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Our Mission
Worship, love, accept - together in Christ's name.

Commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther,
Renewer of the Church, 1546

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This Week at Bethany

Today:
Sunday: April 14th
Sunday of Passion / Palm Sunday
9:30 - Coffee Fellowship
9:30 - Youth SS
10:30 - Worship w/Communion
11:30 - Potluck
5:00 - Youth Board Mtg. at UMC
6:00 - Youth Group
(JH& HS) at UMC

Monday: April 15th
7:00 - Hand Bell Rehearsal

Tuesday: April 16th

7:30AM - Prayer Group
5:00PM - Christian Ed. Mtg
Thursday: April 18th
7:00 - Maundy Thursday worship w/Communiun

Friday: April 19th
7:00 - Laurens Ecumenical Good Friday Service

Sunday: April 21st
Easter Sunday
7:00 - Easter Sunrise Service at UMC Easter Breakfast to follow
NO SUNDAY SCHOOL
9:30 - Easter Worship w/Communion
Note change of worship time
NO Youth Group

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April 14, 2019 ~ Sixth Sunday in Lent

FIRST READING: Isaiah 50:4-9a
4 The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of a teacher,[a] that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens-wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught. 5 The Lord GOD has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward. 6 I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting. 7 The Lord GOD helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame; 8 he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me. 9 It is the Lord GOD who helps me; who will declare me guilty? All of them will wear out like a garment; the moth will eat them up.

PSALM 31:9-16 (responsively)
9Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eye wastes away from grief, my soul and body also.

10For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my misery, and my bones waste away.

11I am the scorn of all my adversaries, a horror to my neighbors, an object of dread to my acquaintances; those who see me in the street flee from me.

12I have passed out of mind like one who is dead; I have become like a broken vessel.

13For I hear the whispering of many---terror all around!---as they scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life.

14But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, "You are my God."

15My times are in your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.

16Let your face shine upon your servant, save me in your steadfast love.

SECOND READING: Philippians 2:5-11
5 Let the same mind be in you that was[a] in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, 7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, 8 he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death-even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

*LENTEN SENTENCE P. 63
*THE HOLY GOSPEL: Luke 23:13-25
13 Pilate then called together the chief priests, the leaders, and the people, 14 and said to them, "You brought me this man as one who was perverting the people; and here I have examined him in your presence and have not found this man guilty of any of your charges against him. 15 Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us. Indeed, he has done nothing to deserve death. 16 I will therefore have him flogged and release him."[a]
18 Then they all shouted out together, "Away with this fellow! Release Barabbas for us!" 19 (This was a man who had been put in prison for an insurrection that had taken place in the city, and for murder.) 20 Pilate, wanting to release Jesus, addressed them again; 21 but they kept shouting, "Crucify, crucify him!" 22 A third time he said to them, "Why, what evil has he done? I have found in him no ground for the sentence of death; I will therefore have him flogged and then release him." 23 But they kept urgently demanding with loud shouts that he should be crucified; and their voices prevailed. 24 So Pilate gave his verdict that their demand should be granted. 25 He released the man they asked for, the one who had been put in prison for insurrection and murder, and he handed Jesus over as they wished.


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