Bethel's four hymn boards, placed so as to be visible throughout the congregation, reflect the day and season of the year and the hymns used for that particular day. In the Lutheran Church, as in other liturgical Christian churches, the church year is divided into the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, and Pentecost. The seasons include major festivals and lesser festivals or "commemorations" which are observed by many congregations when they fall on Sundays but are commemorated in the Lectionary cycle.
My work with the hymn boards is one of the highlights of my week as it provides me a quiet and worshipful time in the Sanctuary. Over the years my grandchildren and other children have often helped me. Their presence has provided not only a teaching opportunity with numbers but also an opportunity to instruct in the seasons of the church and how to follow the music in our service.
Some trivia about hymn boards you might find interesting comes from a book describing hymn boards in the 16th to the 18th centuries:
"Now to the hymn board…number boards were hung in 1701 because the hymns could no longer be recognized from the organ prelude.” …