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Bethel Lutheran


Live Stream on Facebook and Uploaded to the Website and YouTube


February 14, 2021 - 10:00 a.m.

Second Campus, St. Matthew Lutheran Church

(Free Store, Community Meals and other Special Ministries)



We extend special greetings to all our guests who are viewing today. Know that all of God’s people are always welcome at Bethel and St. Matthew.

If you would like to know more about Bethel Lutheran and/or St. Matthew, her pastors, the Rev. Peter I. Ray and the Rev. Jeffrey N. Wise, or any of the parish’s programs and activities, please contact the church office (875-0510). Again, welcome; and may you have a blessed week!

About Bethel Lutheran Church: Bethel has been serving the Grove City and Lockbourne communities since 1968, ministering to its members and friends and supporting local ministries such as the Grove City Food Pantry and Lutheran Social Services programs like Faith Mission, “Choices” Domestic Abuse Shelter, and L.S.S. food ministries. Bethel is in partnership with nearly 9,000 sister congregations, 26 Lutheran colleges (including Capital University, Bexley and Wittenberg, Springfield), seven seminaries (including Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Bexley), world-wide missionaries, and Lutheran World Relief...all ministries of the over 4-million-member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (E.L.C.A.). Bethel Lutheran Church is also home to The Amazing Kids Academy Preschool, AA and GA groups, as well as other community organizations. Bethel also has a second campus for mission outreach at St. Matthew’s in Lockbourne, Ohio, including a Free Store. Both Bethel and St. Matthew’s serve free monthly meals to their respective communities.


Worship Times at Bethel are Sundays 10:00 a.m. (streamed on Facebook Live, and uploaded to our Bethel Webpage and YouTube channel during Covid-19 restrictions) Watch for “In Person” worship updates.

Our liturgy (order of worship) is printed in full within this bulletin. Throughout the service, the congregation C responds as the bold print indicates.



We, the members of Bethel Lutheran Church, Grove City, Ohio, believe the following statement represents our commitment and desire to reach out and welcome those in need of and searching for God’s love.

We believe we are all created in God’s image, female and male, and are all called to love our neighbors as Jesus loves us. We believe we are many members, but one body in Christ, and called to unite all people in God’s love. We welcome and affirm all people. We invite those who are seeking God’s presence in their lives to join us in our common journey. Our faith community seeks to unite persons of all ages, races, nationalities, ethnic background, sexual orientations, gender identities, mental and physical abilities, socioeconomic levels, and theological backgrounds. Together in our diversity, and being empowered and directed by the Holy Spirit, we will continually strive to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God.” (Micah 6:8)


All children are welcome in worship. They are a valued part of this faith community. In addition, Bethel’s nursery (for children up through four years of age) is staffed for worship services and is available to meet the needs of your family and the worshiping needs of the congregation (We have a “Parentseeker” paging system for optimal communication between nursery and parents worshiping in the sanctuary.) Children’s bulletins are also available for younger children to help them make age appropriate connections with our weekly themes.



The Sundays after Epiphany began with Jesus’ baptism and end with

three disciples’ vision of his transfiguration. In Mark’s story of Jesus’

baptism, apparently only Jesus sees the Spirit descending and hears the

words from heaven. But now Jesus’ three closest friends hear the same

words naming him God’s Beloved. As believers, Paul writes, we are

enabled to see the God-light in Jesus’ face, because the same God who

created light in the first place has shone in our hearts to give us that

vision. The light of God’s glory in Jesus has enlightened us through

baptism and shines in us also for others to see.




Pastor Ray


(Please stand, as able)


P: Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, whose voice is upon the waters,

whose mercy is poured out upon all people, whose goodness cascades over all creation.

C: Amen.

P: Let us confess our sin, trusting in the abundant grace of God. Silence is kept for reflection.

P: Holy God,

C: you search us and know us.

You are acquainted with all our ways.

We confess that our hearts are burdened by sin— our own sins and the broken systems that bind us. We turn inward, failing to follow

your outward way of love.

We distrust those who are not like us. We exploit the earth and its resources and fail to consider generations to come. Forgive us, gracious God,

for all we have done and left undone. Even before the words are on our tongues, you know them;

receive them in your divine mercy. Amen.


P: How vast is God’s grace!

