We are a mission community welcoming all people seeking to know God,
especially God as revealed through Jesus Christ.
Our new vision statement is:
To welcome, include and connect with all, so that together
we learn how God would have us love and serve.
May the grace of Jesus Christ and the love of God be with each of you!
Mt. Bethel Presbyterian Church is now holding in-person worship in the sanctuary. We are asking everyone to:
- Wear masks, as there will be unvaccinated children and adults present
- Sit socially distanced from other households
- Keep socially distanced while exiting and enjoy outside social time with optional masks
Contact the office if you have any questions or concerns about attending in person. We will also live stream our worship every Sunday so if you don’t feel ready to return, or you are at the beach or mountains, you can still join us online.
On August 8, I will continue my summer fiction sermon series. We’ll hear the Hebrew Bible lectionary passage from 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33, juxtaposed with Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad. The texts really challenge me to reflect on the purpose of preaching. Both reveal some of humanity’s worst proclivities and their consequences. In the face of these unpleasant realities, the sermon asks, what is the Christian response? Sometimes we are called to act. But in this case I feel so humbled by these realities the best I can do is try to name some of the dynamics that the texts seem to suggest that bring out our worst proclivities and their consequences. The theological task of naming asks us to listen and question before we act. Given the state of our country and race relations, that seems more realistic to me than thinking the sermon will deliver easy answers to issues that have evaded easy answers for hundreds of years.
On August 15, the lectionary reading brings us the story of Solomon and his quest for wisdom. Since wisdom is usually proven over time, I’m picking a classic novel that’s stood the test of time: The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner. On August 22, we’ll take a break from the lectionary to consider a modern take on the apocalypse: A Children’s Bible by Lydia Millet, paired with Revelation 6:12-17. Neither of these novels are children’s books, but they do ask adults to pay attention to what they’re leaving for their children.
Don’t forget that you can participate in the development of sermon ideas by getting added to my sermon group email list. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an invitation.
God be with each of you.
Rev. Marguerite Sirrine, Transitional Pastor
Mt. Bethel Presbyterian Church is looking for part-time office support. See the Position Description here.
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