We Worship

Services

Holy Communion is celebrated every Sunday at 7:30, 8:30, and 11:00 a.m. The 7:30 service (which lasts a half hour) is entirely spoken and has some of the character of a “house communion.” The other two services are identical, except that the choir ordinarily sings at the 11:00 service.

See the congregation’s calendar for times of special services such as those of Lent and Holy Week: Midweek services, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil on Saturday evening.

Evening Prayer, at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, is a spoken service about fifteen minutes long which follows the order once known as vespers.

During the summer, from Memorial Day weekend through late August, worship is at 7:30 and 9:30 a.m.

Communion is open to all our Christian visitors, regardless of whether they come from a Lutheran church home. Lutherans traditionally invite children to commune only after a period of instruction, which takes place in the 2nd grade. Until then, they may indicate their wish to receive a blessing by crossing their arms over their chest (“St. Andrew’s Cross”).

Children are welcome in church. We provide church bags with activities to engage younger children; these are to be found in the hallway behind the sanctuary. There is a nursery for the very youngest children. Children 3-5 are invited to leave the sanctuary after the children’s sermon to go downstairs for an enrichment time (about 20 minutes) before returning to the service.

Nursery

Bethlehem’s nursery is open during worship services and education hour. It is staffed by paid childcare providers who will lovingly care for your infant or toddler, through the age of three.

Music

Bethlehem has long cherished the tradition of using fine music in our worship – with congregational singing, choir, organ, and other instruments. The Choir is open to high school through adult ages. Our ministry is to offer music for worship through anthems and participation with the congregation in the singing of hymns and liturgy. The choir also presents a cantata or oratorio with an orchestra for the Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter seasons.

As a friendly and committed group, we welcome new members regardless of singing experience. In choir, we learn musical skills, teamwork, and some of the most beautiful music from the Renaissance to modern compositions.

Choir normally holds practices twice a week (Wednesday evening at 7:00, and Sunday morning at 9:30) and performs at the 11:00 service from August to May.

Stay up to date with choir and music events at Bethlehem Lutheran Church: https://www.facebook.com/BethlehemIndianapolisMusic

Art

The English Gothic sanctuary is adorned with many works of art, mostly locally made by former pastor Don Elder and members of the church. Note especially the large array of hand-painted shields mounted on the ceiling, the altar’s triptych, the banners and altar cloths, and the stained-glass windows.

Summer Schedule

During the summer, we have two services, at 7:30 and 9:30am. Both services offer Holy Communion, and all are welcome.


Precentor Peter Rogahn

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Peter Rogahn enjoys a career as organist, pianist, and choral director. His mission is to share his passion for music with others through performing, teaching and mentoring. He serves as Precentor for Bethlehem Lutheran Church where he plays the organ and leads the adult choir. A believer in the positive impact of music education, he served for four years as Choral Accompanist and Instructional Assistant at Lawrence North High School, Indianapolis, where he accompanied the school’s six choirs and assisted with music theory, piano, and electronic music classes.

Rogahn is currently pursuing a Doctor of Music in Organ Performance at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and holds a Performer Diploma and a Master of Music degree from Indiana. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN. His principal teachers have included: Christopher Young, Peter Nygaard, and Harold Rutz.