Worship is at the core of who we are as God's people Bethel Lutheran Church. Many people make possible the worship that is shared together on Sunday mornings. Ushers and greeters welcome people and ensure they have a worship bulletin to guide worshipers in the service. Altar Guild members work behind the scenes to prepare the altar for Holy Communion or the font for Baptism. Volunteers (lectors) read the lessons. Choirs offer anthems and leadership of the music. Communion assistants help distribute the Sacrament. Acolytes light the candles and assist in receiving the offering. The Pastor preaches and leads worship. And all those gathered join hearts and voices together in praise and worship of God.
Bethel places great emphasis on the quality of our worship and we seek to model Lutheran liturgical worship at its best. Celebrating Holy Communion weekly, all services use historically familiar forms. Seasonal worship patterns assure that worship is always changing and vital.
Our worship contains many of the same elements as that of the early Christian church and our weekly bulletin will walk you through every step of worship, and even offer a few explanatory notes as we move through the services.
Typically worship at Bethel will include the following:
- Confession and Forgiveness: Lutheran understanding is that everyone is a sinner and stands in need of God’s forgiveness. Each Sunday the words of confession and forgiveness will be shared.
- Bible Readings: There will be up to 4 readings from the Bible each Sunday. These are taken from the Old Testament, Psalms, a New Testament letter, and one of the Gospels.
- The Involvement of Children in Worship: The children are invited to come and sit at the front of the sanctuary to hear a special message meant for them. They may also be encouraged to come forward so they can be better able to see and participate in a baptism or to assist in a special blessing.
- Sermon: The pastor’s sermon is normally related to one of the Bible readings for the day. It provides an opportunity for the pastor to talk about how God’s word impacts our lives. Though they engage our minds, a dose of humor or a down-to-earth example helps make ancient texts fresh for today.
- Holy Communion: The Lord's Supper is celebrated each Sunday at Bethel in the joyful confession that our Lord gives us His very Body and Blood for the forgiveness of sins in this sacrament.
- Prayer: Through our prayers, we communicate with God. Our prayers of joy, concern, praise and thanksgiving are all brought to God. We offer intercessions for those in particular need. During the prayer time you will have the opportunity to pray for individuals that are in need of our prayers.
- Creed: Reciting one of the ancient creeds of the church (usually either the Apostles or Nicene Creed) is an expression of our beliefs.
- Hymns: Music is another of the many gifts we bring to God. Music is chosen as it relates to the theme of the day. A wide variety of hymns are sung in worship.
- Offering: This is the time when we can give back to God a portion of the gifts God has so generously given us.
- Sharing of the Peace: The passing of the peace is a way to greet each other in the name of Jesus. It's done with a hand shake or a hug with the exchange of the words, "Peace be with you". It's a weekly reminder of what a loving, close-knit family of believers we have become.
- Blessing and Sending: Worship concludes with a blessing and a sending. Those who gather are always reminded that what is shared in this hour impacts our entire lives. We hear one last assurance of God’s guidance and love as we go out into the world to serve Him.
At Bethel, we strive to offer a worship service that fully engages your heart, mind and soul. Our worship seeks to build an experience of the presence of God in Christ where all feel uplifted in spirit as well as equipped to serve God daily during the week.
We welcome all people to come and worship with us and become a part of our growing family!
To participate or help out during the services, please see our “Get Involved” tab.
BECOME A MEMBER
We welcome all as we gather for worship or fellowship and are certain you will enjoy your time with us. Should you be interested in becoming a member of Bethel please contact Pastor Butler at 803-781-2134.