Worship is at the heart of what we are called
to do at Bethlehem. The Westminster Shorter Catechism says that the
cheif end of man is to "glorify God and enjoy Him forever." Worship is
24/7, it involves all that we do (1 Cor. 10:31). Worship involves the
head (our thoughts and beliefs), it involves the heart (our values and
feelings), and it involves the hands (our actions). We seek to
incorporate the whole person in the act of worship. While worship is
ongoing, we do have special times when the body joins together for
corporate worship and praise: Sunday
evening, and Wednesday
We have several special annual services. Three days before Easter we
have a Maundy Thursday service to honor the Last Supper of our Lord.
Early on Easter morning we have a sunrise service to celebrate our
Each spring we set aside a Sunday to honor
the senior citizens in our congregation. On the third Sunday in May we
have Homecoming/Memorial Day, a service to celebrate the anniversary of
our founding in 1832 and to honor our members who have passed away in
the preceding twelve months.
We participate in a Community Thanksgiving
Service on the Sunday evening before Thanksgiving. This service rotates
from church to church in the Altamahaw-Ossipee community.
The first Sunday in Advent is celebrated
with a "Hanging of the Greens" service sponsored by our Ladies
Fellowship. On Christmas Day, the church is open from 9:00 AM to 12:00
Noon for family communion. In addition, we have four communion services
each year at the beginning of each quarter. Our laymen, our ladies, and
our youth each lead a special worship service annually.