Category Archives: This week at BCMC

WORSHIP FOR MAY 31, 2020–YOU WILL HAVE TO PRESS “READ MORE” TO ACCESS THE LINK TO WATCH THE WORSHIP SERVICE

On this Pentecost Sunday, as we celebrate God’s gift of the Holy Spirit, we will be sharing Communion together.  In preparation for the service, we invite you to gather a Christ candle to light, as well as your own bread (or cracker) and juice (or wine) to partake of with us. Click here for the worship service.

BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
May 31, 2020
PENTECOST SUNDAY

Welcome and Lighting the Christ Candle—Nathan Koontz

Prelude—Suite #1 in G; The Allemande and Courante (Bach)
Caleb Garber

 Call to worship and Prayer—Nathan Koontz

 Hymn of praise—Holy Spirit, come with power—HWB 26

 Children’s conversation—Dawn Yoder Harms

 Scripture—Acts 2:1-21—John Koontz, Esther Kreider Eash, Bill Eash

 Sermon—Blowing in the wind—Dawn Yoder Harms

 Hymn of response—Veni Sancte Spiritus—HWB 298                                     

Communion—Renee Reimer

Hymn prayer—Through our fragmentary prayers—HWB 347      

Prayers of God’s people—Nathan Koontz

Sending hymn—Move in our midst—HWB 418                                  

 Benediction—Dawn Yoder Harms                                                                                                                        

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Audio visual technician:  Ben Lichti

Musicians:
Caleb Garber

Esther Kreider Eash
Renee Reimer
Dawn Yoder Harms
Ron Garber
John Koontz
William Eash 
Verlene Garber

Worship for May 24, 2020–You will have to press “Read More” to access the link to watch the worship service

Focus for worship this Sunday, May 24: Glimpses of Resurrection in the midst of our new normal – a worship vlog by many faces within BCMC. Press here for the worship service.

BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
WORSHIP
May 24, 2020

Glimpses of Resurrection
in the midst of our new normal

Welcome and Lighting the Christ Candle—Renee Reimer

 Prelude—We shall walk through the valley—Jonah Schloneger                        

Children’s Conversation—Rebecca Schloneger

Scripture­—John 21:15-25—Mara Oswald and Anne Marie Koontz    

Reflections—Our New Normal
  by Kathy Stucky; Dick Koontz; Barb Koontz; Adah, Simon, Jonah,
Mary Ellen and Tim Hodge                                                           

Musical Reflection—Bright Morning Stars—arr. The Wailin Jennys            

Reflections—Our New Normal   
by Marlene Faul; Darlene Dick; Roger Juhnke; Carol Flickinger; Rosalind Andreas      

Prayers of God’s People–Renee Reimer

Sending hymn—The Lord lift you up—STJ 73                        

Thank you to all who participated in leading worship this week!

Jonah Schloneger for offering us his own piano arrangement of We shall walk through the valley for the prelude. Weldon Schloneger for his pictures that were shown during the prelude. The jr highers reading scripture, Mara Oswald and Anne Marie Koontz. All those who offered personal reflections to wrap up our sermon series: Kathy Stucky, Dick Koontz, Barb Koontz, the Hodge family (Adah, Simon, Jonah, Mary Ellen, and Tim), Marlene Faul, Darlene Dick, Roger Juhnke, Carol Flickinger, and Rosalind Andreas. The women who sang in the virtual choir ensemble: Bethany Schrag, Rachel Miller, and the college-aged women’s Bible study crew, The Red Tenants – Beth Balzer, Anna Lubbers, Natalie Graber, and Renee Reimer. The Schloneger family (Lily, Jonah, Rebecca, and Matt) who led our final hymn. And a big shout out to Esther Kreider Eash who worked her video editing magic by putting together this service!

Worship for May 17, 2020–You will have to press “Read More” to access the link to watch the worship service

Focus for worship this Sunday, May 17:   Glimpses of Resurrection in the midst of the new normal.  Press here for the worship service.

BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH WORSHIP
May 17, 2020
Glimpses of Resurrectionin the midst of the New Normal

Welcome and Lighting the Christ CandleDawn Yoder Harms

Prelude–Verlene Garber

Call to worship and PrayerDawn Yoder Harms 

Hymn of praise—Jesus calls us here to meet him—STJ 3

Children’s conversationEsther Koontz

ScriptureJohn 21:1-14Renee Reimer    

Sermon—Seeds of the New Normal—Nathan Koontz    

Hymn of response—Christ is alive—STS 89

Prayers of God’s peopleDawn Yoder Harms  

Sending hymn—Christ is alive! Let Christians sing! —HWB 278  

BenedictionNathan Koontz

Audio Visual Tech:  Ben Lichti
Musicians:
Esther Eash
Renee Reimer
Dawn Yoder Harms
Ron Garber
John Koontz
William Eash  
Verlene Garber                                                                                                   

May 10, 2020 Worship – You will have to press “Read More” to access the link to watch the worship service

In this season of Eastertide, our worship will focus on Glimpses of Resurrection.  As we explore post-resurrection narratives from the gospel of John, we’ll reflect on where we’re seeing glimpses of Resurrection in the midst of our current reality—in the midst of fear, doubt, and uncertainty about what a “new normal” will look like. This week, worship will focus on Glimpses of Resurrection in the midst of doubt.  Drawing from John 20:24-31, Pastor Dawn will offer reflections on Seeing is Believing. 

To access the worship service for May 10, click here.

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BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
WORSHIP
May 10, 2020|
Glimpses of Resurrection
in the midst of doubt

Welcome and Lighting the Christ Candle

Prelude—He’s got the whole world in his hands (Edison)–Verlene Garber    

Call to worship and Prayer–Renee Reimer  

Hymn of praise–The Risen Christ–STS 101  

Children’s conversation   

Worship music–Lord, you sometimes speak–HWB 594

Scripture–John 20:24-31–Nathan Koontz       

Sermon–Seeing is believing–Dawn Yoder Harms      

Hymn of response–We walk by faith–HWB 570 

Prayers of God’s people      

Sending hymn–The Lord lift you up–STJ 73 

Benediction
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Audio Visual Tech:  Ben Lichti
Musicians:
Esther Eash
Renee Reimer
Dawn Yoder Harms
Ron Garber|
John Koontz
William Eash  
Verlene Garber    

May 3, 2020 Worship — You will have to press “Read More” in order to access the link for the worship service

In this season of Eastertide, our worship will focus on Glimpses of Resurrection.  As we explore post-resurrection narratives from the gospel of John, we’ll reflect on where we’re seeing glimpses of Resurrection in the midst of our current reality—in the midst of fear, doubt, and uncertainty about what a “new normal” will look like.
This week, worship will focus on Glimpses of Resurrection in the midst of fear.  Drawing from John 20:19-23, Pastor Renee will offer reflections on Fearing the Holy Breath.  Click here for the worship service.

BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
WORSHIP
May 3, 2020
Glimpses of Resurrection in the midst of fear

Welcome and Lighting the Christ Candle–Nathan Koontz

Centering Music–Dawn Yoder Harms

Call to worship and Prayer–Nathan Koontz

Hymn of praise–Holy Spirit, come with power– HWB 26

Children’s conversation—Esther Kreider Eash

Worship music–In the morning when I rise–STJ 45

Scripture–John 20:19-23–Dawn Yoder Harms  

Sermon–Fearing the Holy Breath–Renee Reimer

Hymn of response–Nothing is lost on the breath of God–STS 121

Prayers of God’s people–Nathan Koontz

Sending hymn–The Lord is my light–STJ 97

Benediction–Renee Reimer

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Tech: Ben Lichti
Keyboard:  Dawn Yoder Harms
Vocal Ensemble:
William Eash
Esther Eash
Ron Garber
Renee Reimer
Verlene Garber
John Mark Koontz

Creation Care Sunday – April 26, 2020 — in order to access the link for the worship service you will have to press “Read More”

Join us for worship this week as we celebrate Creation Care Sunday.  Pastor Nathan will be preaching on Praying with Mary Oliver, a poet who invites us to meditate on the wonders of God’s creation.
BCMC has a new YouTube Channel! Click here to check out Sunday’s worship service and subscribe to this new Channel (Audio Visual) to stay up to date on new worship videos. We will continue sending out the links to each service via emails at this time. 

This week, you can listen here to Christopher Shaw play on the organ: VIVALDI-BACH Allegro from Concerto in A minor and ROBERT HOBBY Variations on “Oh, for a Thousand Tongues.” 

CREATION CARE WORSHIP
April 26, 2020

Welcome and Lighting the Christ Candle—Dawn Yoder Harms

As we quiet ourselves and listen to the prelude may we ask for the light of Christ to enlighten us and to show us the way.

