Bethlehem Lutheran Church - Bay Ridge (ELCA)

Bethlehem Lutheran Church - Bay Ridge (ELCA)


"Ja, vi elsker dette landet" is the Norwegian national anthem 🇳🇴, here played on the 1868 Erben organ by Maria Rayzvasser . Maria is an Erben Ambassador and Music Director at Bethlehem Lutheran Church - Bay Ridge (ELCA).

The lyrics were written by Nobel Prize winner Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson between 1859 and 1868, and the melody was written by his cousin Rikard Nordraak sometime during the winter of 1863 and 1864. It was first performed publicly on 17 May 1864 in connection with the 50th anniversary of the constitution. (Via Wikipedia)

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Congratulations to Eugenio Maria Fagiani on a wonderful Erben recital! Pictured after the concert are, l-r: Jennifer Pascual, St. Patrick's Cathedral; Jared Lamenzo, Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral; David Briggs, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYC; Eugenio Maria Fagiani; Gregg Patruno, Church of St. Clare; and Maria Rayzvasser, organist, Bethlehem Lutheran Church - Bay Ridge (ELCA), and a FREO Ambassador. 🎹🎶

Thank you for joining us and stay tuned for more footage from the event! #ErbenOrgan
Hello Good People of Bethlehem, Bay Ridge! Pinecrest would like to invite any young folx (age 15-25) you know to join us this year for Virtual Camp! Using Zoom and our various social media platforms, we will provide all of the fun and community of Pinecrest from the comfort and safety of your home! This year is the perfect opportunity for those who just want to see what Pinecrest is all about - without committing to a week of sleep-away camp! More info and our registration forms can be found at our website, and if you have any questions at all feel free to email us at [email protected]
The Wallingford Family Y, a downtown treasure, doing their best to address this crisis.
Thank You Pastor for the beautiful service you had for my friend Dawn Valentine on Sunday evening. She loved her church and the folks in your congregation. My church and your church are fundamentally the same except I don't feel the warmth I saw at your church. I may be back.
Friday June 15 the Bethlehem Women’s Group had a fun DIY Waffle Party you name it we had the toppings. Our fall meeting is Fri. Sept 14th at 6:30 pm, we meet in the Joy Room. All Bethlehem women & friends come and join us. See you in September.🍁 Some pics from Fri night & and some from the Bay Ridge Centers Sidewalk Sale held on Sat May 12 , indoors - a ☔️ day
Hello my fellow Lutherans, I have put together a Facebook group to help support and plan for the up and coming Climate March (April 29th)! If you plan to go or just an interest in Climate science and would like converse with other like mind christians please join the group and share the page with your friends.
Noted Your support for ​Equal Rights & Tolerance​ and wanted to invite Your community to consider this People's Referendum on a Department of Peace.

In case that link is a bit techie here is a printable version

Patrick Dacre​​

A Good Time to Vote 4 Peace
Dear Pastor,

I'm the Provost at Stawa University, where we have a large group of Christian students. We would like our students to participate in your church via Skype--at least, in accordance with the university's mission of availing an international experience and relationship for our students. This can be during service or a small group, such as a Sunday School class or home group or mission group. If not with yours, Please put me in contact with a person with whom we could explore this further. Stawa University is located in Uganda, East Africa, and is perhaps the most progressive and innovative university in Africa.

You can write to me your personal thoughts, ideas, in addition to adding Stawa University to your prayer list.

God Bless,
An old friend from high school visiting, now living in WI so nice to see her & reconnect just love it
Hey everyone,

QWF has just become a brand new Facebook group because we want to connect with as many people as possible and because LGBTQ people all around the world need to know that Jesus loves them.
This is an international group consisting of q***r and straight Christians, non-Christians and allies. It is also a healing and reconciliatory ministry and we want you to be a part of it. You can also join us on and/or our page. Please click on the link for more info.
Our heavenly Father, we thank thee for the gift of motherhood.
Help us as mothers to seek thy guidance for our children.
Grant us wisdom, strength, patience, faith and love.
Create in us the willingness to dedicate
ourselves and our children to Thee.
In the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, Amen

Dynamic welcoming church in the heart of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Please tour our website, learn more about us, and come to one of our 10:30 Sunday services.

Looking for an uplifting message, beautiful music and good fellowship in a traditional Christian worship service? Haven't been to a church in years and feel like something is missing in your life? Or, starting a family and want a moral upbringing for your children? Everything you'll want to know about our Service is on our website

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Bless the Lord, O my soul, O my soul. Worship God’s holy name.
Sing like never before, O my soul. I’ll worship Your holy name

The sun comes up; it’s a new day dawning.
It’s time to sing Your song again.
Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me,
Let me be singing when the evening comes.

-Adapted from “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)


The Office of the Bishop and all of the Metro New York Synod are grateful for our pastors and feel incredibly blessed for the care they shepherd us each day.

Today, take a moment to show your pastor how much you appreciate them, from a heartfelt message to volunteering to help with one of your congregation’s ministries; let us and thank our pastors for the dedicated work they do.

Peace be with you.🙏


On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.” -Luke 17:11-19

IMAGE: Healing of the Leper by Bernadette Lopez, alias Berna


Phenomenal Women — The Rev. Dr. Linda Bell

“An invitation is extended to all ordained women of word and sacrament to set aside time to have fun in our busy lives and share and encourage one another. This time is open to doing what we want to do and how we want to do it!”

