LINDSBORG — On the evening of August 19th in 1869, newly immigrated Swedish settlers met with the intention to fill the need of a church — and on that night the Swedish Evangelical Bethany Church was born.
In celebration of its 150th anniversary, Bethany Lutheran Church is holding special Anniversary events Sunday.
At 9 a.m. in the fellowship hall, the skit "A Blast from the Past" (a reflection on the history of Bethany Lutheran Church) will be presented primarily by the youth of the church. The skit is coordinated by Lori McKinney, Joyce Peterson, and Gunnar & Sven Johnson, grandsons of Richard and Ann Johnson.
Keeping true to its heritage, the 10:30 a.m. Bethany Lutheran Church worship service will be filled with special musical offerings. The Bell Choir will ring “Processional on All Creatures of Our God and King,” as arranged by Kevin McChesney. Accompanying the brass quintet and the choirs, is Bethany Lutheran Church organist of 30 years, Genevieve Bishop.
“As organist of Bethany Lutheran Church, I am excited for this Sunday’s 150th-anniversary worship service,” Bishop said. “It has been my honor to serve as Bethany’s organist since Reformation Sunday, 1989. Soli Deo Gloria”
Performing the prelude and postlude for this special is a quintet led by led by Kansas City based trumpeter Andrew Bishop, Principal Trumpet chair with the Des Moines Symphony. Associate Professor David Hunsicker, trumpeter with Wichita State University, WSU French Horn Assistant Professor Jeb Wallace, Wichita Public School Music Department Director and Trombone player, Jeff Luttrell and Assistant Professor of Tuba & Euphonium, Phil Black, will be joining Andrew
The Bethany Church Men's Choir will sing “How Firm a Foundation,” a familiar hymn tune arranged by Harold Moyer, featuring Andrew Bishop on trumpet.
Offering Gustav Holst’s choral setting of “O God, Beyond All Praising”, the Chancel Choir will also lead the congregation in the singing of the Bethany Church Hymn, “ God’s Word Shall Live Forever” by Walter L. Pelz. The Chancel Choir, which has had many names through the years, is not only the oldest musical organization at Bethany Church but also the oldest in Lindsborg, having sung for the first time at the Julotta service in December 1869.
Children’s choir director, Lori Nelson, will lead a special encore children's performance of Kära Lindsborg, lyrics by Rose Marie Wallen, music by Mike Wallen is also planned. Kära Lindsborg, a gift from the Wallens to the City of Lindsborg for its Sesquicentennial, was premiered on February 20, 2019, which was the 150th anniversary of the naming of Lindsborg. By proclamation of the City of Lindsborg, it is now the official Lindsborg song.
“It has been an honor to have my SV students premier the piece for the 150th celebration. Mike composed such a beautiful piece. Rose Marie's words to it, are perfect. They truly paint a picture of Lindsborg's rich heritage,” Nelson said. “Whether we have a small ensemble of singers or a large choir (like for Hyllningsfest), the piece will sound lovely.”
Immediately following the service, there will be a potluck lunch at Swensson Park. Additionally, trolley rides from the park to the original site of the very first church will be available throughout the potluck.