Organ Prelude—Verlene Garber

Call to worship and Prayer—Dawn Yoder Harms

Hymn of praise—I sing the mighty power of God—HWB 46

Children’s conversation—Renee Reimer

Worship music—All things bright and beautiful—HWB 156 

Scripture—Psalm 148; Psalm 145:5—Dawn Yoder Harms

Sermon—Praying with Mary Oliver—Nathan Koontz

Hymn of response—All creatures of our God and King (verses 1-4, 7)—HWB 48

Prayers of God’s people—Dawn Yoder Harms

Sending hymn—Rain down—STJ 49 

Benediction—Nathan Koontz

Tech Support: Ben Lichti
Keyboard:  Verlene Garber
Vocal Ensemble:
William Eash
Esther Eash
Ron Garber
Renee Reimer
Dawn Yoder Harms
John Mark Koontz

April 19, 2020 – Holy Hilarity Worship – you will have to press “Read More” to access the link for the service

Join us for a Holy Hilarity worship service this Sunday, April 19th, 2020 by clicking this link. We invite you to wear bright colors, a fun hat, or your funkiest outfit as you watch this service. Other ways of participating are having a Christ candle to light at the beginning of the service and a blue Hymnal Worship Book to join in singing. And laughter. We encourage you to laugh along with us! 

HOLY HILARITY WORSHIP
April 19, 2020

Welcome and Lighting the Christ Candle—Renee Reimer

As we quiet ourselves and listen to the prelude may we ask for the light of Christ to enlighten us and to show us the way.

Organ Prelude—Verlene Garber

Call to worship and Prayer—Renee Reimer

Hymn of praise—Joyful, joyful, we adore thee—HWB 71

Children’s conversation—Renee Reimer

Worship music—Coffee, Coffee, Coffee by Rev. Christopher Raible                  

Scripture retelling—Jonah—Dawn Yoder Harms

Reflections—Laughing with Jesus—Renee Reimer and Nathan Koontz

Hymn of response—Joy to the world—HWB 318

Prayers of God’s people—Dawn Yoder Harms

Benediction—Renee Reimer

Sending hymn—You shall go out with joy—HWB 427 

Tech Support: Ben Lichti
Keyboard:  Verlene Garber
Vocal Ensemble:
William Eash
Esther Eash
Ron Garber
Renee Reimer
Dawn Yoder Harms
John Mark Koontz

Easter – April 12, 2020 – You will have to click the button “Read More” to access the service

Welcome to worship on this Easter Sunday!  You can access the service by clicking this link:    Happy Easter!

EASTER SUNDAY

April 12, 2020

Today. you may want to bring these things to worship:

  • Songbooks (if you have them at home):
    the Hymnal Worship Book (blue hymnal) and Sing the Story (purple songbook)
  • a candle to light
  • a Bible, if you’d like to follow the scripture readings

EASTER SUNDAY WORSHIP

April 12, 2020

Welcome–Nathan Koontz                                                                                           

Lighting of Christ Candle                                                                         

Prelude–Christ is alive (Kerr)–Verlene Garber, organ

Call to worship                                                                                                                                

Hymns of praise–Low in the grave he lay–HWB 273
Christ the Lord is risen today–HWB 280

Children’s conversation–Renee Reimer

Hymn of praise–This joyful Eastertide– HWB 276

Scripture reading–Matthew 28:1-10–Esther Kreider Eash

Sermon–Don’t be afraid–Dawn Yoder Harms

Hymn of response–Christ is alive–STS 89

Prayer’s of God’s people                                                                                                           

Sending hymn–Lift your glad voices–HWB 275

Benediction                                                                                                                             

HWB – Hymnal Worship Book;       STJ – Sing the Journey songbook

Many thanks to: Organist, Verlene Garber; Ensemble: Renee Reimer, Esther Kreider Eash, Dawn Yoder Harms, Ron Garber, John Mark Koontz, William Eash;  Audio Visual Technician, Ben Lichti

Palm/Passion Sunday–April 5, 2020–You will have to click on “Read More” to access the service link

Welcome to worship on this Palm/Passion Sunday!  You can access the service by clicking this link:   Palm Sunday Service  

PALM / PASSION SUNDAY

April 5, 2020

Today. you may want to bring these things to worship:

  • Songbooks (if you have them at home):
    the blue hymnal, Sing the Journey, and Sing the Story
  • a candle to light
  • a Bible, if you’d like to follow the scripture readings

Welcome–Pastor Dawn Yoder Harms                                                                                                                 

Lighting the Christ candle

Prayer

Prelude:   Hosanna, loud Hosanna – arr. by Carter–Verlene Garber, organ                             

From Palms to Passion–Pastors Nathan Koontz and Renee Reimer                                                
Matthew 21:1-11
It was Sunday
Hymn:  HWB 239   Ride on, ride on in majesty
Silence

Matthew 21:12-17
It was Monday
Hymn: STJ 30  Jesus Christ is waiting (vs 1-3)
Silence

Matthew 23 excerpts
It was Tuesday
Hymn:  STS 68 Kyrie
Silence

Matthew 26:6-13
It was Wednesday
Hymn:  HWB 255-Open are the gifts of God  (verses 1-3
Silence

Matthew 26:1-5
It was Thursday
Hymn:  STS 85- Lay down your head
Silence

Matthew 26:57; 27:1-2, 24, 26, 27-31
It was Friday
solo: STS 82- How long, O Lord?

