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Associate's Corner


by the Rev. David M. Crosby, Associate Rector, September 24, 2015

It’s an exciting time in the life of this parish church as we return to Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) to worship in the new Immanuel Chapel! We have begun the “all in” phase of Immanuel back at VTS with all Sunday worship, education/formation, and fellowship up on The Holy Hill.

As a VTS alum, it is always special for me to join in worship in and with that community. After the chapel fire in October 2010 which devastated the 1881 Immanuel Chapel, I experienced worship in several different ‘interim’ spaces. We have known and felt “God with us” in a number of settings, even as our ‘tent of meeting’ changed and moved.

As a student sacristan then at VTS, and even more now serving as your associate rector since July 2012, I consider Immanuel Chapel to “be the seminary’s chapel, but it is our church.” As stewards sharing space, you may want to know the
rhythm of worship in the seminary community. The mantra of VTS students, faculty and staff is “chapel, class, lunch”: to worship, learn and fellowship with one another regularly. Part of that community building and formation includes regular weekday (MF) worship which is open to any and all who wish to attend and participate:
· Morning Prayer (8:15-8:45 a.m.) in the largerchapel,
· midday Eucharist (12 Noon-1 p.m.) also inthe larger chapel, and
· Evening Prayer (5:15-5:45 p.m.), in the smallerside chapel, or Oratory/Octagon Room.

There are many other things which happen in Immanuel Chapel as part of the VTS curriculum: music classes, seminary choir rehearsals, arranged tours for friends of VTS, homiletics/preaching plenaries and classes, liturgics practicums for students,
occasional other gatherings, weddings/rehearsals, funerals, etc. While we worship there on Sundays, it is a central place for activity for Immanuel and VTS.

During this experiment, I regularly remind myself and will encourage all of us to have “open minds and gracious hearts.” This space is new to all of us. Your clergy do not have the benefit of knowing all that was
done before in past spaces and former times. We’re all learning together. Thanks be to God for this opportunity!