Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi may well be the warmest in tone of his thirteen New Testament epistles. Although not completely free of conflict, the Philippian church appears to be quite healthy and also near and dear to the apostle’s heart. So in this letter Paul is able to offer counsel and direction on not only the basics of Christian living and spirituality but on what we could call “higher level” apostolic teaching as well. This makes Philippians a rich trove of lyric teachings and insights into the nature of Christ and our relationship to him in this present world while we eagerly await his return in glory. Paul begins his letter with warm thanksgiving and concludes with ardent rejoicing, providing the very frame that we all hope will surround our Christian living as we work in Christ’s Church in also our time and in our many and varied contexts.

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"Dwelling with Philippians" - Paul's entire letter to Jesus' followers in Philippi, spoken from memory by Jesus' followers today, illumined with image and song

Jeff Barker, Northwestern College
Paul Detterman
Betsy Steele Halstead, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

Vesper/Prayer Service of a performance of Paul's letter to the Philippi.

Finally, Rejoice! Philippians 4:2-9

Jerry Pillay, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church
Kathy Smith, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

A worship service based on Philippians 4:2-9, "Finally, Rejoice!" with Jerry Pillay preaching, liturgy by Kathy Smith, and worship lead by pastors and members of Neland Avenue Christian Reformed Church; conference choir conducted by James Abbington; and others from Calvin College, Hope College, and Symposium participants

Hymn Fest: "Seasons of Praise"

Al Fedak

A Vesper/Prayer Service performed by Al Fedak, organist, and a choir from local churches

Partnership in the Gospel: Philippians 1:1-11

Karen Campbell, First Presbyterian Church
Michael Hawn, Perkins School of Theology
John Oihoma Eigege

A worship service based on Philippians 1:1-11, with Karen Campbell preaching.

Songfest: "Instruments of Your Peace: Instrumental Meditation and Praise"

Robert Nordling, Calvin College

Vesper/Prayer Service with Robert Nordling and the Calvin String Quartet

The Attitude of Christ: Philippians 2:1-11

Trygve Johnson, Hope College
Yvette Lau, Anabas Ministry

Worship service based on Philippians 2:1-11 "The Attitude of Christ" with Trygve Johnson preaching and liturgy by Yvette Lau.

Themes from Philippians in Global Song

International Council of Ethnodoxologists

Vesper/Prayer Service with members of the International Council of Ethnodoxologists

What Does It Matter? Philippians 1:12-26

Scott Hoezee, Calvin Theological Seminary
Anne Zaki, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

A worship service based on Philippians 1:12-26 with Scott Hoezee of Calvin Theological Seminary preaching.