Worship Matters

Paul writes to the Ephesians, “be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another
in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the
Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the
Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of
reverence for Christ.” These words come just before his famous comparison
of men and women in marriage to Christ and the Church. Worship is important
to Paul. Worship is important to God. Worship is important to us at
Bethlehem.

For Lutherans, worship is a “two-way street” that flows from the Lord
to us and back to the Lord. We call it “divine service,” because God serves
us with His gifts of forgiveness and connection with Jesus and we serve Him
with our praise. It belongs to both Him and us.

Worship is also the one activity we do at Bethlehem that involves most
of us together at the same time. It is an important part of who we are as
Jesus’ family at Bethlehem and how we witness to our community. Yes,
worship is a witness. Folks drive by and see cars in the parking lot on Sunday
morning and figure that we value what we’re doing so much we’d give up
a Sunday morning. Maybe they wonder what It is that’s so important to us. Read more . . .

Pastor Jeff Shearier

Interested in Kindergarten?

fh logoBethlehem is partnering with Forest Hills Lutheran School to offer a half-day kindergarten class in the 2014-15 school year here at Bethlehem. If you are interested in more information, go to the Forest Hills website or click here to enroll. Thanks to all who helped with the recent Garage Sale. It was a huge success!