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.

Worship Schedule

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 Mark

A few weeks ago, Sarah Fluor filmed a two-minute clip of me sharing a few thoughts about our call to be reaching others, serving our neighbors in need, and growing in faith. It was a super-quick recap of a recent sermon. She then posted that on Bethlehem’s Facebook page. I am astounded to learn that the posting has well over nine-hundred views.

My thoughts have bounced around, asking who are these people? How did this happen? How does this whole social media thing work? Does it make any difference? Is this just more “noise” in people’s lives? Is this worth investing more effort in? 

Social media is new territory for me. Seems like it is stepping into an alternative universe from the real world to the digital world. Is it like writing a book and having it published, then read by people you do not know? It feels more like putting a message in a bottle and tossing it into the ocean. Maybe that’s not the best analogy, but it sort of feels that way to me.

So, how do I think of this theologically? I can’t help but think of Isaiah 55: 11, where God says, “My word...will not return to me empty.” That tells me I have to take any sharing of God’s word seriously. God will use it someway, somehow, and sometime for his purposes.

You just never know. Perhaps what’s shared will bring encouragement to someone. Maybe someone will have a nudge that will redirect his or her life. Perhaps someone will sense an affirmation that they are on the right track.

I recall Martin Luther saying something like, “God’s word is at work while I sit here at my dinner table in Wittenberg drinking beer.” In other words, God is always doing his thing through the means of his word.

Therefore, it’s all about connections. God uses us and the words we speak for Him, perhaps without us even recognizing it at the time. Maybe your grandchild will recall something you said years from now. 

As I look forward, I want to faithfully share God’s word in whatever way he gives me opportunity: writing, speaking, recording a video clip, etc. I do my part. God does his part.

By the way, since that first video, Pastor Andy and I have made several other short clips that will be on our congregation’s Facebook page. Have you signed onto Bethlehem Lutheran Kennewick? If you see something you like from us, feel free to pass it along to others or add it to your site.

Who knows what might happen?

In His Joy, 

Pastor Mark