At the Emergency Response Meeting yesterday, the agreed expectation was that the Seminary is unlikely to be impacted by Florence. So the community should expect all classes, worship services, and events to proceed.
So tonight I will be the preacher in the "Thursday Night LIVE" Eucharist. I have admired the way in which a student-led team has worked with the Rev. Dr. Ruthanna Hooke to design an imaginative intergenerational liturgical experience. It is stretching the chapel in a good way. For families attending this liturgy, for $10 through 1823 ($5 for an individual), you can enjoy dinner in the Refectory. Hopefully, a pattern will emerge of good, pioneering, imaginative church followed by dinner in the Refectory. We want our spouses and children to look back on Thursday night as one of the highlights of their Seminary journey.
These services are intentionally crafted to be family-friendly. As such, services are short, with 40-45 minutes being the goal. The sermon should be no longer than 5-7 minutes. As the preacher this evening, I met yesterday with a member of the planning team, Elizabeth Henry McKeever. We talked about balancing scholarship with stories and analogies, using vocabulary that is easily understood by middle schoolers to explain complex ideas, and so on. It was a helpful conversation as I prepared and I look forward to the debrief after preaching.
The little ones have much to teach us about faith and life. It is important for us to welcome them into our life of worship here at VTS and to honor the unique gifts they bring. Please join us for this weekly service.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President