pastors together in one service – truly an historic occasion!

Homecoming Service Tomorrow

Come get out of the rain tomorrow…attend Bethesda’s Annual Homecoming Service at 10:15 a.m. We are celebrating 231 years of continuous ministry in Preston, as well as women in ministry. Special speakers are Rev. Karen Handy and Rev. Joan Wolff!