Q + A Inviting You into Worship

We worship at Calvin all the time—in classrooms, on the athletic field, in dorms and in the lab. We also invite our students to pause for worship in our daily chapel and weekly Living Our Faith Together (LOFT) services—and we empower students to lead it. Students like Kathryn Mae Post, who is one of eight Worship Apprentices this year. She recently sat down to talk with us about her Calvin experience.

Q. What drew you to Calvin?

A. I was originally interested in Calvin because my parents are alumni and encouraged me to attend from an early age. However, it wasn’t until I experienced my first Friday chapel at Fridays at Calvin that I knew God was calling me to make Calvin my new home.

Q. How did you know you wanted to be a Worship Apprentice?

A. I am never more at home than when I am leading worship, and I saw the position as an opportunity to develop my musical skills, my spiritual life and my relationships with others on campus.

Q. What is your favorite thing about being a Worship Apprentice?

A. My daily life now revolves around worship. Having worship at the forefront of my mind allows me to contemplate what God is saying to me through class, chapel and my relationships; it also encourages me to engage in constant conversation with him.

Q. So what are you learning in class? And how does that affect how you plan worship?

A. This semester, I am taking a sociology class that asks me to consider diversity and inequality. When we talk about the importance of celebrating diversity rather than ignoring it, my mind immediately goes to ways in which we can celebrate the numerous backgrounds and cultures of the Calvin community in worship.

Q. What would you want a prospective student to know about Calvin?

A. One of the most valuable things about the Calvin experience is that events such as chapel and LOFT are voluntary; the students who attend are there because they want to be. Being a part of a community that chooses to invest time and energy into developing genuine, Christ-centered relationships has immensely impacted my own spiritual growth. If you come to Calvin, no one is going to tell you that you have to join the vibrant community of people pursuing God daily: The choice will be up to you.

VERGE: spring 2016

First-Year Experience