Worship at Bethlehem

Worship is the most important ministry we do at Bethlehem. It is where we experience God's grace and forgiveness first hand. As we lift up our praises, we get an opportunity to be in the very presence of the Holy Spirit. In worship, we are very much a part of the body of Christ. wm w wafer 2013 1We see Sunday worship as "practice" for the coming week. We come to be blessed so that we can go out and be a blessing to others.


At Bethlehem, here is what you will experience in worship:
  • We celebrate Holy Communion at all of our Sunday services.
  • We have an open communion table where all are welcome to receive.
  • We want children to be a part of worship and try to make it a place where they feel welcome. We also have a nursery staffed by experienced and loving church members.
  • Our worship is Lutheran. We follow a pattern of worship that has inspired believers over the ages. We use liturgies out of our Lutheran hymnal. We also follow the liturgical church calendar.
  • Our worship is also diverse: blue grass, jazz, gospel.
  • Liturgy means "the work of the people". Our Lutheran liturgy involves many volunteers, worship leaders and musicians.
  • As Lutherans, we have a rich heritage of music. Our liturgy is filled with all kinds of music; traditional, contemporary and global.
  • Our worship is connected. Each week there is a theme for worship that comes from our gospel. The hymns, the prayers, the sermon all connect to that gospel theme.

Our Sunday school uses a curriculum, Whirl, which follows our weekly lectionary (the Bible verses read in worship). In this way, the children are better able to understand the gospel theme. We also have a weekly adult bible study, Daily Discipleship, that studies the gospel for the coming Sunday.


Sermon videos


"I invite you to listen to my weekly sermons on our podcast link. I preach 'Lutheran', in that I want God's word of grace and love to come through each sermon. But I also try to hear and be faithful to the "Law and Gospel" in each text. My goal is to make the sermon speak to our everyday lives."

~Pastor Peterson


Liturgical seasons

wm w xmasEve2015 2Our worship at Bethlehem is seasonal. For each season of the church year (Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost), a new liturgy is planned that fits that season. The hymns, the choir anthems, the worship furnishings and art, the sermons or sermon series, are planned to connect to that seasonal theme. Even church activities and ministries tie into that worship theme, e.g. putting together "Share Bags" for the homeless during Lent.


We of course celebrate the great festivals of the church year: Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost. We also lift up many other festivals: Christ the King, Epiphany, Ash Wednesday, Transfiguration, Holy Week, All Saints, and Reformation. These days and seasons often mirror the cycles of our lives.


Partners in ministry

We are blessed at Bethlehem to share in worship with our partners in ministry, Light of Christ Ecumenical Catholic Community. Throughout the year, our two communities come together in worship. Our worship traditions blend in surprising ways and we grow from each other.


Healing service and prayers

Healing is an essential part of our worship. On the first Sunday of each month, we offer Healing Prayer. On fifth Sundays, we celebrate a Service of Healing. BLC prayerAltar 1The prayer station is set up in the back of the church by the small altar during communion. Members offering the prayers have been trained in confidentiality, so you may share specific prayers with them. We encourage you to seek prayers for healing and wholeness.


Visitors and Guests

For our guests, visitors and new members, please go to our Join Us page for more details on worship and classes at Bethlehem. You will also find information on parking, disability provisions, our nursery, and much more.


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