Worship during COVID-19

Beginning March 22, 2020, Bethlehem church took a break from in-person worship services to help in the worldwide effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. Pastor Theda McBryde recorded basic elements of our weekly service to allow church members to worship in their homes. Here are past recordings, along with supplemental worship materials drawn from a variety of sources.

March 22: “Healing of the Man Born Blind”(please click white triangle to listen):

For inspiration, here is a song, “We Are Not Alone,” by Pepper Choplin, performed last summer by the Oasis Chorale at Sandy Ridge Mennonite Church, Bremen, Indiana:

March 29: “Where Life Confronts Death” (please click white triangle to listen):

For inspiration, here is the hymn “In the Garden,” sung by Bethlehem member Sara Walthery, accompanying herself on the harp:

April 5 (Palm Sunday): “Palms to Passion” (please click white triangle to listen):

For inspiration, here’s a virtual choir featuring the voices of 48 singers from 14 countries singing “In Christ Alone.” The performance was arranged and produced by David Wesley (http://patreon.com/davidwesley):

April 10, Good Friday: You’re invited to meditate on Good Friday with this message on a Christian blog called The Twelve: Scandalous Love.

For inspiration, here’s Bethlehem member Sara Walthery playing “What Wondrous Love Is This?” on her harp:

April 12, Easter Sunday: “Risen, Conquering Son” (please click white triangle to listen):

For inspiration, here is Bethlehem member Sara Walthery playing the classic Easter hymn “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today”:

April 19: “God’s Mercy Endures Forever” (please click white triangle to listen):

For inspiration, here is Bethlehem member Sara Walthery playing the hymn “Alleluia Give Thanks”:

April 26: “Fortunately, He Is Risen” (please click white triangle to listen):

For inspiration, here is the choir of First-Plymouth Church, Lincoln Nebraska, singing “Canticle of the Turning,” arranged by John Ferguson:

May 3: “I Will Fear No Evil,” by Rev. Theda McBryde:

For inspiration: Here is Bethlehem member Sara Walthery reciting Psalm 23 while accompanying herself on her harp:

May 10: “The Way Is Love,” by Rev. Theda McBryde:

For inspiration: Bethlehem member Tom Blackford performs his original song “Jesus Preachin”:

May 17: “Basic Accounting,” from guest preacher Rev. Jennifer Burns Lewis:

For inspiration: Guest musician Claire Bellamy performs “All Creatures of Our God and King, arranged by Chris Rice:

May 24: “Looking up at the Sky,” by Rev. Theda McBryde:

For inspiration: Bethlehem member Sara Walthery sings “In the Bulb There Is a Flower” and accompanyies herself on harp:

May 31 (Pentecost): “What Do You Do With Such A Gift?” by Rev. Theda McBryde:

For inspiration: Bethlehem member Sara Walthery sings “”Breathe on Me, Breath of God” and accompanies herself on harp: