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

The Other “Solas”

It’s Reformation month! Maybe you’re getting tired of hearing about and reading about Martin Luther and the 500th anniversary of the posting of the 95 Theses on the church door at Wittenberg. Maybe you’re saying, “All right, already, I get it!” I understand what you might be feeling. That’s the way it is with milestone anniversaries. If you’re old enough, you remember the hoopla that went with the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence that came our way back in 1976. You might be tempted to say, “Enough is enough!”

But it is important. And I hope you agree to that.

If you’ve grown up in or spent time in Lutheran circles, no doubt you’ve heard of the “Three Solas,” that is, the three “alone” statements that capture the essence of the Reformation teaching. (“Sola” is the Latin word for “alone.”)

“Grace Alone!” - that is, we’re saved by God’s action, not our own goodness. “Faith Alone!” - that is, we’re saved simply by trusting in what God has done for us in Christ. And...“Scripture Alone!” - that is, we rely on the Bible alone for the source of our teaching and belief.

Those are the three “Sola” statements.

Did you know there are two more?

One is “Solus Christus!” - that is, Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man; there is salvation through no other. The person of Jesus reveals the heart and mind of God. Jesus is the only way of knowing what God is really like. Jesus is the fulfillment and key to understanding the Holy Scriptures. We come to Christ and Christ points us back to the writings of the prophets and apostles. Everything centers on Christ alone. We are passionately devoted followers of the one Jesus Christ, the only source of our hope and joy.

The other is “Soli Deo Gloria!” - that is, “to God alone be glory”. Who gets the credit? Who gets the glory? Who gets the worship? Whom do we serve? Who will we enjoy forever? It’s the Triune God! J.S. Bach wrote “S.D.G.” at the end of every musical piece he wrote - even little exercises he dashed off for students. And Soli Deo Gloria was carved into the organ at Bach’s church in Leipzig. It’s God alone who saves us, so it’s God alone who deserves our applause and profound gratitude.

Grace! Faith! Scripture! Christ! God Alone! Those are the words we shout and celebrate this month and always!

In His Service,

Pastor Mark