Students in chapel singing
Photo by John Froschauer

Welcome to Chapel

University Chapel takes place on Wednesdays during the Fall and Spring semesters. While other religious institutions of education refer to these gatherings as “chapel” or “worship”, we refer to the chapel services by the type of services they are. You may hear us use the terms Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer, but these are essentially chapel services held for all members of the PLU community.

Morning and Evening Prayer provide a “30-minute Sabbath” in the midst of our busy lives; time to pray, sing, reflect, be challenged, and have our spirits nourished and renewed.

Morning Prayer

Morning Prayer (or Mattins) is held during Chapel Break on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. in Ness Family Chapel, third floor of the Karen Hille Philips Center. The service observes the rich liturgical and musical tradition of the Lutheran church, led by our University Organist and Chapel Choir, but from time-to-time, offers different worship styles. Faculty, staff, students, the University Pastor, chaplains, local ministers, and our resident bishop are among those who offer a brief message at these services throughout the academic year.

Students holding candles
Photo by McKenna Morin '19

Evening Prayer

Evening Prayer (or Vespers, Compline) is a student led chapel service held Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. in Ness Family Chapel, third floor of the Karen Hille Philips Center. The style of this candlelight evening worship varies during the academic year. From traditional vespers, to a compline service led by our University Men’s Chorus, to chanting, to intentional prayer vigils and services of healing, to something more modern and contemplative, there is space for everyone. There is no message during this service in order to provide more time for reading the scripture and prayer. This service was inspired by, and often uses, the Holden Evening Prayer liturgy, which was written by Marty Haugen for Holden Village in Chelan, WA.