Consolation for the Suffering

December 10, 2017 8:57 pm Worship

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.


Worship: Too Predictable

February 6, 2016 3:03 pm Jubal's Jottings, Worship

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

I go back and forth…there is the proven strength of liturgical forms – of various kinds, and there are the free forms that offer flexible worship expressions. On one hand, the formal liturgy provides a type of glue that ensures the message of God and His work among creation will be heard…that story needs to be told over and over. Then again, the freedom of the non-liturgical format gives great latitude for whatever story a church desires to tell at any time.

What I really think is that both are good and elements of each end of the spectrum would be well-used…one with the other. Why is it that they have become so mutually exclusive? The “freedom people” never seem to use creeds and other historical resources, while the liturgical side stays away from any creative expression not prescribed by liturgical patterns. Both sides tend to end up being rather bland and predictable inside their own comfortable shells.

You know the seven last words of the church, right? “We’ve never done it that way before!” I say to both sides of the spectrum, “Come on, try a new expression of your faith!” The church could use just a little meaningful creativity!

Jubal, could you whip up another instrument of some kind so we could use it in church next week? Thanks a lot!


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