Statement of Purpose
Worship Principles and Commitments
The Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
- Our worship is centered in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which gives reason and purpose to our gathering.
- Our worship stands upon the thinking and practices of the historic traditions of the Church in both their Evangelical and Catholic dimensions.
- Our worship is informed by the general principles declared in The Use of the Means of Grace of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Evangelical Lutheran Worship as the primary but not exclusive source of liturgical patterns, setting, and music in the chapel.
- Our worship celebrates the gift of community, as a people that God has brought together through the activity of the Spirit, and who are welcoming and hospitable to all.
- Our worship reflects our faithfulness, inclusiveness, and diversity as it brings together scholars, learners, and leaders from different walks of life.
- Our worship is an intrinsic part of our teaching ministry, which seeks to educate and form public leaders and, as such, it becomes a place for leaders to grow in ministry and faith.
- Our worship encourages respect and support for each other in our individual callings and life commitments.
Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel Schedule
- Monday – Evening Worship at 6:00 pm
- Tuesday – Evening Worship at 6:00 pm
- Wednesday – Noon Communion Service
- Thursday – Noon Worship with Preaching
The gathering of the LTSP community around Word and Sacrament stands at the core of our life together, continuing to shape who we are and how we live, learn, and serve. Music and liturgy frame our engagement with the Word and reflect a variety of styles and traditions. Students, faculty, and staff work together to plan and lead worship, with worship opportunities through the week from early morning prayer to late night compline.
The recommended lectionary texts for the academic year can be downloaded below. Also below is the recipe used to make the bread for our Eucharist services. If you are interested in volunteering to bake the bread for an upcoming service, please contact the sacristan. In addition to baking bread, there are many other ways you can become involved including volunteering for roles such as usher, assisting minister, lector and more. Below you will find a document that outlines some of the duties involved in these roles. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact a sacristan or sign up on the bulletin board near the mailroom.