Planning chapel for Calvin Seminary is similar to planning worship for a congregation. While it’s nice to have freedom of choice for each service, sometimes it's healthier and more meaningful to pursue a theme for a period of time.
That’s why the seminary chapel planning committee, served by Rev. Howie Vander Well of the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship, selected the book The Story as an anchor theme this academic year.
According to the publisher, the 31 chapters are a compilation of the actual texts, arranged as one continuous and chronological story of the God of grace—“the God who speaks; the God who acts; the God who listens”—in short, the God who so loves his world.
“The Story provided our planning team an overall theme for our worship this year and gave us opportunity to portray the progress of God's redemptive plan through both the Old and New Testaments,” said Vander Well.
“While it was an aid in our planning, we trust it is also a model for our students who are preparing to lead ministries in the pastorate,” he said.
That’s why every seminarian was given a copy for their personal library, either in English or in Spanish (La Historia).