An Episcopal Center for Learning & Discipleship

Worship & Formation

Worship in Chicago

Regular worship is an integral part of our daily life. Located as we are in the churchwide headquarters of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on Higgins Road, our faculty, students and staff have access to two different worship spaces—the large ELCA chapel off the entrance foyer on the ground floor, and our own more intimate chapel adjacent to the Seabury classrooms and offices. When students are present for our intensive weekend courses, we gather for Evening Prayer on Friday and both Morning Prayer and Holy Eucharist on Saturday. During week-long intensives, we usually gather each day for Morning and Evening Prayer as well as for Holy Eucharist, although the exact rhythm of worship during the week depends upon the nature of the course being offered. When students are not in residence, staff and visitors gather every Tuesday of the month for mid-day prayers, with a celebration of the Holy Eucharist on the second Tuesday of the month.

We often sing the liturgies, using the several Episcopal hymnbooks. In addition to the Book of Common Prayer, we make use of liturgies from the entire Anglican Communion, as well as the commemorations found in Holy Women, Holy Men. Daily prayers always include intercessions for Bexley Seabury alumni, faculty staff and benefactors, including our Columbus-based brothers and sisters. Many staff members also join with our Lutheran colleagues on Wednesdays for a mid-morning Eucharist in the ELCA chapel.