June 21, Outdoor Worship Guide

Happy Father’s Day!  We hope that you have a great day full of joy as we celebrate the fathers in our lives.  Today we will read Ephesians 6:1-4 understanding the mission God has given fathers to lead their homes to know God and follow Him faithfully.  Thank you for joining us in worship. 


Before leaving the house:

Prepare for worship.  So often we come to worship ready to receive from God and recharge our spiritual batteries.  These are good things, but they are not most important in our worship.  Worship is when we offer ourselves to God for His glory and service.  We can prepare our hearts by praying before going to church, confessing sin, listening to worship music, and reading the Bible. 

KREW for Kids.  At 9am KREW will continue to air live on Facebook for all children.  Encourage your children to participate, worship together, and study God’s Word together. 

Pack what you need.  You will need your Bible, song lyrics and outdoor chairs.  You will be able to sit as a family in your lawn chairs or remain in your car for worship.  Song lyrics are included in the Outdoor Worship Guide.  Tents/umbrellas are welcome for shade, but there will be designated areas to keep the view of others clear. 

Plan to arrive early.  You will need time to park, unpack and set up your chairs.  Service will start at 10am, and its helpful if everyone is ready to begin together. 

When you arrive at Bethel:

Parking areas.  There will be designated areas for parking.  There will be parking attendants and greeters to help you park and answer your questions. 

Seating.  To maintain social distancing and safety there will be flags marking where each family can sit.  We ask that you respect others by keeping a safe distance and stay within these marked areas. 

Limit handshakes, hugs, and other physical contact.  It is important that we remain safe as we regather.  Please do not shake hands, give hugs, or other physical contact.  We will not have a printed worship guide. 

Offering.  You may continue to give to the gospel ministry online (www.lovingbethel.com).  We will collect offerings as part of our worship service for those who wish to give in person. 

After Outdoor Worship has ended: 

Dismiss safely.  Please continue to social distance but share love with one another as we dismiss. 

Family Sermon Guide.  You will find a Family Sermon Guide with questions to discuss in the Outdoor Worship Guide


Whoever Means Anybody

For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13


I sat in a Prayer and Bible study group the other night with friends.  We gathered to share in God’s Word and encourage one another.  We prayed for one another, laughed together, and just by being present together we encouraged each other to press on in our discipleship journeys.  We certainly need each other during these challenging times.


Are you a multiplier?

And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.  Genesis 1:11-12 


Outdoor Worship Guide, June 7

Reconciliation:  God’s Mission.  We are exploring God’s mission to reconcile the world to Himself through Jesus Christ and our role in His mission.  You and I both have a responsibility to share Jesus with others and help the come to faith in Christ.  But its hard.  We are all very busy.  How do we join God on mission?  Sunday we will dig into 2 Corinthians 5-6 together and see.  Come join us!


Justice, Kindness, and a Walk

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?  Micah 6:8


In these days of unrest, I keep coming back to this verse in Micah.  We are all angry and frustrated over the effects of COVID, but also the injustices we’ve witnessed over the last week.  How different things would be if we each would pattern our lives around this verse.  Some of us are questioning how to speak and respond to the tragic events taking place.  I encourage you to search the Scriptures as they are sufficient for all godliness. 

In Micah 6:8, the first observation is that there is a right way and a wrong way.  The Lord has shown us the right way, what is good.  He desires that we follow the right way.  As we study God’s Word, we learn more and more the way of life He has called us to. 

Micah defines what is good as doing justice, loving kindness and walking humbly with God.  The fact is that we are to do what is right, cherish kindness toward others as we walk in a right relationship with God.  God has shown us what is right in the Word of God.  Psalm 19:8 says, “The commandments of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are clear, giving insight for living.”  God’s rules for life are best for all of us.  And we can find answers we seek in His Word.  

God has also demonstrated the kindness and mercy we are to show toward others through the life of Jesus.  His mercy is perfect.  The word mercy literally means “withholding what someone deserves for wrongdoing.”  In our sin we deserve punishment and death as we offend a Holy God.  Yet Jesus came and died in our place, receiving the punishment for our sin that we deserved.  He did this so that we would be made right with him in faith and escape the punishment and death.  What mercy!  We should give others the kindness Jesus has given us. 

But we can’t live this way on our own.  His justice and kindness can only overflow from our lives if we are being constantly filled with Jesus.  We must submit ourselves to the Lord and deny our selfishness and pride.  Humbly, we follow His lead in our lives and we walk with Him.  Walking with God is evidence of a relationship that’s going somewhere.  We aren’t stagnant in our relationship with God but growing.  Conversion is not the ending point of our relationship, but the beginning.  As we walk with God, He changes us.  We increase in our love for God and our love for others – everyone – the more we walk with God. 
Pause.  Take a moment and reflect on the circumstances of 2020.  Examine your heart to see if you are in Christ.  Pray for repentance for all of us.