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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  


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


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

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

Matthew 23 excerpts
It was Tuesday
Hymn:  STS 68 Kyrie

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

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

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

Prayers of God’s people

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


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)


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


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)                                      


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?


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


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: New Hymns:
Used with permission.

COVID-19 Update

Given that the US Center for Disease Control currently recommends that gatherings of 50 people or more be postponed or cancelled for the next eight weeks, BCMC will be cancelling worship services and church activities until April 5, at which point the situation will be reassessed.  Cancellations include Wednesday evening suppers, choirs, and children’s clubs.  It is up to the discretion of commission and committees as to whether or not they will meet.
We have made this decision out of concern for our congregation (a vulnerable demographic), as well as for our community, as we work together to slow the spread of the virus (help flatten the curve of the pandemic) so as not to overwhelm health care systems.  This is a step we can take now for the greater good.
This is an anxious time for many of us and we will miss gathering together for support.  However, this is also a time for slowing down, intentionally connecting with friends, family, and members of the church community via phone or other technology, going for walks, and enjoying the signs of spring emerging around us.
It is also time for creativity!  The pastoral team is currently working on ways to help us to stay connected and spiritually nourished during this very unusual time.  Look for an email later this week with plans and ideas for interacting together as church community at a distance. We are looking forward to the possibilities!
In the meantime, if you need support or care along the way, please don’t hesitate to be in touch with any of the pastors.  We are available by phone or email.  We are also glad to share your prayer requests with BCMC’s prayer network.
Our prayers are holding you all during this unsettled time. May the peace of God that transcends all understanding guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Pastor Dawn
(on behalf of the Pastoral Team)

March 22, 2020–Lent 5–Link to Youtube Worship Service (You will have to press “Read More” to obtain the link

The lectionary texts for the coming Sunday are:  1 Samuel 16:1-13;
Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41

Greetings BCMC community,

Join us for worship this week virtually from wherever you are! Here
you will find a link to a Youtube video of the service that the
pastoral team recorded on Saturday morning. You can also find an
attached order of worship if you would like to follow along with a
written order.

We invite you to join us as active participants from your homes. Find
a candle to light where you are at the beginning of the service while
pastors Dawn and Nathan begin the service with the lighting of the
Christ candle.

Join us in singing the three songs for this week:
HWB 1 What is this place
HWB 377 Healer of our every ill
STS 16 Peace before us
If you do not have these songbooks in your home, you can find scanned
copies attached to this email.

Join the three pastors in engaging the text by opening your Bibles to
John 9:1-41 and reflecting on these questions.
Reading 1  (The Inclusive Bible)
What word or phrase jumps out at you?
What does that word or phrase do to you or in you?

Reading 2  (NRSV)
What in this reading are you curious about?
What surprises you? disturbs you? encourages you?

Reading 3 (CEB)
What is this passage invoking in you?
What invitation do you hear?
What do you feel called to?

We recognize that this is a new way of worshiping together. While we
can not be present face-to-face, we do hope to be present to one
another virtually. Christ is here among us, scattered among our homes
and community.

Pastors Dawn, Nathan, and Renee

Bethel College Mennonite Church
March 22, 2020 – 9:30 a.m. Worship
Open our Eyes
Lent 4


Lighting the Christ Candle–Nathan Koontz                                                           

The prelude invites us into a time of silence as we open ourselves to God’s presence among us.

Prelude–It is well with my soul (arr. James Koerts)–Renee Reimer

Welcome, prayer–Dawn Yoder Harms                                                            

Hymn of praise–What is the place–HWB 1


Engaging the Text–John 9:1-41–Renee Reimer, Dawn Yoder Harms, and Nathan Koontz                                                                                                                

Reading 1  (The Inclusive Bible)

What word or phrase jumps out at you?

What does that word or phrase do to you or in you?

Reading 2 (NRSV)

What in this reading are you curious about?

What surprises you? disturbs you? encourages you?

Reading 3 (CEB)

What is this passage invoking in you?

What invitation do you hear?

What do you feel called to?


Prayer of God’s people–Nathan Koontz                                                            

Hymn of response–Healer of our every ill–HWB 377



Benediction–   Dawn Yoder Harms                                                                                             
Sending hymn–Peace before us–STS 16

HWB = Hymnal: A Worship Book                  STS = Sing the Story

STJ= Sing the Journey (at the end of the bench)

January 6, 2019–Epiphany Sunday

9:30 am      Worship with sermon by Dawn Yoder Harms; music by Andrew Thiesen, trombone
10:30 am   Fellowship time in the Gathering Place
10:50 am   Faith Formation
4:00 pm     New Year Memorial Service to remember those BCMC members and friends who died in 2018—Sanctuary


December 30, 2018-Christmas Sunday

10:00 am  Note the later time for the beginning of worship this Sunday

Worship with sharing by Nathan Toews and Leidy Muñoz, Mennonite Central Committee country representatives in Bolivia; music by Suzy Burch and Howard Glanton, classical guitars

11:00 a.m. Fellowship and coffeebring goodies to share

No Sunday school


December 23, 2018 – Advent 4

December 23, 2018—Advent 4:  The Story for all Time
9:00 am Prelude by the Garber family
9:30 am Children’s Christmas Program; music by Junior Choir, and Cherub Choir
No Sunday School

December 24, 2018—Christmas Eve
11:00 pm Candlelight service of Lessons and Carols with music by
Chancel Choir, Chancel Bells and congregational singing—BCMC Sanctuary



December 2, 2018 – First Sunday of Advent

9:00 am       Advent Prelude by Steel Drums, Brad Shore, director

9:30 am        Worship with sermon by Dawn Yoder Harms and Donna Friesen;
music by Chancel Choir

10:30 am     Fellowship Time in the Gathering Place

10:50 am      Faith Formation

3:00 pm        Newton Community Children’s Choir Concert—Sanctuary