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. 

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


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. Beginning Nov. 30th, as we begin the Advent season, our theme becomes "What's on your ADVENT calendar?" We will be expanding our speaker series from just Mondays to Tuesdays and  Thursdays, through Dec. 8th. All are Core 5th Hour approved.

Upcoming speakers are:

Nov. 30 - Edward Upton, Assistant Professor of Humanities, Christ College

Dec. 1 - Melanie Howard, Visiting Assistant Professor in Theology

Dec. 3 - Mark Biermann, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dec. 7 - Monique Nunes, Associate Director Office of Multicultural Programs & Campus Ministry Associate

Dec. 8 - Maura Cock, Lecturer in Music

Speaking of Advent calendars, do you remember the days of opening the door of your calendar to reveal the daily surprise? Our Morning Prayer Advent calendar will be about giving rather than receiving. Come to Morning Prayer Nov. 30th through Dec. 11th and you will find boxes throughout the worship space. Each day we'll be opening a box to reveal a request for an item we are seeking as a Christmas gift for a needy family in our community. Individuals attending Morning Prayer and others will have the opportunity to provide these gifts as we "adopt" a family. 

We also invite you to an Advent treat, Music Under the Gallery, offered 10 minutes before the regular start of Morning Prayer, beginning Monday, Nov. 30th through Friday, Dec. 11th. Come hear special music under the gallery in the Chapel, provided by a variety of campus musicians, from handbells to woodwind quintets.

Join us on Wednesday, Dec. 9, as we recognize all of our speakers from this semester as well as our graduating seniors who have been on the Chapel staff or volunteered at the Chapel.

And finally, our special Advent service, the O Antiphons, will be offered daily at Morning Prayer Dec. 10th all through Finals Week. 


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.