Worship at McCormick

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Worship is central to our life together as a seminary community. It is most meaningful when it is faithful to God’s word revealed in scripture, the movement of the Spirit, the traditions of the Church, and the life of people in this time and place. Our worship celebrates our identity as God’s people: the human family, the church family, the McCormick family.

Worship enacts our identity as the people of God by calling and sustaining us in a life of obedience to Christ. In ministry we go forth to proclaim Christ to the world and advocate for peace and justice as we care for one another, humanity, and the world to come.

Worship is the work of the people.  The gifts of the whole community are called forth as we worship together.

Worship at McCormick not only strives to be faithful, but also to be hospitable, inclusive, participatory, and yes, joyous. As an ecumenical seminary community, we recognize our oneness in Christ and invite all to join in celebration and song, in prayer and table fellowship. We encourage the wide variety of faith expression and the use of inclusive language. We further encourage worship that actively involves both leaders and worshipers.

These principles for worship at McCormick have been derived from ongoing community dialogue through the years.  In keeping with the Reformed tenet that the church truly Reformed is always being reformed, these principles are regularly subject to review and revision by the community.  The principles are understood as fundamental assumptions that inspire planning rather than as rules that bind such planning.

Worship is central to our life together as a seminary community. It is most meaningful when it is faithful to God’s word revealed in scripture, the movement of the Spirit, the traditions of the Church, and the life of people in this time and place. Our worship celebrates our identity as God’s people: the human family, the church family, the McCormick family.

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Information for students interested in community worship participation and leadership.
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Want to take part in worship planning and leadership?  All members of the McCormick community are welcomed and encouraged to be active leaders in our worship life.  

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Opportunities abound for participation and leadership in worship services at McCormick - students are encouraged to be involved!  In order to sign-up for opportunities, please contact Alicia Rhine or Gary Rand.

Opportunities for involvement include:

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Services of prayer and Eucharist during January term.
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Though January term is a quieter time at McCormick, worship opportunities still exist for spiritual growth and nourishment during this winter month.

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During January term (J-term), the seminary has a more relaxed atmosphere with fewer classes in session and many students off campus on travel seminars or visiting family.

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Information about the McCormick Community Choir and musical participation in McCormick worship services.
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Praise Yahweh!  Sing to Yahweh a new song,
Sing praise in the assembly of the faithful! (Psalm 149: 1)

And so we do each week in worship, energized and inspired by the musical leadership of McCormick’s Community Choir, along with other musicians.

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A list of the current worship education assistants and their contact information.
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Meet this year's worship assistants!

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The Dean of Students and Gary Rand, Worship Coordinator, are ably assisted each year by a group of students who act as Worship Education Assistants (EA's). They work regularly with student worship teams to help in all aspects of planning of each service. They also assist with media and sound technology, and provide additional helping hands in setting up and cleaning the chapel after worship is over each week.

In addition, they provide creative leadership and assistance for special worship services throughout the year.

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Community Worship schedule for the academic year, including special events.
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Worship is central to our life together.  Every Wednesday we gather in the McGaw Common Room at 12:15pm for a community worship service that includes the preaching of God's Word and the celebration of the Lord's Supper.

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Resources and guidelines for planning worship at McCormick.
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For a copy of this document in PDF form, please see the bottom of this page.

Planning Worship at McCormick

The order for worship at McCormick, which consists of four basic movements, is rooted in the Bible and reflects the both the traditions of the universal church and the Reformed heritage.