Robin Parry in his book Worshiping Trinity asks a very important question: At what point does worship cease to be Christian worship and become simply Christians worshipping?” If worship is about God and God is a Trinity then worship is about the Trinity. We believe that we come to the Father through and with Jesus Christ by the Spirit. Our worship is acceptable to God only because of our union with Christ (Heb 10:19-25). Music and the arts are not the means of our worship; they are an expression of our worship.
The Worship Service at Bethany
After a long hard week, we gather together to ascribe to God the glory that is due his name. In this part of the worship service, we sing, connect, pray and enjoy praise music with our praise band. We then share what God is doing at Bethany and give of our tithes and offerings as an expession of gratitude.
Regarding our worship culture, we believe that praise in the Bible is expressive and demonstrative. It is neither secretive nor unresponsive. When people in the Bible praised the Lord, singing, playing instruments, clapping, shouting, kneeling, lifting hands and even dancing were used to express gratitude to God. Certainly, there are times for silence and contemplation but we never want to be embarrassed to express our gratitude to the One who gave His all for us (Psalm 103).
Following our gathering, we take some time to study the Bible. We believe that the Word of God not only informs but that it performs and transforms. We place a high value on the reading, preaching and teaching of the scriptures at Bethany. Our primary objective in the ministry of the Word is to know God. When studying the Bible, we are not studying a cookbook with recipes for the successful life. Rather, we are discovering a God who has revealed Himself. If you will, our teaching pastors view themselves as tour guides for those who want to experience the Kingdom of God. At the end of the day, the Bible is really about relationships: God’s relationship with us, our relationship with Him and our relationship with others. Knowing God and His will is what we desire more than anything else when studying the Bible in our corporate worship gatherings.
In that we value not only the teaching of the Bible but also the preaching of Christ, we at Bethany, conclude every message with a time of celebrating the Lord’s Supper. We believe that the Lord’s Supper visibly and tangibly expresses the Gospel. In addition to be reminded about what Christ has done for us, we are also reminded every week that Jesus is the Bread of Life and that we need Him every day. Furthermore, when we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, we are anticipating the wedding banquet at the end of the age where we will gather together to celebrate our victory in Christ Jesus (Rev 19:7-10). Lastly, we believe that when we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, we are not only having communion with God but also with each other as the Body of Christ (Matt 18:20; Acts 2:42-47).
Finally, after we sing, study and celebrate, we pray and prepare ourselves to take this Gospel into our various spheres of influence. During our dismissal time, we have ministry prayer, commissionings for individuals and teams going to serve our Lord across the street and across the ocean. We then conclude this time with a benediction (a good word, a blessing) and then a closing song. This concludes our worship services. Our worship services are approximately 75 minutes. We believe those 75 minutes are some of the most life giving moments in our week as a community at Bethany. We invite you to make corporate worship a weekly priority.
Other Worship Elements
If you have been born again by the Spirit of God and have never been baptized, we encourage you to be baptized. In addition to being a sacrament of incorporation into the Body of Christ (Rom 6:3-7; 1 Cor 12:12-14; Eph 4:4-6; Col 2:11-12) we believe that baptism is an opportunity to proclaim your faith before your family and friends. We celebrate Baptisms on the First Sunday of January, Easter Sunday and The Fourth of July Weekend. When needed, we schedule baptisms on additional Sundays. If you would like to be baptized, please call the church office at 303-798-8419. We will encourage you to meet with one of our pastors who will schedule this glorious celebration of your life in Christ.
At Bethany, we ask the Lord publicly, to bless your children. We also ask the congregation to commit to pray for your children and to be a Christlike example for your family. We will also encourage you, as parents, to live your life in such a way that your children will want to follow Christ.
Family Worship Sundays
Our children are usually dismissed before the sermon for Children’s Church giving them an age appropriate message. Our parents then pick up their kids after the service. In order for our kids to celebrate the Lord’s Supper, we keep the kids in the entire service once a month for a Family Worship Sunday. During these Sundays we encourage moms and dads to explain to their children what the Lord’s Supper means. We leave it up to the parents to exercise discretion as to whether or not to serve their children communion. We always have stations for families to be served if they are uncomfortable serving their own family. Family Worship Sundays also transition our children into experiencing “big church.” We believe that one of the reasons kids leave the church when they graduate High School is because they’ve never made this transition.
Prayer Meetings and Ministries
Ministry Prayer in the Worship Service: Our pastoral staff and their spouses are available for ministry prayer every Sunday. We encourage you to come forward and tell us what is going on in your life. We want to pray for healing, encouragement, direction, clarity and anything that is weighing heavy on your heart.
All Church Prayer Meeting: On Sundays at 8 AM in the Fireside Room before anything else happens, we gather to ask God to move in power and might upon everything that will happen that day. This prayer meeting is open to all. We would love to have you join us.
Tuesday Evening Prayer Meeting: Meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. This prayer meeting is designed to pray for our church, our community and world events. This is the Mercy Prayer Meeting: “God have Mercy on ____.”
Church Prayer Chain: Our Church Prayer Chain is designed to actively pray for the requests of the Bethany community. Prayer items can be submitted through the communication card in the bulletin, by calling the church office or by emailing the church office. Lastly, you can request the Elders of the church to come and anoint you with oil and pray for healing (James 5: 13-18).