Sermons & Recordings

Audio recordings of our worship services are available in the library.
Recordings of the whole service from selected contemporary worship services are available online.
Recordings of the sermons from selected services are available here and from our Podcasting[Offsite Link] feed: RSS feed.

Service Sermon Scripture Readings If your player can do streaming, try these links (play lists) You can download the complete files here (WMA or MP3)
February 18, 2018,
8:45am
First Sunday in Lent
Journey Toward the Promised Land “Journey Toward the Promised Land: It is Not About the Water” We begin a new sermon series for Lent! We will spend the next five weeks journeying toward the “Promised Land.” For the Israelites, they were looking forward to occupying the land God promised their patriarch Abraham. We are journeying toward the cross and the empty tomb of Jesus. We will look at stories from the “exodus” and the gospels that will help us finish our journey in this life. First up: Thirsting for the right stuff.
Pastor Ben Bergren
Exodus 15:22–26[Offsite Link]
John 4:1–15[Offsite Link]
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February 14, 2018,
7:00pm
Ash Wednesday
“Ash Wednesday” Ash Wednesday begins the forty-day journey of Lent—a journey where we follow Jesus’ steps to Jerusalem and, ultimately, the cross. Ash Wednesday invites us to take this journey of introspection and to reflect upon what it means to be a Christian, what it means to take up one’s cross and to follow Jesus. The imposition of ashes on our foreheads reminds us of the frailty of our lives here on earth. We were created out of the dust of the earth, and to dust we shall return. Divine judgment is at hand, but this judgment is tempered with mercy and a call to begin our journey anew.
Pastor Ben Bergren
1 Corinthians 13:1–13[Offsite Link]
Mark 6:1–6,19-21[Offsite Link]
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February 11, 2018,
8:45am
Last Sunday After Epiphany
Jonah “Jonah 4: Still Not Getting It” We come to the end of the journey with our friend Jonah. You would think it would be a happy ending but Jonah’s attitude gets in the way of celebrating. Learn how small-minded thinking can prevent us from seeing the bigger picture.
Pastor Ben Bergren
Jonah 3:10–4:4[Offsite Link]
Mark 9:2–9[Offsite Link]
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February 4, 2018,
8:45am
Fifth Sunday After Epiphany
Jonah “Jonah 3: Starting Over” We continue the story of Jonah! Jonah finally goes to Nineveh and does the very thing that God asked him to do in chapter 1. What happens when God asks someone to follow him? We explore that topic and more.
Pastor Ben Bergren
Jonah 3:1–6[Offsite Link]
Mark 1:29–39[Offsite Link]
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January 28, 2018,
8:45am
Fourth Sunday After Epiphany
Jonah “Jonah 2: Slow Down” We continue to explore the story of Jonah! What do you do when you have disobeyed God and are trapped inside a large fish at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea? The answer seems obvious… or does it?
Pastor Ben Bergren
Jonah 2:1–10[Offsite Link]
Mark 1:40–44[Offsite Link]
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January 21, 2018,
8:45am
Third Sunday After Epiphany
Jonah “Jonah 1: Unintended Consequences” Between now and the beginning of Lent we are going to take some time looking at the story of Jonah in the Old Testament. Jonah’s story is our story. This week we begin in the first chapter of this short four chapter book of the Bible.
Pastor Ben Bergren
Jonah 1:1–5[Offsite Link]
Mark 1:14–20[Offsite Link]
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January 14, 2018,
10:45am
Second Sunday After Epiphany
“King’s Reliance on the King” Monday the 15th is a national holiday. We remember the life of the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. We will spend time in the gospel of Matthew and the book of Amos and look at some of the themes Dr. King was martyred for.
Pastor Ben Bergren
Amos 5:22–24[Offsite Link]
Matthew 12:14–21[Offsite Link]
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January 7, 2018,
8:45am
Baptism of Our Lord
“The Hunt for Red Epiphany” The church season of Epiphany is a reminder that God has been made known to the world. We will hear the story of wisemen and how they followed the star to find the baby Jesus. Believe it or not this story has implications for us in 2018. Maybe you will have a epiphany after hearing this story!
Pastor Ben Bergren
Isaiah 60:1–6[Offsite Link]
Matthew 2:1–12[Offsite Link]
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December 31, 2017,
8:45am
First Sunday of Christmas
“Hope Will Carry Us Through” It is New Year’s Eve and we hear the rest of the Christmas story as told by Luke. What is the rest of our story as we approach the New Year? What will be written or said about us at the end of 2018? Time to think about what our upcoming legacy might be.
