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Morning Prayer

Morning Prayer is offered when classes are in session.

Please join us at 10 to 10:20 a.m. Mon.-Fri.

Students gather outside the Chapel for the first day of Morning Prayer, fall 2022

Each day of Morning Prayer is a different style of worship, just 20 minutes long, starting at 10 a.m. Mondays and Fridays our services feature a speaker. If you can’t join us in person, Monday’s and Friday’s services are live-streamed on the Chapel’s YouTube page. Subscribe so you don’t miss out! Or visit our Sermons page.

Monday and Friday are Core 110/115 Lab approved

This year’s Monday Morning Prayer speaker series is inviting the Valpo community to reflect on their favorite Bible passages. We will hear from a variety of campus speakers. Monday Morning Prayer is Core Lab approved and is livestreamed to our YouTube channel.

On Fridays of Morning Prayer, we invite students to talk about their faith. Music by the all-student praise band. It also is Core Lab approved and livestreamed to our YouTube channel.

Tuesdays at Morning Prayer in the season of Pentecost, we are using Marty Haugen’s “In The Morning I Will Sing,” a piano-based Matins service. We also include prayers for the campus community. Location for the service will be the Gloria Christi Chapel, the smaller chapel at the east end of the Chapel of the Resurrection. You can find it by walking all the way to the front of the building and going down the stairs next to the altar.

Wednesdays at Morning Prayer, we will be using our traditional and well-loved Matins service. Wednesdays this semester we also will worship in the Gloria Christi Chapel.

Thursdays at Morning Prayer will be another setting of Prayer Around the Cross service, also in the Gloria Christi Chapel. This service’s music is meditative in nature.

