Worship

Because of the CoVID-19 pandemic, Bethlehem Lutheran Church continues to worship online. Below are details for upcoming worship and eDevotions. You can visit any of our YouTube playlists and catch the latest devotion or worship service.

 

Sunday Worship Online

Online Worship Information schedule

Virtual Sunday Worship Service: Sunday mornings, 8:00 a.m.

Morning eDevotions: Friday mornings

Advent eDevotions: Wednesday evenings, 7:00 p.m.

Note: all the online services are recorded and accessed through YouTube so they can be viewed at the appointed time or later, according to your schedule. More details of these events and additional information can be found on our Home webpage.

 

Lectionary Resources

 
April 11: Second Sunday of Easter

The Easter season is a week of weeks, seven Sundays when we play in the mystery of Christ's presence, mostly through the glorious Gospel of John. Today we gather with the disciples on the first Easter, and Jesus breathes the Spirit on us. With Thomas we ask for a sign, and Jesus offers us his wounded self in the broken bread. From frightened individuals we are transformed into a community of open doors, peace, forgiveness, and material sharing such that no one among us is in need. (Edited from Sundays and Seasons)

  • Acts 4:32-35
  • John 20:19-31
  • Holy Communion

April 18: Third Sunday of Easter

The gospel for the third Sunday of Easter is always one in which the risen Christ shares food with the disciples, meals that are the Easter template for the meal we share each Sunday. In today’s gospel, Jesus both shares the disciples’ food and shows them the meaning of his suffering, death, and resurrection through the scriptures, the two main elements of our Sunday worship. (Edited from Sundays and Seasons)

  • Acts 3:12-19
  • Luke 24:36b-48

April 25: Fourth Sunday of Easter

The image of the good shepherd shows us how the risen Christ brings us to life. It is the relationship between the shepherd and the sheep, one of mutual knowledge and love, that gives the shepherd authority. The shepherd’s willingness to lay down his life for the sheep shows his love. First John illustrates what it means to lay down our lives for one another by the example of sharing our wealth with any sibling in need. (Edited from Sundays and Seasons) 

  • Acts 4:5-12
  • John 10:11-18

 

Tips for online worship

  1. Set up your space. Light a candle, put out your favorite plate and cup for communion, turn off other distractions.
  2. Worship with someone if you are comfortable. Set up the tablet or TV in your garage or on your porch for safe, social distant worship with a friend or two. We have Outdoor Small Group Guidelines you can use for this!
  3. Share the worship link! Send our worship link to your friends via email or on Facebook. Who ever imagined Evangelism might be that simple?

Having trouble with the online worship?

  1. Try refreshing the window or app you are using.

  2. Close other open windows or apps.

  3. Check your internet speed. You can check your speed using any computer or smartphone at fast.com. YouTube TV recommends a minimum internet speed of 3 Mbps to stream a standard definition video, 7 Mbps to stream video on one device in high definition, and at least 13 Mbps to stream on multiple devices. 

  4. If you have issues during livestream worship (between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m.) which are not resolved or explained by any of these, try waiting until 9:30 or 10:00 a.m. to worship.

Additional information, worship bulletins and announcements, can be found by logging into our member website and going to Notes/Weekly bulletins. We hope this will help release some of the stress and unease of this time and remind us all of the love of Christ through our community.

 

If you have any technical issues, please contact our webmaster@bethlehem-lutheran.net. If you have comments and suggestions, please contact Pastor Katie (pastor@bethlehem-lutheran.net) or Jenny at communications@bethlehem-lutheran.net.


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