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 number of years ago, I worked with a choir that sang a song that proclaimed, “Every morning is Easter morning, from now on!” Every day’s resurrection day; the past is over an gone. Goodbye guilt, goodbye fear, good riddance… I am one of the Easter people; my new life has begun.”

Although few people would regard the piece as a great song, the words were noteworthy and made a bold proclamation. “Every morning is Easter morning from now on.” Is that true? “I am one of the Easter people.” Do you think of yourself as one?

Easter (more technically: the physical resurrection of the crucified Christ from death) is the pivot point of all history. It’s that important.

All God’s work in the world built up toward that wondrous day. Think of the promise to Eve. Think of the promises to Abraham. Think of the promise to David. Recall the promises spoken through the prophets. 

Consider the promise from the lips of Jesus himself, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priest and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will turn him over to the Gentiles and be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!” (Matthew 20:18-19) Quite a promise!

And then it actually happened. 

And the whole point of the New Testament (Gospels and Epistles) is that is makes all the difference in the world, especially to those who have been baptized into the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. (See Romans 6)

The challenge is to live as “Easter people.” The challenge is to keep living in the light of the new reality. The challenge is to keep remembering that the grave of Jesus is empty. The challenge is to keep remembering that the skeptics, the critics, the secularists, the atheists have to account for the empty grave of Jesus… sooner or later. 

Until then, it’s up to us to live as “Easter people,” rejoicing that grace is stronger than sin; hope is more appropriate than discouragement, God is victor over Satan. History is God’s story.

But it’s not easy to live each day as Easter people. It’s not easy to “keep your eyes on the prize.” We need each other. We need reminders. We need picking up when life beats us down.

Jesus needed Peter, James, and John when he went forth to pray. Paul needed Barnabas, Timothy, and Silas when he went forth to preach. We need each other to be reminded that Christ is risen indeed and we are His Easter people!

In His Joy, 

Pastor Mark