Music at Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Bethlehem has a tradition of enhancing worship services with a variety of both vocal and instrumental music. We look for and welcome people willing to share their gifts. Whether you sing or play an instrument, are a beginner or a professional, we invite you to explore the musical opportunities at Bethlehem and join us.

See below for various music ensemble opportunities including vocal and instrumental groups. Please contact Brenda Harris for more information.

 

 

New Musical Opportunity for BLC Children with Brenda Harris

Greetings!

I just had a delightful week at BLC Day Camp, working with preschool through 5th grade students— playing tambourines, hitting lummi sticks and boomwhackers, ringing tone chimes, and of course singing. Counselors from Sky Ranch and our own BLC youth provided wonderful assistance and joy!

At our program, the preschool sang a very nice version of "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands," complete with a tambourine interlude and choreography involving a globe. The older students and I had lots of fun learning and practicing with the other instruments, and ultimately, were able to do a nice mashup of "Jesus Loves Me"— complete with singing and sign language.

Learning to play each instrument had its own challenges—when playing the tambourine, do you shake it or tap it? Lummi sticks are sometimes tossed and, ideally, caught. Boomwhackers and tone chimes each have separate pitches to play in rhythm to create a recognizable melody. Different skills are required to play all the different instruments. I am reminded of the fact that we, of differing abilities, work in God's diverse kingdom, serving as God's own active body while living crazy, sometimes chaotic, fulfilling, meaningful, and joyous lives. We are to be a living praise!

My favorite anecdote from camp: Upon announcing to a class that I would be absent one day, but back the next, one little boy wailed, "But, what'll we do without music?" Nicely put, young man. The vital importance of music, especially music as a method of praise, is a universal necessity.

I am interested in providing a similar musical experience for our BLC children in the fall, if there is sufficient interest in a program of this kind. Please let me know if your children or grandchildren might like to participate.

Praise God with the boomwhacker!

Brenda Harris

brenda@bethlehem-lutheran.net

 

Bethlehem Choirs - Join us!

 

Join us in Music Ministry!

I feel as if I'm already part of your wonderful BLC family, even though I'm new on the job! You have been very welcoming to me, so I'd like to welcome all of you who enjoy singing or playing an instrument of any kind to become involved in our music ministry. There are many ways to serve in worship, so please contact me with your questions or comments.

Many thanks!

Brenda Harris

 

 

Adult Choir (Wednesdays, 7:00–8:00 p.m.)

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The Adult Choir is an SATB choral ensemble. Fall rehearsals begin on Wednesday evening, August 30. This traditional choir of volunteers includes men and women, both beginning and experienced singers. Rehearsal are on Wednesday evenings from 7:00–8:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. Come join us!

 

 

 

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This season we will be preparing some new and exciting music. The Adult Choir welcomes new members to join us for great fellowship and music-making. Bethlehem church memberrs with any interest in music at all (no vocal experience necessary) may join the choir on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m.

 


 

 

Revelation Choir

The Revelation Choir is a group of volunteer singers offering their musical gifts to sing hymns and lead worship on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month at the 10:15 a.m. service.

 

 

Smaller Vocal Groups

 

The Women of the Adult Choir occasionally sing during worship services. We enjoy getting a group of women together to sing and have fun exploring harmonies! Please join us!

 

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The Bethlehem Gospel Singers is a small ensemble of singers that, on special occasions, lead worship and offer special music. They have a good time making music together. Please speak to Jim Woodruff if you are interested in singing with this group.

 

 

wm m mc 2015 1The Men's Choral Group, led by John Goodman, sings in church several times each year, with rehearsals immediately prior to those events. We think there's something special about a group of men getting together to sing, and if you're a man with a voice, join us! Contact John Goodman for more information.

 

 

 

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Bethlehem Instrumental groups


Bluegrass Group

wm m bg 2014 5The Bluegrass Group leads worship the second Sunday of each month at both the 8am and 10:15 a.m. services. The liturgy music on those Sundays is in bluegrass style, written and arranged especially for Bethlehem's services. Instruments include banjo, mandolin, fiddle, acoustic guitar, and electric bass. The group engages some talented members of Bethlehem Lutheran, as well as friends and other bluegrass musicians from around the area. Please contact Dave Beyer if you are interested in becoming a part of this unique worship experience.



Bethlehem Brass

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Members of Bethlehem Lutheran who play brass instruments come together to support worship, lending a majestic and sonorous color to the sounds of celebratory times. If interested, please contact Brenda Harris.


 

 

 

String Ensemble

wm m strings 2015 5 1741Members of Bethlehem who play string instruments (violin, viola, cello) come together wm m strings 2015 1periodically to support worship—elevating hymn accompaniments—bringing flowing melodies and harmonic warmth to our services.Contact Diane Penny for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Music Opportunities

We are always looking for people who are willing to share their gifts, whether as solo cantors, singing in small groups, playing solo instruments, or adding special music. If you have a gift to share and are not sure where it might fit, or simply need more information, please contact our Brenda Harris.

 

 

 

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