Pastor Ben Bergren
Galatians 4:4–7[Offsite Link]
Luke 2:22–40[Offsite Link]
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December 24, 2017,
10:45am
Fourth Sunday of Advent
“Peace on Earth”
Pastor Ben Bergren
Isaiah 9:2–7[Offsite Link]
Luke 2:1–20[Offsite Link]
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December 17, 2017,
8:45am
Third Sunday of Advent
“Holiday To-Do List: Be the Light” We love to see the Christmas lights in the neighborhoods in December. Instead of going to look at lights, let us be the light. Also, light directs our path whether on the road, or when we have Christ. There is always joy when we know where we are headed. There is fear when we are lost or in the dark.
Pastor Ben Bergren
Ephesians 5:8–14[Offsite Link]
John 12:34–36[Offsite Link]
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December 10, 2017,
10:45am
Second Sunday of Advent
“Holiday To-Do List: Wrap Someone in Love” Wrap someone in love this holiday season! Sure we might need to wrap some presents too but love someone first. Jesus loved Mary, Martha and Lazarus deeply. He went to them after Lazarus died to be with them. With love we also bring peace into every situation. Who doesn’t need a little more love and peace in their lives?
Pastor Ben Bergren
Romans 12:14–21[Offsite Link]
John 11:1–11[Offsite Link]
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December 3, 2017,
8:45am
First Sunday of Advent
“Holiday To-Do List: Be Present” Hope—Be present (Buy Presents) Instead of focusing all our energy on buying presents—let us be present in people’s lives. The song goes, “It is the most wonderful time of the year.” Actually it is the most busy time of the year. Instead let us be in the moment the way Christ was and bring hope to each moment as we connect with others. There is hope for the future when we are connected to Christ and to each other.
Pastor Ben Bergren
Philippians 4:10–16[Offsite Link]
Matthew 8:1–4[Offsite Link]
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November 26, 2017,
10:45am
Christ the King Sunday
“Christ the King: I am a Goat” We come to the end of the church year. Happy New Year’s Eve! The year ends with a reflection of the end of time itself with Christ as our King. What does it mean to have a king in 2017? Hopefully we can answer that question!
Pastor Ben Bergren
Ezekiel 34:11–16[Offsite Link]
Matthew 25:31–46[Offsite Link]
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November 19, 2017,
8:45am
Twentyfourth Sunday After Pentecost
Heaven & Hell “What is Beyond Our Gaze? Hell” As our minds turn towards the upcoming holidays of Thanksgiving and then Christmas, the church year quickly comes a to a close and turns our attention to bigger things: Heaven and hell. It is as if God is asking us, “What are you doing for the rest of your life… your eternal life?” We will spend the next two weeks looking at what scripture says about heaven and hell. We will look at heaven first and then hell.
Pastor Ben Bergren
Revelation 21:11–15[Offsite Link]
Luke 16:19–31[Offsite Link]
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November 12, 2017,
8:45am
Twentythird Sunday After Pentecost
Heaven & Hell “What is Beyond Our Gaze? Heaven” As our minds turn towards the upcoming holidays of Thanksgiving and then Christmas, the church year quickly comes a to a close and turns our attention to bigger things: Heaven and hell. It is as if God is asking us, “What are you doing for the rest of your life… your eternal life?” We will spend the next two weeks looking at what scripture says about heaven and hell. We will look at heaven first and then hell.
Pastor Ben Bergren
Revelation 21:1–7[Offsite Link]
Matthew 13:31–35, 45–46[Offsite Link]
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November 5, 2017,
8:45am
All Saints Sunday
“Want to be a Saint?” It is All Saints Day and we remember the “saints” who have gone before us including those who helped start Bethel 60 years ago. We will also explore what it means to be a saint today in this complex world.
Pastor Ben Bergren
1 John 3:1–3[Offsite Link]
Matthew 5:1–12[Offsite Link]
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October 29, 2017,
10:45am
Reformation Sunday
Reformation 500 “Reformation 500 In Luther’s Words: Truth” Reformation.
