Students in chapel singing
Photo by John Froschauer

Welcome to Chapel

University Chapel takes place on Wednesdays during the Fall and Spring semesters.  It 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.

Morning Chapel provides 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.

Speaker Schedule

September 7, 2016          Jen Rude, University Pastor

September 14, 2016        Willie Bruce, Parkdene Baptist Church in George, South Africa

September 21, 2016        Melannie Cunningham, Director of Multicultural Outreach and Engagement, PLU

September 28, 2016       Listen: Our Stories of Truth – Told, Heard & Honored

October 5, 2016                Hal DeLaRosby, Director of Academic Advising, PLU 

October 12, 2016               JR Nobles, Tacoma/South Puget Sound MESA Director, PLU   

October 19, 2016                Annie Jones Barnes, pastor of Rock City, Tacoma

October 26, 2016                Samuel Torvend, Professor of Religion and Lutheran Studies Chair, PLU

November 2, 2016               All Saints

November 9, 2016               Tom Krise, President PLU

November 16, 2016             John Rosenberg, Interim Director of Congregational Outreach and Engagement, PLU

November 23, 2016            NO CHAPEL – Thanksgiving Break

November 30, 2016            PLU Students who attended #decolonizinglutheranism conference

December 7, 2016                 Prentis Johnson, pastor of Greater Christ Temple Church, PLU Alumnus

No Chapel during finals week or in January.  Join us again starting spring semester.

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.