Speakers for Fall 2022

  • Friday, Aug. 26 – Jillian Seeger
  • Monday, Aug. 29 – Rev. James A. Wetzstein, University Pastor
  • Friday, Sept. 2 – Frank Maldonado Colon
  • Monday, Sept. 5 – Labor Day, No Morning Prayer/No Classes
  • Friday, Sept. 9 – Dahliah Wilkes
  • Monday, Sept. 12 – Dcs. Lisa Polito, Executive Director, Lutheran Diaconal Association
  • Friday, Sept. 16 – “Do No Harm”
  • Monday, Sept. 19 – Dr. Aaron Preston, Professor of Philosophy
  • Friday, Sept. 23 – “Servant Power” from Katelyn Beaty’s book Celebrities for Jesus.
  • Monday, Sept. 26 – Rachel MacDonald, Director of Church Vocations, ILAS
  • Friday, Sept. 30 – Frank Maldonado Colon “Molded by God”
  • Monday, Oct. 3 – Dr. Amanda Brobst-Renaud, Assistant Professor of Theology
  • Friday, Oct. 7 – Dahliah Wilkes “Made in His Image”
  • Monday, Oct. 10 – Dr. Julien Smith, Associate Professor of Humanities and Theology, Christ College
A LOOK BACK: Monday Morning Prayer speakers for Spring 2022
  • Jan. 17, 2022 – MLK DAY – NO MORNING PRAYER
  • Jan. 24, 2022 – Mel Piehl, Senior Research Professor of Humanities and History, Christ College
  • Jan. 31, 2022 – An excerpt from O.P. Kretzmann’s writings, The Pilgrim
  • Feb. 7, 2022 – Rachel MacDonald, Program Coordinator, Institute for Leadership and Service (ILAS)
  • Feb. 14, 2022 – Dr. Stan Zygmunt, Assistant Director of Student Research, Professor of Physics
  • Feb. 21, 2022 – Dr. Nicholas Denysenko, Emil and Elfriede Jochum University Professor and Chair
  • Feb. 28, 2022 – An excerpt from O.P. Kretzmann’s writings, The Pilgrim
  • March 21, 2022 – Rev. Dr. Brian Beckstrom, Assistant Vice President for Mission, Church, and Ministry
  • March 28, 2022 – TBA
  • April 4, 2022 – Chuck Schaefer, Professor of History
  • April 11, 2022 – “Were You There” Holy Week first-person narrative
  • April 18, 2022 – Amanda Ruud, Lilly Fellow
  • April 25, 2022 – John Collins, stroke survivor and non-traditional student
  • April 29, 2022 – Rev. James Wetzstein reads an excerpt from “Mending a Tattered Faith: Devotions by Dickinson” by Susan VanZanten
  • May 9, 2022 – Abigail Gomulkiewicz, Lilly Fellow
Friday Morning Prayer speakers for Spring 2022
  • Jan. 14, 2022 – An excerpt from Rob Bell’s Love Wins
  • Jan. 21, 2022 – Evan Eisenmenger
  • Jan. 28, 2022 – An excerpt from Rob Bell’s book, What is the Bible?
  • Feb. 4, 2022 – Frank Maldonado Colon
  • Feb. 11, 2022 – Dahliah Wilkes
  • Feb. 18, 2022 – Evan Eisenmenger Cancelled
  • Feb. 25, 2022 – Evan Eisenmenger
  • March 4, 2022 – Prayers for Ukraine
  • March 25, 2022 – Dahliah Wilkes: “God ‘s Unchanging Hand”
  • April 1, 2022 – Kudakwashe Chikonyora
  • April 8, 2022 – Katilyn Jedrzejowski
  • April 15, 2022 – No Morning Prayer (Good Friday)
  • April 22, 2022 – Aaron Lukas “Beloved Children”
  • April 29, 2022 – Kayla Fluegeman No Fear for the Future”
  • May 6, 2022 – Recognition of Chapel Seniors
Monday Morning Prayer speakers for Fall 2021
  • Aug. 30, 2021 – Jeff Hazewinkel, Educational Technology Specialist and Diaconal Student – LDA
  • Sept. 6 – No speaker (Labor Day)
  • Sept. 13 – Dr. Julien Smith, Associate Professor of Humanities and Theology, Christ College
  • Sept. 20 – Joseph Goss, Assistant Program Director, Lilly Fellows; Adjunct Instructor in Valpo CORE
  • Sept. 27 – Jen Marr, author, founder & CEO of Inspiring Comfort
  • Oct. 4 – Rev. Dr. Amanda Brobst-Renaud – service to be held outside near the Homeless Jesus statue
  • Oct. 11 – Dr. Jim Nelson, Professor of Psychology: “What to do (and not to do),” a discussion of mental health and a practical approach to our current situation.
  • Oct. 18 – Fr. Joshua Kammerer, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and Cornerstone Anglican Church
  • Oct. 25 – Rev. Dr. Matthew Becker, Professor of Theology
  • Nov. 1 –  Patricia Cochran, American Red Cross, “Your Generosity Defines Your Experience”
  • Nov. 8 – Lisa Driver, Associate Professor of Theology
  • Nov. 15 – Nick Rosasco, Chair of Computing and Information Sciences
  • Nov. 22 – Thanksgiving Break
  • Nov. 29 – Hymn Sing
  • Dec. 6 – Hymn Sing
  • Aug. 30, 2021 – Jeff Hazewinkel, Educational Technology Specialist and Diaconal Student – LDA
  • Sept. 6 – No speaker (Labor Day)
  • Sept. 13 – Dr. Julien Smith, Associate Professor of Humanities and Theology, Christ College
  • Sept. 20 – Joseph Goss, Assistant Program Director, Lilly Fellows; Adjunct Instructor in Valpo CORE
  • Sept. 27 – Jen Marr, author, founder & CEO of Inspiring Comfort
  • Oct. 4 – Rev. Dr. Amanda Brobst-Renaud – service to be held outside near the Homeless Jesus statue
  • Oct. 11 – Dr. Jim Nelson, Professor of Psychology: “What to do (and not to do),” a discussion of mental health and a practical approach to our current situation.
  • Oct. 18 – Fr. Joshua Kammerer, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and Cornerstone Anglican Church
  • Oct. 25 – Rev. Dr. Matthew Becker, Professor of Theology
  • Nov. 1 –  Patricia Cochran, American Red Cross, “Your Generosity Defines Your Experience”
  • Nov. 8 – Lisa Driver, Associate Professor of Theology
  • Nov. 15 – Nick Rosasco, Chair of Computing and Information Sciences
  • Nov. 22 – Thanksgiving Break
  • Nov. 29 – Hymn Sing
  • Dec. 6 – Hymn Sing
Friday Morning Prayer speakers for Fall 2021
  • Aug. 27 – Dawson Penshorn
  • Sept. 3 – Rick Gillman, Senior Research Professor
  • Sept. 10 – Maredeth Sims
  • Sept. 17 – James Caristi, Adjunct Professor of Computer and Information Sciences
  • Sept. 24 – Seniors Robyn Brown, Jakob Wiegand, and Genevieve Brown share a devotion based on Jer. 29:11
  • Oct. 1 – Senior Mary Fitchett
  • Oct. 8 – Senior Robyn Brown
  • Oct. 15 – Fall Break
  • Oct. 22 – Pastor Katherine Museus Dabay
  • Oct. 29 – Kayla Sleeper
  • Nov. 5 – Kurt Brown, “A Faith Beyond Words”
  • Nov. 12 – Alyssa Jarabek
  • Nov. 19 – Dakota Kampmeier
  • Nov. 26 – Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec. 3 – Jakob Wiegand