Through the power and promise of ☩ Christ Jesus, our sins are washed away

and we are claimed as God’s own beloved. Indeed, we are forgiven.

In the wake of God’s forgiveness,

we are called to be the beloved community living out Christ’s justice

and the Spirit’s reconciling peace.

C: Amen.


Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies (vs1,3.) ELW#553



P: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. C: And also with you.


P: Almighty God, the resplendent light of your truth

shines from the mountaintop into our hearts. Transfigure

us by your beloved Son, and illumine the world with your image, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C: Amen.


(Please be seated)


2 Kings 2:1-12

Today’s reading centers on the transfer of power and authority from the prophet Elijah to Elisha. Their travels, which retrace the path of Joshua back to Moab (the place where Moses died) and the parting of the waters, demonstrate that Elisha and Elijah are legitimate successors of the great prophet Moses.

1Now when the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah

and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. 2Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; for the LORD has sent me as far as Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As the LORD lives, and as

you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel. 3The company

of prophets who were in Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that today the LORD will take your master away from you?” And he said, “Yes, I

know; keep silent.”

4Elijah said to him, “Elisha, stay here; for the LORD has sent me to Jericho.” But he said, “As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they came

to Jericho. 5The company of prophets who were at Jericho drew near to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that today the LORD will take your master away from you?” And he answered, “Yes, I know; be silent.”


6Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; for the LORD has sent me to the Jordan.” But

he said, “As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So the two

of them went on. 7Fifty men of the company of prophets also went, and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan. 8Then Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up, and struck the water; the water was parted to the one side and to the other, until the two of them crossed on dry ground.

9When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.” Elisha said, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.” 10He responded, “You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being

taken from you, it will be granted you; if not, it will not.” 11As they continued walking

and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven. 12Elisha kept watching and crying out, “Father, father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.

A: The Word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.


Psalm 50

1The mighty one, God the | LORD, has spoken;

calling the earth from the rising of the sun | to its setting. 2Out of Zion, perfect | in its beauty,

God shines | forth in glory.

3Our God will come and will | not keep silence;

with a consuming flame before, and round about a | raging storm. 4God calls the heavens and the earth | from above

to witness the judgment | of the people. 5“Gather before me my | loyal followers,

those who have made a covenant with me and sealed | it with sacrifice.” 6The heavens declare the rightness | of God’s cause,



2 Corinthians 4:3-6

The spotlight of Christian ministry is not on the people who carry out ministry but on the Lord Jesus Christ. Just as God made light shine at creation, God makes the light of Jesus Christ shine in our lives through Christian ministry.

3Even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4In their case the

god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. 6For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has

shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

A: The Word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

(Please stand, as able)



P: The Holy Gospel according to Mark. C: Glory to you, O Lord.


Mark 9:2-9

Mark’s gospel presents the transfiguration as a preview of what would become

apparent to Jesus’ followers after he rose from the dead. Confused disciples are given a vision of God’s glory manifest in the beloved Son.

2Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high

mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 3and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. 4And there

appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. 5Then Peter said to

Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 6He did not know what to say, for they were

terrified. 7Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice,

“This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” 8Suddenly when they looked around,

they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.

9As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

P: The Gospel of the Lord. C: Praise to you, O Christ.

(Please be seated)


Ian Boden

“Leadership in Context” Student Trinity Lutheran Seminary


(Please stand, if able)

HYMN OF THE DAY How Good, Lord, to Be Here! (vs.1,3,5) ELW#315


I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead.*

On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.



Guided by Christ made known to the nations, let us offer our prayers for the church, the world, and all people in need.

A brief silence.

For the gospel proclaimed in word and deed, for communities of faith far and near, and for all who show the face of Christ throughout the world, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

For creation: sun, moon and stars; life forming in the dark earth and ocean deep; mountains, clouds and storms, and creatures seen and unseen, and for the Holy Spirit’s guidance in our stewardship of God’s creation, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

For those responsible for safety and protection: for emergency responders and security guards, attorneys and advocates, civil servants and leaders of governments, that they witness to mercy and justice throughout the world, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

For all who suffer this day (especially), that Christ our healer transform sickness into health, loneliness into companionship, bereavement into consolation, and suffering into peace, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

For companions on life’s journey in this worshiping community, for loved ones who cannot be with us this day, and for guidance during struggles we face, that God’s glory is revealed around and among us, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

In thanksgiving for the faithful departed who now rest from their earthly pilgrimage (especially missionaries Cyril and Methodius), that their lives of service and prayer inspire us in our living, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

Merciful God, hear the prayers of your people, spoken or silent, for the sake of the one who dwells among us, your Son, Jesus Christ our Savior.



