Easter Season Events 2018

ALL ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US.

Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday Mass

March 25, 2018, 8:00AM

Celebration Worship & Blessing of the Palms Ceremony

Maundy Thursday Mass

March 29, 2018, 3:45PM

Holy Communion

Good Friday Tenebrae

March 30, 2018, 3:45PM

“Service of Lights”

EASTER SUNDAY

Bible Study & Continental Breakfast

April 1, 2018, 7:00AM

High Festival Easter Mass

April 1, 2018, 8:00AM

Celebration Worship! Special Music!

Christ is Risen. He is Risen, Indeed.

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A Nationwide Tragedy Hits Close To Home

In honor and memory of all those who lost their lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School this past week…

Today we ask God to hold their souls in his everlasting, tender loving care. We pray for those families that now grieve the loss of their beloved family members. May God bless each one involved in this horrific tragedy. And, let us continue to pray that our community might be healed and made whole again.

Dear loving God, There are so many things we don’t understand about our world. We might not know how the families and friends of the victims of the Marjory Stoneman High School tragedy are feeling this day. But we do care. May they feel your presence in spirit through those of us who are praying for them right now. Help us to be mindful of the pain around us and to do something about it. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

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B.I.N.G.O!!!

Beginning Thursday, February 8th from 10:00AM through Noon, Bethlehem Lutheran Church will host B.I.N.G.O!!!

FEATURING…

12 Different Bingo Games

and a

Light Lunch Special for $5.00

The Public is Welcome!

PLEASE JOIN US EVERY THURSDAY MORNING!

For information, call 954-454-2954 Monday – Friday 9:30AM – 1:00PM.

 

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Hurricane Irma

Our thoughts are with everyone affected by Hurricane Irma throughout the Caribbean, Cuba, here in Florida and the Southeastern US. Our prayers are with you as well as the people in Texas affected by Harvey, and those out west dealing with the fires. This summer has been a challenge, but the strength of our belief in God will carry us through.

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Easter Season Events 2017

ALL ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US.

Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday Mass

April 9, 2017, 8:00AM

Celebration Worship & Blessing of the Palms Ceremony

Maundy Thursday Mass

April 13, 2017, 4:00PM

Holy Communion

Good Friday Tenebrae

April 14, 2017, 4:00PM

“Service of Lights”

EASTER SUNDAY

Bible Study & Continental Breakfast

April 16, 2017, 7:00AM

High Festival Easter Mass

April 16, 2017, 8:00AM

Celebration Worship! Special Music!

Christ is Risen. He is Risen, Indeed.

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A Prayer for Our Time

Dear Brokenhearted God,

We did not want to have to come to you again with such heavy hearts after what we endured last June in Charleston. Yet, we bow before you today grief stricken and stunned. We cry, as we did then, how can this happen? What can we do? Forgive us for not doing enough in this year to keep another brother from killing so many sisters and brothers. Give us your strength to endure this tragedy. Give us your wisdom to see a way forward for peace. Raise up among us leaders who can make a difference. Teach us how to be agents of reconciliation who embrace all your people. Break open the barriers of our hearts so that we can see your Son Jesus in every face we meet. We are your brokenhearted people, pleading in the name of the One whose death broke your own heart for us all.  Amen.

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Following is a letter from Robert G. Schaefer, Bishop of the Florida-Bahamas Synod, ELCA, from the Heart of Florida Conference, which he has shared with us.

A Day of Mourning and Lament

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I invite every congregation to name this Sunday, June 19, the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost 2016, as a Day of Mourning and Lament in our worship together as congregations of the Florida-Bahamas Synod. Let us “weep with those who weep”.

Let us reflect upon how grief implicates us all in the common bonds of humanity. The hundreds of patrons of the Pulse nightclub have relationships that reach into our churches, schools and lives. The hateful rhetoric of our day has touched us with its great harm; no one is spared.

Let us allow no place for the rhetoric of hate in our lives and relationships. As disciples of Jesus Christ, let us trust that “love casts out all fear,” “because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.”

We remember the Charleston Nine, massacred at Mother Emanuel Church a year ago, when the safety of the sanctuary of God was breached. Now we mourn again because of gun violence and the hate that pulls the trigger.

We mourn the loss of 49 persons last Sunday at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and pray for the recovery of the 53 injured and many traumatized. We mourn for the perpetrator Omar, who overwhelmed by the chaos of violence, lost control of his own humanity and thus brought suffering to thousands of people.