A look back

Our 2020-21 theme for Monday Morning Prayer was “Things I Hope For.”
Our spring 2021 speaker schedule:
  • Monday, Jan. 25: Elijah Owen, Director of Collegiate Outreach, St. Teresa of Avila
  • Monday, Feb. 1: Dr. Julien Smith, Associate Professor of Humanities and Theology
  • Monday, Feb. 8 – Doreen Olguin-Flores, Executive Assistant for Campus Ministries
  • Monday, Feb. 15 – Dr. James Old, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations
  • Monday, Feb. 22 – Christina Hearne, Interim Director of the Office of Multicultural Programs, Director, Access & Accomm. Resource Center
  • Monday, March 1 – President José D. Padilla “Things We Hope For” – tickets (free) are required. President José D. Padilla shares “What We Hope For” at a special Morning Prayer starting at 9:45 a.m. March 1, 2021. The service will extend to approximately 30 minutes, with students, faculty and staff offering prayers and reading scripture. President Padilla will reflect on his hopes for Valpo as he begins his presidency. For those unable to attend in person, the service also will be livestreamed.
  • Monday, March 8 – Dr. Stan Zygmunt, Professor of Physics and Astronomy
  • Monday, March 15 – Katie Gillaspie, Intervarsity Campus Ministry Intern
  • Monday, March 22 – Aaron Morrison, Assistant Director of the Institute for Leadership and Service
  • Monday, March 29 – Dr. Luke Venstrom, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering
  • Monday, April 5 – Spring Recess – No Morning Prayer
  • Monday, April 12 – Kristina Bryant, RLC
  • Monday, April 19 – Rev. Dr. Mark Bartusch, Theology Department Chair
  • Monday, April 26 – Dr. Stephanie Wong, Assistant Professor of Theology
  • Monday, May 3 – Dr. Sara Danger, Associate Professor of English
Friday Morning Prayer

speakers are seniors, who offer reflections on their spiritual life.

Spring 2021 Friday speakers are:
  • Friday, Jan. 29 – Bryce Jones
  • Friday, Feb. 5 – Rachel Winkler
  • Friday, Feb. 12 – Lauren Wick
  • Friday, Feb. 19 – Abby Seeber
  • Friday, Feb. 26 – No speaker scheduled; praise band service
  • Friday, March 5 – Tom Paul
  • Friday, March 12 – Paige Mecyssine
  • Friday, March 19 – Gwyneth Hoeksema
  • Friday, March 26 – Sarah Buckman
  • Friday, April 2 – NO MORNING PRAYER / GOOD FRIDAY
  • Friday, April 9 – Sophia Sagrestano
  • Friday, April 16 – No regular Morning Prayer (Richard Baepler memorial service)
  • Friday, April 23 – Ashlee Will
  • Friday, April 30 – Jenna Johnston
  • Friday, May 7 – Grace Biermann + Summer camp send-off

Our Fall 2020 speakers were:
  • Monday, Aug. 24 – Susan VanZanten, Dean of Christ College & Assistant Vice President for Mission & Spiritual Life
  • Monday, Aug. 31 – Colette Irwin-Knott, Interim President Elect
  • Monday, Sept. 7 – Davey Henreckson, Director, Institute for Leadership and Service
  • Monday, Sept. 14 – Byron Martin, Executive Director for Intercultural and International Engagement
  • Monday, Sept. 21 – Julie DeGraw, Vice President for Student Life & Dean of Students
  • Monday, Sept. 28 – Mel Piehl, Senior Research Professor of Christ College
  • Monday, Oct. 5 – Rev. Amanda Nesvold
  • Monday, Oct. 12 – Rev. Katherine Museus Dabay
  • Monday, Oct. 19 – Richard Miller, Technical Support Specialist
  • Monday, Oct. 26 – Matthew Puffer, Assistant Professor of Humanities and Ethics, Christ College
  • Monday, Nov. 2 – Mandy Brobst-Renaud, Assistant Professor of Theology
  • Monday, Nov. 9 – Jeanne Brown, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Monday, Nov. 16 – CANCELED
Fall 2020 speakers were:
  • Friday, Aug. 21 – Madeline Brown
  • Friday, Aug. 28 – Veronica Campbell
  • Friday, Sept. 4 – Natalie Kasberger
  • Friday, Sept. 11 – Lydia Knorp
  • Friday, Sept. 18 – Emily Friedman
  • Homecoming Friday, Sept. 25 – Kyle Duff VU ’15
  • Friday, Oct. 2 – Charlie Presar
  • Friday, Oct. 9 – Laura Muther
  • Friday, Oct. 16 – Andrew Bottom
  • Friday, Oct. 23 – Chad Dykman
  • Friday, Oct. 30 – Jen Perkne
  • Friday, Nov. 6 – Sweetwine will lead our service
  • Friday, Nov. 13 – A memorial service for President Emeritus Alan F. Harre will take the place of our regular Morning Prayer service. Reservations required for in person worship.
  • Friday, Nov. 20 – CANCELED.

Scenes from Morning Prayer from Fall 2019: