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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!”

The plenary worship service and vespers services are free and open to the public. See schedule pages in program book for times and locations:

Thursday, January 26

  • The Faithful Witness Revealed, Revelation 1, Luke Powery preaching
  • The Songs in the Heavenly Throne Room, Revelation 4-5, Trygve Johnson preaching
  • Trumpets, Ashes, and Tears: New Psalmody for the Journey of Faith
  • Celtic Psalms: Finding Light in the Darkness 
  • Rejoicing in God, My Savior: the Magnificat in Four Acts 

Friday, January 27

  • The Great Multitude of God’s People, Revelation 7, Josiah Chung preaching
  • The New Heaven and Earth, Revelation 21, Karen Campbell preaching
  • A Mosaic of Faith and Hope: A Festival Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs
  • Trumpets, Ashes, and Tears: New Psalmody for the Journey of Faith
  • Celtic Psalms: Finding Light in the Darkness 
  • Rejoicing in God, My Savior: the Magnificat in Four Acts 
  • Silence and Beauty: Prayers for the Suffering Church 
  • Tú Jesús, nuestra esperanza/Come to Be Our Hope, Jesus 
  • Many Colors Paint the Rainbow: A Service of Scripture Proclamation, Choral, and Congregational Song 

Saturday, January 28

  • The Great Multitude of God’s People, Revelation 7, Josiah Chung preaching
  • The New Heaven and Earth, Revelation 21, Karen Campbell preaching
  • The River of Life, Revelation 22, Maria Cornou preaching in a bilingual (Spanish-English) communion service