We lament the words and deeds that disparage and threaten the LGBTQ community, our Muslim neighbors, and immigrants among us.

Let our lament become the prophetic passion of healing love so that all identities – whether of national origin, sexual orientation, or religion – feel welcome and safe in our midst.

We commend to God, our Creator, Redeemer, and Healer, all victims of violence.

Peace be yours,

Robert G. Schaefer, Bishop of the Florida-Bahamas Synod, ELCA

Let us pray. O Lord our God, Triune Father, Son, and Holy Spirit:  Our city has been devastated by a terrorist who chose to commit mass murder, who chose a gay night club as his target, and we, as people of faith, are called to respond to such evil in Christlike words and deed. We pray for the dead, the wounded, and their families that they might know comfort. We pray for the LGBT community and the Islamic community, who now bear wounds and fears because of this attack, that you might protect them from further harm. We pray for our congregation and for all Christians, that we might be instruments of peace, that in loving and serving like Jesus, we might bring hope and healing to our city and all people, even our enemies who desire us harm. We ask these things in the name of Christ, our Lord, the Prince of Peace and healer of all our ills.  Amen.

(From the Heart of Florida Conference) 

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Estimated 50,000 People Attend Vigil for Orlando Victims: NBC NEWS, by Tim Stelloh, 06/20/16

 

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The Celtic Way at Bethlehem and Atonement Lutheran Churches

In my last Blog, 03/11/16, and Temple Talk on 03/22/16, I wrote and spoke about the role St Patrick played in converting the Irish to Christianity. How he used symbols like the Celtic cross and the shamrock to introduce Christian doctrine, like the Holy Trinity.

Fast forward two months to May, 2016. I am back in Columbus, Ohio for the Spring/Summer. I attended my first service of the year at my Columbus home church, Atonement Lutheran Church, on 05/08/16. Guess what the Sunday school lesson is? “The Celtic Way of Evangelism.” How St Patrick, and other Christian leaders, taught the Doctrine of the Trinity, understanding the death of Christ, and the importance of living for Christ, to the Irish.

I am amazed that that two Lutheran churches so far apart, and so different, could be having almost the same conversation about the same Saint; one in a Temple Talk, the other in a Sunday school lesson.

The Christian Church has many denominations, and sub-denominations, but they all have the same King, the same Savior, the same Christ, JESUS.

Continue to ask God to lift up a friend, or, if you already think you have such a person, consider where your relationship with that person could go a little deeper, as you share the good news of Jesus Christ. Invite them to Bethlehem. Bring them to Bethlehem. That person will be playing a key role in your Christian walk.

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100,000 or One on St Patrick’s Day

St Patrick converted over one hundred thousand Irish to Christianity, and help start up over 300 churches, during his life, 387AD to 460AD. Ireland was a country that practiced a nature-based pagan religion during St Patrick’s time. To proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord was dangerous, and left him without legal protection. Because of his belief in Christ, and his willingness to publicly tell the Good News, and to be an evangelist for Jesus, St Patrick was beaten, robbed persecuted, put in chains, and imprisoned.

But St Patrick persevered. He told the Christian story to the Irish by using symbols and ideas they could relate with. He taught the doctrine of the Holy Trinity by showing people the shamrock, a three-leafed plant, using it to illustrate the Christian teaching of three persons in one God.

St Patrick superimposed a sun, a powerful Irish symbol at the time, onto the Christian cross to create what is now called a Celtic cross. The converted Irish became more comfortable wearing the cross, and proclaiming Jesus as Christ.

The shamrock, the Celtic cross, the Irish national color, green; and a feast, are all part of the St Patrick Day celebration; a celebration of Jesus, and Christianity throughout the world.

St Patrick died on March 17, 460AD. He was born in Britain. At age 16 he was kidnapped by Irish pirates, taken to Ireland, there enslaved as a shepherd. Six years later he escaped, wandered through the wilderness for over 200 miles finally arriving at the coast.

Upon his return to Britain St Patrick went into the ministry as a priest after 15 years of study. He asked to return to Ireland with the dream of converting the Irish to Christianity.

St Patrick converted over 100,000 to Christ. Each person he converted started with a conversation. We can share the Good News of Jesus with just one person. You could be a Saint in that person’s life.

 

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