God feeds us with the presence of Jesus Christ.


P: The peace of Christ be with you always. C: And also with you.

(Please be seated)


An offering is gathered for the mission of the church, including the care of those in need. If you are a first-time visitor, and new to the church experience, it is our privilege to have you worship with us. Please do not feel the need or obligation to give financial offering. Your presence is gift enough to God and to us.

(Please stand, if able)


A: O God,

receive these gifts as you receive us:

like a mother receives her child, with arms open wide. Nourish us anew in your tender care,

and empower us in faithful service to tend to others with this same love, through Jesus Christ, our saving grace.


It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places

give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God. through our Savior Jesus Christ;

who, sharing our life, lived among us to reveal your glory and love, that our darkness should give way to your own brilliant light. And so, with all the choirs of angels,

with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:



God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, you have brought us this far along the way. In times of bitterness you did not abandon us,

but guided us into the path of love and light. In every age you sent prophets

to make known your loving will for all humanity. The cry of the poor has become your own cry;

our hunger and thirst for justice is your own desire. In the fullness of time, you sent your chosen servant

to preach good news to the afflicted,

to break bread with the outcast and despised,

and to ransom those in bondage to prejudice and sin. In the night in which he was betrayed,

our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying:

This cup is the new covenant in my blood,

shed for you and all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.

For as often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Christ has died. Christ is risen.


Remembering, therefore, his death and resurrection, we await the day when Jesus shall return

to free all the earth from the bonds of slavery and death. Come, Lord Jesus! And let the church say, Amen


Send your Holy Spirit, our advocate,

to fill the hearts of all who share this bread and cup

with courage and wisdom to pursue love and justice in all the world. Come, Spirit of freedom! And let the church say, Amen


Join our prayers and praise with your prophets and martyrs of every age, that, rejoicing in the hope of the resurrection,

we might live in the freedom and hope of your Son. Through him, with him, in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, almighty Father, now and forever.



P: Lord, remember us in your kingdom and teach us to pray: Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread;

and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those

who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen



P: Beloved: here is bread; here is wine. Here is Jesus. Come and be fed.

C: Amen.


(Please be seated)

Bethel welcomes to the Lord’s table all baptized Christians who believe that Christ is truly present in the bread and wine of this meal.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, each communing member should have a bread/wine packet. Please wait for pastoral instruction for use during communion.

AGNUS DEI (Lamb of God)


(Please stand, as able)


P: The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen and keep you in his grace. C: Amen.


A: Christ Jesus,

at this table we have feasted on your very life and are strengthened for our journey.

Send us forth from this banquet nourished in body and in spirit to proclaim your good news and serve others in your name.

C: Amen.


God blesses us and sends us in mission out into the world


P: God the creator strengthen you; Jesus the beloved fill you;

and the Holy Spirit the comforter ☩ keep you in peace.



P: Go in peace. Be the light of Christ.

C: Thanks be to God.



Lead Pastor: The Rev. Peter I. Ray

Pastor: The Rev. Jeffrey N. Wise

Church Administrator: Cathy Tallman

Pre School Directors: Jennifer Bueter & Cathy Tallman

Director of Music: Ward Matthias

Director of Choirs: C. Alex Juarez

Associate Musician: Ruth Hiles

Youth Director: Megan Wenger

Leadership In Context Student: Ian Boden





Bethel Lutheran Church, Grove City


We Gather together to worship and praise God

We Grow wanting to learn more about God and His purpose for us

We Go eagerly telling others about God’s good news

As a Disciple of Jesus Christ I Will Strive to

Pray daily

Worship weekly

Read the Bible

Serve at Church and Beyond

Relate to others to promote spiritual growth

Give of my time, talents, and resources

Bethel Lutheran Church 4501 Hoover Rd. Grove City, OH 43123


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St. Matthew Lutheran Church (Second Campus) 99 Commerce St.

Lockbourne, Ohio 43137 614-875-0510




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