What to Expect

Engaging in Worship

We are glad that you are here with us to offer worship and praise! There are 3 ways to engage in the worship service:

Bulletin: The printed bulletin you receive as you enter the sanctuary (worship) will guide you through the service.  Bolded words are for congregational response.

Projections: The worship service bulletin is also projected on two screens in the front including the words to the hymns. 

Hymnal: Most of our services use the Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW), a cranberry red hard-back hymnal, which you will find in the pew rack. The first half of the ELW has specific worship services, Psalms are about in the middle, and the hymns are in the second half with numbers in the upper-right hand corner. 

Pastor Ellen Lundie Worship Gospel
lutheran communion
What Sacraments Do Lutherans Accept?

 

Lutherans accept two Sacraments, Holy Baptism and Holy Communion, as God-given means for penetrating the lives of people with His grace.  In Baptism, and it can be seen more clearly in infant Baptism, God freely offers the grace, love and forgiveness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  In Holy Communion -- often called the Lord's Supper or the Eucharist -- those who come to the table receive in bread and wine the body and blood of their Lord. This gift is itself the real presence of God's forgiveness and mercy, nourishing believers in union with their Lord and with each other.

All Are Welcome at this Eucharistic Table

 

Ours is an open communion. All those who believe that Jesus gave His body and shed His blood for the forgiveness of their sins are welcome to commune with us regardless of denomination or how long it has been. We begin full communion participation in fifth grade, but visitors who commune in their church are welcome to commune in ours at any age. Children are urged to come forward for a blessing.

And feel free to come as you are! We worship together as we are comfortable -- some wear jeans and t-shirts, some slacks and ties.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church worship service