July 23, 2016
Coming Up at Bethlehem...
Summer Worship Hours
Beginning Sunday, May 29th,
We will all worship together at one service at 9:30 a.m.
Please join us!
A Message from Pastor Kern in the wake of the recent tragedies...
The recent deaths of two African-Americans by police has shaken us all. The subsequent deaths of police officers in Dallas, TX has compounded our grief and underscored in a terrible way just how connected we all are. We feel angry and afraid; grief-stricken and helpless. Anxiety hangs over our nation like a threatening storm. No doubt, inquiries will be held. Investigations will be conducted. Facts will unfold. Meanwhile grief will swell. And anger will seethe. May God preserve our nation from further death and violence.
The gospel appointed for Sunday is familiar - the Good Samaritan. And in it we hear a question for the ages - Who is my neighbor? That question will shape the sermon.
People of God!, it's time to come together and stand together on Sunday morning. If you are home, change your plans and come to church. If you're out of town, find a faith community and go there. This is a moment that calls for faith to respond. Show up and be counted as people of God and as heaven's hands of grace in the world. Hear the Word and receive the sacrament - we have work to do together.
May God have mercy on those who have died and those who mourn them. May the sin of racism and violence be removed from our life together.
ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton responds to shootings in Baton Rouge, La. and St. Paul, Minn. She urges members to show up and be present in communities that are suffering and in pain
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has issued a letter in response to the June 12 shooting that claimed the lives of 49 people at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Read More