Advent and Christmas Schedule
Advent Devotions - Love Came Down, are available in the Narthex. In Love Came Down we see how the Heavenly Father spared nothing-not even His own Son-to work out our salvation. Though we had rebelled in our sins and spurned God and His Commandments, He chose us-not for exclusion, but redemption. The Father's love sought us out in our perilous condition and, in His infinite mercy, bridged the divide to our isolation through Jesus-the one Mediator between God and Man.
"Jesus came to be in our lives, a part of our lives, one of us. He came to be our Savior, and that is not a job someone can do by standing safely at a distance. Instead, He embraced our human nature-He was born, He grew, He lived, worked, and suffered, He died. And then He rose from the dead," writes author Dr. Kari Vo.
The story of our salvation is a hard-fought victory. What began in a humble manger stall in Bethlehem on Christmas morn reached its zenith when Jesus-child of Mary, Son of God-was crucified, died, and rose from the dead three days later. This is what God did for us; this is what happened when love came down.
Wednesday Dec. 6, 13, and 20: 12:00 Noon and 6:45 PM Advent Worship.
Our midweek advent devotions will look at how Angels play a role in the birth and ministry of our Lord Jesus.
|December 6 - Advent 1||Guardian Angels|
|December 13 - Advent 2||Worshiping Angels|
|December 20 - Advent 3||Warrior Angels|
Advent Meals will be served on Wednesdays starting at 5:15. The cost is only $4/person or $12 max for family. The menus for the Advent meals:
- December 6
- Chips and Cheese
- December 13
- December 20
Saturday/Sunday during Advent:
December 2/3 -
O Lord, Please Come…this week we will look at how and why the church longs for Jesus to come again. December 9/10 -Advent 2 O Lord, Please Comfort…this week we will look at where we turn, when we have no where to turn. Our Lord becomes our only Comforter. December 16/17 -Advent 3 O Lord, Please Bring Good News…this week we remember how bad news changes the way we think about life and the world, and refocus on the Good News, that Jesus has come, and is coming again. Children's service at 11:15. December 23/24 -Advent 4 The God Who Keeps His Promise…this week we will remember that God makes promises, and actually keeps them; as well, He has made many promises to us, and we wait just a moment more for them to come.
Saturday, Sunday December 16 & 17, Regular 5:00 PM (Sat.) 8:30 and 11:15 (Sun.) Worship Services, with Holy Communion. Children's service at 11:15.
Saturday, December 23, Regular 5:00 PM Worship Service, No Bible Study
Sunday, December 24, One morning Worship service at 10:00 AM, NO SUNDAY SCHOOL
Sunday, December 24, 4:00 & 7:00 PM - a service of readings, hymns, carols and candlelight, all focused on the most amazing birth of Jesus, God come in flesh! with Holy Communion.
Monday, December 25, 10:00 AM - Christmas Day Worship - a very quiet service, almost as if the Baby King is sleeping, we celebrate with old Christmas carols, and a service of readings and the Lord's Supper.
Saturday, Sunday, December 30/31, - Christmas 1 - Regular Worship Services with Communion. The God Who Does…being the Sunday after Christmas, our focus is on simply praising the Father for sending the Son, as our God is not distant, but He comes among us!
Bethel Lutheran Church's Mission is declaring the Gospel to those who do not know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, calling them into faith, while sharing and strengthening the faith of our members and fellow believers.