“Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing” Psalm 100:2
To worship Christ is the center of the Christian life. Through worship we are renewed and strengthened to live our lives more fully. Bethany English Lutheran Church has reverent and vibrant worship services centered in the Word and Sacrament. Our congregation represents and welcomes the diversity of our community.
Traditional Lutheran worship services are at 8:30 and 11:00 am each Sunday with liturgy, music, communion and a sermon from the pastor. During the summer, one service is held at 10:00 am. Services are based on the Lutheran Book of Worship. Large print worship materials are available.
Holy Communion is celebrated at all Sunday services. Lutherans believe that the body and blood of Christ are present in, with, and under the consecrated bread and wine. Communicants can choose either wine or grape juice and regular or gluten free communion wafers.
Bethany is wheelchair accessible with an elevette to assist worshipers. Ample handicapped spaces are available in the parking area beside the church.
A professionally staffed nursery is available for our young worshipers during the 10:00 am Sunday summer worship services, and 8:30 and 11:00 am worship services during the school year.
Bethany has a quarterly offered German Language Worship Service at 2:00 pm led by Pastor Susanne Carter. For those who appreciate a service in their native language, this entire service of hymns, readings, communion and sermon is in German. All are welcome to come and experience this unique service. Fellowship hour follows these services. Future German Services this year are June 10, September 9 and December 9.
Lenten and Easter Worship
An Ash Wednesday service at 7 pm begins our forty-day liturgical preparation for Easter. Wednesday evening Lenten Worship services are added during the season of Lent preceded by the popular Soup Suppers which are served at 6 pm. Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services end our somber Lenten journey. Our journey from death to life concludes with festive Easter Sunday services to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord. These services include pageantry with choir, special music, and Pastor’s message.
Advent and Christmas
Rejoice in the Coming of the Lord. Advent is a season of hope and anticipation of the birth of our Lord. Join us for the four Sundays before Christmas to prepare your heart for the true meaning of Christmas. The services include lighting of the Advent candles, traditional carols and special music. Candlelight Christmas Eve services to honor the birth of Jesus are offered at 7:00 and 10:00 pm.