Worship Services

Symposium on Worship: January 29 – 31, 2015

Grand Rapids, MI, USA

Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians

New Covenant Reconciliation

The Apostle Paul’s correspondence with the church at Corinth occupied a great deal of Paul’s time and energy. The two letters (and nearly thirty chapters) to the Corinthians that we have in the New Testament are just a part of a larger correspondence. Paul had to write as much as he did because, not unlike congregations today, the church at Corinth had many struggles, many concerns, and not a few questions as to what it means to live into a baptized identity in Christ. When Paul addressed his beloved Corinthians in what we call 2 Corinthians, he took care to lay out what it means to be people of a New Covenant in Christ and that a major part of that New Covenant is the need to be reconciled to one another across all of our differences and all of our “jars of clay” frailties. Only through reconciliation in and through Christ can we become God’s new people, ambassadors of God’s grace to a hurting world as we spread the sweet aroma of love and unity to and among all people.

Texts, service themes, and preachers for the five main worship services are 

2 Corinthians 1:1-11: The Comfort of God
Tim Blackmon

2 Corinthians 2:12-3:6: The New Covenant
Pablo Jimenez

2 Corinthians 4:1-12: God’s All-Surpassing Power
Meg Jenista

2 Corinthians 5:11-6:2: The Ministry of Reconciliation
M. Craig Barnes

2 Corinthians 9:6-15: God’s Generosity, closing communion service
Denise Kingdom Grier 


Journeying to the Light: A Pilgrimage of Prayer and Praise
On Friday night, the 7 pm worship service focuses on Psalms 15-24. This service is a mosaic of music, reading, and prayers, with contributions from many Symposium musician-presenters, including the Princeton Seminary Choir, an honors orchestra of area high school students led John Varineau and David Reimer with James Buswell, Tom Jennings of New York City’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church, soprano Awet Andemicael, David Bailey and the Urban Doxology band, and contemporary songwriter Graham Kendrick.