Daily Worship is our first Founding Tenet and ESD’s oldest tradition. In fact, ESD students and faculty have attended daily chapel since the very first day of school in 1974.The spiritual identity of ESD is grounded in the Christian faith, expressed through the worship, prayers, and traditions of the Episcopal Church. We are also a community where students, faculty, staff, and families of all faiths are welcomed and respected. We believe the human family bears the image of God to one another and that we are called to love God and our neighbor as ourselves.
Chapel is at the center of our community life, where our lives of faith can grow and we can celebrate the many traditions involved with being an ESD student. ESD gathers as a community every day to pray and offer our thanksgiving to God for all the blessings we share and for the forgiveness God gives us when turn away from bearing God’s image to the world. Daily, common prayer and reflection on God’s abiding presence informs our spiritual journey.
- Chapel is our time of the day to gather as people of faith in prayer, song, and reflection on the biblical writings of the Old and New Testaments, the Christian tradition, and a life of virtue and service to others.
- We also hear and wonder how differently we may believe in our faith traditions as a way of expanding our understanding of one another.
- Students lead worship, offer reflections, share music, and are instrumental to shaping our fellowship.
Because this time is central to our community, attendance is mandatory. On Wednesdays, Holy Eucharist is held weekly for Upper School and Middle School. On the first Wednesday of the month, grades 2-4 observe Holy Eucharist. During this worship service, everyone comes forward as a sign of their thanksgiving in their faith and receives either the sacrament of bread/wine, or a non-denominational blessing, reflecting our belief that God’s grace is offered to all people.
You are welcome at any of our Chapel services. Please contact one of our Chaplains with any questions you may have. We would love to help you.
|The Reverend Amy Heller+
Lower School Chaplain