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St Andrew's Church 2016 Fall Seminars with Rev. Dr. Sarah Travis
"Transforming Worship: Thinking Theologically about Identify, Hospitality and Change"
Plan to be with us for the 2016 Fall Seminars with Rev. Dr. Sarah Travis, Minister of the Chapel and lecturer in the areas of Worship and Preaching at Knox College. Sarah will be talking to us about worship in the Reformed Tradition and helping us to reflect upon our own practice of worship at St. Andrew’s. We are looking forward to a very stimulating conversation with her about this central focus of our life together as a community of Christian faith.
This year we will not be having supper before the seminars but will be serving dessert and coffee at 6:30. The seminars will begin at 7 and will finish by 8:30.
Presbyterians belong to the ‘Reformed’ family of churches. The Reformed Tradition believes that the church is continually being reformed into a new creation by the Triune God. God is always doing a new thing within the worship space and beyond. As a church, we seek to discern what God is doing, and reflect about what God’s action means for our own practice. In worship, we encounter the Triune God, and we are formed into a community that imitates the self-giving hospitality of Creator, Son and Holy Spirit. Fully participating in worship involves reflecting theologically on what we do, why we do it, and how God-in-Trinity is continually transforming us. These seminars are designed to encourage conversation about worship, and develop the skill of doing theology in the pews.
Seminar I - October 5
Doing Theology in the Pews
In worship, we are encountered by God. The design of our worship enables us to listen for God’s voice, and respond in a variety of ways. Worship is a theological act – the order of worship, the hymns, prayers, sacraments and sermon all reflect a particular understanding of God, as well as how we understand ourselves in relation to God. At the same time, worship forms our identity and prepares us to perceive what God is doing in the world. This seminar explores the theology of reformed worship, and a theology of Trinity to help us to engage in theological reflection about why we do what we do.
Seminar II - October 12
Reformed Worship in a Changing World
Worship happens in a particular context. The space of worship is permeable – culture and worship relate dynamically to one another. This is always a challenge for Reformed Worship – will our worship respond to the trends, technologies, and perspectives which surround it? What are the consequences of a digital age after Christendom for a church like St. Andrew’s? Drawing on a variety of cultural and theological perspectives, we will explore the relationship of worship and culture.
Seminar III - October 19
Theology at the Table: Practicing Hospitality
When we gather at the Lord’s Table for communion, we are acting out our theology in a very concrete way. Our actions say something about what we believe about God and about human community. What are the traditions around communion in the Presbyterian Church? How does the generosity and hospitality of the Trinity inform our practice at the Table and beyond? We will reflect on the current practices of Communion at St. Andrew’s, and consider the ways practice relates to identity and mission.