NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – After an absence of several years, a program of seasonal music for organ returns to Bethel College’s Administration Building chapel.
Donna Hetrick, Bethel instructor of organ, presents “Music for Advent and Christmas” Dec. 6 at 3 p.m.
Her program will comprise settings of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” by Flor Peeters, John Leavitt and Robert Lau; three settings by Johann Sebastian Bach of “Nun komm’, der Heiden Heiland (Savior of the Nations, Come” and two of “In dulci jubilo”; five pieces by Aaron David Miller: “Wachet auf (Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying),” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “Stille Nacht (Silent Night),” “Go, Tell It On the Mountain” and “Vom Himmel Hoch (From Heaven Above)”; and “Joy to the World” by Emma Lou Diemer.
The recital is free and open to the public.
That same evening, students, faculty, staff and friends of Bethel College will join in the 30th annual Lighting of the Green, an Advent season tradition, at 8 p.m. on the Green in the center of the campus and. All are invited.
Participants form a circle on the sidewalk around the Green, holding unlit candles that are supplied. Most of the campus lights are turned off but there will be ushers with flashlights to help people find their places in the dark. It takes about 250 people to entirely circle the Green.
After some singing of Christmas carols and reading of Scripture passages, the candles will be lighted to form “a wreath around the Green.” At the end of the service, which lasts 15-20 minutes, everyone walks into the middle of the Green with their lights to sing one or two additional carols. There are cookies and hot drinks in the cafeteria afterward.