Worship and Spiritual Life
A Liturgy in the Wake of Coronavirus
As we transition into a season of online interaction here on campus, we do so ever believing in the power and presence prayer provides—whether 2 or more are gathered together (in person or virtually) and especially in instances where we find ourselves absent other companions. Sharing spiritual practices even when we are not together can be for our spirits as handwashing is to our hands.
The following liturgy is provided to you for just such moments as these, in just such a time as we find ourselves living. May this liturgy of sacred text, music, ritual, and prayer provide healing to all who engage with it. (Special gratitude to PSR’s Assistant Professor of Christian Worship and Director of Worship Life Dr. Sharon Fennema for the handwashing prayers used in this liturgy.)
You are invited to share elements of this liturgy with those who would find comfort in them. We have also included the individual prayers to post or print and place around your home—near sinks, door frames, and so on. This liturgy is also available on our Facebook page.
Blessings to you,
Rev. Todd Atkins-Whitley
Interim Director of Worship, Spring 2020
Worship Life at PSR nourishes the spiritual and theological roots of students, faculty, staff and community members with embodied spiritual practices. Through a variety of worship opportunities that reflects the many diversities of our community, we strive to be both creative and innovative laboratories that foster encounters with the Holy in new and renewed ways, and manifestations of the sometimes broken yet still Beloved Community.
The different services and spiritual practice groups that make up Worship Life at PSR play a unique role in integrating the different disciplines and practices of theological education; they are where participants are invited and encouraged to synthesize their theological, ethical, spiritual, creative, artistic, and practical insights in an atmosphere that engages the broader community as witnesses, participants, and responders. In worship, participants can both demonstrate their knowledge and develop the connections between and across fields and areas of inquiry. As one of the few places where a large number of our community members regularly gathers, the weekly community worship service and other worship opportunities throughout the week at PSR also afford the community a forum for creatively and constructively responding to the present context with its joys and struggles. Here participants bring their learning to bear on the very real and immediate concerns that surround us and practice ritual and theological responses to social issues that critically engage their own social location and the traditions that shape them.
Dr. Sharon R. Fennema, Director of Worship Life