First Presbyterian Church

of Bedford, IN

Welcome to the First Presbyterian Church of Bedford Indiana.

Established 1819


     The First Presbyterian Church of Bedford is a community of believers in Jesus Christ who seek to know God's will through worship, scripture, and prayer, and who feel called to share God's love through community and global ministry.  We are committed to providing a caring, welcoming and inclusive environment to fulfill the mission of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Please join us for worship at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday morning.

Pentecost Sunday!

Friday Email, May 17

On Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus.  On Pentecost we celebrate the "birth" of the Holy Spirit!  This is the culmination of Christ's work on earth and the beginning of the church.  "They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them." (Acts 2:3).  And that is why the church paraments are red and why we are encouraged to wear red.  Thanks be to God for sending us His Holy Spirit to be with us!


I pray you are all doing well and drying out from all the rain we have had this week.  It was nice to see the sun coming out for a bit this afternoon!


Gary Hunter will be filling our pulpit this Pentecost Sunday.  His scriptures will be Acts 2:1-20, Psalm 104:24-35, and John 15:26-16:15 if you would like to read through them ahead of time.  Gary's sermon titles are always so thought provoking.  This week's is Oh Wow!  Seriously?  And He didn't Even Go to Law School. Hmm.  I'm very interested to hear where he is going with this!


There are several things happening this week:


Birthdays:  Following worship this Sunday, we will be celebrating the April, May, and June birthdays in the Fellowship Hall.  There will be cake and punch so be sure to stick around.

Worship Committee:  The Worship Committee will also meet following worship Sunday, but not until we get our fair share of the cake and punch!

Mariners:  Monday, May 20, the Mariners will meet at the Golden Corral at 6:00 p.m.  Everyone is welcome so come for good food and wonderful fellowship!

Study Group:  On Wednesday, May 22, at 10:30 a.m., we will be showing the next episode of The Chosen in the church library.  Discussion will follow!

Free Breakfast!:  Saturday, May 25, we will be having our Community Free Pancake Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall.  It will run from 8:00 until 10:00 a.m.  Be sure to come for great pancakes and all the fixings!


As I was putting the liturgy together for this important and often overlooked Sunday, I ran across a really nice prayer that Susan will be leading us in as the Opening Prayer.  I found this prayer on the website "Lectionary Liturgies" that I use a lot in planning our worship services.  (No, I do not write all this liturgy myself!).  Sometimes, in the worship service, I find my mind wandering during the opening prayer, even though I have placed the liturgy myself.  Perhaps you do the same thing, looking up the first hymn, etc.  But this prayer moved me so much, I thought I would conclude this email with it.  Often, things read can have a deeper meaning than things heard.


You come like a dove, in every time, in every place, in every language and way of communicating, announcing through your Spirit that we are your Beloved.   You come like a whirlwind, justice doing cartwheels before you, grace tumbling over grace, hope gusting open windows of our shuttered hearts.   You come first as a whisper and then a mighty shout, a waterfall of peace and hope cascading down into a pool where we can swim forever.
You come, wind, flame, voice, joy, life for all you call your children.

           In your Holy Spirit, Amen.


May you all be filled with the Holy Spirit, now and always!




Contact Information      First Presbyterian Church of Bedford,   1504 L Street, Bedford, IN 47421

 Phone: 812-275-5853

 Email: office@bedfordpresby.org

 Clerks of Session:  Betsey Makximenko, vbat62@comcast.net

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1504 L Street

Bedford, IN 47421