Worship Theme

January 24–26, 2019 • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

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The Gospel in the Prophets

In the famed story at the end of Luke about “The Road to Emmaus,” the stranger on the road (who is actually the resurrected Jesus) engages his traveling companions in a serious Easter evening Bible study. Luke tells us the gist of this study when he says “Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.” Somehow, some way “all the prophets” witness to Jesus the Messiah. This year at Symposium our five primary preaching texts will come from the Minor Prophets of the Old Testament. Each text contains a preview of vital gospel truths that will come to fruition in the life and ministry of Jesus. Seeing the Messiah through the lens of these texts will deepen our appreciation for the love and the grace of God that resulted in our very salvation through Christ Jesus the Lord.   

Services of the Word

Jonah 4:1-11, The Love of God for all People and Creatures 

  • Thursday, 8:30 am and repeated at 7 pm, Covenant Fine Arts Center Auditorium
  • Meg Jenista Kuykendall, preaching
  • Calvin College Worship Apprentices, leading

Habakkuk 3:17-19, The God of Joy in the Midst of our Troubles 

  • Thursday, 8:30 am and repeated at 7 pm, College Chapel
  • Cornelius Plantinga Jr., preaching
  • Western Theological Seminary Chapel Team, leading

Amos 8:1-7, The Savior of Justice for the Needy 

  • Friday, 8:30 am and repeated Saturday, 8:30 am, Covenant Fine Arts Center Auditorium
  • Timothy Blackmon, preaching
  • The Psalm Project, leading

Hosea 11:1-11, The Heart of the Divine Parent 

  • Friday, 8:30 am and repeated Saturday, 8:30 am, College Chapel
  • Ahmi Lee, preaching
  • Proskuneo, leading

Micah 5:1-4, From the House of Bread the One Who Feeds the Flock 

  • Saturday, 4 pm, Lord Supper service, Covenant Fine Arts Center Auditorium
  • Pablo A. Jiménez, preaching
  • Conference Choir, directed by Pearl Shankuan; liturgists: María Eugenia Cornou, Stephen De Wit, Sam Gutierrez, Kathy Smith; musicians: Tony Alonso, Norma de Waal Malefyt, Linda Hoisington; dance: Julia Start Fletcher

The worship services and vespers are free and open to the public. Also watch on Livestream

Thursday, January 24, Vesper Services (4:15-5 pm)

  • From the Rising of the Sun / Desde la salida del sol: A Bilingual Service led by Tony Alonso, Calvin Theological Seminary Chapel
  • Evening Prayer led by John Ferguson and the Choral Scholars, Calvin College Chapel
  • Salvation Belongs to the Lord: The Story of Jonah, Spoelhof Center, Gezon Auditorium
  • Restored in Christ: A Service led by Grace and Peace Church, Covenant Fine Arts Center, Recital Hall
  • Sing to the Lord: A Service of Song led by The Psalm Project, Covenant Fine Arts Center, Auditorium

Friday, January 25, Vesper Services (4:15-5 p.m.)

  • Evening Prayer led by local musicians from the National Assoc. of Pastoral Musicians (NPM), Calvin Theological Seminary, Chapel
  • Evening Prayer led by John Ferguson and the Choral Scholars, Calvin College Chapel
  • Salvation Belongs to the Lord: The Story of Jonah, Spoelhof Center, Gezon Auditorium
  • Restored in Christ: A Service led by Grace and Peace Church, Covenant Fine Arts Center, Recital Hall
  • Sing to the Lord: A Service of Song led by The Psalm Project, Covenant Fine Arts Center, Auditorium

Friday Night Vesper Services (7-8:15 p.m.)

  • Come, All Who Thirst: A Service of Song led by Liz Vice, Calvin College Chapel
  • Grounded in God: A Faith-filled Testimony of the African American Church in Song, Covenant Fine Arts Center, Auditorium
  • Psalms of Lament and Hope from the North Indian Sub-Continent, Covenant Fine Arts Center, Recital Hall