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. This year's theme is "The Power of Hope."
Mondays - Campus speaker on the topic of The Power of Hope (Core 5th Hour approved)
Tuesdays - Prayer Around the Cross, a contemplative service
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
April 27 - Kristin Lewis, Co-Director of Education Formation Lutheran Deaconess Association
May 4 - Tom Cedel, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Leadership
May 11 - Holly Simpson Assistant Director Career Center
Hear a variety of Morning Prayer speakers, as well as sermons from Sunday morning and other services on our Sermons page.
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.