Sundays at 10:00 am
Dynamic preaching is the cornerstone of worship and we are blessed to have great preachers to challenge us weekly. We join with churches all over the world in following the Lectionary scripture readings and the Church Year calendar as an outline for our morning worship services. The particular church year season is highlighted visually with appropriate colors in paraments, banners, candles, and flowers. Often a particular visual theme is developed over the course of a church year season, and the congregation is invited and encouraged to participate in the creation of a visual arts project. Please see our Flickr page to view some of the more stunning projects.
We have a rich tradition of excellent music, and are blessed by leadership from our Worship Teams and our Praise Orchestra each Sunday. We have two active worship choirs: our Anthem Choir, and our Gospel Choir, now called “Blended Voices of Praise”. Both lead in Bethany’s worship services; BVOP also participates in other community events and worship services. We practice a blended style of music and worship that seeks to retain the strengths of the past while striving to present the Gospel in a culturally relevant way. To that end we blend hymns, both from the Reformed tradition and others; praise songs; gospel tunes; and music from various ethnic groups. We welcome the participation and leadership of our children and youth, whether they are worshipping with us or enjoying their own Children's Worship Services (for those in preschool through 2nd grade).
The sacraments of the Lord's Supper and Baptism are also part of the rhythm of our worship life at Bethany: The Lord's Supper is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month and Baptism, for both new believers and children of believing parents, is offered upon request.
We believe that, in many ways, worship is the heart of our church. We desire to be God glorifying and honoring in all that we do; but we also view worship as nourishment and preparation for the members who seek to bring God's kingdom to earth in various ministries and occupations in the city of Muskegon and beyond.