worship

Worship at Bethlehem is liturgical. We are committed to the classic, four-fold shape of the liturgy: Gathering, Word, Meal, and Sending. This ancient pattern goes back to the first few centuries of the church’s life and is used by Christians across the continents and through the centuries. We celebrate Holy Communion at every service, every Sunday.

Worship at Bethlehem is biblical. We read from the Bible at every service and then hear a sermon based on the biblical readings for that day. The sermon seeks to apply the biblical witness to our daily lives, making the ancient Word timely and contemporary.

Worship at Bethlehem is sacramental. We celebrate Holy Communion every Sunday. We believe that we receive all that the Lord promises when he gives us his own body and blood for the forgiveness of our sins. We welcome all Christians who are receiving Communion in their own church to join us at the Lord’s Table. We baptize infants, youth, and adults. We believe that baptism is our adoption into the family of God, and the way in which the Holy Spirit claims us and names us as God’s beloved children.

Worship at Bethlehem is musical. The Lutheran Church has always been a “singing church.” Martin Luther was a musician and hymn composer. Bethlehem stands firmly in the strong musical tradition of the Lutheran Church. At the same time, we believe that our musical tradition is a living tradition. Thus, we are also committed to worshiping in a wide variety of musical styles: classical, European, jazz, gospel, Hispanic, African-American, and Asian. By singing and playing music from around the globe we believe we are more closely connected with our Christian brothers and sisters around the globe.

Worship at Bethlehem is joyful. We believe that every Sunday is a celebration of Christ’s Easter victory over the powers of sin and death. We rejoice in all that God has done, is doing, and will do in Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.