Sermon: A wealth of relationships (Sept. 18, 2016)


Luke 16:1-13

How does God want us to use our wealth? This parable of the dishonest steward can be a confusing one, but one theme that arises is that more important than having wealth – which is so fleeting – is to have relationships, with God and with one another. How can we use our wealth, whether that is money or any number of other resources, to build, nurture and sustain our relationships with one another?


Sermon: The joy of being found (Sept. 11, 2016)


Text: Luke 15:1-10

Being lost does not only happen when our GPS leads us astray. Any number of things can make us feel lost, and when we do, we are often also feel scared and alone. What a consolation that wherever we are lost, God will come and find us. And what a grace that when God finds us, the response is not anger and disappointment, but joy and celebration in heaven!

A New Sunday School Year


Loved seeing all the kids up front ready to learn about God our first week of Sunday School!!  We had a great time in both classes and we look forward to seeing you in church again next week.

Just a reminder that Sunday School is held during the 9 am church service for pre-K to 6th grade children.   We start the service with our families and dismiss to Sunday School following the children’s sermon with Pastor Johanna.  On communion Sundays we return to finish the service and receive communion with our families.  The 3rd Sunday of the month is family worship and there is no Sunday School so that the children may worship together with their families.  A staffed nursery is available every Sunday for families with young children.

Organist Position: OPEN

Position: Organist of Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Penfield

Small, music-loving congregation seeking organist to play one service at 9am on Sunday mornings. Play our antique pipe organ (a 1905 Hinners organ with newly refurbished pipes and a brand new blower) and/or piano and/or whatever else you like – we are flexible and love new sounds and various musical styles!


1905 Hinners Organ

Responsibilities include:
* Playing for Sunday services, as well as Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Christmas Eve.
* Attend occasional Worship and Music Committee Meetings (4-6/year).
* Possibility to assemble/lead a choir for special services (e.g. Easter and Christmas). This is a chance for someone just developing these skills to learn in a low pressure setting.
* Whatever else you like – we’d love to hear your ideas!

Salary is negotiable depending on experience and responsibilities taken on.

Position is currently open.

Inquire with Pastor Johanna Rehbaum: or 585-270-0712

Sermon: Let mutual love continue (August 28, 2016)


Text: Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16; Luke 14:1, 7-14

“Let mutual love continue,” Hebrews tells us. Jesus says, “All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” What does such humility have to do with letting mutual love continue, with living in Christian community? Plenty, especially when conflict erupts, as it always does in families. How do we lovingly engage with one another when we don’t agree, and what is required to do this as Christ asks?

Pentecost 15C (8.28.16)

Sermon: Freedom with head lifted high (Aug. 21, 2016)


Text: Luke 10:13-17

Jesus shows the people what the sabbath is really all about: not only rest, but freedom from all that holds us captive. The bent over woman reminds us of the ways we also find ourselves “curved in on ourselves” and focused on our own needs, wants, and perspectives, and the ways that Jesus sees us and lifts us up to show us the freedom he died to give us.

Pentecost 14C (8.21.16)

Sermon: Life out of Fire (Aug. 14, 2016)


Text: Luke 12:49-56

Today’s Jesus is a fire-wielding Jesus threatening division, not peace, in the household. What?? But if Jesus is saying such fire and division are a part of God’s plan, how so? Sometimes God uses such seemingly destructive measures to bring about new life. Hard to believe… but then again, isn’t that exactly the story of how Jesus brought redemption to the world?

Sermon: Waiting for the whales (August 7, 2016)


Text: Genesis 15:1-6; Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16

Faith is often a waiting game: we wait and wait for something we can’t see and don’t know if it will ever happen. Abraham amazingly believed the Lord when God told him he would have as many descendants as the stars. Hebrews tells us that faith is the assurance of things hoped for. But faith is more than assurance: it is living into the possibility that God might be using us to make those things hoped for finally happen.

Pentecost 12C (8.7.16)