Pastor Ben Bergren
Jeremiah 31:31–34[Offsite Link]
John 8:31–36[Offsite Link]
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October 22, 2017,
10:45am
Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost
Reformation 500 “Reformation 500 In Luther’s Words: Actually Christ for You and Me” We continue our sermon series on Martin Luther with Randy Shattuck bringing us the message. We will be reminded that Jesus Christ is not just a historical figure from ages ago but present here and now.
Randy Shattuck
Daniel 3:1–6,12[Offsite Link]
John 20:24–31[Offsite Link]
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October 15, 2017,
10:45am
Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Reformation 500 “Reformation 500 In Luther’s Words: Why Come to the Lord’s Supper?” As we continue to look at the words of Martin Luther, we turn to his thoughts on Holy Communion. When should we come to the table and when should we stay away? These questions will be answered by Luther and the scripture!
Pastor Ben Bergren
1 Corinthians 11:23–30[Offsite Link]
Mark 8:1–8[Offsite Link]
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October 8, 2017,
8:45am
Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Reformation 500 “Reformation 500 In Luther’s Words: Don’t Be Alone” We continue the sermon series, Reformation 500: In Luther’s Words.
Pastor Ben Bergren
Ecclesiastes 4:7–12[Offsite Link]
Mark 6:30–34[Offsite Link]
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October 1, 2017,
8:45am
Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost
Reformation 500 “Reformation 500 In Luther’s Words: Now What?” We continue the sermon series, Reformation 500: In Luther’s Words today. Last week we heard that by believing we don’t have to worry about pleasing God or our standing with Christ. If that is resolved, what comes next? Today we explore what having a secure relationship with God frees us up to do!
Pastor Ben Bergren
Ephesians 4:22–29[Offsite Link]
Luke 4:38–43[Offsite Link]
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September 24, 2017,
8:45am
Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Reformation 500 “Reformation 500 In Luther’s Words: All Taken Care Of” The teachings of Martin Luther.
Pastor Ben Bergren
Philippians 3:4b–11[Offsite Link]
Matthew 16:1–16[Offsite Link]
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September 17, 2017,
8:45am
Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost
“Why Joy is Vital” Joy Revisited. The theme of the Labor Day retreat was “Joy on the Journey.” There were many conversations about the nature of joy as well as questions about what joy actually is. Pr. Ben will point us back toward scripture to bring this into focus.
Pastor Ben Bergren
Psalm 71:19–24[Offsite Link]
John 15:9–15[Offsite Link]
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September 10, 2017,
10:45am
Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost
“Covenants: An Invitation to Freedom” Is the Passover story only a historical event to remember? Could it be that the Passover story tells us something about the nature of God and God’s attitude toward how we treat one another today? We will explore this and more in Pr. Ben’s message.
Pastor Ben Bergren
Exodus 12:1–14[Offsite Link]
Matthew 17:24–27[Offsite Link]
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September 3, 2017,
8:45am
Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost
“Transformation Explained: Part II” At Bethel we will be continuing on in Romans 12! We will look at all the ways sacrificial love can change the world. How do we over come evil? You will find out at 8:45am (on Sunday)!
Pastor Ben Bergren
Romans 12:9–21[Offsite Link]
Matthew 16:21–28[Offsite Link]
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August 27, 2017,
8:45am
Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost
“Transformation Explained”
Pastor Ben Bergren
Romans 12:1–8[Offsite Link]
Matthew 16:13–20[Offsite Link]
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August 20, 2017,
8:45am
Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost
“What the Prophets Tell Us” Isaiah the prophet says some radical things to the people of Israel. Actually, God is saying them through Isaiah. God’s call of hospitality to His house is far reaching!
Pastor Ben Bergren
Isaiah 56:1–8[Offsite Link]
Matthew 15:10–28[Offsite Link]
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August 13, 2017,
8:45am
Tenth Sunday After Pentecost
“Out of the Boat Named Security” What happens when life doesn’t go as planned? We often ask, “Where is God?” We have two stories from both the Old and New Testament that shows us exactly where God is and what God does for us in these times.
Pastor Ben Bergren
1 Kings 19:9–18[Offsite Link]
Matthew 14:22–33[Offsite Link]
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August 6, 2017,
8:45am
Ninth Sunday After Pentecost
“What to Do?” What is the difference between the Kingdom of God and the country we live in today? Is there any overlap? Should there be? We will wrestle with these issues the way Jacob wrestled with God in the wilderness.
Pastor Ben Bergren
Genesis 32:26–31[Offsite Link]
Matthew 20:25–28[Offsite Link]
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