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.
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.
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.
Christmas Carols at United Methodist Landmark
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!
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!