Welcome to Bethel Congregational Church, UCC
We are an Open and Affirming UCC Congregation! Kid-Friendly, too!
YOU are invited to join us in Worship
Sunday at 10am
Sunday December 11 , 2016 10am
Third Sunday of Advent
All are welcome. Let's have a great service.
Sermon: Dr. Sylvia Lee Mann
All Readings for This Week
(see the scripture readings page for full texts)
Psalm 146:5-10 or Luke 1:47-55
And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever."
1. What would you sing in a Magnificat of your own?
2. How much do our Christmas carols resemble the Magnificat?
3. How does it make a difference that you listen for God's word in community rather than alone?
4. How do you connect your "smaller" story with the "larger" story of God?
5. Where and when have you seen the promises of God brought to fulfillment?
Come a little early to "Meet and Greet" folks, grab some coffee, etc...
In the face of division and fear, let us resolve to truly "Be the Church"..
Please - Plan to join us to have a great Sunday morning, and - Feel free to bring your family and friends as we continue celebrate the triumph of Love...and contemplate our response
After worship, stay for a fellowship - snacks, coffee, tea, etc... something we always enjoy!
NEW - Bethel Missions Standing Rock Project:
We (Bethel UCC Missions) are planning to send wool socks, blankets, coats to Standing Rock (their list says they want wool...) If you would like to contribute items (or $ for shipping) get in touch. Send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org). We'd like to get this sent soon -They need it!
So come on to Bethel and drop it off at services...(10am in Sundays). We would like to send it off on Monday Dec 5.
If you can't bring something in person, you may donate to this cause online. click the link and then scroll down to the Standing Rock Donation....
(Palms will be provided!)- See more at: http://betheluccontario.org/special_events/#sthash.heK9uxF1.dpuf
Dr. Sylvia Lee Mann is Bethel's Pastor and Minister of Music, serves on the faculty of California State University Dominguez Hills (Music and Humanities),and is widely known as musician, artist and inspirational speaker. To learn more about Dr. Mann, visit the church's music site http://bethelontariomusic.com, or her personal site, http://sylvialeemann.com
Welcome! Bethel United Church of Christ is a church that does God’s work in the world, nurtures spiritual growth, and helps to build a loving community.No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here. Bethel UCC Ontario is an Open and Affirming congregation.