Category Archives: Worship Services

View the worship service for July 3, 2022

BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
July 3, 2022

Prelude— The Spacious Firmament (arr. DeCou)

On Jordan’s Stormy Banks(arr. Bish)—Will Wiebe-Friesen, organ

Christ Candle Lighting

Land Acknowledgement—Raylene Hinz-Penner

Welcome and Prayer 

*Hymn—Here in This Place –VT 10

Children’s Conversation—Tim Hodge

Worship Music—John Mark Koontz, piano; Josh Bergman, trumpet

Scripture Reading—1 Kings 21:1-19—Heather and Justin Zerger

Sermon—Naboth and Queen Lili’uokalaniNathan Koontz

*Hymn—Could It Be That God is Singing—VT 42

Kin-dom Report—Jill Robb

Prayers of God’s People

*Hymn—Lead On, O Cloud of Presence—VT 194

BenedictionNathan Koontz

Postlude—Prelude and Fugue in C (J.S. Bach)—Will Wiebe-Friesen


* You are invited to stand

VT = Voices Together

Audio visual—Francis Toews

Pastors—Nathan Koontz, Todd Schlosser

Live Stream link:  https://youtu.be/tgFAeUWJiQM

View the worship service for June 26, 2022

BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
June 26, 2022

Prelude—Julianna Schrag

Christ Candle Lighting—Sara Dick

Welcome and Prayer—Sara Dick

*Hymn—We Plow the Fields and ScatterI—VT 747

Children’s Conversation—Kathy Stucky

Scripture Reading—Luke 9:51-62—Bill Swartley

Sermon—Unswerving Intensity–Todd Schlosser

*Hymn—Jesus Christ is Waiting—VT 287

Prayers of God’s People—Sara Dick

*Hymn—Heart With Loving Heart United—VT 813

BenedictionTodd Schlosser

Postlude—Julianna Schrag

* You are invited to stand

VT = Voices Together

Keyboard—Julianna Schrag and Verlene Garber

Audio visual—Ken Lamp

Pastors—Nathan Koontz, Todd Schlosser

View the worship service for June 19, 2022

BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
June 19, 2022
Juneteenth

Prelude—Music with African Roots—Poor Mourner’s Got A Home (Wallace McClain Cheatham); At a Certain Church (John W. Work III)—Karen Schlabaugh, piano

Christ Candle Lighting—Todd Schlosser

Welcome and Prayer

*Hymn—Rain Down—VT 703

Children’s Conversation—Esther Koontz

*Hymn—Lift Every Voice and Sing—VT 611

Scripture Reading—Mark 10:17-31—Dorothy Nickel Friesen

Sermon—Point of Reference—Nathan Koontz

*Hymn—Praise with Joy the World’s Creator—VT 428

Prayers of God’s People

*Hymn—Sing a New World into Being—VT 809

BenedictionNathan Koontz

Postlude—Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child (arr. Eugenia R. Rocherolle) 

* You are invited to stand

VT = Voices Together

Audio visual—Ben Lichti

Pastors—Nathan Koontz, Todd Schlosser

View the worship service for June 12, 2022

BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
June 12, 2022

Prelude—When Morning Guilds the Skies (arr. Lind)—Verlene Garber, organ

Angel 94—Caleb Koontz—piano

Land Acknowledgement

Christ Candle Lighting—Nathan Koontz

Scripture Reading—John 11: 1-16—Jill Robb

Call to Worship—Nathan Koontz

*Hymn—Brethren, We Have Met to Worship—VT 25

Scripture Reading—John 11:17-37—Jill Robb

Children’s Conversation—Renee Reimer

Hymn—We Are One in the Spirit—VT 387

Scripture Reading—John 11: 38-44—Jill Robb

Sermon—Slowing Down and Remembering—Renee Reimer

*Hymn—Seeds—VT 777

Litany of Blessing and Release—Ada Schmidt-Tieszen, Brad Kohlman, BCMC Church Board; Kathy Neufeld Dunn, Western District Conference

Prayers of God’s People—Nathan Koontz

*Hymn—The Lord Lift You Up—VT 832

Benediction—Renee Reimer

Postlude—We are one in the Spirit (arr. Nelsen)—Verlene Garber

Verlene Garber

 * You are invited to stand

VT = Voices Together

Audio visual—Francis Toews

Pastors—Renee Reimer, Nathan Koontz, Todd Schlosser

Litany of Release and Blessing

Church moderator: As sisters and brothers in this faith community, today we give thanks for your almost three years of ministry among us, Renee. We say farewell to you, and we ask God to bless the journey ahead – yours and this congregation’s work to move forward.

