Mt. Pisgah

Lutheran Church

9379 Hwy 127 North

Hickory, NC  28601

(Bethlehem Community)

Phone:  828-495-8251

Fax:  828-495-8252

Worship:  8:00 and 10:30 am

(Nursery provided)

Sunday School:  9:15 am

(For all ages)

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 Sunday, March 25th

Palm Sunday

Easter Egg Hunt  9:15 am

Choir Easter Cantata

First Communion

 both services


Thursday, March 29th

Maundy Thursday

6:30 pm Soup & Service

Celebration Hall


Friday, March 30th

Good Friday Service

 6:30 pm


 Sunday, April 1st


Sunrise Service 8:00 am

Breakfast 9:00 am

Easter Service 10:30 am


Saturday, April 14th

Bethlehem Farmers Market

at Mt. Pisgah

Every 2nd and 4th Saturday

8:00 am to 12:00 pm


Saturday, April 14th

Confirmation Banquet

6:00 pm

Sunday, April 15th

Confirmation Sunday

both services

Sunday, April 29th

Raffle for Fun Fundraiser


following 10:30 am service


Sunday, May 13th

Mother's Day Celebration

8:00 am & 10:30 am


Saturday, May 19th

Book Club

8:00 am to 11:00 am


Sunday, May 20th

Congregational Meeting

Preschool Sings

9:00 AM

Sunday, May 20th

God & Country Service

8:00 am & 10:30 am

Tuesday, May 22nd

Men's & Women's Bible

Study Banquet

6:00 pm


Friday - Sunday

May 25th - May 27th

3rd - 6th grade Retreat

Blowing Rock Conference Ctr.


Sunday, June 17th

Father's Day Celebration

8:00 am & 10:30 am


Sunday - Thursday Evening

June 24th–28th

Vacation Bible School

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One of the greatest gifts that can ever be given to a Father is to be honored and loved by his children. The relationship between Jesus and the Father is one of tender closeness that cannot be mistaken. In Jesus‘ day, the Hebrew name for God, Yahweh, was never to be spoken or written. Jesus tells us not only to call God, Father, but even invites us to speak or write, His new title as “Daddy.” 

The Lord's Prayer should properly be started as “Our Daddy.” Try it. It might make you blush, but is guaranteed to make Him smile. I think a huge part of Jesus’ mission on earth, was to correct a wrong understanding of His Father. He wanted to show everyone, particularly the religious leaders, that His Daddy created laws not to be checked off, as much as to provide loving parameters for His children. Thus the Sabbath and all the laws, are not a hoop to jump through, as a gift to be opened. 

We see Jesus using the most vitriolic language, not against the tax collectors, prostitutes, and the “unclean” around Him, but rather those who so boldly misrepresented His Father. He must defend, with the greatest of emotion, to reveal not only the Father's true heart but also the heart of those who were presenting the Father as an ill tempered judge, who needed to be appeased and placated. 

As a Dad, I would be most appreciative of my boys defending my character, especially if it were misrepresented in a bad way. On the other hand, I would be devastated, if, at the end of the day, our relationship were nothing more than a routine to be dutifully observed. Or, if my sons wanted to “do lunch.” or go on vacation together, just out of some obligation, or even worse yet, fear. 

Jesus meant it when He said that He did not come to abolish, but fulfill the Law. He came to let us know that we have a Daddy who loves us, who hangs on our every word in prayer, and who would rather die than live without us. The difference between religion and relationship is absolutely huge, thus, Jesus’ reaction to His Father being so misrepresented had to be dealt with in such a dramatic and emotive way. (See Matthew 23). To know God as such a loving “Daddy” changes everything and may be the most important truth we will ever know. 




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