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 2018-2019 is developed by the eight student members, with direction and leadership from Marcia Yost.  The administrative support and scheduling of the group is handled by Marcia Yost (574-535-7793)

Parables Worship Team, 2018-19

2018-19 Parables Members (From left to right above in rows)

    • Kailey Rice:  music and American Sign Language interpreting major from Frisco, Texas
    • Abigail Greaser: theater and music major from Goshen, Indiana
    • Bek Zehr: music major from Carthage, New York
    • Lisa Rosado Rivera:  music major from San Juan, Puerto Rico
    • Elijah Lora: history major with three minors from Goshen, Indiana
    • Emmy Rupp:  social work and music major from Wooster, Ohio
    • Stephen Lowe: music education major from Harrisonburg, Virginia
    • Josiah Phiri:  music major from Thies, Senegal

2018-19 Theme: I am Searching…

The Parables members invite congregations to join them in the journey of faith through searching and finding God in unexpected ways in the course of their service presentation.  With a program based on Psalms 130 and 139, Parables presents personal and Biblical stories of discovering the presence of God.  The service includes hymns, gospel selections, contemporary pieces and creative worship that will connect us all in our journey of faith and understanding.

Here is a link to the 2018-19 Parables’ service bulletin
Here is a link to the 2018-19 Parables’ promotional poster

2018-19 Schedule (more dates coming soon)

Aug. 26, 11:00 a.m. – New Student Service of Blessing, Schrock Plaza, Goshen College, Goshen, IN.

Aug.29, 10:00 a.m. – Goshen College Opening Convocation, College Mennonite Church Sanctuary, Goshen, IN

Sep. 19, 7:30 p.m. – Preview Program, Rieth Recital Hall, Goshen College Music Center, Goshen, IN

Sep. 22, 10 a.m. – Performance stage at the Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale, Elkhart County Fairgrounds, Goshen, IN

Sep. 23, 7 p.m. – Michiana MCC Relief Sale Choir Concert (singing offertory during intermission), Sauder Concert Hall, Goshen College Music Center, Goshen, IN

Sep. 30, 9:00 a.m. – First Mennonite Church, Middlebury, IN

Oct. 6, 8:30 a.m. – Homecoming Alumni Breakfast, College Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall, Goshen, IN

Fall Break Tour (October 13-19):

Oct. 14,  Morning Worship  Lombard Mennonite Church, Lombard, IL

Oct. 14, Evening – Madison Mennonite Church, Madison, WI

Oct. 15, 7:00 p.m.  Salem Mennonite Church, Freeman, SD

Oct. 16, Morning Chapel – Freeman Academy, Freeman SD

Oct. 16, 7:00 PM –First Mennonite Church, Lincoln, NE

Oct. 17, 7:00 p.m. – First Mennonite Church, Iowa City, IA

Oct. 18, Morning – Iowa Mennonite School, Kalona, IA

        Oct. 19, Morning – Bethany Christian High School, Goshen, IN

Oct 28, 10:00 a.m. – Middlebury Church of the Brethren, Middlebury, IN

        Nov. 4, 9:30 a.m. – Sunnyside Mennonite Church, Dunlap, IN

Nov. 11, 9:30 a.m. – Benton Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN

Nov. 18, 10:00 a.m. – West Goshen Church of the Brethren, Goshen, IN


Jan. 11-13  Junior High Winter Camp, Camp Friedenswald, Cassopolis, MI

Jan. 26, 5:00 p.m. – Celebrate Scholars Talent Showcase, Goshen College Umble Center, Goshen, IN

         Jan 27, 8:00 am & 10:45 a.m. – Waterford Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN

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

         Feb. 10, 9:30 a.m. – Eighth Street Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN

 Feb. 17, 9:30 a.m. – Assembly Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN

         Mar. 10, 9:30 a.m. – College Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN

         Mar. 17, 10:20 a.m. – First Presbyterian Church, Goshen, IN

 Mar. 24, 9:30 a.m. – Goshen College, worship for Admitted Student Weekend, Goshen, IN

 Apr. 14, 7:30 p.m. – Goshen College Home Program, Rieth Recital Hall, Goshen College Music Center, Goshen, IN

Schedule a Performance

The Parables still have some availability for additional church services and events. For more information about Parables or to inquire about the 2018-19 season, contact Marcia Yost at or call 574-535-7793.

Parables at Iowa Mennonite School
Parables at Salem Mennonite Church, Freeman SD
Parables 2018-19 on Tour