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Our Worship Services

What do our service styles mean?

Worship is one of the most important things that we do here at Bethlehem.  We gather weekly to give thanks, to pray for our community and world, to receive the sacrament of Holy Communion, and to be enriched by God's word.  We use the basic liturgy of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and our services range from traditional liturgy and music to more modern styles and contemporary songs.


Modern Worship (Sundays at 10am):

Not unlike the Traditional service, the Modern worship will be structured in its liturgy but will allow for freedom and flexibility with music and style. Piano and other instrumentation will likely be used more frequently than the organ, and leaders and components will be slightly more relaxed in dress and formality. This is the worship service most commonly known by Bethlehemers in the past.


Traditional Worship (Second Sunday of Each Month at 10am):

At our Traditional service, you will hear mostly organ music instead of piano; the choir will participate on occasion; traditional components like the "Kyrie," "Great Thanksgiving" and Psalms will often be chanted; and leaders will wear more traditional dress (i.e. alb, stole, etc), along with using the pulpit and altar rails. Our projector and screen will be used minimally.

Third Thursday Evening Worship

Third Thursday services are held September through May (no Third Thursdays in the summer months!) on the Third Thursday of the month. The Fellowship Committee provides a light dinner at 5:45pm, which is followed by the service at 7pm. Service types rotate through two styles of Taize worship, Holden Evening Prayer, and Behold Our Light.



We hope that you find a style that is both worshipful and comfortable to you.

See you soon!



Bethlehem Lutheran Church
1050 Peninsula Drive
Traverse City, MI 49686-2799
Phone: 231.947.9880