Worship at Lancaster Seminary
Theological studies are themselves a form of spiritual discipline, and students are encouraged to undertake their studies in the context of worship, prayer and fellowship. Preparation for ministry involves active participation in communal worship and opportunities for spiritual growth, both formal and informal. LTS encourages students to find a balance between study and worship.
The seminary community regularly gathers for worship in beautiful Santee Chapel, surrounded by brilliant stained glass windows, carved stone, rich wood accents and bas-relief sculptures depicting biblical scenes in multi-cultural settings. Masters students collaborate with faculty members to plan each week of worship, normally using biblical texts from the Revised Common Lectionary. In each worship group, students share the richness of their own traditions to model multi-sensory worship experiences. Art forms such as music, dance, altar decorations, and banners enhance the services. Creatively rearranging the worship space serves to invite intimate prayer groups as well as large circles of worshipers. The typical worship schedule during the regular Fall and Spring terms includes:
Active prayer and fellowship groups are present at LTS, organized out of particular student interests and needs. The Sabbath Room, a prayer room next to the Glatfelter Room in the Mayer Commons Campus Center has been consecrated for quiet prayer and meditation. Students in field education are also encouraged to partake of opportunities for spiritual growth and fellowship in their teaching congregations.
Whether in the chapel or classroom, in the prayer room or in student apartments, worship, prayer and fellowship are integral parts of life at Lancaster Seminary.
Come, for all things are ready.