Worship

Worship is at the heart of our life together at Bethany.

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Join Us for Worship:
We gather for worship on Sunday mornings at 10 am.

Overview

At Bethany, worship is at the heart of our identity as God’s beloved children. Sunday after Sunday we gather to hear the word of God proclaimed and to celebrate in the holy meal instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ. We believe God’s free gift of grace is revealed to us as we are joined to God’s love story (the Bible), moving us from bondage to freedom, from confession to absolution, from despair to hope, from cross to resurrection, and from death to new life. Through our worship, we receive again the grace of God in Christ Jesus so that we may be sent into our homes, into our neighborhoods, into our places of work, and into the world in love and service to others. As our mission statement reads, we welcome “all into a life-giving worshiping community.”

Style of Worship

Bethany is committed to Lutheran liturgical worship that empowers the assembly to join in congregational song and prayer. Steeped in ritual, we rely on the historical practices of our Lutheran tradition to shape our faith as we take seriously our context and culture. Leaning into the breadth and depth of that tradition to shape us as a worshiping community, we use a variety of styles to guide our worship: hymns from our ELCA hymnal (Evangelical Lutheran Worship), material from African-American traditions, chant-style singing from Taizé and Iona communities, and resources from the global Christian community. We believe the wide embrace of God’s love should naturally be reflected in the wideness of our worship as we learn and grow as a diverse people of faith.

Our worship centers around Word and Sacraments.

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The Sacrament of Holy Communion

Every Sunday we gather around the table to share in Christ’s gifts of bread and wine. In holy communion (also called the eucharist), we believe Christ is truly present coming to us in, with, and under the bread and wine bringing forgiveness and new life. We practice an open table and invite all to share in the gifts of this holy meal offered by Christ.

The Sacrament of Holy Baptism

Baptism is a sign of God’s unconditional love poured out through the life, death, and resurrection of Christ Jesus. In the bath waters of baptism, God’s Word unites us with all the baptized into the one body of Christ, and we are empowered to work for justice and peace in God’s world. We live out our baptismal identity each and every day as we witness to God’s redeeming love for the world. As Lutherans, we baptize infants and adults and are eager to welcome new believers into the community of faith. We recognize one baptism into the Christian faith; therefore, one does not need to be re-baptized to join the Lutheran church if one has been baptized in another faith tradition.