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 2019-2020 is developed by the seven 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).


2019-20 Parables Members

    • Nithya Abraham:  music and information technology major from Bangalore, India
    • Nathan Berkey: music education major from Goshen, Indiana
    • Alex Miller: environmental science and theater major from Middlebury, Indiana
    • Benjamin Reichenbach:  Biology secondary education major from North Manchester, Indiana
    • Anna Smucker: graphic design major from Goshen, Indiana
    • Katy Thornthwaite:  music education major from Black River, New York
    • Ainslee Zou: music and biochemistry major from Bristol, Indiana

2019-20 Theme:

          The theme for the 2019-2020 season is framed by the concept that we are all enough to be called and answer the call.  We are created by God in his image and we are enough because God is in us all.  He calls the imperfect to do his perfect work – to follow the call, trusting that through Him we have all we need.
Click here for a link to the 2019-2020 service bulletin.
Click here for a link to the 2019-2020 Parables publicity poster

2019-20 Schedule

Aug. 25, 11:15 a.m. – New Student Service of Blessing, Schrock Plaza, Goshen College, Goshen, IN.

Aug.28, 10:00 a.m. – Goshen College Opening Convocation, College Mennonite Church Sanctuary, Goshen, IN

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

Sep. 22, 10 a.m. – West Goshen Church of the Brethren, Goshen, IN

Oct. 5, 8:30 a.m. – Homecoming Alumni Breakfast, College Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall, Goshen, IN

Fall Break Tour (October 12-18):

Oct. 13,  Morning Worship  First Mennonite Church, Champaign-Urbana, IL

Oct. 13, Evening –  Beth Haven Retirement Home, Hannibal, MO

Oct. 14, 7:00 p.m.  Rainbow Mennonite Church, Kansas City, KS

Oct. 15, 7:00 PM –Shalom Mennonite Church, Newton, KS

                    Oct. 16, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Hesston College Hesston, KS

Oct. 16, 7:00 p.m. – Manhattan Mennonite Church, Manhattan, KS

        Oct. 25, 9:20 a.m. – Bethany Christian High School, Goshen, IN

Oct 27, 10:30 a.m. –Sunnyside Mennonite Church, Dunlap, IN

        Nov. 3, 10:15 a.m. – North Goshen Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN

Nov. 10, 9:30 a.m. – Middlebury Church of the Brethren, Middlebury, IN

Nov. 17, 9:30 a.m. – South Side Fellowship, Elkhart, IN

         Nov. 24, 9:00 a.m. – First Mennonite Church, Middlebury, IN


Jan. 10-12  Junior High Winter Camp, Camp Friedenswald, Cassopolis, MI

Jan. 25, 4:00 p.m. – Celebrate Scholars Talent Showcase, Goshen College Umble Center,                                                     Goshen, IN

         Jan 26, 9:30 a.m. – Hively Avenue Mennonite Church, Elkhart, IN

         Feb. 2, 7:00 p.m. – Evergreen Place – Greencroft, Goshen, IN

 Feb. 5, 6:00 p.m. – Pizza & Parables with area youth groups, Rieth Recital Hall                                                                                                              Goshen College Music Center, Goshen, IN

         Feb. 9, 8:00 & 10:45 a.m. – Waterford Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN

         Mar. 8, 4:00 p.m. – Vesper Service @ Manor IV – Greencroft, Goshen, IN

         Mar. 15, 10:20 a.m. – First Presbyterian Church, Goshen, IN

 Mar. 22, 9:30 a.m. – Goshen College, worship for Admitted Student Weekend, Goshen, IN

         Mar. 29,  9:30 a.m. – Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship, Goshen, IN

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

Schedule a Performance/Worship Service

The Parables still have some availability for additional church services and events. For more information about Parables or to inquire about the 2019-20 season, contact Marcia Yost at or call 574-535-7793.


Photos from the 2018-19 season…

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