Welcome to worship at Bethany. Today we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first worship service of Bethany Lutheran Church. We give thanks to God for the many blessings He has granted us as a congregation. He has given us Jesus, the gift above all gifts. He has given us Scripture, Baptism, and Holy Communion. These gifts have filled us with His truth and presence, gifts that will endure forever. We also thank the Lord for allowing us to dedicate our Community Life Center today. May we continue to use all the facilities and resources He has entrusted to us in ways that lift high the name of Jesus and draw many to Him.