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. 

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. 

Our theme this year is "What's on your Calendar? Setting Priorities for a Faithful Life." Come hear a variety of campus speakers talk about how their spiritual life influences the choices they make in their daily life. A brief discussion for Core 5th hour approval follows the service.

Mondays - Campus speaker (Core 5th Hour approved) 

Tuesdays - Come and See -- a variety of services rotate through on this day, from hymn sings to skits to Prayer & Praise

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


Coming up at Monday Morning Prayer are:

Oct. 12 - Tom Cedel, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Leadership

Oct. 19 - Stacy Maugens, Associate Professor of Music

Oct. 26 - Senior Kyle Duff




Students at Thursday Morning Prayer, fall 2015


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

Photos by Avery Davis

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.