Bethel A.M.E. Church 

But Jesus looked at them and said, "With men this is impossible, 
but with God all things are possible."                       Matthew 19:26

Order of Worship



Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Call to Worship

Minister: I was glad when they said unto me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord,” our feet have been standing within your gates O Jerusalem.

People: For a day in your courts is better than a thousand. I’d rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.

Minister: Because of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek thy good.

People: Those that be planted in the house of the Lord, shall flourish in the courts of our God.

Minister: Blessed are they that dwell in the house, Lord, I have loved thy habitation, the place where thy honor dwelleth.

People: For the Lord is in His Holy Temple; let all the earth keep silent before Him.

Minister: Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

People: O sing unto the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous things! Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth, sing praises.

Hymn of Praise

Prayer of Invocation

Scripture Reading

Prelude to the Decalogue

From all that dwell below the skies, Let the Creator's praise arise;

Let the Redeemer's name be sung, Through every land by every tongue.

The Decalogue (In Entirety)

Minister: And God spoke all these words, saying: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the House of bondage. You shall have no other gods before me.

People: Lord have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

Minister: You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.

People: Lord have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

Minister: You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.

People: Lord have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

Minister: Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work; but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your manservant, or your maidservant, or your cattle, or the sojourner who is within your gates; for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.

: Lord have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

Hymn:  My soul, be on your guard: Ten thousands foes arise: 

And hosts of sin are pressing hard To draw you from the skies.

Minister: Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God gives you.

People: Lord have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

Minister: You shall not kill. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

People: Lord have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

Minister: You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbors wife, or his manservant, or his maidservant, or his ox, or his ass, or anything that is your neighbor’s.

People: Lord have mercy upon us, and write these laws upon our hearts.

Hymn:  Nearer my God, to Thee, Nearer to Thee! 

E’en though it be a cross that raiseth me;

Still all my song shall be, Nearer my God, to Thee; 

Nearer my God, to Thee, Nearer to Thee!

Minister: And He said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And the second is like it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.

Gloria Patri:  Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, 

and to the Holy Ghost:As it was in the beginning, is now, 

and ever shall be, World without end. Amen.


Song of Preparation

The Message

Call To Discipleship

Tithes and Offerings

The Lord’s Supper

The General Confession

Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Maker of all things, Judge of all men, we acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness which we from time to time most grievously have committed by thought, word, and deed against Your divine Majesty, provoking most justly Your wrath and indignation against us. We do earnestly repent and are heartily sorry for these are misdoing, the remembrance of them is grievous unto us.

Have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us, most merciful Father for Your Son our Lord Jesus Christ sake; forgive us all that is past, and grant that we may ever hereafter serve and please You in newness of life, to the honor and glory of Your name, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Prayer of Adoration

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of hosts; heaven and earth are full of Your glory. Glory be to You, O Lord, most high.

Apostle's Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried. On the third day He arose from the dead, He ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Church Universal, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.