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 February 19, 2017 10am
This week our service includes a special Litany of Remembrance and Commitment, for the “Day of Remembrance”of Japanese American Internment
Sermon - "What the World Needs Now..." Dr. Sylvia Lee Mann
Special Music - Wayne Howell will sing "Fill My Cup Lord"
[Jesus said:] "You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you.
"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect."
All readings for this week
Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18
1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23
1. With whom do you identify in this story: the crowd, or the religiously observant leaders?
2. How much do you think Christians take seriously Jesus' command to love our enemies as a core teaching?
3. When have you experienced transformation because a person or community (or you yourself) went the extra mile of faithfulness?
4. When have you ever witnessed a "flower" crack the "rock" it inhabited? How might that look in our culture?
5. How do you respond to the notion of a "reptilian brain" determining our responses?
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!
ONGOING - 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 (email@example.com). We'd like to get this sent soon -They still need it!
So come on to Bethel and drop it off at services...(10am in Sundays).
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.