Worship at Bethany Lutheran Church
At Bethany, worship is a celebration of what God has done for us in His Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior—His initiative in our life, His saving events throughout history. Worship is a remembrance, a reenactment-if-you-will, of God's redemptive acts for all people throughout history; it is also a joyful reception through faith, by God's people now, who live to proclaim His redeeming grace to all the world. The Lutheran understanding of "Gottesdienst" or "God's service to us" and "our service to God" are foundational to all that we do in worship. God first comes to us, and we respond in confession, joyful praise, prayer and humble faith.
Worship Service times are:
Sunday at 8:00AM , 9:30AM and 10:55AM (convergent/blended style)*
Wednesday Vespers at 7:00PM
*Musical styles within our worship services are "convergent," meaning that we use music from a variety of cultures, traditions and styles. Music is chosen in support of the theme or message of the day, always in keeping with the apostle Paul's recommendation that we praise God "…with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs." (Eph. 5:19) We use some of the best in the "praise song" genre along with hymns from the Lutheran Service Book, the worship supplement With One Voice, and the children's hymnal, All God's People Sing.
On high festival days we use brass, woodwind and string ensembles.
Communion is celebrated at the 8:00AM and 10:55AM services on the first and third Sundays of each month.
Communion is celebrated at ALL 9:30AM Sunday morning services.
Those who believe the following statement to be true are most welcome to receive this sacrament: The Lord's Supper is celebrated at Bethany in the joyful confession that our Lord gives us His very Body and Blood for the forgiveness of sins in this sacrament. God intends this gift for His children who recognize their sin, trust in Christ as their Savior, desire to live for Him alone and join in this joyful confession.
Holy Baptisms (for infants through adults) are generally scheduled in advance with the pastor and the church office. We prefer to celebrate baptisms on the second and fourth or fifth Sundays of the month.
Handicap parking and access to the sanctuary are readily available.
A signer for the deaf and hard of hearing is available in our 8:00AM service.
We also have several new fm radio receivers for use by those with any hearing difficulty.
Choir programs are available for all age levels. We have an 80 voice adult choir, an active high school choir, handbell choirs and a graded choir program in the school.
Other opportunities for assisting in worship services include: serving as an usher, sound technician, nursery care-giver, greeter or reader of scripture (lector). More information on who to contact to serve in these areas is available in our church office.