Thursday, February 14, 2019

Most Thursday evenings of the semester, including this evening, if you enter the chapel at 5:15 p.m., you will hear the opening chime of a Thursday Night Live service.
 
There is silence and there is noise. There is adoration and there are wiggles. There is powerful preaching and holy encounter. It is a service that invites participation from all. There is a sense that this service is probably the one that replicates most closely a Sunday service in a parish, with all ages represented.
 
Thank you for those who have helped to make it happen. For all who pray and read, serve and greet, ring bells and carry oblations. For every presider and preacher, who has offered their gifts to build up the worship of the body. For the sacristans who have creatively explored ways to use our chapel space. For the chapel team members: Lydia Simmons, Chris Decatur, Colleen Schiefelbein, Amanda Kotval, Ashley Mather, Tom Clement, Larry Civale, Daniel Johnson, and AnnaMarie Hoos. For the vision and leadership of the Rev. Ruthanna Hooke, Ph.D., the Rev. Shawn Strout, Sarah Bentley Allred, Elizabeth Henry McKeever, and Andrew Rutledge.
 
The music - often unaccompanied, often sung by heart - is an important part of the service, and many have volunteered their gifts and leadership: AnnaMarie Hoos, Gus Chrysson, Margie Baker, Clint Brown, Christian Basel, Kevin Newell, Lydia Simmons.
 
Many gifts have come together to create this new worship service. Students, I do hope you’ll consider applying to be a coordinator of this offering in the 2019-2020 school year. It is a special place in our common life together, a place for all of God’s people to come together. Do come and participate.

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President
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