The Spring Semester Thursday Community Eucharist Planning Team is committed to offering a worship experience that will be inviting and meaningful for all members of the VTS community. We hope to model a form of service that naturally honors the diverse ages, theologies, and liturgical preferences that inhabit most Episcopal congregations. By emphasizing stability and consistency across each liturgical season (Lent and Easter), our goal is to provide opportunities for all present - the assembly and liturgical leaders – to be richly formed in the context of worship.
We will keep the Thursday services during Lent simple and contemplative. Most of the service will be said. Families will be sent information in advance so that they can begin or reinforce children’s participation in the Lord’s Prayer, the Nicene Creed and the hymns that will be sung. Additional guidelines will be provided to the Rug shepherds to integrate the children’s time on the rugs more fully with the flow of the Eucharist.
In sum, there will be seven Community Eucharists that reflect our planning process and we are in consultation with the other worship teams planning the services that will be interspersed with ours.
We hope you will participate fully in Thursday Community Eucharists this semester.
Amy and Lisa
Amelia J. Dyer, Ph.D. James Maxwell Professor of Christian Education and Pastoral Theology
Elisabeth M. Kimball, Ph.D. Associate Dean of Lifelong Learning, Director of the Center for the Ministry of Teaching, and Professor of Christian Formation and Congregational Leadership