Morning Prayer


Students gather for Morning Prayer

About Morning Prayer

Morning Prayer is offered at 10 a.m. for 20 minutes daily, Monday through Friday each day classes are in session. 

Our theme the 2016-17 school year is "Life Together," taken from the book by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906–1945) a renowned and beloved Christian minister, seminary professor, and theologian who was imprisoned and later executed by the Nazis for his resistance to Hitler. Giving practical advice on how life together in Christ can be sustained in families and groups, Life Together has been called "bread for all who are hungry for the real life of Christian fellowship." Come hear a variety of campus speakers on Mondays on the topic of Life Together. Monday Morning Prayer is Core 5th Hour approved. Students must attend three times in the fall semester to qualify for credit.

Fall Semester Speakers (hear audio from their reflections here):

Aug. 29 - Mark Heckler, University President

Sept. 5 - Lara Pudwell, Associate Professor Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Sept. 12 - Rev. Brian Johnson, Assistant Vice President for Mission and Ministry

Sept. 18 - Philip Woodward, Assistant Professor in Philosophy

Sept. 26 - Byron R. Martin, Director of Multicultural Programs

Oct. 3 - Ryan Blevins, Asst. Dean of Students for Residential Life

Oct. 10 - Rev. Greg Jones, lecturer in Theology

Oct. 17 - Mark Biermann, Provost

Oct. 24 - Tal Howard, Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Chair of Ethics

About Morning Prayer

Services are led nearly every day by students from a variety of backgrounds. You may also find one of your professors taking a turn leading the singing or sharing thoughts about his or her faith life. Morning Prayer during Chapel Break is a time for students, faculty and staff to gather together as a community of faith. Whichever days of the week you choose, there’s time to connect with others. Each day of Morning Prayer is a different style of worship - and it's not variety for variety's sake, but out of respect for the varied backgrounds of students and their changing needs as they grow on our campus. 

Here is our regular schedule:

Mondays - Campus speaker - Core 5th Hour approved

Tuesdays - Come and See -- a variety of services rotate through on this day

Wednesdays - Service of Matins, a long-standing tradition at the Chapel

Thursdays - Prayer Around the Cross, a contemplative service

Fridays - Our all-student Praise Band leads worship


The peace of Christ is shared after worship


Myles Hayden is one of many student organists who play for services at the Chapel.


Hear some recent Monday Morning Prayer Speakers

Hear a variety of Morning Prayer speakers, as well as sermons from Sunday morning and other services on our Sermons page.


Why come to Morning Prayer?

Dr. Fred Niedner, professor of theology, shared recently why he makes Morning Prayer a priority:

"I come here even on days when I don’t feel particularly “devotional” or “spiritual” because I need to stay in practice. I run, ride a bicycle, and do other crazy things on machines at the YMCA because my body will atrophy and my arthritis will cripple me if I don’t. I need to stay in shape. Similarly, I pray with people like you partly because by this time in my life, I’ve been crucified a few times, so to speak, and I know I need to keep practicing prayer."

Read his full thoughts on the subject here.

But you don't have to be a theologian to enjoy Morning Prayer. Students, faculty and staff from all areas not only worship together, but also are invited to speak. All are welcome at Morning Prayer.