Christmas Advent HERO

Worship Life

Students play and sing praise music for the Chapel’s weekly “Celebrate!” service.

Maybe you’ve played the team-building game where you stand in a circle of people, blindfolded and then, completely stiff, you lean — forward, backward, sideways — trusting that your circle of teammates will catch you and push you back up to where you can stand. It can be a little freaky if you don’t know the people on your team. We’re not used to having relative strangers touch us. Will they catch you? Can you trust them?

In some ways, your first days and weeks of college will be a little like that. It will be a completely new experience. Maybe you’ll know your roommate, maybe not. You won’t know your professors, that’s for sure. But you’ll have to go to meet them. You have to go to class, even if the first days make you uncomfortable.

Nobody’s going to make you come to the Chapel. No one’s going to come by and check to see if you’re dressed and ready for church on Sunday morning.

Showing up at the Chapel for Morning Prayer and Celebrate!, for Candlelight or Sunday worship are risks that you’re going to have to take on your own. But when you do, you’ll find you’ve got a whole new scene of people — students and professors — who are waiting to make you feel like you belong. We’ll even catch you when you fall. We fall ourselves sometimes. So take the risk; we’re looking forward to meeting you.

The Chapel is more than an impressive building on campus. It’s where you’ll find great people and an active worship life. Here are some areas in which you might wish to get involved:

  • Prayer Team – Serve as a member of the team that reads the community’s prayers for each Sunday morning service.
  • Acolyte – Serve on a team as a torch bearer, crucifer, or book-bearer at our Sunday morning worship services.
  • Altar Care – Serve on a team that shares the distinct honor of preparing the worship space for the service of Holy Communion.
  • Reader – On Sunday mornings, you could read one of the scripture readings for our worship service.
  • Morning Prayer Musicians – Musicians are needed to help lead or support Morning prayer worship, from keyboardists to instrumentalists to vocalists who know (or want to learn) how to cantor.
  • Celebrate! Praise Team – Instrumentalists and vocalists are welcome for our Wednesday night Celebrate! Service.

To get involved, talk to one of the pastors, join our Discord group, or fill out this Google form!

The Chapel began using this gluten- and dairy-free communion bread recipe during the 2015–16 academic year:

  1. We use Pamela’s gluten-free, nondairy whole grain bread mix.
  2. Mix together 3 1/2 cups of the bread mix, with 1 package of yeast. Whisk together.
  3. Using a 2-cup measuring container, combine 1/4 cup of safflower oil and 3 large eggs, then fill with warm water to the 2-cup line. Mix well.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry. Stir till doughy, but do not overmix.
  5. Split into 3 round loaves, placed on a greased baking sheet. Cover with parchment paper and a towel, and allow to rest in a warm place one hour so bread can rise.
  6. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  7. Using a sharp knife that has been wet with water, cut a cross in the top of each loaf. Bake at 350°F for 50 minutes (possibly 70 minutes). Bread is done when it sounds hollow when flicked with your fingers.

This is the Chapel’s regular communion bread recipe. Amended by Aileen Wetzstein

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup white flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup warm water
1/4 cup of honey

  1. Mix dry ingredients well and set aside. Dissolve the honey in the warm water, add the oil, then the dry ingredients. Mix well. Knead, but don’t overdo it (it doesn’t take much).
  2. Divide into 2 balls and cover with a tea towel. Let rest for 10 minutes. Now flatten each ball with the palm of your hand or rolling pin to approx 1/4 in. (It will be quite springy, so do the best you can).
  3. With a very sharp knife, cut a cross on the top of each flattened “loaf” and bake in an oven that has been preheated to 325°F for 15 minutes.
  4. You can add another 5 minutes to the baking time, which will make it 20 minutes. One doesn’t want it too dark, hence the oven temp at 325°F.