Advent 2017 — Epiphany 2018

Yes!  Let it Be!
Advent 2017 – Epiphany 2018
Bethel College Mennonite Church

This year our Advent worship will draw from Mennonite Church USA Advent resources, focused on the theme: Yes! Let it be!  With Mary, we voice our desire to pursue God’s peace-making, justice-seeking, life-giving work around us.  With Mary, we commit ourselves to be bearers of God’s radical love to the world. 

Here’s what you can anticipate in the weeks ahead:  

December 3, 2017—Advent 1:  Let it be
Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; I Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37
9:00 am Prelude by Hesston College Chamber Orchestra
9:30 am Worship with Communion, Sermon by Dawn Yoder Harms; music by Chancel Choir
6:30 pm Hymn Sing to introduce the new hymnal with Bradley Kauffman,
project director and general editor for the new hymnal—BCMC Sanctuary

December 10, 2017—Advent 2:  Let it be so
Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8
9:00 am Prelude by Joel Boettger, Bethel College Instructor of Music
9:30 am Worship with sermon by John Tyson; music by Chancel Choir

December 17, 2017—Advent 3:  Yes, let it be whole
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Psalm 126 or Luke 1:46b-55; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28
9:00 am Prelude by Christopher Shaw, organ
9:30 am Worship with sermon by Dawn Yoder Harms;  music by Chancel Bells
4:00 pm  Amahl and the Night Visitors presented by Music On Site, a production company of which Matthew Schloneger  is a member
Free with a free-will offering taken—BCMC Sanctuary

December 24, 2017—Advent 4:  Yes!  Let it be now
2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Luke 1:46b-55 or Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38
9:00 am Prelude
9:30 am Children’s Christmas Program; music by Menno Ringers,
Junior Choir, and Cherub Choir
10:45 am  Gathering for children during the Sunday school hour
No Sunday school
11:00 pm Candlelight service of Lessons and Carols with anthems by
Chancel Choir, Chancel Bells and congregational singing—BCMC Sanctuary
No Sunday School

*Fellowship Time on Sundays is at 10:30 am and Faith Formation at 10:50 am unless otherwise stated

December 31, 2017—Christmas:  Yes, let it be new
Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Psalm 148; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:22-40
9:30 am    Worship with sermon by Dawn Yoder Harms; Christmas
Carol Singing
10:30 am  Fellowship and coffee—bring goodies to share
No Sunday School 

January 7, 2018—Epiphany:  Yes!  Let it be declared
Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14, Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12
9:30 am   Worship with sermon by John Tyson
4 pm  Candle-lighting in memory of BCMC members and friends who died in 2017 — BCMC Sanctuary

Pastor John Tyson will be facilitating a conversation on the book,
Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism by Drew G. I. Hart. Working at the intersections of Black and Anabaptist theology, Drew Hart is Professor of Theology at Messiah College (PA) and is a frequent speaker at Mennonite institutions. In Trouble I’ve Seen, Hart places everyday acts of racism within the larger framework of white supremacy, while offering concrete practices for churches that seek solidarity with the oppressed and are committed to racial justice. The book conversation will take place Thursdays, Dec. 7, 14, & 21 (9-10 am). Trouble I’ve Seen is available on Amazon at the price of $13.59 ($6.99 Kindle). If you want to join the conversation, please contact John Tyson!


Special events at BCMC and Bethel College: 

  • Saturday, December 2, 10 am to 4 pm—Five Places of Christmas, Bethel College Women’s Association offers the rare chance to see the decorated main floor of Goerz House, traditionally the president’s residence, with baked goods, home-made candy (by the pound) and Bethel gift items for sale. Kauffman Museumoffers free admission (including the special exhibit “Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War”), refreshments, sale items in the museum store, and Karen Bauman Schlabaugh playing Christmas music at 3 pm on the historic Teschemacher-Deknatel-van der Smissen parlor organ.
  • Sunday, December 3, 3 pm—BC Steel Drum Band Christmas concert—
    Memorial Hall
  • Wednesday, December 6, 11 am—Bethel College Messiah-sing
    Community members are welcome to come sing or listen—BCMC Sanctuary
  • Friday, December 8, 8 pm Christmas Gala jazz concert with Bethel College Jazz Ensembles I & II, 8 pm—Krehbiel Auditorium
  • Sunday, December 10, 8 pm—32nd annual Lighting of the Green at Bethel College