Morning Prayer is offered at 10 a.m. for 20 minutes daily, Monday through Friday each day classes are in session. All are welcome!
Note: There is NO Morning Prayer Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 because of MLK Day activities. The MLK Convocation begins at 2 p.m. at the Chapel.
About Morning Prayer
One of the things that sets Valpo apart from other schools is the central role students take in worship. Services are planned by and also led nearly every day by students from a variety of backgrounds, as musicians and as spoken word leaders.
You may also find one of your professors or a staff member 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.
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 ~ Gloria Christi Chapel (on lower level, east end)
- Fridays – Our all-student Praise Band leads worship AND a student offers a reflection (Core 110 approved)
Journeys of Faith
Our theme for 2019-20 is Journeys of Faith: Wilderness, Hope, and Promise
Monday speakers (Core Lab approved) for Spring 2020 will be:
Jan. 13: Dcs. Jessica McCallum, ’11, Program Director at Camp Aracadia, Arcadia, Mich.
Jan. 20: No Morning Prayer (MLK Day)
Jan. 27: Joshua Kammerer, Greenhouse, Intervarsity
Friday (student) speakers for Spring 2020 will be:
Jan. 10: Matthew Bremer
Jan. 17: (Camp Week) Kurtis Arndt
Jan. 24: Paige Williams
Jan. 31: Michael Bukata
Friday Morning Prayer is Core Lab approved.
On Fridays we will also have regular visits from Caleb the Comfort Dog. Caleb is an LCC (Lutheran Church Charities) K-9 Comfort Dog for Immanuel Lutheran Church, Valparaiso.
Friday speakers for Fall 2019 were:
Aug. 23: Kurtis Arndt, Senior, Theology and Ministry major
Aug. 30: Tommy Langejans, Senior, Theology and Ministry major
Sept. 6: Craig Behnke, Senior, Computer Engineering major
Sept. 13: Olivia Janke, Senior, Biology and Chemistry
Sept. 20: Lauren Meade
Sept. 27: Katherine Carlson
Oct. 4: Cami Heinisch
Oct. 11: Fall Break – No speaker
Oct. 18: Joshua Ferguson, senior, Economics major
Oct. 25: Emily Villalobos, senior, Psychology major
Nov. 1: Kyley Wilgus
Nov. 8: Jacob Rasawehr
Nov. 15: Joshua Williams
Nov. 22: Jasmine DeLara
Extending God’s Welcome & Care
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.
Monday speakers for Fall 2019 were:
Aug. 26: Dr. Mark Heckler, University President
Sept. 2: Aaron Morrison, Assistant Director, Institute for Leadership and Service (“Solidarity When Your Paper Is Due At Midnight.”)
Sept. 9: Christopher W. Drapeau, Assistant Professor of Education (School Psychology)
Sept. 16: Rev. Dr. David Weber, Lecturer in Theology and Director of Church Vocations Programming
Sept. 23: Dr. Stephanie Wong, Assistant Professor of Theology
Sept. 30: Chris Hedlin, Lilly Fellow, Lecturer in Christ College
Oct. 7: Karen Hernes, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing
Oct. 14: Dr. Stacy Hoult-Saros, Professor of World Languages and Cultures
Oct. 21: Dr. David Western, Lecturer in Humanities and Political Philosophy, Christ College
Oct. 28: Dr. Ron Rittgers, Erich Markel Chair in German Reformation Studies
Nov. 4: Dr. Stan Zygmunt, Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Nov. 11: Dcs. Deb Lennox, Interim Co-Director of Education and Formation, Lutheran Diaconal Association
Nov. 18: Dr. Tiffany Kolba, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics
Special series for Advent: The Music of Advent
Monday-Friday, Dec. 2-6, at Morning Prayer we’ll be hearing daily from one faculty or staff member about their favorite Advent or Christmas hymn and we will be in the Gloria Christi Chapel, the intimate chapel on the lower level of the east end. And arrive early each day (9:50 a.m.) if you are able to enjoy festive music provided by a variety of campus musicians.
Our speakers for the week will be:
Dec. 2: Dr. Lorraine Brugh, Professor of Music, Kruse Organ Fellow
Dec. 3: Dr. Fred Niedner, Senior Research Professor of Theology
Dec. 4: Rev. Brian Johnson, Assistant Vice President for Mission and Ministry
Dec. 5: Dr. Sky Macklay, Assistant Professor of Music
Dec. 6: Fr. Chris Stanish, St. Teresa’s