Worship With Us
With the universal Christian Church, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod teaches and responds 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.
We invite all to worship with us at Bethlehem Lutheran Church and to listen to the Word of God as Pastor Mark Bertermann and Pastor Andrew Noble present valuable sermons and life lessons.
Sunday Worship: 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Children’s Sunday School (age 3 – 5th grade): 9:30 a.m. in the worship area
Youth and Adult Education (6th grade and up): 9:40 a.m.
Walking Together at Bethlehem Lutheran
The word "synod" in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod comes from the Greek words that mean "walking together." It has rich meaning in our church body, because the congregations voluntarily choose to belong to the Synod. Diverse in their service, these congregations hold to a shared confession of Jesus Christ as taught in Holy Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions.
Thoughts from Pastor Andy
Jesus: The God Man
The season of Advent gives us a perfect opportunity to dwell upon the second article of the Apostles Creed:
“And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.”
If that’s not causing us to see the “reason for the season” then I’m not sure what else will. Christmas is all about God coming to you in order to bridge that gap between you and God. And God came in the most interesting and amazing way: as a fragile, newborn baby.
The hymn “What Child Is This?” (LSB 370) is one of my absolute favorite Christmas hymns. This is a wonderful hymn that paints a picture of how and why God comes to us: “Why lies He in such mean estate where ox and ass are feeding? Good Christian, fear; for sinners here the silent Word is pleading. Nails, spear shall pierce Him through, the cross be borne for me, for you; Hail, hail the Word made flesh, the babe, the son of Mary (verse 2)!”
God came to us in human flesh, died for our sins, rose again to claim victory over sin, death, and the devil, and He ascended into heaven to claim His throne and rule over all of creation. But He didn’t leave us alone! Chris is still “Immanuel”, God with us!
Through word and sacrament, God still comes to you, He is still with you, Christ is still actively bridging that gap between you and Him. Christ, Immanuel, God with us, is truly present in your life through His Word, through His gifts, and through His people, the church.
So let us rejoice that Christ, the “silent word who is pleading for you”, is born! And more than that, He has suffered, died, rose, and lives for you! This is the babe that we will be singing about. This is the babe that we are celebrating. What child is this? It is Christ, “the babe, the son of Mary!”
In His Service,