Monday, May 13, 2013

And so this academic year slowly winds to an end.  The twin feelings of - "wow it was just yesterday when we started" - and - "my will this semester ever end" come to the fore.  This is the week of reading days and examinations. Plans for the summer are being finalized.  It is the start of the transition time.

The expectations around worship remain the same.  It is when you are too busy that it is most important to find time to spend with God.  So there are the normal services in the chapel.  Instead of the formation groups on Tuesday morning, there will be a said morning prayer in chapel.  You are expected to attend at least one act of corporate worship a day.  The entire community is expected to attend Morning Prayer on Monday and Noon-day Eucharist on Wednesday.

Now it is true that sometimes these obligations are difficult.  If you are traveling, then obviously it is difficult to attend chapel on that day.  And sometimes I find that a Board meeting is scheduled for 8.30am on a Monday morning, which means I miss Morning Prayer on that day.  But apart from these exceptions, presence is part of being at Virginia Theological Seminary.

The discipline is part of the faithfulness.  We could require everyone to sign in, but instead we hope for the habit to form out of a sense of discipleship.  I am looking forward to worshipping with you this week.

The Very Rev Ian Markham
Dean and President