Morning Prayer


Morning Prayer is offered Monday through Friday at 11:15 a.m. each day classes are in session. See samples of some of our services: Tuesday morning prayer, Wednesday Matins, Friday morning prayer, Morning Prayer during Holy Week.

One of the coolest things about the Chapel’s Morning Prayer services is they’re led nearly every day by students from a variety of backgrounds. Morning Prayer during Chapel Break (11:15 to 11:35 a.m.) is a time for students, faculty and staff to gather together as a community of faith. Whichever days of the week you choose to come share a pew, there’s time to connect with others before or after with a cup of coffee or a glass of lemonade. Why not make Morning Prayer a daily habit? We’ll look for you at 11:15 a.m.!


The Stories Behind the Music of Advent

Come hear the background of some of the music of Advent, as part of Morning Prayer beginning Nov. 28.

A variety of campus speakers will speak briefly about hymns such as "Lo! He comes with Clouds Descending" and "Unexpected and Mysterious." Just prior to Morning Prayer from Nov. 28 through Dec. 9th, musicians from across campus will provide special music for the season, an event known as Music Under the Gallery.

Speakers at Morning Prayer will be:

Mon., Nov. 28            Rev. Brian Johnson, Executive Director of Campus Ministries

Tues., Nov. 29           Dr. Fred Niedner, Professor of Theology

Wed., Nov. 30            Maura Cock, Lecturer in Music

Thurs., Dec. 1            Colleen Degen, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship staff member

Friday, Dec. 2             Dr. Dennis Friesen-Carper, Reddel Professor of Music


Mon., Dec. 5               Rev. James Wetzstein, University Pastor

Tues., Dec. 6              Rev. Charlene Cox, University Pastor

Wed., Dec. 7               Dr. Joseph Bognar, Chair, Department of Music; Associate Professor of Music

Also providing Music Under the Gallery will be:

Mon., Nov. 28            West Chester Quartet – Karis Ailabouni, Charlotte Lindstrom, Anna Anderson, Cortney Sourwine

Tues., Nov. 29            Members of the VU Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

Wed., Nov. 30             Acabellas

Thurs., Dec. 1            Flute Choir ­– “High Frequency”

Fri., Dec. 2                 Valparaiso Brass Quartet – Andrew Kortze, Trumpet; Julia Scheiderer, Trumpet; Thomas Vienna, Horn; William Charles, Trombone

Mon., Dec. 5               VuVox

Tues., Dec. 6               Guitar Ensemble

Wed., Dec. 7               Quinn Huebner, piano

Thurs., Dec. 8             Valparaiso Woodwind Quartet -- Shireen Korkzan, Flute; Rebecca Berry, Oboe; Katelyn Leonard, Clarinet; Adam Berry, Horn; Thomas Vienna, Bassoon

Friday, Dec. 9             Members of Sigma Alpha Iota Women's Professional Music Fraternity

Morning Prayer begins at 11:15 and ends at 11:35, but come a little early to hear the special music.

'O Antiphons' begin Dec. 8

Please join us beginning Thursday, Dec. 8th, 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.” 

We also invite you to celebrate the start of the “O Antiphons” on Dec. 8th by staying after Morning Prayer for Christmas Stollen (a German sweetbread), coffee and juice.

Morning Prayer during finals moves to 10 a.m.

In order to accommodate the finals schedule, please note that Morning Prayer will move to 10 a.m. during Finals Week, Dec. 12-16, 2011.

Morning Prayer speakers in 2011-12:

Tuesday, Aug. 30 - Rev. Brian Johnson, Executive Director of Campus Ministries

Friday, Sept. 2 - Alissa Kretzmann, Senior, Chair of the Social Action Leadership Team (SALT)

Tuesday, Sept. 6 - Dr. Fred Niedner, Professor of Theology

Friday, Sept. 9 - Jim Sarkisian ('VU 80), President of the Valparaiso Community School Board

