Welcome to chapel! This form of online worship has been adapted for the Columbia Seminary community in response to COVID-19 and our collective need to worship from home. It is available to everyone who desires to participate and share in our love for God, creation, and neighbor. As the Spirit moves, please invite neighbors or friends beyond the CTS community to worship with us. All chapel services can be found on the Columbia Current.
Instructions: Move through the service at your own pace with prayerful awareness of the siblings in Christ with whom you worship and the power of the Holy Spirit that makes our worship together possible across distances. Videos will automatically play in full screen. When they are complete, exit from the video and move on to the next worship element when you are ready. If videos are taking too long to load, consider lowering the quality of the video by clicking the gear icon on the lower right side of the video. There are no designated times to stand, sit, or kneel. You may respond with your body as you feel most comfortable and are called to do so. It may be helpful to identify a sacred space from which you will worship or arrange a space in your home with objects or items so as to create a worshipful environment. Wherever you are, may you sense God's presence with you and among us.
Accessibility: Please use the zoom and audio controls of your browser/computer/phone to adjust to your needs. The videos have closed captioning available, click on the cc icon to enable this feature. If you experience any barriers to accessing this service or if you desire to help with chapel planning and leadership, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for collaborating with us in this holy experiment.
Let us worship God.
Song: "In You Alone"
Content Warning: Metaphors of blindness and sightedness, such as the ones used in this song and in the scripture reading, reflect ableist assumptions about human bodies. Likewise, metaphors of darkness may also communicate racist assumptions about blackness and whiteness. As you sing and pray with these poetic texts, consider what other words or phrases might convey the meanings that the authors intend.
Meditation: "The Awakening"
Scripture: Luke 4: 18–19
A culmination of a project organized by the Council for World Mission (CWM) during 2018-2019. Approximately 120 people from four continents collaborated to create indigenous art, prayers, and liturgies expressing their own contexts, to share with their communities and the rest of the world.
Led by Rev. Dr. Cláudio Carvalhaes, the participants spent weeks living in each of the four communities, getting to know the people, and then facilitating the people’s creation of prayers and liturgies. Now available is an immensely rich and varied collection of liturgical sources from various communities dealing with issues of violence, immigration, drugs, land grabbing, war, misogyny, militarization, and climate change.