Monday, December 5 – 7pm

Carol Sing

Come sing favorite Christmas carols with Mayflower’s intergenerational instrumental ensemble comprised of amateur and professional musicians conducted by our very own Terry Zylman.

Terry Zylman, retired band director, saxophonist extraordinaire and chair of our Worship and Music Committee conducts an instrumental ensemble leading a Carol Sing on Monday, December 5 at 7pm. 

We have the easy arrangement carol books, with parts in
C, B flat, E flat, Viola clef, bass, treble, keyboard, guitar, etc…
We welcome middle-school youth and older, anyone who reads music and wants the ensemble experience.

Please respond by November 14 by calling the church office (616.459.6255) or email  You will receive music to practice on your own, then we will have one rehearsal on Monday, November 28 at 7pm, with the program the following Monday, December 5 at 7pm.


Christmas Cantata: In Terra Pax

Christmas Cantata is scheduled for December 11. Eleven instrumentalists from the symphony with join Chancel Choir, youth and children, in Gerald Finzi’s Christmas scene In Terra Pax.

Adults, Children, soloists and symphony musicians present
In Terra Pax within the context of worship on Sunday Dec. 11th at 10:30 at Mayflower Congregational Church This year, Mayflower’s Chancel Choir with string, harp and percussion from the Grand Rapids Symphony will present Gerald Finzi’s “In terra pax” which Finzi titled a “Christmas Scene.” In Terra Pax is a radiant, optimistic work of great beauty and sincerity; a miniature masterpiece that unites emotions, images and the familiar events of the Christmas story into a compelling musical narrative that is at once personal yet universal.

Dec 13 – ‘Tis the Season to Embellish

Holiday concert with Embellish Handbell Ensemble.
(Ticketed event)

Dec 18 – Night of Silence and This Christmastide

Christmas Eve

Family Service at 4pm

Outdoor Live Nativity at 5pm

Candlelight service at 10pm with Chancel Choir, harp and Mayflower Bells


If you would like to donate and dedicate a special arrangement for the season, please call the office – 616-459-6255 – by Dec 9.

– Portico Doors – Portico Pots
– Front Doors – Altar Garland –

The impact of Christmas is often emotional and reminiscent of personal experiences. What one feels in a moment of music or imagery can influence how the Holy Spirit interacts in our heart, each time finding something to draw into and interact with on a deeper level.

Inspired by spiritual music to create a interpretation of In Terra Pax, this year’s Christmas Cantata text, 82 year old artist Ernestine Tahedl has blessed us with this year’s image to further explore our theme of Peace on Earth. We hope you will look into the painting, and feel the music, while listening throughout the season in sermon and message for Christ’s presence in our world in celebration of his birth.

Advent is a time of waiting and preparation—we anticipate Christmas, where we celebrate the incarnation. God takes on human existence, the creator becomes a creature, and nothing is ever the same. Through our advent sermon series this year we will look at the peace, light, and hope that Jesus brings, and to help us do that we’ll hear the stories of some people who were faithful to God as the Messiah came: Zechariah, Mary, and John the Baptist.

Antonio Vivaldi, Et in Terra Pax VI, 2019 by Ernestine Tahedl


Ernestine Tahedl was born in Austria and received a Master’s Degree from the Vienna University of Applied Arts.  She immigrated to Edmonton, Alberta in 1963. Participating in group and traveling shows,  she also won acclaim with solo exhibitions in public galleries in Europe, Japan, and USA. She is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and of the Ontario Society of Artists and received the Governor General’s Canada 125th Anniversary Medal in 1993. She was the recipient of the Queen Elisabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medal and was awarded 2016, Golden Decoration of Honour for services to the Republic of Austria. Her studio is in King City, Ontario.

For me, the painting comes close to a musical experience and was painted and inspired while listening to classical music.