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Life at VTS
Worship

Worship Planning Teams

Worship as Formation

Formation for ministry, whether lay or ordained, involves the integration of knowledge and experience on many levels: intellectual, emotional, familial, and spiritual. At Virginia Seminary, we believe that formation occurs as students and faculty go about the daily rounds of prayer, worship, study, and participation in the life of the community. Chapel, classroom, and refectory: these arenas have long been known as places where formation occurs, as students and faculty seek to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Christian life. 

For many people, these traditional means of formation are supplemented and enhanced by personal disciplines. Small groups are formed for Bible study, prayer, and personal sharing. In addition, many students seek the guidance of a spiritual director, with whom they meet periodically to reflect on their relationship with God and to discern the working of the Holy Spirit in their lives.

Worship Planning Teams

All students are involved in planning worship opportunities for the community. Teams are comprised of 4-6 students and led by a faculty member. Each team is assigned a season or specific type of worship. For example, Epiphany or Multi-cultural. 

In their first year, students are assigned to a team. In the second or third years, students can indicate a preference for teams. 

By planning, leading, and worshipping in a variety of Episcopal traditions, students broaden their experience of the spirit at work in the world.

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Leadership:
Rev. Ruthanna Hooke, Ph.D.
Dean of Chapel

Rev. Shawn Strout, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor of Worship


Head Sacristan



Worship Services

The VTS Community gathers to worship in a variety of styles and settings.  Below is a sampling of styles of worship which are available to the community.  The schedule is a guideline, please check the chapel calendar each week for updates.

Morning Prayer
   8:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m. M, T, W the community hosts morning prayer in the Chapel Oratory. 

Morning Eucharist
   8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. M, T, W, & F in Immanuel Chapel

Evensong
   5:00 p.m. Tuesdays in the Chapel

Evening Prayer
   5:00-5:15 p.m. W & F in the Octagon Room

Prayer & Praise
   5:15 p.m. Mondays in the Chapel
   8:30 a.m. One Friday each Month

Intergenerational Worship "TNL"
   5:15-6:00 p.m. in Immanuel Chapel. 
This worship service is designed with all ages in mind. Not just for adults, and not just for kids. 

Innovative / Ordo Worship
   8:00 a.m. Fridays student-led worship is the creative innovative "ordo worship" which encourages students to explore a variety of expressions of faith and worship together as a community.

Bilingual Worship
   Morning Eucharist on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays will be a bilingual service in Spanish and English. 

Ecumenical Services
   Some chapel teams are committed to designing and leading community worship services according to the traditions of other denominations. In the past, these have included Baptist, Lutheran, and Presbyterian traditions.

Small Group Worship
   Thursday mornings students attend small group worship hosted in professors' homes on campus. 

Special Services
   The academic year begins and ends with an academic convocation. The Seminary also holds special services in commemoration of MLK Jr., Service for the Mission of God. Students are encouraged to use the worship spaces to design services for their community. Students have organized services based on their practices of centering prayer, rosary prayer, memorial services, and compline prayer in the Flamingo. 

A Note About Chapel Teams:
These services are planned by chapel teams consisting of students from each class and a faculty member. Students serve on chapel teams every semester. Assignments are made at the beginning of each year.
Chapel teams typically meet on Friday afternoons.
Contact Shawn Strout for more information about chapel teams.










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