Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Bethany Bullet Sermon Message - Week of March 29, 2020

Lenten Service Schedule:
Bethany has cancelled our Midweek Lenten Worship service and Soup Supper for April 1.

Click HERE for the Lenten Devotional for this week.
*April 1st devotional will be posted soon.

From Sunday’s Worship for March 29, 2020:
If you’ve not heard Pastor Blake’s Lent V Sermon on “Are We There Yet?  Stillness before God” the service can still be viewed from our website.

Link to Worship Video for 3/29/20 – HERE
*If unable to open link copy/paste this into your browser: http://www.bethanylutheran.org/worship-service-resources/
*Direct link to Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/401507972

Link for printing Sunday’s Bulletin for 3/29/20 – HERE


Holy Gospel Reading – John 11:1-4, 17-28, 32-35, 38-44
Be Still and know that I am God!

The ancient prayer, “Lord Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me!”  Is a great source of practicing stillness before God.  When anxiety takes root, when the chaos begins to overwhelm, when the fears mount (and these days have no shortage of anxiety causing, chaos producing and fear bringing news) so a practice of being still before God is as needed as ever!  As you breathe in say, “Lord Jesus, Son of God,” then as you breathe out say, “Have mercy on me!”

Of course these days, as all days, the child of God troubled by sin can also feel overwhelmed with guilt.  Another practice of being still before God is to be reminded of His promises.  When overcome with guilt take a moment of quietness and say, “I am Yours Lord, save me!” 

As you inhale declare who, and whose, you are, “I am Yours Lord!”  As you exhale speak your need, and His gift, “Save me!”

Yes in these days being still before God is vital. Stillness before God is also a confession that, God’s Got This!  And that, We’ve Got God!

Therefore we know that not only will we get through these Corona virus days, we will grow through these days!  We will learn to connect deeper to our God and to our neighbors, we will grow in love of Him and them, and we will find ourselves in a chaotic, whirlwind world able to be still before God and the lyrics of Catharina von Schlegel will become a part of our life in Christ, “Be Still, my soul; the Lord is on your side; bear patiently the cross of grief or pain; leave to your god to order and provide; in every change He faithful will remain.  Be still, my soul, your best, your heavenly Friend through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.”
-Pr. Kevin Kritzer

The Worship Resources for
PALM SUNDAY: Sunday, April 5, 2020 will be posted on our website at www.bethanylutheran.org  
on Saturday, April 4 by midday.

Don’t MISS a Special Edition of The Bethany Bullet due out by
Thursday, April 2nd.


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