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WHAT TIME ARE YOUR SERVICES? . . .
The Divine Service with Communion is celebrated at every weekend service:
Saturday, 5 PM Sunday, 8:30 AM Sunday, 11:00 AM
Bible Study is at 10:00AM every Sunday except during the month of August.
Matins is on Wednesdays at 8:50AM Compline is on Thursdays at 9:00PM
WHERE DO I FIND INFORMATION AS A VISITOR? . . .
The visitor welcome center is straight ahead as you enter the church. You'll definitely want to stop by to pick up our Welcome Packet, including a free gift for first time visitors: your choice of either Gene Edward Veith's marvelous work The Spirituality of the Cross, or Lutheranism 101.
WHERE DO I PARK? . . .
There is plenty of parking all around the church and school at Bethany, and the sanctuary will catch your eye as soon as you pull in off of Modaff Road.
WHAT KIND OF WORSHIP DO YOU OFFER? . . .
At Bethany the most important thing about worship is that it be founded on the Word of God as given to us in the Holy Scriptures. For this reason, preaching the good news about who Jesus is and what he has done for us takes a prominent place in every service. In keeping with what the Bible teaches, the Lord's Supper is also the heart of who we are as a worshiping community. Our services also make use of the reading of Scripture, the joining together of our hearts in prayer, the singing of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with text that helps us to rejoice together in the Gospel of Christ.
IS YOUR WORSHIP CONTEMPORARY OR TRADITIONAL? . . .
Worship at Bethany makes use of a wide variety of instruments, including pipe organ, piano, bells, brass, strings and many others on special occasions, as well as choirs, small vocal ensembles, and soloists. Because our worship is founded on the trustworthiness of Scripture, we believe it is not the instrument that matters nearly so much as that our community dwells together richly in the Word. In this sense, our worship is authentically Lutheran, rejoicing in the liturgy that has been handed down to us over the past two thousand years which point us to that Word, and our worship is also intentionally accessible, inviting all to lift their voices together in song without the music obstructing their chance to make a joyful noise.
IS THERE CHILDCARE DURING SERVICES? . . .
At Bethany we rejoice in family and children as a special gift of God to his people and his Church. For this reason, we encourage parents to keep their children with them during worship, as you help your children grow as members of our worship community. Many of our young families prefer to sit up front where their children can see more fascinating elements of worship, such as the procession, the use of the Baptismal font, and the lighting of candles. When children are encouraged to enjoy the entire experience of authentic Lutheran worship, it's amazing how quickly they begin to grasp the power of worship and learn to participate.
When children do become riotous enough to cause a distraction, most parents will simply walk with them to the back of the sanctuary, where they can continue to participate. For those times when sitting through church isn't possible, we do have a dedicated nursery with toys, comfortable seating, and a speaker that broadcasts our service. Ushers are always available to direct you there.
The nursery is staffed on Sunday mornings.
CAN WE PARTICIPATE IN BIBLE STUDY AND SUNDAY SCHOOL? . . .
Yes! Spirituality at Bethany is all about knowing what you believe and why you believe it, which means that you simply aren't getting the full experience until you dig into Bible study. Discipleship in the Word takes precedence every Sunday morning at 10:00AM (except in August) with as many as three adult study classes to choose from, and a full Sunday School for children age three through eighth grade. In addition to Sunday morning Bible Study, High School students are invited to get involved in the regular youth group, which meets most Sunday nights (see the youth page for info). Coffee and goodies are served in the the gym, starting after the 8:30 a.m. service. So come on in, grab some wake up juice, and pull up a seat.
For information on how your children can join Sunday School, call the church office or stop by the Welcome Center (to your right as you enter the church.)
I HEARD THAT THE LC-MS BELIEVES OTHER CHRISTIANS AREN'T WORTHY TO COMMUNE WITH THEM. IS THAT TRUE? . . .
No. A person does not need to become worthy to take the Lord's Supper. In fact, it is the Lord's Supper that makes a person worthy to stand in the free gift of righteousness before the judgment seat of Christ.
At Bethany we believe that in the Lord’s Supper we receive the very body and blood of our risen Lord, Jesus Christ, eaten and drunk with the bread and wine, for the forgiveness of sins unto eternal life. Because this great promise from our Lord is given to us together, as a community, at Bethany we confess that receiving communion at a congregation puts a person in fellowship with that congregation, as Paul teaches in 1 Corinthians 10:16-21.
For this reason, visitors are encouraged to speak with one of our pastors before participating in the Lord's Supper that we may teach the fullness of we believe.
Members of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod who have already given their public testimony that they agree with our teachings by virtue of their membership in another LCMS congregation are welcome to commune with us, not because they are more worthy, but because they are already members of our commun(ion)ity.
Read more on what we believe about the Lord's Supper here.