Church Services

Weekly Worship Services


Sundays at 10:00 a.m.
Sunday worship at Bethlehem is liturgical following the order for Holy Communion in the ELW. Our musical settings change seasonally. Our hymns include traditional, global, and contemporary. The Choir sings year around on the first and third Sundays. Fourth Sundays of the month use a contemporary blend of music.


Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.
The Wednesday Bethlehem worship service is a casual and intimate service. Reconciliation with God and sharing the peace with all, plus gathering around the altar for communion are high points of each service.
There is a congregation meal at 5:00 p.m.

Special Worship Services

Annual Jazz Service July
The congregation enjoys an original jazz liturgy prepared by Michael DeBevec during the regular Sunday servie. Performed by the Blue Sky Jazz Quartet, Karina Roth, and the Bethlehem Choir, this is truly an uplifting service.

Thanksgiving Eve Wednesday
Each year we celebrate the providence of God with a service of praise, thanksgiving, and inspiration.

Lessons and Carols (See calendar for this year's date)
This awe inspiring service is a favorite of our holiday traditions. Based on the service of Lessons and Carols developed and made famous by King's College Cambridge, England this service leads us through salvation history with Carols, Anthems and Scripture readings.

Christmas Eve Services 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Both worship services for Christmas Eve are candlelight services. At 5:00 p.m. we hold a service of Lessons and Carols with all our choirs. It is a truly inspiring hour. At 9:00 p.m. we gather for a quieter more intimate service of Carols and Communion. It is a wonderful way to bring a benediction to your Christmas Eve.

Lenten Worship Services
Begin on Ash Wednesday and will continue through Lent. The liturgy this year will be the Evening Prayer from the Evangelical Worship Book. Holy Communion will be offered each week.
A soup supper will be offered each Wednesday in Lent at 5:30 p.m.

Palms and Passion Sunday
will include a Faith Walk which will be a participation in many parts of the Stations on the Cross.

Maundy Thursday, (Holy Thursday) Service
will be held at 6:30 p.m. on the Thursday before Easter. Our first communion students for this year are invited to make this holy day a special celebration as they take the Sacrament of Holy Communion for the first time.

Good Friday Service at Bethlehem will be observed with the traditional service of Tenebrae at 4:00 p.m.

Community Cross Walk on Good Friday at 6:00 p.m.
will follow the traditional route through town. Join us on this holy week tradition. The Community Good Friday service is held at various churches in the area and is rotated each year. Check local listings in the newspaper or local calendars for time and location.

Easter Festival Worship Services
will be held at 7:00 a.m. and at 10:00 a.m. An Easter breakfast will be offered from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Baccalaureate Service
This is a worship service to bless our graduating seniors and is provided by the Ministerium of Cook County. It is held on the Thursday before graduation day. Watch the papers for location and time.