Music at Bethlehem
Music Opportunities

The music of Bethlehem Lutheran Church is one of its great strengths and is central to our rich liturgical life.  It is dedicated to fulfilling our mission to lead the congregation in worship and share the gospel.

We offer our musical gifts trusting that God will speak through the music we offer to all.

There are many ways your musical gifts can be shared.  Please contact Marshall Jones to find out more.

Below you will find the latest Hymn Histories Zoom meeting exploring three hymns each week and the background of that hymn as well as its connection to our readings for the upcoming Sunday. 


For 2021-2022

 From the 21 of you who responded via the Google Form or the printed version of it on the welcome table.  

Choir----We will have Bethlehem Lutheran Choir on Wednesdays at 7 PM, but will sing things geared for smaller choirs. If we had at least one more on each part (2 more tenors and sopranos ideally) we would have the numbers to be in better shape to sing music geared for a larger choir. We will supplement that with a virtual choir once every 3 months as an opportunity to sing music that would require a larger choir to cover more parts.

Handbells--- We will be able to have one handbell quartet that meets on Mondays at 5:30 PM. From the responses I received, we would need 4 more ringers for GosBells to start again.

Mixture (tentative name and reference to a type of organ stop)----We will begin a new ensemble dedicated to leadership on hymns and liturgy through vocal leadership for congregational singing and the addition of instruments as appropriate for hymns and liturgy. This group will rehearse music for the upcoming few weeks of worship at 6:30 PM on Mondays.  

Rehearsals will begin in September after Labor Day.   

Half Hour Hymn Histories
Come explore the history and background of the hymns for each upcoming Sunday

We will meet in person in the chancel area of the sanctuary or via Zoom at 8 PM on Wednesdays each week where Marshall will share some of the hymns for each Sunday along with some history about the hymn text, tune, and the people who wrote them. Please join us:

Hymn Histories Zoom link

Meeting ID: 854 0106 0009
Passcode: V97Hah


Hymn Histories

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Upcoming solo and small ensemble opportunities
Please let Marshall know if you would like the music for any of these and any times that you might be able to rehearse. I can help you to use your gifts to the best of your ability.

I am looking for one of  the following on each of these days:         

August 8   · One more person for a duet for O Bread of Life from Heaven  

August 15 (Depot Park) · A soloist and a C instrument for There Is No Rose   


C instruments (such as violin, flute, or oboe)sound at the same pitch as they are written.

Bb instruments like trumpets and clarinets sound a Bb when the play a written C.

Eb instruments such as the alto saxophone or F instruments such as the horn sound at those respective pitches when the play what is written as a C on the staff.