Congregation: All praise be to our God. In God there is one Body, one Spirit. There is one hope in God’s call to us all.

Renee: We have shared worship and work–much of it during complex circumstances. I’ve gotten to know you in the park, over Zoom and text, and in this church building. We’ve worked hard to creatively craft consistent faith formation ministries in the midst of challenges. We enjoyed bible studies, games, and service projects.  I treasure the ways we followed Jesus together.

Church moderator: This is a time of many feelings: sadness, joy, loss, and thankfulness. It’s the goodbyes that are hard, but we have accomplished much during these years together, and we give God thanks and praise for you and your fruitful ministry.

Renee: I leave with cherished memories of our times together. You have shaped my faith. You have helped me see and seek God’s presence in our lives and in the community. Thank you for your care, your creativity, your encouragement, and your hope along the way.

Church moderator elect: God has blessed us richly through your ministry. We now bless you as you begin a new chapter in your life and ministry journey.

Conference Minister: As you, the people of Bethel College Mennonite Church, bless Renee as she leaves this

congregation, do you now release her from her pastoral responsibilities and relationships?

Congregation: With the help of God, we do. We give thanks for Renee’s faithful leadership and now acknowledge this transition in the life of our congregation. We will pray for God’s continued guidance in her life.

Conference Minister: Renee, do you release the congregation from its loyalty to you as their pastor? Do you release the members from turning to you and depending on you to provide the pastoral ministries they seek?

Renee: With the help of God, I do. When we meet in the future, we will be siblings in Christ, not pastor and church members. I will hold the congregation and its ministries in my prayers.

Conference Minister: Renee, may God bless and guide you on the next steps of your journey. May you ultimately form new, caring relationships in a new and beloved community, wherever that may be. May God bless the rest and renewal that you seek and the work that you will undertake next. May God bless and guide this congregation into a hopeful future as it continues kingdom work and seeks new leadership. May God bless and guide each of us in the new relationship that we now will share. Amen.

View the worship service for May 22, 2022

BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
May 22, 2022
Easter Season

Prelude— Verlene Garber

Christ Candle Lighting—Dale Schrag

Welcome and Prayer—Dale Schrag

*Hymn—Joyful, joyful, we adore thee—VT #103

Children’s Conversation—Megan Kohlman

Graduating High School Senior Recognition—Renee Reimer

Scripture Reading— Luke 6:43-44; John 14:23-29—Nathan Koontz

Sermon—May it go well with you—Todd Schlosser

*Hymn—I Saw a Tree by the Riverside—VT 514

Prayers of God’s People—Dale Schrag

*Hymn Go, my children—VT 830

BenedictionTodd Schlosser

Postlude—Verlene Garber

* You are invited to stand

VT = Voices Together

Audio visual—

Pastors—Renee Reimer, Nathan Koontz, Todd Schlosser

View the Worship Service for May 1, 2022

BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
May 1, 2022
Easter Season

Prelude— God’s Love; Were you there (arr. M. Hamm)—Will Wiebe-Friesen

Christ Candle Lighting

Introit—Celebration with Joy (Dobrinski)—Chancel Bells; Verlene Garber, director

Land Acknowledgement

Welcome and Prayer—Tim Hodge

*Hymn—Lift Your Glad Voices—VT 340

Children’s Conversation—Esther Koontz

Anthem—Will the Circle Be Unbroken? (arr. Page)—Chancel Bells

Scripture Reading—John 21:1-19—Adah Hodge

Sermon—If the Oceans Were Ink—Nathan Koontz

*Hymn—Seeking Warmth from Charcoal Blazing—VT 344

Kin-dom Report—Mary Ellen Hodge

Prayers of God’s People

*Hymn—Christ Is Alive! Let Christians Sing—VT 359

BenedictionNathan Koontz

Benediction Response—The Lord Bless You and Keep You (Lutkin)—Chancel Bells and Organ

Postlude—Crown him with many crowns (arr. J. Westenkuehler)— Will Wiebe-Friesen


*You are invited to stand

VT = Voices Together

Audio visual—Francis Toews

Pastors—Renee Reimer, Nathan Koontz, Todd Schlosser

View the Worship Service for April 24, 2022

Holy Hilarity Sunday!

BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
April 24, 2022
Holy Hilarity Sunday

Bulletin, noun;
1.  something to read during the sermon;
2.  a fan used in churches without air conditioning;
3.  your receipt for attending church.

Prelude—The Hot Canary (Nero, arr. Zabach)— Rebecca Schloneger, violin; Karen Schlabaugh, piano 

Christ Candle Lighting—Adam Robb

Welcome

*Hymn—Coffee, Coffee, Coffee— (by Rev. Christopher Raible)— (sung to the tune of Holy, Holy, Holy VT 76)         

Children’s Conversation—Carol Flickinger

Worship Music— Mr. Soundman—Matt Schloneger

Scripture Reading—John 2:1-12—Lois Brubacher

Sermon—The Holy Extra-ness—Renee Reimer

*Hymn—Joy to the World—VT 240—(lyrics in bulletin insert, vs 4 kazoos)

Prayers of God’s People—Adam Robb

*Hymn—You Shall Go Out With Joy—VT 847

Benediction—Renee Reimer

Postlude—Corrate—(P.D.Q. Bach)—Karen Schlabaugh, piano

* You are invited to stand
VT = Voices Together
Audio visual—Ben Lichti
Pastors—Renee Reimer, Nathan Koontz, Todd Schlosser

Coffee, Coffee, Coffee (sung to the tune Holy, Holy, Holy) VT 76
By Rev. Christopher Raible

Coffee, coffee, coffee
Praise the strength of coffee.
Early in the morn we rise,
Served fresh or reheated,
Dark by thee defeated,
Brewed black by perk or drip or instantly.

Though all else we scoff we
Come to church for coffee;
We come in time for thee.
Coffee our one ritual,
Drinking it habitual,
Brewed black by perk or drip or instantly.


Coffee the communion
Of our Uni-Union
Symbol of our sacred ground,
Our one necessity.
Feel the holy power
At our coffee hour,
Brewed black by perk or drip or instantly.   

Joy to the World
Joy to the World
Joy to the World, the Lord’s alive, Awake, rejoice and sing!
It’s just as He had said,
He’s risen from the dead.
Salvation now He brings,
Salvation now He brings,
Salvation, salvation now He brings.

Joy to the World, the empty tomb,
Proclaims a victory.
Of light compelling,
A great dispelling
Of darkness in the world,
Of darkness in the world,
Of darkness, of darkness in the world.

Joy to the World, our Savior reigns,
Let Heaven and earth proclaim
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders of His love.

Here are lyrics to “Easter carols,” composed by JN consulting
editor Paul Lintern, a Lutheran pastor, based on the music of Christmas carols.
©2004 by Paul Lintern. Reprinted with permission.  

April 17, 2022 – Easter

 BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
Easter, April 17, 2022
From Certainty to Openness
Seeking God’s Ways

Prelude—Llanfair (Powell); O filii et filiae (Held)—Verlene Garber

Christ Candle Lighting—Renee Reimer

*Introit—All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name—[VT 364] (arr. Hal Hopson)

vs 1: congregation & Chancel Choir; vs 2: choir only; vs 3: congregation & choir

Welcome

Leader:        Christ is risen!

People:        He is risen indeed!

Call to Worship

Leader:        Together we seek the way of God—

Group 1:     the generous,

Group 2:     compassionate,

Group 1:     grace-filled,

Group 2:     inclusive,

Group 1:     abundant,

Group 2:     powerful,

Group 1:     unsettling,

All:             way of God.

Leader:       On this day that God has made, may our hearts be open to the good news:

        Christ is not here, for he is risen.

All:            Jesus Christ is risen indeed!

