Bethany Lutheran, Naperville, IL
The full service of Bethany Lutheran Church, Naperville, IL (outside of Chicago), a member of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod (LCMS). Our church is a confessional, liturgical Lutheran church with excellent music focusing on Christ crucified for our sins.
Hmm. The bulletin didn't seem to end up in the announcement. Here's the bulletin for April 29, 2008, 9AM, the sixth Sunday of Easter.
Category:bulletins -- posted at: 1:11pm CDT

Easter 6 - April 27, 2008 9AM We have a certain hope in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and must be prepared to give a sound defense of the faith to all who ask.

Pastor Schumacher preaches on 1 Peter 3:13-22.

The bulletin.
Direct download: Easter_6_-_April_27_2008_9AM.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:24pm CDT

Easter 5 - April 20, 2008 (Repost. Oops.) The fifth Sunday of Easter, April 20, 2008. Pastor Rossow preaches on Milk, Stones, and Royalty from 1 Peter 2:2-10.

Direct download: Easter_5_-_April_20_2008.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:08pm CDT

Whew! A marathon - and we've won. Wow. The last few days have been a marathon. We added upload bandwidth for the podcast - pretty much necessary due to libsyn's idiosyncratic upload accounting techniques if we ever wanted to catch up. And then we ripped. And edited. And recorded. And pestered the cantor with questions. And uploaded. We also rendered bulletins to .pdfs, and uploaded them. And waited for libsyn's servers to come back on line for uploading.

Anyway, it's done and we're caught up. The good news is that I can now go to bed. The better news is that nobody will come up to me after church and ask me "when are you going to get caught up." The best news, of course, is that Jesus has taken on the consequences of our sins so that without meriting it we can experience God's pleasure for eternity rather than his wrath.

Thanks be to God!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:32pm CDT

Bulletin for April 20, 2008, 9AM Here is the bulletin for the fifth Sunday of Easter, April 20, 2008. The recorded service is the 9:00 service.
Category:bulletins -- posted at: 10:31pm CDT

Here is the bulletin for the fourth Sunday of Easter, April 16, 2008
Category:bulletins -- posted at: 10:27pm CDT

Full service from the fourth Sunday of Easter, April 16, 2008. Pastor Schumacher is preaching.
Direct download: Easter_4_-_April_13_2008.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:26pm CDT

Bulletin for April 6, 2008 The bulletin for the Third Sunday of Easter, April 6, 2008.
Category:bulletins -- posted at: 11:40am CDT

Easter 3 - April 6, 2008 (Pastor James Lamb) The third Sunday of Easter, April 6, 2008.

Our guest this morning is the Rev. Dr. James Lamb, executive director of Lutherans for Life.

Direct download: Easter_3_-_April_6_2008.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:32am CDT

We now have bulletins! We're going to try uploading the bulletins. Because they normally fall into a booklet format, they may look a little funny.

There seem to be two ways that the bulletin can be useful.

First, because the services are liturgical, they are highly interactive. The congregation is often singing or speaking in counterpoint to the cantor or pastor. In some circumstances, having the bulletin available can allow you to participate more fully with the congregation, I suppose. I find myself singing the congregational parts as I walk the streets of Chicago while listening to the service. But softly.

More importantly though, the service is built on the Bible. The confession, the psalms, the scriptures, the hymns - these are usually straight from the Bible, and when they are not, they are built on doctrines which are simply the systematization of the Bible. There is nothing that feeds us like hearing the pure word of God, and nothing that comforts us more than hearing God's word that in Christ we are rescued from our sins. Reading the words of the songs and scriptures as listed in the bulletin both feeds and comforts us.

Category:general -- posted at: 10:30pm CDT