Worship is the central focus of chaplaincy services. It is at worship that we are regularly nourished as God's people; to worship that we bring occasions for rejoicing and intercession; from worship that we draw strength to speak of God and act as God's children.
Daily Chapel Services (Most weeks)
Mondays 11:55 AM Student Preaching Service
Tuesdays 11:55 AM Morning Prayer
Wednesdays 11:55 AM Holy Communion*
Thursdays 11:55 AM Morning Prayer
Friday 11:55 AM Faculty Preaching Service
Everyone is welcome to these services, and leadership of evening services is open to all. Faculty, seniors, and middlers are assigned leadership at noontime.
Worship weaves us together
The seminary's communal worship life is lively and diverse, weaving together the gifts of the community's members with resources from around the world. A typical week includes a service of Holy Communion and several preaching services, as well as services of prayer and praise. Services of healing, corporate confession and forgiveness, and affirmation of baptism are also offered regularly.
The services as planned and led by faculty, staff and students. Mark Oldenburg, as Dean of the Chapel, provides guidance and resources, and works to assure stability and diversity. He puts together the schedule of leaders and lessons, and serves as a resource for planning. The Director of Music, Stephen Folkemer, undergirds the community's song, oversees three choirs and several instrumental groups, and generally makes available his gifts as organist and composer. Each year two students serve as sacristans, helping with planning and serving as an altar guild.
Corporate worship at the seminary helps to assure that we do not simply talk about God, but listen and speak to God as well.
*Evening worship for families
Because many members of the seminary community are not on campus during the day, about once a month the weekly Eucharist is celebrated in the evening. For the first semester those dates are listed in the current worship schedule.
Worship by the family at home is an important and often overlooked part of our devotional life. A number of books are available on this subject from the dean of the chapel's library. Also helpful are the daily devotional booklets Word in Season and The Home Altar, available quarterly in the chapel narthex. The campus pastor has free copies of Growing in Grace, a devotional guide for families with young children.