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 2016-17 is developed by the eight student members, with direction and leadership from Dr. Debra Detwiler Brubaker and administrative support from Dan Koop Liechty, Ph.D.
2016-17 Parables Members
- Anne Buckwalter, a music major from Wellman, Iowa.
- Sadie Gustafson-Zook, a music major from Goshen, Indiana
- Galed Krisjayanta, a music major from Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia
- Caleb Liechty, a molecular biology/biochemistry major and music minor from Archbold, Ohio
- Joshua Liechty, a molecular biology/biochemistry major and music minor from Archbold, Ohio
- Naomi Peters, a molecular biology/biochemistry and music double major from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
- Emily Stoltzfus, a Social Work major and a Spanish minor from Goshen, Indiana
- Lukas Thompson, a music major from Goshen, Indiana
2016-17 Theme: The Journey is Our Home
Although no specific scripture texts are focused on, the group uses the hymn “Strangers No More” from Hymnal: A Worship Book as a unifying litany throughout the program. The focus of the program and stories is how life is a journey of encounters with God and with others, experienced intensely through music and community, which becomes our home on the journey. Music shared during the program includes styles as diverse as a setting of Psalm 37 in Latin, a jazz arrangement of an Indonesian song of hope, an arrangement of the American tune “Bright Morning Stars are Rising,” a gospel tune, and a worship song from Myanmar accompanied by tone chimes.
Instead of Biblical parables, this year the students share their own personal parables of times in their lives when they have experienced God directly and profoundly. The stories speak of emotional healing of self and others, serendipitous encounters that showed the activity of God in their lives, and times in their lives when service to others has been a direct channel to the Divine. Some of these stories are dramatized. A children’s story is included, and an offertory is also available if needed.
Here is a link to the Parables program for this year.
Here’s a photo from our February 6, 2017 performance at First Presbyterian Church in Defiance Ohio. Photo credit to Chuck Fitzenrider. For more photos, click here.
Aug. 28, 11:00 a.m. – New Student Service of Blessing, Schrock Plaza, Goshen College, Goshen, IN.
Aug. 31, 10:00 a.m. – Goshen College Opening Convocation, College Mennonite Church Sanctuary, Goshen, IN.
Sep. 24, 10 a.m. – Performance stage at the Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale, Elkhart County Fairgrounds, Goshen, IN.
Sep. 25, 7 p.m. – Michiana MCC Relief Sale Choir Concert (singing offertory during intermission), Sauder Concert Hall, Goshen College Music Center, Goshen, IN.
Oct. 2, 9:30 a.m. – Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship, Goshen, IN.
Oct. 8, 9 a.m. – Homecoming Alumni Breakfast, College Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall, Goshen, IN.
Fall Break Tour (October 16-20): East Coast (via Archbold and Kidron)
Oct. 16, 9:30 a.m. – Zion Mennonite Church, 300 Short Buehrer Road, Archbold, OH.
Oct. 17, 10:00 a.m. – Busking at the Bethesda Fountain, Central Park, New York, N.Y.
Oct. 17, 10:45 a.m. – Coffee at the Loeb Boathouse, Central Park, New York, N.Y. (join us)
Oct. 18, 7:00 p.m. – King of Glory Tabernacle, 2019 Grand Avenue, Bronx, N.Y.
Oct. 19, 11:00 a.m. – St. John’s Soup Kitchen, 22 Mulberry Street, Newark, N.J.
Oct. 20, 10:30 a.m. – Orvilla Retirement Center, 333 E. Sassafras Street, Orrville, OH.
Oct. 20, 2:00 p.m. – Central Christian School, 3970 Kidron Road, Kidron, OH.
Nov. 6, 10:00 a.m. – Forks Mennonite Church, Middlebury, IN.
Nov. 10, 9:15 a.m. – Bethany Christian Schools chapel, Goshen, IN.
Nov. 13, 9:30 a.m. – Southside Fellowship, Elkhart, IN.
Nov. 20, 9:30 a.m. – Assembly Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN.
Jan. 15, 10:15 a.m. – North Goshen Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN.
Jan. 15, 7:00 p.m. – Vesper Service at Evergreen Place, Greencroft Communities, Goshen, IN.
Jan. 20-22 – Camp Friedenswald Jr. High Winter Retreat, Cassopolis, MI.
Jan. 25, 10:00 a.m. – Goshen College Chapel, College Mennonite Church, Goshen IN.
Jan. 28, 5:00 p.m. – Celebrate Scholars Talent Showcase, Umble Center, Goshen College, Goshen IN.
Jan. 29, 9:30 a.m. – College Mennonite Church, Goshen IN.
Feb. 1, 6:00 p.m. – Pizza & Parables with area youth groups, Rieth Recital Hall, Goshen College Music Center, Goshen, IN.
Feb. 5, 10:15 a.m. – First Presbyterian Church, Defiance, OH.
Feb. 10, 10:50 a.m. – One song for the dedication of the Juanita Lark Welcome Center at Goshen College, Goshen, IN.
Feb. 12, 9:30 a.m. – Benton Mennonite Church, Benton, IN.
Mar. 19, 9:30 a.m. – Goshen College, worship for Admitted Student Weekend, Goshen, IN.
Mar. 26, 8:00 & 10:45 a.m. – Waterford Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN.
Apr. 9, 9:30 a.m. – North Main Mennonite Church, Nappanee, IN.
Apr. 9, 3:00 p.m. – Elkhart Peace Parade, Elkhart Civic Plaza, Elkhart, IN. (3 songs)
Apr. 19, 7 p.m. – Goshen College Home Program, Rieth Recital Hall, Goshen College Music Center, Goshen, IN.
Schedule a Performance
For more information about Parables, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. There are no more open dates for the 2016-17 year, but feel free to contact us now if you are interested in a 2017-18 program at your organization.