First Sunday in Advent Hanging of the Greens Sunday, December 3, 2023


Entrance Hymn:  LBW #22 “The Advent of Our God”


Prayer of the day

Stir up Your power, O Lord, and come, that by Your protection we may be rescued from the threatening perils of our sins and saved by Your mighty deliverance; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. 

First Reading:

Isaiah 64:1–9

1Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down,
           that the mountains might quake at your presence—
2 as when fire kindles brushwood
           and the fire causes water to boil—
to make your name known to your adversaries,
           and that the nations might tremble at your presence!
3When you did awesome things that we did not look for,
           you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.
4From of old no one has heard
           or perceived by the ear,
no eye has seen a God besides you,
           who acts for those who wait for him.
5You meet him who joyfully works righteousness,
           those who remember you in your ways.
Behold, you were angry, and we sinned;
           in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved?
6We have all become like one who is unclean,
           and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.
We all fade like a leaf,
           and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
7There is no one who calls upon your name,
           who rouses himself to take hold of you;
for you have hidden your face from us,
           and have made us melt in the hand of our iniquities.
8But now, O Lord, you are our Father;
           we are the clay, and you are our potter;
           we are all the work of your hand.
9Be not so terribly angry, O Lord,
           and remember not iniquity forever.
           Behold, please look, we are all your people. 

Psalm 25:1–3; antiphon: Zechariah 9:9, alt.

L: Behold, your king is coming to you;
C: righteous and having salvation.
L: To you, O Lord,
C: I lift up my soul.
L: O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame;
C: let not my enemies exult over me.
L: Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame;
C: they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
L: Behold, your king is coming to you;
C: righteous and having salvation.


1 Corinthians 1:3–9

3Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, 5that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge—6even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you—7so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 


1When they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples 2and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. 3If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’” 4And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it. 5And some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” 6And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go. 7And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. 8And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. 9And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! 10Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!”


Message Hymn:  LBW #28 “Savior of the Nations, Come”

Closing Hymn:  LBW #24 “Come, O Precious Ransom”

Clarification: Midweek Advent Services dates.

Clarification: Midweek Advent Services dates.

 December 6
 December 13
 December 20

Circle these dates. We hope to see you there!

Advent services correction

Advent services start Wednesday at 12:00pm and 7:30pm.  The first service is Wednesday, December 6 – Midweek Advent 1.   The theme of the Advent Season is “The Long-Awaited King is Coming!”

“For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain”
Rev. Dr. Alemu Ermias Katiso 
Pastor at Bethany Lutheran Church 
817 Camden Ave., Salisbury, MD 21801 – 410.742.1737

Last Sunday of the Church Year Sunday, November 26, 2023

Entrance Hymn:  LBW #328 “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name” 

Prayer of the day

Eternal God, merciful Father, You have appointed Your Son as judge of the living and the dead. Enable us to wait for the day of His return with our eyes fixed on the kingdom prepared for Your own from the foundation of the world; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.


First Reading:

Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24                                                                              

The Lord God Will Seek Them Out

11 “For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. 12 As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. 13 And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land. And I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the ravines, and in all the inhabited places of the country. 14 I will feed them with good pasture, and on the mountain heights of Israel shall be their grazing land. There they shall lie down in good grazing land, and on rich pasture they shall feed on the mountains of Israel. 15 I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord God. 16 I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them in justice.

20 “Therefore, thus says the Lord God to them: Behold, I, I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. 21 Because you push with side and shoulder, and thrust at all the weak with your horns, till you have scattered them abroad, 22 I will rescue my flock; they shall no longer be a prey. And I will judge between sheep and sheep. 23 And I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. 24 And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them. I am the Lord; I have spoken.


Psalm 39:4-5, 7-8, 12; antiphon: 2 Peter 3:13 

L:  In keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth,

C:  the home of righteousness.

L:  O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days;

C:  let me know how fleeting I am!

L:  Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths,

C:  and my lifetime is as nothing before you.

L:  And now, O Lord, for what do I wait?

C:  My hope is in you.

L:  Deliver me from all my transgressions.

C:  Do not make me the scorn of the fool!

L:  Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry; hold not your peace at my tears!

C:  For I am a sojourner with you, a guest, like all my fathers.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.  Amen.

L:  In keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth,

C:  the home of righteousness.



1 Corinthians 15:20-28                                  

20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 24 Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For “God[a] has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. 28 When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.



