Worship During COVID-19
Chapel services were offered through the end of the academic school year (May 2020), with a break during summer months. Chapel services resume in September, and chapel staff are creatively putting together a meaningful worship schedule to best engage various audiences during the pandemic.
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Sharing Faith, Building Community
As a community of leaders preparing to shape and grow communities of their own, worship is foundational to LSTC’s culture and identity. First and foremost, our worship offers thanks and praise to God for the liberating good news of Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. Gathered around the means of grace, God’s gifts of Word and Sacrament, our lives are reoriented toward God’s purposes for all of creation.
LSTC’s emphasis on public church is modeled in the process by which students, staff and faculty are all engaged in the work of planning daily worship services. This process is led by the chapel staff, a team of student workers utilizing the arts of community organizing as they draw connections between the experiences of members of the LSTC community and current events shaping the life of the city, nation, and world.
Under the extraordinary pressures resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our worship life as a seminary will be changing to meet changing needs and capacities. Instead of four daily services, Monday through Thursday beginning at 11:15 a.m., worship will be held at the following times:
Mondays: 7:30 – 7:50 a.m. / A brief Service of Morning Prayer
Wednesdays: 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 a.m. / A full Service of the Word
Thursday: 4:15 – 5 p.m. / A service of Evening Prayer with a variety of additional elements
LSTC Chapel staff are working hard with the Information Technology staff to equip the Chapel to be capable for both in-person and online worship participation. Please note that LSTC is actively monitoring COVID-19 regulations and guidance from reputable sources, and will adhere to these regulations. Please stay tuned for more information about adaptations to our worship practices and platforms.
Rev. Erik Christensen
Pastor to the Community & Director of Worship
Dr. Keith Hampton
Cantor to the Seminary Community