Matthew 27:45-46, 50, 57-61
It was Saturday
Hymn:  HWB 257 Were you there (verses 1 and 4
Silence

Prayers of God’s people

Sending hymn:  HWB 105-Christ we do all adore thee

Benediction

Thank you to the Garber family (Verlene, Ron, Joel, Gyles, Nathan, Caleb, and Matthew) for their musical contributions in this service!

“It was…” stories were adapted from Stages on the Way: Resources for Lent, Holy Week and Easter, by the Iona Community Wild Goose Worship Group, GIA Publications, Inc. (Chicago), 2000.  Used with permission.

March 29, 2020–Lent 6–You will have to press “Read More” to obtain the link for the service

Worship this week is led by Pastors Nathan Koontz and Renee Reimer and joined musically by John, Anne, and Esther Koontz. Ben Lichti ran our sound and helped with technology for this recording. Thank you to Monica Lichti to for all her behind the scenes work that enable all of this to happen. 
Join us for worship virtually using this video link from YouTube. 
As you worship with us, we invite you to light a Christ candle in your home at the beginning of our worship service. 
Join us in singing by using the attached songs or singing out of Hymnal: A Worship Book and Sing the Story.When we face an unknown future (sung to the tune HWB 26 Holy Spirit come with power) lyrics attachedHWB 143 Amazing GraceSTS 16 Peace before us
Engage the text with us by opening your Bibles to John 11:1-45 and reflecting on these questions:What do you notice? What strikes you? What do you wonder about? What invitation do your hear? 
You can continue to participate in offering by giving online on the church website, setting up direct deposit with our treasurer Mike Claassen, or sending in a check to the church office. We now have a special line item in the Support BCMC tab on our website for donations for community assistance during this Covid outbreak. Give to the Caring Fund if you would like to provide help to those in need in Harvey county.
We are facing an unknown future, but this future is also filled with God’s love. 
Pastor Renee (on behalf of the Pastoral Team)

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Bethel College Mennonite Church
March 29, 2020 – 9:30 a.m. Worship—Open our Eyes—Lent 5

GATHERING

Lighting the Christ Candle—Renee Reimer– The prelude invites us into a time of silence as we open ourselves to God’s presence among us.                                     

Prelude–Misty (by Erroll Garner and Johnny Burke)—John Mark Koontz                                                

Welcome, prayer—Nathan Koontz                                                                                                                    

Hymn of praise–When We Face an Unknown Future— (to the tune of HWB 26)                                      

LISTENING FOR GOD’S WORD

Engaging the Text–John 11:1-45—Renee Reimer and Nathan Koontz
What do you notice?
What strikes you?
What do you wonder about?
What invitation do you hear?

RESPONDING IN FAITH

Hymn of response-Amazing graceHWB 143—Verses 1,2, 3, and 6 (click on the hymn title and it will take you to the hymn)

Prayer of God’s people–Renee Reimer

Community sharing (announcements, sharing hope) –Renee Reimer and Nathan Koontz

SENDING

Benediction–Renee Reimer

Sending hymn-Peace before usSTS 16 (click on the hymn title and it will take you to the hymn)


When We Face an Unknown Future                 

Sung to the tune of Holy spirit come with power (HWB 26)
When we face an unknown future that we can’t imagine yet,
when the closeness we have treasured turns from blessing into threat—
As we miss our friends and loved ones, as we crave community,
may we look, God, in this season, for a whole new way to be.
Jesus faced the lonely desert as a time to look within.
There he met such trial and conflict; there he knew you were with him.
In this time of separation when we miss the life we’ve known,
may we hear your voice proclaiming: “I am here! You’re not alone.”
May we cherish those around us as we never have before.
May we think much less of profit; may we learn what matters more.
May we hear our neighbors’ suffering; may we see our neighbors’ pain.
May we learn new ways of offering life and health and hope again.
God, when illness comes to threaten, and when so much here goes wrong,
may we know this thing for certain— that your love is sure and strong.
You’re beside us in our suffering, and when times are surely tough,
we may face an unknown future, but it’s filled, Lord, with your love.

Tune: The Sacred Harp, 1844; attributed to Benjamin Franklin White
Text: Copyright © 2020 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.
Email: carolynshymns@gmail.com New Hymns: www.carolynshymns.com
Used with permission.