Founded in 1873 as the Norwegian Lutheran Church of Porter. Bethel Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Southwest Minnesota Synod.


205 Spruce Street

P.O. Box 126          

Porter, MN 56280

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Bethel Lutheran Church, Porter, Minnesota

March 8, 2020

The Second Sunday in Lent

In today’s gospel, Jesus directs our attention to the font of baptism. By water and the word, the Holy Spirit gives us new birth. Freely, out of love, we are made sons and daughters of God, brothers and sisters of the Lord Jesus, messengers of the Holy Spirit. From the waters of baptism we rise as a people blessed by God. We are sent forth into the world, not to condemn but to offer mercy.

O God, our leader and guide, in the waters of baptism You bring us to new birth to live as Your children. Strengthen our faith in Your promises, that by Your Spirit we may lift up Your life to all the world through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Genesis 12:1-4a

Psalm 121

Romans 4:1-5, 13-17

John 3:1-17

Festivals and Commemorations this week

The faithful are remembered on the day of their death, the day they are born anew in heaven. The "c" indicates an approximate date.

March 12  Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome, 604
Gregory was born into a politically influential family. At one time he held political office, and at another time he lived as a monk, all before he was elected to the papacy. Gregory’s work was extensive. He influenced public worship through the establishment of a lectionary and prayers to correlate with the readings. He established a school to train church musicians, and Gregorian chant is named in his honor. He wrote a treatise underscoring what is required of a parish pastor serving a congregation. He sent missionaries to preach to the Anglo-Saxons who had invaded England. And at one time he organized distribution of grain during a shortage of food in Rome.
    Gregory’s life serves as an example of the link between liturgy and social justice. His Lenten hymn, “O Christ, our king, creator, Lord” (LBW 101), sings of God’s grace flowing out from the cross to all creation.