Chapel and Statement of Faith

Weekly Chapel: Community worship is important to Live Oak. It is the one time of the week where faculty, staff and students can leave the daily routine to come before God in worship.

Our worship is liturgical in format combining both ancient and contemporary traditions, music, and practices. Chapel is a time and place that provides community with Christians throughout the ages and around the world and fosters expectation through liturgy and tradition. We follow the RCL (Revised Common Lectionary) and celebrate and learn about the seasons of the church. We also learn about saints and Christian heroes and heroines of the faith. Worship is not viewed as entertainment, and we recognize that worship is not to be focused on our needs or ourselves but rather it is a time and place to give honor and glory to God.  Students at Live Oak are familiar with the order of worship and find comfort in knowing how we worship and why we worship.   They know what to expect and how to participate.  Older students mostly lead the scripture readings and prayer sections of chapel and assist with music.  Parents are always welcome to attend.

Seasonal and Special Services: Parents are especially invited to the following services which are held in the Sanctuary:

Convocation, Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas Candlelight and Nativity, Lent, Maundy Thursday, Circling of the Green/Closing Ceremony

Faith Statement

Live Oak’s educational mission is rooted in the tenets of historical Christianity.

We believe in God almighty, maker of heaven and earth. Therefore we approach all truth as edifying for those who believe in God, and we strive to understand every aspect of the world as part of God’s creation.

We believe God’s creation – including human thought and culture – is good, yet fallen from its proper relation to God. Therefore we approach the best of human culture as an expression of creation yearning to be reunited to God, and we recognize that our own understanding of God and creation is limited.

We believe that God acted decisively in history through the person and work of His son Jesus Christ to reconcile the world unto himself. Therefore the story of God’s saving work in history is essential to our understanding of the world.

We believe God continues to work in history through his Holy Spirit to restore the image of God in us. Therefore we trust in God’s indwelling presence to empower us to discern truth, excellence, and beauty, and to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly before God.

We believe Holy Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.

In response to the goodness and grace of God made manifest in creation, Christ and the Holy Spirit, we develop our minds and our hearts that we may be good stewards of God’s creation and faithful bearers of Christ’s image in love and service to one another.

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