Consolation for the Suffering

Consolation for the Suffering



Produced by Brehm Center’s Fred Bock Institute of Music at Fuller Theological Seminary, this unique music event seeks to amplify the stories we do not often listen for: the voices of the daily persecuted and suffering Christians around the world.

Newly-composed music for choir, orchestra, and soloists will be interspersed with the stories of individuals who have suffered for their faith, creating a holistic reminder of, and lament for, our brothers and sisters.

The choir is composed of singers from Vanguard University and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach. They will join conductor Dr. James L. Melton and conductor/composer Dr. Edwin M. Willmington of Fuller Theological Seminary to create an experience of listening, contemplation, and prayer.

Through this music may we be prompted to pray and remember those who live under the often lethal reality of persecution everyday.

Admission is free, but we strongly encourage you to please register in advance to ensure a seat. Anyone who chooses to donate in support of the communities represented in the concert will be gifted a CD copy of the program.



Sunday, February 25, 2018 / 4:00 p.m. / St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church / 600 St. Andrew’s Road / Newport Beach, CA 92663

Register for FREE tickets to the Newport Beach concert HERE.



Consolation for the Suffering Flyer (PDF)





Sunday, February 11, 2018 / 7:00 p.m. / Lake Avenue Church / 393 North Lake Avenue / Pasadena, CA 91101

Register for FREE tickets to the Pasadena concert HERE.


I Like Music! What a Great Life!

(This post was written prior to 2016, in a blog entitled “Jubal’s Jottings.”)

So, I found myself at Christmas concerts and services over the past weekend…like many others. As I sat and listened and joined the music of the season, I found myself with more than an occasional moment of emotion. You know, the simple singing of “Silent Night, Holy Night” is really pretty profound in many ways! I further found myself thinking back over the last couple of years…I wrote a LOT of little black notes on some score paper – hundreds of pages of music…Jubilate! Concert Mass, the Lausanne project in Africa… I thought once again at not only the joy and wonder of music as a listener and participant but also the joy of creating it! I even went one step further in my thoughts. Many people like music but don’t have the privilege of understanding, enjoying, and creating music professionally, but I do! Many people don’t even like what they do for a profession, but I have the privilege of working with music and people making music virtually every day. I am blessed! I like music!

Jubal, thank you for creating things that made music so that all these years later, I could have a privileged life centered around music. Even more than thanks to Jubal, thanks be to God!

A couple friends had commented on the original post, as follows:

Sue Munson: “I am still very appreciative of everything you taught me about music and worship–and sticking to it until someone convinces me, from Scripture, that I need to change my thinking.”

Doug Brendel: “Ed Willmington was a study in contradictions: a towering talent, a brilliant musician, yet quiet and gentle; a studiously proper gentleman, yet with a keen, dry wit. He may have appeared to be the classic conservative, but there was an electric undercurrent buzzing in him, an insistent hum of creativity.”


Christmas Carols & Theology

(This post was written prior to 2016, in a blog entitled “Jubal’s Jottings.”)

We sing these phrases once a year…”God and sinners reconciled…Offspring of the Virgin’s womb…Veiled in flesh the Godhead see…Hail the incarnate Deity…Born that man no more may die….” The good part is that we DO once a year ingest these great theological statements of Christian belief into our hearts and minds through the gift of song. The sad part is that we sing them quickly, without due explanation or significant contemplation…and poof, we don’t sing them again for another year!

In the following link, several people offer their interesting thoughts on Christmas songs and theology. Not all Christmas carols have totally accurate statements in them, so we should perhaps practice care when arbitrarily singing them. The authors in this link describe differing views as to how to handle these treasured carols with great care! (article preview for non-subscribers)

Christianity Today Article Preview – 11/23/2010 (PDF article preview for non-subscribers)

Jubal, as for me, I just wish the leaders would take a moment each Christmas to remind me what I’m singing about!


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