Bethlehem Lutheran Church celebrates the good news of God in Jesus Christ and welcomes all into its ministry and mission. Bethlehem Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCA) in America. The ELCA confesses the Triune God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In our preaching and teaching the ELCA trusts the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe. Our mission, cradled by grace, Bethlehem Lutheran Church invites all members of the family of Christ to worship, calls all ages to learn, mission, and service, and witnesses to the daily presence of Christ for all of God’s people.
You will find an opportunity at Bethlehem worship services to hear God’s word, to sing, to pray, to share in the sacraments, and to receive God’s gifts. We have two worship services Sunday mornings, 8:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. During June, July, and August we have one service at 9:00a.m. Bethlehem offers two different worship styles, traditional and contemporary. The 8:30 a.m. worship service is accompanied by the organ as the principal instrument, and the congregation sings traditional hymns and liturgies. The 10:15 a.m. worship service is contemporary in style and accompanied by a “worship team” playing guitars, drums, keyboard, violin, etc.
We invite children to participate in worship services and encourage their sense of belonging within our worshiping community. If you have young kids in worship, bring them to the Playground! Located at the front of the sanctuary. We want our children to be able to engage in worship – just like they do during the children’s sermon; we all love that, right? – and in order for them to be engaged, they need to be able to see. In the Playground, kids are able to see and free to wiggle! If they have questions about the service, go ahead and talk to them about what’s going on. We all want them to learn to love worship. If we want them to learn, we ought to answer those questions! Be active in worship. Sing the hymns, pray, voice the responses.
Children learn liturgical behavior by copying you. If you need to accompany your child out of the sanctuary during worship, feel free to do so, but please come back if you can! Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.” Know that we are all in this together. We know that the way we welcome children in church directly affects the way they respond to the Church, to God, and to one another. Let them know they are home here, and that this is just as much their house as it is ours.