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
You Are My Witnesses
How many spiritual conversations are you having per month? How many times do you talk to another person about God or faith?
For those who are participating in the Project 167 small groups, we ask these kinds of questions. When we’re asked these questions, it often takes us time to answer them. They’re meant to make you think, “Who do I talk to? What do I talk about? What counts as a spiritual conversation? Do others know I am a Christian?”
According to a Lutheran Hour Ministries’ study they did with The Barna Group, fewer than one in ten Americans talks about God, faith, religion, or spirituality even once a week (8%) – and only an additional 15% do so once a month. In fact, the average adult says they only have about one spiritual conversation a year.
And on top of that, three-quarters of self-identified U.S. Christians are what we call reluctant conversationalists (Christians who have less than one spiritual conversation a month). They are having fewer than 10 spiritual conversations a year!
Why is this important? This is important because “faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” (Rom. 10:17). “How are they to believe in [Christ] of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” (Rom. 10:14) I invite you to check out chapters 10 and 11 of Romans to get the entire message!
You are an important part of God’s salvific plan. Sure, you’re not the one who died for the forgiveness of the world’s sins. Thanks be to God for Jesus Christ our Lord who was the one sent to fulfill that promise. Your part is still important! You are called to be a witness of this good news (Acts 1:8)! God has chosen you to be his mouthpiece, his hands, and feet as he works at restoring this fallen world. You have been called to join Jesus in his mission! All of us are witnesses of what God has done. You have been impacted personally by him. You personally have something to share about who this God is and what this God has done. You can tell the story (Christ’s story which includes your own story) to the people God has put into our lives.
It’s our hope that as you participate within God’s church (whether it’s this one or another), as you grow in your understanding that you are a beloved child of God, as you grow in seeing this world and the people in it the way God sees it, as you grow in faith and trust and hope in Jesus, I pray that you also start to grow in confidence and excitement to tell the story. May God the Father, through the power of his Holy Spirit, bring us and others closer to Jesus Christ.
In His Service,