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 presents valuable sermons and life lessons.

Sunday Worship: 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Children’s Ministries (age 3 – 5th): 9:30 a.m. worship area
Confirmation (6th – 7th): 9:40 a.m.
High School (8th – 12th): 9:40 a.m.
Adult Education: 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

I recently read the following statement (and have been thinking of it ever since): “The ANTICIPATION of a pleasure or event is often as uplifting as the pleasure or event itself," or words to that effect. In other words, there’s great joy to be found in simply having something to look forward to.

The pleasure might be very, very near in time, “I’m really looking forward to lunch break today,” or “I can hardly wait till I get home to see my family," or “I’m just counting the days until the weekend; what fun we’re going to have!”

The pleasure might be a bit farther away, “I’m filled with anticipation for our upcoming vacation (or family reunion, or wedding of a family friend, or cruise).”

Or the pleasure might be quite a way off, “I sure look forward to us having our mortgage finally paid off,” or “I still have fifteen years, seven months, and three days before I can retire.”

Anticipation - Perhaps you recall a ketchup commercial from several years ago that spoke that word as someone patiently awaited the liquid to come out of the bottle and onto the burger. It seems to me that anticipation of a future pleasure works two ways:

  • Like a magnet
  • Like an elevator

Anticipation works like a magnet because it “draws” you into the future. You find yourself picturing yourself in the situation that is coming. You feel yourself “beckoned” into the future. Anticipation of a future pleasure works like an elevator because it “lifts” your spirits where you are. You can get through the morning drudgery because lunch with a friend is coming..

We invite you to read Pastor Mark's message in full

In His loving arms,

Pastor Mark