Morning Prayer is offered for 20 minutes daily, Monday through Friday each day classes are in session. For the 2013-14 school year, Morning Prayer is at 10 a.m. All are welcome!
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.
Beginning Dec. 2nd, the season of Advent, our spiritual preparation for Christmas will include a daily speaker Monday-Friday, Dec. 2-6 and 9-11. Students will be discussing their favorite Christmas or Advent hymn and how it intersects with their faith. Each of these days will be CORE 5th Hour approved.
In addition, Dec. 2nd marked the beginning of Music Under the Gallery. Come 10 minutes early to the chapel each day during Advent to hear Music Under the Gallery, special music provided by a variety of groups or individuals. This year's musicians include the handbell choir, a flute choir, Schuppanzigh, Voces Dei, a wind quintet, organists, and others. Music Under the Gallery will start at 9:50 a.m. Dec. 2 and conclude Dec. 13th. We will celebrate the beginning of the Advent season on Dec. 2nd at Morning Prayer with traditional German stollen and other treats.
Mon 12/2/13 – 9:50 am Music Under the Gallery: AGO
10 a.m. Morning Prayer: Jacob Igney speaking
Tues 12/3/13 – 9:50 am Music Under the Gallery: Flute Choir
10 a.m. Morning Prayer: Charlotte Lindstrom speaking
Wed 12/4/13 – 9:50 am Music Under the Gallery: Caitlin Carter
10 a.m. Morning Prayer: Jared Townley speaking
Thurs 12/5/13 – 9:50 am Music Under the Gallery: Schuppanzigh
10 am Morning Prayer: David Rojas Martinez speaking
Fri 12/6/13 – 9:50 am Music Under the Gallery: FMP Praise Band
10 am Morning Prayer: Rachel Gilman speaking
O Antiphons: Please join us beginning Thursday, Dec. 12th, at Morning Prayer for an Advent tradition known as the “O Antiphons.” Here at the Chapel, the “O Antiphons” mark the last seven days of Morning Prayer each December. On each of these seven days, we remember a name from the Old Testament that becomes fulfilled in Christ (for example, “Root of Jesse,” “Key of David,” and “Emmanuel.”) As we approach the birth of Christ each year, we recall these names by reading the biblical passage, singing a psalm, and singing a stanza of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” If you would like to sing the choir for Morning Prayer, please contact Dr. Lorraine Brugh.
Hear more speakers, as well as 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.