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Sunday at 10am
Sunday Jan 22, 2017 10am
Sermon - "A Radical Call" Dr. Sylvia Lee Mann
This week's service powerpoint
Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the lake, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
"Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali,
on the road by the sea, across the Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles
the people who sat in darkness
have seen a great light,
and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death
light has dawned."
From that time Jesus began to proclaim, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near."
As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the lake for they were fishermen. And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fish for people." Immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.
Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.
All readings for this week
Psalm 27:1, 4-9
1 Corinthians 1:10-18
1. What is your own experience of having been called into a Christian community?
2. When have you been an unlikely and unexpected source of help for another person?
3. In what ways has your congregation sat in darkness, and then experienced the light of God's love?
4. Would you describe your experience of faith and call as ever having a "gut-wrenching" moment?
5. What would a re-set of your own life look and feel like, today?
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 our next care package off on Monday January 30th.
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.