Morning Prayer is offered at 10 a.m. for 20 minutes daily, Monday through Friday each day classes are in session. All are welcome!
Our theme this year is “Sacred Spaces & Sacred Stories.” For this year’s Monday Morning Prayer speaker series we are inviting speakers to reflect on places and moments in their own journey where God encountered them or they grew in their understanding of God through their encounters with others. Some may also reflect on how location/place/space impacts our faith journey. Monday Morning Prayer is Core Lab approved.
About Morning Prayer
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.
Advent brings changes in Morning Prayer
Advent, the season of preparation for Christmas, starts Dec. 2. Beginning Monday, Dec. 3, come early (9:45 a.m.) for Morning Prayer and hear seasonal music (aka, Music Under the Gallery), presented by a variety of campus musicians. We’ll be in the Gloria Christi Chapel.
Music Under the Gallery (presenting sounds of the season) will be:
- Monday: 12/03/18 – Jonah Koetke
- Tuesday: 12/04/18 – VU Student Jazz Combo
- Wednesday: 12/05/18 – Acapella Groups
- Thursday: 12/06/18 – Saxophone Quartet
- Friday: 12/07/18 – FMP praise team
We also invite you to sing in the choir for our O Antiphons services, beginning Dec. 6. Our final step in our Advent preparations in this community comes with the singing of the O Antiphons, a series of seven short anthems. We sing one of these antiphons at each of the last seven Morning Prayer services before Christmas recess. This service takes the place of our regular schedule, all through Finals Week.
I was reading the “about” section on the Chapel’s Facebook page … and I noticed the part that says, “Through Hospitality and Stewardship we extend God’s welcome and care to all people.” I wanted to let you know how true this rang to me — I had never attended a church service in my life before coming to Valpo, yet I was welcomed with open arms. I joined Kantorei for a scholarship requirement and attended Morning Prayer services for a CORE requirement, but now I volunteer to play piano and sing for services weekly. I feel so welcome whenever I’m there, despite having no background knowledge or any idea what’s happening (usually). Thank you for showing me what community is and for making Valpo feel more like home.
Our regular schedule of services:
- Mondays – Campus speaker (Core Lab approved)
- Tuesdays – A service of uplifting music and prayer for the campus
- 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 Fall 2018 Monday Speaker Schedule:
Aug. 27 – President Mark Heckler
Sept. 2 – Heath Carter, Associate Professor of History
Sept. 10 – Eric Johnson, Dean of the College of Engineering
Sept. 17 – Byron Martin, Director of Multicultural Programs
Sept. 24 – Amanda Brobst-Renaud, Assistant Professor of Theology
Oct. 1 – Cherelle Dunn, Study Abroad Assistant, International Programs
Oct. 8 – Gretchen Buggeln, Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Chair in Christianity and the Arts, Christ College
Oct. 15 – Nicolas Egertson, Senior
Oct. 22 – Ashleigh Elser, Lily Fellow, Lecturer in Christ College
Oct. 29 – Hannah Purkey, Senior
Nov. 5 – Mike Longan, Professor of Geography, Chair of the Department of Environmental Science
Nov. 12 – Susan VanZanten, Dean of Christ College
Nov. 26 – James A. Wetzstein, University Pastor*
Dec. 3 – Jasmine DeLara, Junior, Communications Major
*Nicholas Denysenko, Emil & Elfrieda Jochum University Chair, will be rescheduled for Spring 2019
We will have a reception Wed., Dec. 5, after Morning Prayer to recognize our graduating seniors from the Chapel staff and to thank all of our Morning Prayer speakers for the semester. Please join us for Christmas cookies and stollen, and other seasonal treats.