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."
Each week of Morning Prayer looks like this:
Monday: CORE 5th hour approved speaker, on the topic of the Power of Hope*
Dec. 1 - Valerie Webdell, Co-Director of Education and Formation, Lutheran Deaconess Association, speaking
*If you're attending for Core 5th Hour credit, plan to stay after the 20-minute service for a brief discussion with the speaker.
Tuesday: Prayer Around the Cross, a contemplative service
Wednesday: Matins, a traditional service of Morning Prayer
Thursday: Prayer Around the Cross, a contemplative service
Friday: featuring music led by the Praise Band
Monday, Dec. 1st marks the beginning of Music Under the Gallery, an Advent tradition at the Chapel. Come early for Morning Prayer each day and hear a variety of campus musicians providing music for the season, through Dec. 12th.
Please join us beginning Thursday, Dec. 11th, 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.”
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.