About Bethlehem

The Way We Worship

Rather than label ourselves as “traditional” or “contemporary,” we seek to use the established symbols of the church in a vibrant way, working to maintain continuity with the past and accessibility in the present.  Our pastors do wear robes, and we do follow a variety of liturgical orders of service. We do sing the traditional hymnody with piano or organ accompaniment, and we do periodically sing more recently composed songs accompanied by guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and saxophone. We do have hymnals and printed bulletins, as well as overhead projection screens displaying the same lyrics or order of service.

Children (even noisy ones!) are encouraged to participate in services along with their parents to create the habit of participation as they grow older. To help with short attention spans, we provide activity bags in the back of the sanctuary and a children’s message for kids 4-12 in an adjoining room during the sermon. We want people of all ages and walks of life to be able to hear God’s Word in a way they can understand and that connects them to the whole body of Christ!

Our Beliefs

GlassWhat Is A Lutheran?

As a congregation of The Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod, we teach and respond to the love of the Triune God: the Father, creator of all that exists; Jesus Christ, the Son who became human to suffer and die for the sins of all human beings and to rise to life again in the ultimate victory over death and Satan;and the Holy Spirit, who creates faith through God’s Word and Sacraments. The three persons of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one God.

Our congregation accepts and teaches the Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the Reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. The teaching of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three short phrases: Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone.

  • Grace Alone
    God loves the people of the world, even though they are sinful, rebel against Him, and do not deserve His love. He sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly.
  • Faith Alone
    Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers.
  • Scripture Alone
    The Bible is God’s inerrant and infallible Word in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the sole basis for Lutheran doctrine.

Communion Practice

Although our communion practice is consistent with the majority of churches throughout the world and throughout history, we know that not everyone is familiar with the practice of “close communion,” or limiting the distribution of communion to those who have publicly confessed the same faith (based on 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 and 11:26-27).

In our effort to be faithful to God’s intent for the Lord’s Supper we ask that visitors to our services who are not members of another LCMS congregation decline communion until full fellowship can be established. This is not a reflection on anyone’s relationship with Christ, but on the Scriptural expectation of a relationship with one another that goes along with sharing the Lord’s Supper.

Worship Times

Sundays
8:00 and 10:45 am

Communion:
8:00 am on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays
10:45 am on the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Sundays

Sunday School & Adult Bible Classes
9:30 am

Bethlehem Lutheran Church

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