Parables Worship Ensemble

Parables, a worship ensemble from Goshen College, combines music, original drama and personal stories to create an engaging worship experience designed to inspire, comfort and challenge. The program for 2017-18 is developed by the eight student members, with direction and leadership from Dr. Debra Detwiler and administrative support from Dan Koop Liechty, Ph.D. and Marcia Yost.

Front row (l-r): Lauren, Rebecca, Sharada, Yejin. Back row (l-r): Matthew, Julian, Jonah, Aidan

2017-18 Parables Members

    • Rebecca Choi, a music education major from Arlington, MA.
    • Aidan Friesen, an environmental science major/chemistry minor from Goshen, IN.
    • Julian Harnish, a math major/music minor from Bluffton, OH.
    • Yejin Kim, a music for social change and piano major/Spanish and art minor from Seoul, South Korea.
    • Lauren Myers, a biology major/musical theater minor from North Manchester, IN.
    • Matthew Smucker, a music education major/Spanish minor from Goshen, IN.
    • Sharada Weaver, a nursing major/music minor from Hyattsville, MD.
    • Jonah Yoder, an interdisciplinary studies (music, theater, entrepreneurship) major from Goshen, IN.

2017-18 Theme: Together as One

Parables members invite congregations to join them in experiencing diversity, community, and the intersections between the two.  With a program based on Romans 12: 4-5, they present personal and Biblical stories, along with music from the 17th century through the present day. Songs in Korean, Zulu, Latin, and English will be shared.

Here is a link to the 2017-18 Parables’ program
Here is a link to the 2017-18 Parables’ promotional poster

Parables performing at Waterford Mennonite Church, Goshen

2017-18 Schedule (more dates coming soon)

Aug. 27, 11:00 a.m. – New Student Service of Blessing, Schrock Plaza, Goshen College, Goshen, IN.

Aug. 30, 10:00 a.m. – Goshen College Opening Convocation, College Mennonite Church Sanctuary, Goshen, IN.

Sep. 20, 7:30 p.m. – Preview Program, Rieth Recital Hall, Goshen College Music Center, Goshen, IN.

Sep. 23, 10 a.m. – Performance stage at the Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale, Elkhart County Fairgrounds, Goshen, IN.

Sep. 24, 7 p.m. – Michiana MCC Relief Sale Choir Concert (singing offertory during intermission), Sauder Concert Hall, Goshen College Music Center, Goshen, IN.

Oct. 1, 9:30 a.m. – Berkey Avenue Mennonite Church (partial program), Goshen, IN.

Oct. 7, 8:30 a.m. – Homecoming Alumni Breakfast, College Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall, Goshen, IN.

Fall Break Tour (October 15-19):

Oct. 15, 9:00 a.m. – Community Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, VA.

Oct. 16, 9:30 a.m. – Chapel at Eastern Mennonite High School, Harrisonburg, VA.

Oct. 16, 2:00 p.m.  Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, Harrisonburg, VA.

Oct. 17, 7:00 p.m. – Hyattsville Mennonite Church, Hyattsville, MD.

Oct. 18, 6:30 p.m. – University Mennonite Church,State College, PA.

Oct. 19, 2:00 p.m. – Chapel at Central Christian School, Kidron, OH.

Oct 24, 9:20 a.m. – Chapel at Bethany Christian Schools, Goshen, IN.

Nov. 12, 9:30 a.m. – Benton Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN.

Nov. 19, 9:30 a.m. – College Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN.


Jan. 12-14  Junior High Winter Camp, Camp Friedenswald, Cassopolis, MI.

Jan. 21, 9:15 a.m. – Lockport Mennonite Church, Stryker, OH.

Jan. 27, 5:00 p.m. – Celebrate Scholars Talent Showcase, Goshen College Umble Center, Goshen, IN.

Jan. 28, 10:30 a.m. – Middlebury Community Church of the Nazarene, Middlebury, IN.

Jan. 31, 10:00 a.m. – Goshen College Chapel, College Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN.

Feb. 7, 6:00 p.m. – Pizza & Parables with area youth groups, Rieth Recital Hall, Goshen College Music Center, Goshen, IN.

Feb. 11, 8:00 & 10:45 a.m. – Waterford Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN.

Feb. 18, 9:30 a.m. – College Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN. (will sings two selections as part of service)

Feb. 18, 7:00 p.m. – Vesper Service at Evergreen Place, Greencroft, Goshen, IN.

Mar. 11, 10:30 a.m. – Sunnyside Mennonite Church, Elkhart, IN.

Mar. 18, 10:30 a.m. – East Goshen Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN.

Mar. 25, 9:30 a.m. – Goshen College, worship for Admitted Student Weekend, Goshen, IN.

Apr. 8, 10:15 a.m. – North Goshen Mennonite, Goshen, IN.

Apr. 15, 9:30 a.m. – Goshen City Church of the Brethren, Goshen, IN.

Apr. 18, 7:30 p.m. – Goshen College Home Program, Rieth Recital Hall, Goshen College Music Center, Goshen, IN.

Schedule a Performance

The performance schedule for 2017-18 is complete. For more information about Parables or to inquire about the 2018-19 season, contact or