Matthew 25:31-46                       

The Final Judgment

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”


Message Hymn:  LBW #556 “Herald, Sound the Note of Judgement”

Closing Hymn:  LBW #170 “Crown Him with Many Crowns”


Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Sunday, November 19, 2023

Entrance Hymn:  LBW #407 “Come, You Thankful People, Come”


Prayer of the day

Almighty and ever-living God, You have given exceedingly great and precious promises to those who trust in You. Dispel from us the works of darkness and grant us to live in the light of Your Son, Jesus Christ, that our faith may never be found wanting; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.


First Reading:

Zephaniah 1:7-16                                                                              

The Day of the Lord Is Near

Be silent before the Lord God!
    For the day of the Lord is near;
the Lord has prepared a sacrifice
    and consecrated his guests.
And on the day of the Lord’s sacrifice—
“I will punish the officials and the king’s sons
    and all who array themselves in foreign attire.
On that day I will punish
    everyone who leaps over the threshold,
and those who fill their master’s house
    with violence and fraud.

10 “On that day,” declares the Lord,
    “a cry will be heard from the Fish Gate,
a wail from the Second Quarter,
    a loud crash from the hills.
11 Wail, O inhabitants of the Mortar!
    For all the traders are no more;
    all who weigh out silver are cut off.
12 At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps,
    and I will punish the men
who are complacent,
    those who say in their hearts,
‘The Lord will not do good,
    nor will he do ill.’
13 Their goods shall be plundered,
    and their houses laid waste.
Though they build houses,
    they shall not inhabit them;
though they plant vineyards,
    they shall not drink wine from them.”

14 The great day of the Lord is near,
    near and hastening fast;
the sound of the day of the Lord is bitter;
    the mighty man cries aloud there.
15 A day of wrath is that day,
    a day of distress and anguish,
a day of ruin and devastation,
    a day of darkness and gloom,
a day of clouds and thick darkness,
16     a day of trumpet blast and battle cry
against the fortified cities
    and against the lofty battlements.


Psalm 143:2, 5-6; antiphon: Psalm 143:1 

L:  Hear my prayer, O Lord; give ear to my pleas for mercy!

C:  In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness!

L:  Enter not into judgement with your servant,

C:  for no one living is righteous before you.

L:  I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done;

C:  I ponder the work of your hands.

L:  I stretch out my hands to you;

C:  my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.

L:  Teach me to do your will, for you are my God!

C:  Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!

L:  For your name’s sake, O Lord, preserve my life!

C:  In your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble!

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.  Amen.

L:  Hear my prayer, O Lord; give ear to my pleas for mercy!

C:  In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness!



1 Thessalonians 5:1-11                                  

The Day of the Lord

Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.



Matthew 25:14-30                       

The Parable of the Talents

14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’


Message Hymn:  LBW #321 “The Day Is Surely Drawing Near”

Closing Hymn:  LBW #412 “Sing to the Lord of Harvest”


Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Sunday, November 12, 2023

Entrance Hymn:  LBW #241 “We Praise You, O God”


Prayer of the day

Lord God, heavenly Father, send forth Your Son to lead home His bride, the Church, that with all the company of the redeemed we may finally enter into His eternal wedding feast; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.


First Reading:

Amos 5:18-24                                                                                     

Let Justice Roll Down

18 Woe to you who desire the day of the Lord!
    Why would you have the day of the Lord?
It is darkness, and not light,
19     as if a man fled from a lion,
    and a bear met him,
or went into the house and leaned his hand against the wall,
    and a serpent bit him.
20 Is not the day of the Lord darkness, and not light,
    and gloom with no brightness in it?

21 “I hate, I despise your feasts,
    and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.
22 Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings,
    I will not accept them;
and the peace offerings of your fattened animals,
    I will not look upon them.
23 Take away from me the noise of your songs;
    to the melody of your harps I will not listen.
24 But let justice roll down like waters,
    and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.



Psalm 84:1, 9-12; antiphon: Psalm 84:3 

L:  Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay here young,

C:  at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.

L:  How lovely is your dwelling place,

C:  O Lord of hosts!

L:  Behold our shield, O God;

C:  look on the face of your anointed!

L:  For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.

C:  I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.

L:  For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor.

C:  No good thing does he withhold from those who walk up rightly.

L:  O Lord of hosts,

C:  blessed is the one who trusts in you!

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.  Amen.

L:  Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay here young,

C:  at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.



