St. Peter's Golf Tournament
Attention all golfers! Time is running out to sign up and to be part of St. Peter's first annual Golf Tournament! Proceeds from this event will go to support the youth of Bethlehem in our ministries to them! We have wonderful prizes to possibly win, including a new car/trip to Bahama's...
Church Chatter July 19, 2015 Edition
July 19, 2015 A weekly publication for the gathered family of Christ who gathers at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bethlehem! Check out our web site at stpetersbethlehem.org or "like" us on Facebook!ELCA Youth Gathering 2015! Detroit Michigan! Ready or Not! Here We Come! This week severa...
A different understanding of compassion!
Take some time to listen to this powerful message shared to the glory of God in celebration of the 8th Sunday after Pentecost. In this message we hear that "Jesus had compassion on the people and taught them divine things!" Take some time to listen to how ancient Scripture can be opened u...
Church Chatter July 5, 2015 edition
July 5, 2015 St. Peter's "Church Chatter!" A weekly publication for the gathered family of Christ who gathers at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bethlehem! Check out our web site at stpetersbethlehem.org or "like" us on Facebook! Welcome to "Church Chatter!" Thi...
Our mission is to be a Christ-centered
worshipping family of faith
witnessing to God's inclusive love for individuals,
for our community, and for the world.
St. Peter's is a
Reconciling in Christ congregation
All are called to God's feast.
As a Reconciling in Christ congregation,
we who have experienced God's all-inclusive love
invite you to come as you are.
We welcome people of any age, race, ethnic background,
gender identity, sexual orientation,
education, physical or mental ability,
or marital, parental, or social status
to join us as full participants in the life of St. Peter's.
St. Peter's Men's Fellowship GroupEach Wednesday morning at 6:30AM all men are invited to participate in our St. Peter's Men's Fellowship Group! Right now our group is discussing the book "Twelve Ordinary Men" authored by John MacArthur. This group also includes a time for mutual support and encouragement to one another. ...
New Jerusalem Singers at St. Peter'sTake some time to enjoy this music shared to the glory of God in celebration of the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost. The Jerusalem Singers under the direction of Peter Deschler wonderfully proclaimed the Word of God through Song!http://youtu.be/Ssb4fYOwpYc ...
Adult Bible StudyNormally our Adult Bible Study gathers after our Sunday worship to study Holy Scripture. Currently we are studying the book of Revelation! Our studies are open to anyone, this month we will be gathering on July 5, 19, and 26. Child care is provided for those who desire! ...
Vacation Bible SchoolMark your calendars for Sunday July 26 through Friday, July 31. St. Peter's is joining, St. Paul's, Holy Trinity, and Salem Lutheran church at St. Matthew's on Locust St., Bethlehem, for this event from 6:00-8:00 PM. Ages 3 through grade 6 are invited. Craft supplies are needed please pic...
New Summer Worship Schedule Announced!!!Wednesday - 10:30AM "Bidding Prayer" worship (Chapel) &... Read More
Weekly CalendarClick Below to see THIS WEEK'S CALENDAR - JULY 26th - AUGUST 2nd, 2015 S... Read More
Pastor's Email Devotion - Sister Dottie, Guest Devotioneer The Week of Pentecost 9 July 26, 2015
SCRIPTURE - So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God's household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, read more. in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.- Ephesians 2:19-22
Let's face it, the church isn't what she used to be 20 years ago. We seem to be at a precipice of the beginning of the end of the institutionalized church. We read Facebook blogs and Christian journal articles about the decline of the number of persons attending the church, especially the "millennials and younger". There seems to be a growing fear of the end of the Christian church.
REFLECTION - After attending the ELCA National Youth gathering in Detroit last week, I can enthusiastically say that this is NOT what I experienced. Over 30,000 youth and adult leaders attending this week of worship, service and study and these youth were excited about their faith! They took to the streets to do service ministries as fellow citizens of the saints. They wore T-shirts with various Christian messages that included "Turn Up for Jesus", which was created by our own youth Mallory Yeingst and Liam Fyfe.
Youth and adults from across the nation came together in worship and praise of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. While it may not have taken place inside a traditional church building, it absolutely was worship, including music, messages and Holy Communion. You couldn't help but feel the energy that was in Ford Field as youth and adults danced and clapped their hands. Maybe our numbers are declining in our church buildings, but perhaps it is also time to take a look at how we can "do church" differently. Our young people want to serve others, want to be part of the energy of a worship setting and thrive in community. This isn't to say that our traditional way of worship is past, but we can't use tradition as an excuse to hold us back from experiencing Christ in a new and energizing way. As the writer of Ephesians states, "you are also being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit". Do I need to point out that this scripture doesn't read into a physical dwelling? We are to be in community where ever the Holy Spirit may lead us, and that may be in a large indoor football field, out in the mission fields of our communities or even in our church buildings. We are after all Citizens with all saints everywhere and in the words of the 2015 National Youth Gathering; we are to help the universal church "Rise Up"!
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