*Hymn—Christ the Lord Is Risen Today—VT 346            

Children’s Conversation—Renee Reimer

*Anthem—O God Our Help in Ages Past—[VT 203]—(arr. John Ferguson)

vs 1: congregation & choir; vs 2: all women; vs 3-4: choir only;

vs 5: all men; vs 6: congregation and choir

Scripture Reading—John 20:1-18—Todd Schlosser 

Sermon—Do not hold onto me—Nathan Koontz

*Hymn—Thine is the Glory—VT 355

Prayers of God’s People

Sung Benediction—For the Beauty of the Earth (arr. John Rutter)—Chancel Choir

BenedictionNathan Koontz

Postlude—Verlene Garber


* You are invited to stand

VT = Voices Together

Audio visual—Ken Lamp

Pastors—Renee Reimer, Nathan Koontz, Todd Schlosser

April 10, 2022 Worship Service

BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH

April 10, 2022

From power over to power with

Palm Sunday:  Seeking God’s Ways

Prelude—All Hail the Power of Jesus Name (arr. McDonald)

                 Hosanna, Loud Hosanna (arr. La Plante)—Will Wiebe Friesen, organ

Lighting the Christ Candle—Todd Schlosser

Welcome and Prayer

Leader: Your ways, O God, are higher than our ways.

People: Your thoughts are higher than our thoughts.

Leader: We seek God’s ways.

People: Lord, move us from seeking the power to control others to instead using power with them for everyone’s healing and wholeness.

Lenten Prayer of Confession

Leader: Holy One, we seek you while you may be found.

People: We call upon you while you are near.

Leader: Have mercy on us, O God, for our thoughts are not your thoughts, and our ways are not your ways.

People: Forgive us for seeking power over others and let us instead seek power with and for the most vulnerable.

Leader: As we walk with Christ on this Lenten journey, let us see your way more clearly.

ALL: and follow your way more faithfully.

Palm Procession—Hosanna, Loud Hosanna (arr. Morris)—Chancel Bells; Verlene Garber, director

Children’s Conversation—Esther Koontz

*Hymn—Ride on, Ride on in Majesty—verses. 1, 2, 4 VT 316

 Scripture Reading—Matthew 21:1-11; Philippians 2:5-11—Patricia Shelly

Sermon—Coming up Empty—Dale Schrag

*Hymn—All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name—VT 364

Prayers of God’s people—Todd Schlosser

*Hymn—All Glory, Laud, and Honor—VT 315

*Benediction

Benediction Response—Ride on, Ride on in Majesty (Joel Raney)—Chancel Bells

Postlude—Grand Choeur Grégorienne (by A. Guilmant)—Will Wiebe Friesen

VT = Voices Together

Audio visual—Francis Toews

Pastors—Renee Reimer, Nathan Koontz, and Todd Schlosser

April 3, 2022 Worship Service

April 3, 2022 Worship Service

BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
April 3, 2022
From Scarcity to Abundance
Lent 5: Seeking God’s Ways

Prelude—Verlene Garber, organ; Lucy Burch, flute

Introit—O God, We Call [VT 683]—Chancel Choir; William Eash, director; Verlene Garber, accompanist

Christ Candle Lighting— John Kliewer

Call to Worship

Leader: Together we seek the way of God,

People: who makes a way in the sea and provides rivers in the desert.

Leader: God fills our lives with love and beauty as sweet fragrance fills the air.

People: We live within the abundance of God,

Leader: so let us laugh and shout for joy

All: as we worship God together.

Lenten Prayer of Confession

Leader: Holy One, we seek you while you may be found.

People: We call upon you while you are near.

Leader: Have mercy on us, O God, for our thoughts are not your thoughts and our ways are not your ways.

People: Forgive us for believing the myth of scarcity. Help us live into your abundance.

Leader: As we walk with Christ on the Lenten journey, let us see your way more clearly

All: and follow your way more faithfully.

*Hymn—Let Us Build a House— VT 36

Children’s Conversation—Dale and Margo Schrag

Worship Music—When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (arr. Gilbert Martin)—Chancel Choir

Scripture Reading—John 12:1-8—William Eash

Sermon—Savoring this Moment—Renee Reimer

*Hymn—There is a Line of Woman—VT 546

Prayers of God’s People—John Kliewer

*Hymn Beyond a Dying Sun—VT 416

Benediction—Renee Reimer

Benediction Response—You Are Mine (Chirstopher Aspaas)—Chancel Choir

Postlude—Verlene Garber

* You are invited to stand

VT = Voices Together

Audio visual—Ben Lichti

Pastors—Renee Reimer, Nathan Koontz, Todd Schlosser