Worship Series Summaries
Check out the various worship series offered at Bethel of Mound.
These are arranged in chronological order, with the newest or upcoming ones listed first.
Grace: Undeserved, Unconditional, Unending
Come take in the grace of God this summer. Grace is the thing that sets Christianity apart, the thing that touches hearts and awakens imagination, the thing that inspires, heals, and enlivens everything. Grace is that wildly surprising and deeply touching act that makes life thrive! Through story, music, imagery, and interactive activities we will live in the amazing beauty of God’s grace and find ways to extend grace to our family, friends, and world. Join us as we celebrate the undeserved, unconditional, unending love of God.
Let It Begin with Me
Jesus entrusted us with being his hands and feet in the world. He didn’t stick around to micro-manage our affairs (as if that were even possible), nor did he leave us ill-equipped or unfocused. Jesus called us together to be the church-in-action, to be people who love God and love our neighbor as ourselves. Our mission is ever before us, calling us to care for the hurting world around us through relief work, development work, and justice work. In part during this worship series, we will focus on what Minnesota United Methodists in particular are doing in each of these three areas of serving our neighbors. After his resurrection, Jesus asked Peter, if he loved him, to feed his lambs; he asks the same of each of us. Indeed, let it begin with me.
2021 Lent - Easter
4 Witnesses to the Truth
Why in the world is the “greatest story ever told” not told in the same way by our four Gospel writers? The story told in each gospel is certainly as gripping and dramatic as any we could hope to hear, but they clearly give strikingly different versions of the same events regarding Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Was one witness more accurate in relaying the facts than the other three and therefore is “the more reliable truth”? Should we only consider elements which are present in all four as “the unquestionable truth”? Or perhaps if we meld them altogether does the composite reveal “a more complete truth”? Actually, a more satisfying and ultimately more engaging approach will be for us to take each one of the four accounts on its own terms, and allow each witness to speak “the gospel truth” (aka the Good News) in his unique and powerful ways. Join us as we let the truths which each Gospel witness has to share come alive, not only for the people of that day, but for us as well.
2021 January - February
Better Together: The Power of the Threefold Cord
Our ideas about community, connection, and belonging have exploded. This certainly has been the result of our pandemic isolation, but actually the trends have been coming for decades. However, the search for community is a fundamental life search. We need to belong. While words like “family,” “neighbor,” and “congregation” are being redefined, our yearning for connection remains. One truth endures; we are better together. Small groups may not be not the answer for all of our needs, but they do have some things of significance to offer. Come join us in the search for meaningful, life-giving connections in today’s world of distancing; come be better together with Christ.
2020 Advent - Christmas
Unexpected: A Christmas Like None Other
This is likely to be a different kind of Christmas this year. Are COVID restrictions causing you to expect this year to be just depressing? Well, consider this: Jesus was not what most folks expected - he was even better! Even the wisest had to adjust their expectations, but when they did, they were awed. Maybe this Christmas is a chance for us to be awed anew also. Join us on an unexpected journey to the back streets of Bethlehem; join us for a Christmas like none other.
Remember Who You Are
As we journey into the unknown future, let us carry forward with us the meaningful parts of our past. Each week, we will be remembering the stories of our Judeo-Christian faith, of our United Methodist heritage, and of our own local church so as to enable us to articulate those critical strengths that will sustain and guide us. The work of remembering is inherently sacred work. Let us remember together who we are so we can continue to move forward with confidence and faith!
John is unique among the Gospels. John’s Gospel, more than any of the other three, is something of a spiritual commentary of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. In John, the details are historically-based but they are intended to be far more than a mere biographer’s account of Jesus’ travels and words. John writes to tell us the meaning and spiritual significance of it all. Come walk John’s path and discover what Jesus’ words and actions can mean for your life as well.
I Will Rise Again
Have you been broken piece by piece till your faith is all but gone? Have you been knocked down so far that you can’t get up? Even when your face is in the dirt, there is a voice of love saying, “Do not fear, you won’t be here for long. I will rise again. Believe in a brand new day and you will rise again too.” This summer, turn your eyes upon the one who rose again from the worst that humanity could suffer, and watch how God moves you from death to life again too!
Good News from the Good Doctor
The whimsical Dr. Seuss provides the story while the Good News provides spiritual foundation. Throughout this series, the issues of the day (namely the worldwide pandemic and the national outcry against racism) will also be addressed.