This worship service, typically held on our Pentecost Room, is an informal piano-led worship. Holy Communion is celebrated every week.
Saturday 6 pm – Bhutanese Worship in Nepali
The Bhutanese community gathers at 6 pm on Saturday evening. The worship is a joyful expression of faith led by members of the Bethel Bhutanese community.
Sunday 7:45 am – Contemplative Worship
This is a liturgically traditional worship experience. The music is led by the Bethel Organ and the Women’s Choir and handbell choir provide special music. Holy Communion is celebrated on the first and third Sunday of the month. This is the worship that is recorded for the “Worship at Bethel” television broadcast.
Sunday 9 am – Festival Worship
This is a liturgically traditional worship experience. The music is led by the Bethel Organ and the Bethel Choir. Children’s choirs, handbells and other ensembles provide special music. A children’s message is offered every week. Holy Communion is celebrated on the first and third Sunday of the month.
Sunday 9am – Bethel Jr!
Creative worship for modern families happens in our Pentecost room, on the lower level, on the 1st Sunday of each month. Enjoy a themed, family worship in a relaxed, messy and faith-filling setting, with music to get your heart and feet moving, hands-on learning and a message to guide at-home discussions!
Sunday 11:15 am – Contemporary Liturgical Worship
This liturgical worship features contemporary Christian music and is led by a piano-led ensemble. A children’s message is offered every week and Holy Communion is celebrated every week.
Sunday 12:30 pm Santa Misa en Espanol
This festive worship is celebrated in Spanish and led by the Nueva Genta band. A children’s message is offered every week and Holy Communion is celebrated every week.
Wednesday 9:30 am – Informal Worship
Informal Chapel Worship, Service of the Word. Led by clergy and program staff. Held in the Good Shepherd Chapel.
Pilgrimage, a journey of faith, begins Sunday February 1, 2015 through Sunday May 3, 2015
What is involved in the New Member Pilgrimage?
Pilgrimage is the process through which someone becomes a “member” of Bethel Lutheran Church. Rather than a class, it is a journey that intentionally seeks to connect a person’s faith with their daily life. Whether this is an initial connection being made by those new to Christianity, a reconnection for someone returning to faith, or transferring from another congregation.
Pilgrimage works through an intentional process of targeted education, building meaningful relationships and involving the entire congregation in the process; and by making thoughtful connections between an individual’s gifts, their service and ministry. We recognize how each new individual’s gifts can potentially reshape the Bethel community.
How is Pilgrimage structured, what does the program look like?
It’s a program that spans a three month period and is offered twice a year. The course is centered on the Rite of Baptism/Affirmation of Baptism which takes place on the Easter Vigil for the first cycle and All Saints Day for the second cycle.
The congregation is involved in four different rites that take place during worship:
First is the Rite of Welcome, where the candidates are welcomed into the congregation
Second is the Rite of Enrollment where candidates and their companions make public affirmation of their intent to move towards baptism/affirmation of baptism by signing their name in the Pilgrimage book, and for the companions to make a public affirmation to support the candidates
Third is the Rite of Baptism/Affirmation of Baptism which takes place at the Saturday Easter Vigil or the Saturday night service before All Saints Day
The final rite is the Affirmation of Vocation where graduates of Pilgrimage make a commitment to share their gifts with the Bethel community and are formally welcomed both during worship and a celebration breakfast in Borgwardt Hall
Pilgrimage is much more than just a class. It allows time to build an educational foundation and firm relational footing in the congregation. During this journey candidates learn about the bible, build a relationship with their companion and others in the congregation and make connections with Bethel staff.
We realize life gets in the way and very few candidates or companions will be able to make every event. The class isn’t a commitment to perfect attendance as much as it is a commitment to journey together and commit to the sharing of yourself and your story with the class.
What is targeted education and what information is covered?
There is a general overview of the Bible from the Lutheran perspective. We talk about important concepts like the difference between Law and Gospel and theology of the cross. We look at Lutheran church teachings on justification, grace, and the sacraments. We also look at the history of Bethel tracing it all the way back to the Reformation. Finally, there is an inventory of spiritual gifts and discussions of what it means to be a disciple of Christ and to go and make disciples.
Bethel pastors and program/support staff lead classes where it relates directly to their position or area of interest.
Each class starts with a prayer process like Dwelling in the Word or Lectio Devina, where candidates and sponsors focus on the gospel reading for the coming week. Lectio Divina is an ancient prayer practice that helps us take a close look at the stories of our lives by leading us deep into the story of Scripture.
For more information on our new Pilgrimage journey, please contact Sandy Ripp at 608/257-3577 x231or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Families are invited to attend the 9:00 am or 11:15 am worship services. Children in preschool through second grade are invited to proceed to the Pentecost Room during the sermon at the 9:00 am service for songs and a Bible Story. They return to the sanctuary and join their families before the conclusion of the worship service. Bilingual worship is offered at 12:30 pm, immediately following bilingual Sunday School classes.
Staff Supervised Child Care is available from 8:30 am until 2:00 pm for ages birth through 4 years old. Lower level, provided by paid staff with a secure pager check-in system. Ages 5 and older are welcome in the Game Room until 2:30 pm.
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