Music is truly a gift from God and is a vital part of our worship at Bethlehem. Our music at Bethlehem serves as a means by which the Holy Spirit uses our gifts and talents to help people encounter and worship God. Each week, the music at Bethlehem proclaims the “Gospel of Jesus Christ” to the world around us, and allows us to offer worship and praise to God while ministering to the body of Christ. We come each week eager to not only hear the Word preached but also sing the life-changing lyrics and melodies of our living faith. Here at Bethlehem, we see God creatively working and moving through music, and in His working and moving we respond, for where He leads us, we follow!
Our opportunities for music service include:
The BPC Chancel Choir
The Bethlehem Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir is comprised of dedicated Christian musicians who regularly meet for rehearsal and preparation of each Sunday’s worship service. Our primary goal remains to “Praise the Lord” using many music styles to enhance our worship services which provides the widest variety of congregational worship and participation. This is reflective in literature from the classical to the contemporary. We welcome you to join us.
7:30 PM, Thursdays
10:30 AM, Sundays
The Cherub Choir
The Cherub Choir under the direction of Jamie Nicholls offers our younger folks the opportunity to sing fun and uplifting songs which reflect our Christian faith while bringing praise to our Lord.
12:00 PM, Sundays
The Bethlehem Band
Singing and performing on instruments both acoustic and electric, the Bethlehem Band provides the Worship Service in the contemporary, jazz and folk-based Christian music. The Bethlehem Band under the direction of Kurt Butler, focuses on the Christian music that speaks to the heart of us all, speaking a message that God is indeed to be praised in all things.
The Bethlehem Bronze
At certain times of the year, the Bethlehem Bronze Hand-bell Choir perform as they “ring” praises in our worship services. Our instruments include a five-octave and a second three-octave set of Shulmerich hand-bells, and a three-octave set of Malmark hand chimes. Hand-bell ringing has grown in popularity worldwide and is a great addition to the Lenten, Easter, and Advent services throughout the year.
Bethlehem also has in place various vocal trios which offer special music at many of the special services throughout the year. Yes, at Bethlehem, there is a place for all who are called to the ministry of music. We continually seek committed individuals who have a passion to serve Christ through His wonderful gift of music.
Psalm 150 states our purpose so perfectly, “Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty firmament! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his surpassing greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with clanging cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! Let everything that breathes praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!”