Worship Theme


January 26–28, 2017 • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA


The Faithful Witness: Being Christ’s Church in an Apocalyptic World

Throughout our world in recent years, Christians along with everyone else have been convulsed by terrorism, martyrdom, persecution, and political upheavals of many varieties. Like other key moments in history, these are days when the Church needs to rely on the foundations of the faith and on that utter certainty that Christ really is the First and the Last whose loving hands hold together God's people in heaven and on earth. The Bible’s closing book of Revelation is filled with majesty and mystery. But weaving throughout is the golden thread that God is in charge over even the most tumultuous of earthly events. The past has not undone our God in Christ, the present is held by God's grace, and the future is sure and altogether trustworthy. Whether on earth the church feels secure or in exile, the Lamb upon the throne—just hidden from our sight by that veil between heaven and earth—gives us cause to rejoice. At the 2017 Symposium on Worship we will use key texts from Revelation in our worship services as we join the heavenly chorus in shouting “Worthy is the Lamb!”

Revelation 1:1-8 (9-20): The Faithful Witness Revealed: Luke Powery preaching

Revelation 4-5: The Songs in the Heavenly Throne Room: Trygve Johnson preaching

Revelation 7:9-17: The Great Multitude of God’s People: Josiah Chung preaching

Revelation 21:1-8, 22-27: The New Heaven and Earth: Karen Campbell preaching

Revelation 22:1-5: The River of Life: Maria Cornou preaching in a bilingual (Spanish-English) communion service