It's time again for the return of the CHRISTMAS ELVES as they come to Bethany to distribute your Christmas cards to members of the Church. Start now, but do not bring them to church until the Sunday AFTER Thanksgiving. Remember to write legibly, only bring for members that are in attendance, and put your name in the left hand corner in case we have to return them.
The Elves love you and know that God does too!!

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Bethany Baptist Church 
1891 - present

Be with us, O God, as we celebrate this day and the years of Christian fellowship that we have shared as a congregation.
For such a time as this, you have called the church to be at its best.Quicken our memories of those whose wisdom and love established this church and whose faith and steadfastness glorified you through its life.

For those who laid the foundations of this household of faith, we give thanks.

Make vivid to us the glorious victories that have been won in your name and the continuing fellowship, which has revealed your Spirit through these years.

For this rich inheritance of the Church of Jesus Christ, we give thanks.

Crown our joy in this hour with a fresh awareness of the vast company of Christians who share our celebration and who urge us to yet greater achievements in Christ's name.

For those who make common cause with us, we give thanks.

May we be worthy of the faith of our ancestors and eager to win new victories for righteousness' sake.

For the "invisible institution" of black slaves we give you thanks.  For the emergence of the Black Church, solidified by shared suffering and deliverance, we give thanks.

We remember with gratitude and awe their creative appropriation of the Bible, and their centuries-long struggle for freedom all alone.

For the Quakers who took a firm stand against slavery in 1688, we give thanks.

Fill us with an ever-increasing knowledge of truth, and with an ever-growing awareness of need.  Give us a more generous spirit.

For the assurance of new opportunities to serve you better, we give thanks.

O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come, renew our faith and increase our strength.  May we be worthy recipients of past blessings and ready helpers in the tasks that lie ahead.

Come, Lord Jesus, empower and hold our church to your heart.

Unite us in common commitment to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, that the world may see our dedication to follow your teachings and to fulfill your will for this church.

May your kingdom come and your will be done in splendid, perfect fellowship.  Continue to guide us in the future, as you have in the past.