Learn more about this opportunity HERE:


The apostles said to Jesus, “Increase our faith!”

Jesus answered, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Uproot yourself and plant yourself in the sea,’ and it would obey you.

If one of you had hired help plowing a field or herding sheep, and they came in from the fields, would you say to them, ‘Come and sit at my table?’ Wouldn’t you say instead, ‘Prepare my supper. Put on your apron and wait on me while I eat and drink. You can eat and drink afterward’? Would you be grateful to the workers who were just doing their job? It’s the same with you who hear me. When you have done all you have been commanded to do, say, ‘We are simple workers. We have done no more than our duty.’” -Luke 17:5-10


Increase our faith, O Lord!

Martin Luther on the New Testament - Living Lutheran 10/02/2022

Martin Luther on the New Testament - Living Lutheran

Martin Luther on the New Testament - Living Lutheran As we mark the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s translation, we let him speak for himself about how to read the New Testament.


Celebrate October!

Photos from Lutheran Elementary School Parents's post 09/24/2022

Photos from Lutheran Elementary School Parents's post

Photos from Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's post 09/17/2022

Photos from Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's post

Photos from Lutheran Elementary School Parents's post 09/12/2022

Photos from Lutheran Elementary School Parents's post

Photos from Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's post 09/11/2022

Photos from Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's post


This , the Office of the Bishop staff wanted to show some extra appreciation by sharing some memorable photos with our grandparents and as grandparents ourselves.
We invite you to comment below with a special memory with your grandparents or grandchildren: maybe it was Sunday dinners after church or an adventure in babysitting; grandparent stories are always the best.
We wish a weekend to all the grandparents – biological or chosen; near or far; with us, or with God – your love is truly one of God’s greatest gifts!

Psalm 100:5 “For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.”


Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Suicide affects our members and congregations, and it's our call to help bear one another's burdens. For resources, visit


"For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:38-39).


Whether you started this morning, or last week schools are officially back in session!
On behalf of the Office of the Bishop, we wish all students, teachers, faculty, parents, and guardians a wonderful school year.


We're baaaack!

Sunday 9/11 LES Opening & Reception

Sunday 9/18 Rally Sunday & Congression BBQ


Sunday, August 28th immediately following our 10:30 service to vote on BLC owned real estate.


"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God" (Matthew 5:9).


Lord, be with us this and every morning 💛


Today we celebrate the 32nd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act! We celebrate disability as a unique part of human diversity, and we remember that with all our disabilities and abilities, seen and unseen, we have been created in the image of God.


"Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart; naught be all else to me, save that thou art: thou my best thought both by day and by night, waking or sleeping, thy presence my light" (ELW 793).


"O guard my life, and deliver me; do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you" (Psalm 25:20).


"But I am like a green olive tree
in the house of God.
I trust in the steadfast love of God
forever and ever.
I will thank you forever,
because of what you have done.
In the presence of the faithful
I will proclaim your name, for it is good."
⁠—Psalm 52:8-9


Loving our neighbors includes working for justice in our personal and public lives. The ELCA’s Justice Portal offers information and links to join others across the church in living out God’s baptismal call to act for justice.


Today is Eid al-Adha, the holiest day of the year for Muslims. We wish all of our Muslim neighbors a blessed and spiritual Eid.
Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)


Let us pray 🙏
O God, your divinity transcends distinctions of gender, and through the generations you widen our awareness of human diversity. We gather here before you in our various expressions of gender identity, all of us one in Christ Jesus. Amen.


Remember to take some time to rest.


Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
-Psalm 90:1-2


"My friends, if anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have received the Spirit should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness. Take care that you yourselves are not tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ" (Galatians 6:1-2).


You're invited to participate in a series of online Bible studies in advance of the 2022 Churchwide Assembly. Each session will explore the meaning of “embodiment” from Luke 24, followed by engagement with the presenters. All sessions will be held Sunday afternoons in July from 3 to 3:45 p.m. Central time. Register today:


Are you traveling this holiday weekend? We pray for safe journeys, joyful homecomings and all those who work in the travel industry. God goes with you! 🚗✈️🚂
(Prayer from “Travels, Trips, and Journeys: A Service of Word and Song for Summer”)


How do you connect with other generations at church?

Over the past few weeks, we’ve be asking about how you engage within and beyond your congregation. This week we want to hear all about intergenerational ministry.


On June 19, 2022, The Rev. Kevin Vandiver, assistant to the bishop, preached during the morning worship at Plymouth Church, Des Moines, IA. We invite you to listen to this powerful sermon, HERE:

Furthermore, we encourage you to explore a reflection by Pastor Vandiver, in this Midweek Devotional shared with us by Our Saviour Lutheran Church Jamaica, HERE:

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4th Ave At Ovington Ave
Brooklyn, NY

General information

Bethlehem is an active part of the Bay Ridge community through a wide variety of programs and services. We have a hundred year tradition of service that is kept alive to this day through an involved congregation.

Join us next Sunday @10:30 or check out our website ( to see what everyone is talking about. 4th & Ovington Avenues in Brooklyn, NY. All are welcome here.

Opening Hours

10:30am - 11:45am

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