1 Thessalonians 4:13-18                               

The Coming of the Lord

13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.



Matthew 25:1-13                         

The Parable of the Ten Virgins

25 “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. 11 Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12 But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.


Message Hymn:  LBW #322 “The Clouds of Judgement Gather”

Closing Hymn:  LBW #533 “Now Thank We All Our God”

All Saints’ Day Sunday, November 5, 2023

Entrance Hymn:  WOV #748 “Bind Us Together”


Prayer of the day

Almighty and everlasting God, You knit together Your faithful people of all times and places into one holy communion, the mystical body of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Grant us so to follow Your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living that, together with them, we may come to the unspeakable joys You have prepared for those who love You; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.


First Reading:

Revelation 7:9-17                                                                             

A Great Multitude from Every Nation

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.” 13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?” 14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

15 “Therefore they are before the throne of God,
    and serve him day and night in his temple;
    and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.
16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore;
    the sun shall not strike them,
    nor any scorching heat.
17 For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,
    and he will guide them to springs of living water,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”


Psalm 31:1, 3, 5; antiphon: Revelation 7:14 

L:  These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation.

C:  They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

L:  In you, O Lord, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame;

C:  in your righteousness deliver me.

L:  For you are my rock and my fortress;

C:  and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me.

L:  Into your hand I commit my spirit;

C:  you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.  Amen.

L:  These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation.

C:  They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.



1 John 3:1-3                                

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.



Matthew 5:1-12                 

The Sermon on the Mount

Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.

The Beatitudes

And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons[a] of God.

10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.


Message Hymn:  WOV #699 “Blessed Assurance”

Closing Hymn:  WOV #783 “Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God”


Reformation Day Sunday, October 29, 2023

Entrance Hymn:  LBW #230 “Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word”


Prayer of the day

Almighty and gracious Lord, pour out Your Holy Spirit on Your faithful people. Keep us steadfast in Your grace and truth, protect and deliver us in times of temptation, defend us against all enemies, and grant to Your Church Your saving peace; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.


First Reading:

Revelation 14:6-7                                                                             

The Messages of the Three Angels

Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people. And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.”


Psalm 34:1-2, 11, 22; antiphon: Psalm 119:46 

L:  I will speak of your testimonies before kings, O Lord,

C:  and shall not be put to shame.

L:  I will bless the Lord at all times;

C:  his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

L:  My soul makes its boast in the Lord;

C:  let the humble hear and be glad.

L:  Come, O children, listen to me;

C:  I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

L:  The Lord redeems the life of his servants;

C:  none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.  Amen.

L:  I will speak of your testimonies before kings, O Lord,

C:  and shall not be put to shame.



Romans 3:19-28                        

19 Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20 For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.

The Righteousness of God Through Faith

21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

27 Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.



John 8:31-36                       

The Truth Will Set You Free

31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”

34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.


Message Hymn:  LBW #229 “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”

Closing Hymn:  LBW #299 “Dear Christians, One and All”

Voters Meeting

There will be a Voter’s Meeting on November 12th
following the 11:00a.m. service. It’s time to vote on
our budget for next year. The proposed budget will be
posted on the bulletin board in the Narthex for two
weeks prior to the meeting. We will also be voting for
elders at this time.
All members are urged to attend this very important


Bethany Lutheran Church welcomes as our new pastor,
Pastor Alemu Ermias Katiso Ph.D.! We are blessed
beyond measure that he and his wife, Lidiya, his
daughter, Wima, and his sons: Haluma, Lalo, and Laga
have chosen to join our church family. They come to us
from serving Concordia in Richmond, VA. We look
forward to his first day of worship with us, which will
be Sunday, Nov. 5th.

The installation service for our
new minister will be Saturday, Nov. 18th at
11a.m. Come join us to meet our new shepherd and
his family! Make them feel welcome and a part of the
church family to which God has led them!
“Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care,
watching over them—not because you must, but
because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not
pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording
it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to
the flock.” 1 Peter 5:2-3


The Installation Service for Pastor Katiso has been
scheduled for Saturday, November 18th at 11:00am.
There will be a luncheon in Fellowship Hall immediately
This is an important, and exciting, day for Bethany
Lutheran Church as well as Pastor Katiso and his family.
Please plan to attend and share in this wonderful day.
If you are interested in helping with the luncheon,
please contact Cindy Prag, who has graciously
volunteered to chair the luncheon committee