A Joyful Sound!
Sunday Morning Youth Music 12/3 at 9AM! The children & youth will be participating with the Lighting of the Advent Wreath each week of Advent.
Come join us as we share God's awesome gift of music with others!
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Psalm 100:1
Youth Music Night! Friday 12/15 5:30PM - 6PM (before decorating)! All children and youth are invited to join us!
Choral Ensemble for the 7PM Christmas Eve Service! All teens & adults are invited to join us! Rehearsals will be held Sunday's 12/10 & 12/17 at 9AM and Friday 12/15 at 6:30PM.
In Memory of Harry Stock
Harry has been involved in the life of Bethany in many ways for a very long time. Harry helped with the food pantry; he helped cook for the annual spaghetti dinner; he helped with Bethany's stands for National Night Out, Art on the Avenue and the Fall Festival along with many other things over the years.
Harry was a very gifted musician; he had a deep passion for music. We all loved hearing Harry play the guitar and many other instruments for our worship services. Harry loved playing his guitars and also enjoyed playing drums, steel drum, bells, rhythm and orff instruments. Harry loved singing and also composed beautiful music. Harry recently started teaching himself to play the mandolin. Harry was working on some hymns to play during worship.
Harry and I spent most Friday mornings together practicing for our worship services. It was such a joy and blessing to share music with Harry for so many years. I will truly miss our Friday morning music time.
Harry didn't read much music. God gave Harry the special gift of being able to play by ear. We would talk about chords and different music things. But I was always amazed how Harry would just start playing simply by hearing what I was playing. I often told him how I amazed I was and how that was such a special gift. It was just something that came very naturally to him, he didn't think it was anything special. It was very special.
Every Easter Sunday, Harry played and sang a song he wrote "New Easter Morn":
Mary walked out and thru the morning mist to the tomb were Jesus laid.
But when she got there, she had to stop and stare for the stone was rolled away.
Mary, who you looking for? Why do you cry?
The one that you seek walks along the stone and creek, he's risen he's alive.
We're all gathered here on this new Easter morn with gladness in our eyes.
He overcame the grave so that we may be saved.
And with him we'll reside, on that last Easter morn sunrise.
We will all miss Harry and his beautiful gift of music. We take comfort in knowing that Harry is in heaven making a joyful noise with all the angels.
Thank you, Harry, for sharing your gift of music! Until we meet again....Sing with all the Saints in Glory! Carla
**** Copyright! The Text for "New Easter Morn" may not be copied, published or used in any way ****
We invite children, teens and adults who like to sing to join us! We sing Christmas Eve and Easter Sunday and other services as scheduled.
Soloists are scheduled for various worship services. We invite more soloists to join us!
We are very blessed to have members of our congregation and guests share their musical gifts playing various instruments. We invite children, youth and adults who play instruments to share your talents! Dust off your instruments, we'll help you get back to playing!
We invite teen and adult guitarists to join us!
Are you a dancer? Liturgical dance is another way to share God's gift of music.
If you have an instrument that you are not playing and do not plan to play, please contact our church office or the Reading Musical Foundation (610-376-3395) about donating your instrument. RMF is a non-profit organization. They have a program to provide donated instruments to children in Berks County whose families can not afford to rent or purchase instruments.