HELP WANTED: Musician To Lead Contemporary Service


Musician needed for a new worship service!

Bethesda is planning a new contemporary worship service set for Sundays at 9:00 a.m. We anticipate a small praise team to start with (2-3 musicians/singers), and we are looking for a musician to lead the group. Duties include choosing music (in cooperation with the pastor), leading rehearsals with the other musicians, and leading the music during the service. Familiarity with contemporary Christian music is a plus, but not required. A modest weekly salary is available for the qualified candidate. Interested parties may email or call the church office at 410-673-7538 for more information.

Finding Your Way Back To God

Can I Find My Way Back?

Most of us would say we believe in God. Maybe at one time, we even felt close to God. Then life just got in the way and we drifted. Wherever you’re from, no matter your past hurts, shame, or regrets, whether you call yourself Christian or not, you have something deep inside you that longs for a connection with God. It’s part of being human.

Join us for our Sunday worship series Finding Your Way Back to God, starting October 15, and discover that God has not forgotten you. In fact, God is running to you with open arms. Sundays at 10:15am starting October 15

October 15    There’s Got to Be More, Read ch. 1-6

October 22    I Wish I Could Start Over, Read ch. 7-8

October 29    I Can’t Do This on My Own, Read ch. 9-11

November 5    God Loves Me After All, Read ch. 12-13

November 12    Now This is Living!, Read ch. 14-16

Every Sunday at Bethesda:

Worship Service   10:15am.

Deep Blue Kids (1st-5th grade) concurrent with Worship.

Nursery            (Infants-K) concurrent with Worship.

Youth Group    (6th-12th grade) 11:30am.


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.

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.

Breaking Free – Exploring “Exodus”

We will be starting a new series on Sunday called “Breaking Free.” It is a series based on the book of Exodus. You may be familiar with this epic story (made famous in popular movies like “The Ten Commandments”) of Moses confronting the Egyptian king, demanding the release of the enslaved Israelites. It is a timeless story that really speaks to our current day circumstances.  You may feel like there is nothing you need to break free from. If that is the case, praise God. But I want to encourage all of us to think outside the box. The reason God wants the people freed is so they can worship God. As we prepare for this journey, be thinking about those things that keep you from worshiping God fully. Worship is not meant to be just a one-hour-on-Sunday experience. We are called to make worship of God our daily lifestyle. What things in your life are preventing you from doing that? It may be busy-ness, perfectionism, materialism, debt, anxiety and worry, shame and guilt, unforgiveness, or addiction (to any number of things).

As we prepare to start this series, I want to encourage you to do three things this week. Do only what you can and don’t stress about what you can’t do. I know we are all extra busy this week with Peach Festival preps, but for those of us who have the time, it will be well worth it.

  1. Read the end of Genesis.You may recall we spent several weeks in Genesis with the story of Abraham. In our last episode, Abraham handed the baton to his son Isaac, after securing a wife (Rebekah) for him. Isaac and Rebekah become the parents of twins Esau and Jacob. Jacob, who is renamed “Israel,” eventually becomes the father of twelve sons. Jacob’s second youngest son Joseph is the link between the stories of Genesis and Exodus. With that background, you can pick up the story of Joseph. If you can manage it, I suggest you read chapters 37, 39-50 (skip 48-49 if you are pressed for time). If you read about 2 chapters a day (they are short), you will be able to get it done this week.

Monday           37, 39

Tuesday           40-41

Wednesday     42-43

Thursday         44-45

Friday              46-47

Saturday          48-50 (skip 48-49 if you are pressed for time)

Again, don’t stress over it. I will catch everyone up on Sunday, but you will be better prepared for the Exodus story if you’ve read the story of Joseph.

  1. Bring your Bible to church on Sunday.We will be covering lots of scripture and I want to encourage you to be reading along in your own Bible, so you can make notes, underline things that are important to you, etc. If you do not have an easy-to-read Bible, please take one from the pew. I would much prefer to see them in your hands at home rather than sitting in the pews unused.
  1. Inviteyour friends, neighbors, and family members to church!

I look forward to this journey with you!

Pastor Linda