Worship and Suffering: Theology and Practice
Presented by Ted Kim & Caleb Maskell. In Philippians, the Apostle Paul tells the church that “it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him but also to suffer for him.” If your vision of the good life aligns with Jesus’ vision of the Kingdom of God, you will suffer. Paul calls suffering a gift: we have been “granted” suffering. If we allow it to, suffering deepens our worship. Suffering shapes us and makes us into the image of Christ — the Savior who suffered. Suffering allows us to enter into the suffering of others and gives us impetus for the renewal of our cities and communities. In our world that so values comfort and positivity, we can be fooled into thinking suffering is something to be avoided. In this workshop, we will talk about why God calls us to expect and embrace suffering as part of our formation as Christians.
Then, we will share some thoughts about leading others through it. In particular we will consider how worship (both personal and corporate) must include this important piece of our spiritual journey, and talk about some practical ways to incorporate this in the life of the local The Vineyard Church
Ted Kim is the Worship Pastor at the Syracuse Vineyard and oversees worship for the East Region. You can hear Ted on the recent Vineyard Worship release, “Anchour Studio Sessions.” He and his wife, Brittany, have two small children.
Caleb Maskell is a worship leader at Blue Route Vineyard in Media, PA. He leads the Society of Vineyard Scholars and sits on the Executive Board of Vineyard Institute. With his wife Kathy, he helped to plant Elm City Vineyard in New Haven, CT in 2007. He is currently finishing a Ph.D. in American Religious History at Princeton University.