Tuesday, Sept. 13 - Dr. John Ruff, director of the Valpo CORE program

Friday, Sept. 16 - John DeWyze, St. Teresa's

Tuesday, Sept. 20 - Dr. Carolyn Leeb, Visiting Assistant Professor of Theology

Friday, Sept. 23 - Richard Brauer, associate professor emeritus of art

Tuesday, Sept. 27 - Dr. Kraig Olejniczak, Dean of the College of Engineering

Friday, Sept. 30 - John Webster, senior

Tuesday, Oct. 4 - Dr. Julien Smith, Christ College

Friday, Oct. 7 - Erin Moeller, senior

Tuesday, Oct. 11 - Dr. Matt Ringenberg, Social Work 

Tuesday, Oct. 18 - Dr. Sam Graber, English

Friday, Oct. 21 - Austin Hill, senior, Theology major, Praise Band leader

Tuesday, Oct. 25 - Dedication of sculpture in memory of Rev. Darlene Grega

Friday, Oct. 28 - Katie Mattmiller 

Tuesday, Nov. 1 - Rev. James Wetzstein

Friday, Nov. 5 - Jacob Just, senior

Tuesday, Nov. 8 - Keith Freeman

Friday, Nov. 11 - Krista Schaefer

Tuesday, Nov. 15 - Dr. Mark Bartusch

Friday, Nov. 18 - Dr. David Western


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.

Our 2010-11 School Year in Review

Our theme for Morning Prayer for the 2010-11 school year was "On Our Way," based on the book On Our Way: Christian Practices for Living a Whole Life, edited by Dorothy Bass.

Read some of the reflections from our On Our Way series:

Rev. Phyllis Kersten, Aug. 27, 2010 and Aug. 31, 2010

September's Theme: Living a whole life attentatively

Father Kevin McCarthy, Sept. 3, 2010

Dr. Fred Niedner, Sept. 7, 2010

Dr. Joseph Goss, Sept. 10, 2010

Dr. John Ruff, Sept. 14, 2010

Dr. Stanley Zygmunt, Sept. 17, 2010

Rev. Dr. Greg Jones, Sept. 21, 2010

Dr. Gretchen Buggeln, Sept. 24, 2010

Lisa Morton, Sept. 28, 2010

October's theme: Discerning God's call

Beth Olejniczak, MSN, RN, Oct. 1, 2010

Dr. Dennis Friesen-Carper, Oct. 5, 2010

Dr. Brighton Anbu, visiting scholar, Oct. 8, 2010

Dr. Christoffer Grundmann, Oct. 12, 2010

John DeWyze, St. Teresa's, Oct. 15, 2010

Darron Farha, Oct. 19, 2010

Dr. Christopher Cock, Oct. 26, 2010

Dr. Kraig Olejniczak, Oct. 29, 2010

November's theme: Living together, living as community

Dr. David Weber, Nov. 2, 2010

Rev. George Cairns, Nov. 5, 2010

Dr. Dorothy Bass, Nov. 9, 2010

Krista Schaefer, Nov. 12, 2010

Dr. Walt Wangerin, Nov. 16, 2010

Deaconess Diane Marten, Nov. 19, 2010

Cameron Overbey, Nov. 29, 2010

Redrick Taylor, Nov. 30, 2010

December's theme: Peacemaking

Dana Goble, Dec. 1, 2010

President Mark Heckler, Dec. 2, 2010

Ellen Orner, Dec. 3, 2010

Linn Tonstad, Dec. 6, 2010

Jacob Just, Dec. 7, 2010

Mary Emily Duba, Dec. 8, 2010

January's theme: Knowing and loving our neighbors of other faiths

Jessica McCallum, Jan. 7, 2011

Rev. James Wetzstein, Jan. 11, 2011

Dr. Stacy Hoult-Saros, Jan. 14, 2011

Nancy Scannell, Jan. 18, 2011

Dr. Jen Miller, Jan. 21, 2011

Dr. Julien Smith, Jan. 25, 2011

Carolyn Heider, Jan. 28, 2011

February's theme: Doing Justice

Amy Lukas, Feb. 1, 2011

Alissa Kretzmann, Feb. 4, 2011

Deaconesss Heather Frank, Feb. 8, 2011

Dr. Bruce Berner, Feb. 11, 2011

Dr. David Western, Feb. 15, 2011

Mary Zastrow, Feb. 18, 2011

Johnna Venuto, Feb. 22, 2011

Deaconess Karen Melang, Feb. 25, 2011

March's theme: Making a Good Living

Jill Alexander Essbaum, March 15, 2011

Sara Danger, March 18, 2011

Paul Danger, March 25, 2011

Tom Boyt, March 29, 2011

April's theme: Living in the Presence of God

John DeWyze, April 1, 2011

Richard Maddox, April 5, 2011

Father Roger Bower, April 8, 2011

Katie Baxter, April 12, 2011

Emily Seitz, April 15, 2011

Dr. Bruce Hrivnak, April 26, 2011

Elliott Stephenson, April 29, 2011