During this hectic holiday time, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 9401 S. Oakley Ave., invites community residents to slow down, take a break and renew spiritual experience of the season.

Wednesdays, Dec. 5, 12 and 19, Bethlehem Lutheran Church will hold 30-minute Advent worship services, which start at 7 p.m.

These services are a time of quiet contemplation, and all are welcome to participate in whatever ways bring them the most fulfillment and comfort.

“Nothing is asked of the participants,” Pastor Jennie English-Dumont said. “People often feel frantic and pulled in many directions during this time of year. These services are an opportunity for rest and reflection.”

The services will include a sung liturgy of evening prayer, interactive prayer stations, and simple, repetitive songs.

“While some people choose to sing, light candles,

or participate in the prayer stations, others simply sit quietly for the half-hour service,” said English-Dumont.

The first week, Dec. 5, will include an optional service of anointing, which is an ancient ritual used as a sign of healing. The community is invited to participate in these services, as well as the bible study that follows.

For more information, call (773) 445-7558 or visit bethlehem-chicago.org