Wednesday Chapel

Wednesday’s service observes the rich liturgical and musical tradition of the Lutheran church, led by our University Organist and Chapel Choir. 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.

Wrestling with Blessing: Encountering God in the Unexpected

Scripture is full of blessings. And often these blessings run counter to our expectations or reveal something surprising, or even disturbing. And in these places of blessing, we may wrestle both with the blessing and with God. This semester we’ll explore blessings in the Bible and join in the ancient practice of wrestling with God.

Theme: “Blessing the Struggle” Genesis 32:24-31

Speaker:
Conner Peterson, Student 20′

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Theme:
“Blessing of Abundance” Mark 8:1-10

Speaker:
Seth Dowland, Religion/Women and Gender Studies

Seth Dowland

Theme:
“Blessing of Choices”  Deuteronomy 11:26-28

Speaker:
Keith Cooper, Philosophy Dept.

Keith Cooper

Theme:
“Countercultural Blessings” Matthew 5:1-2

Speaker:
Lynn Tucker, Kinesology

Lynn Tucker

Ash Wednesday - No Chapel

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Theme:
“Blessing of Giving/Generosity” 2 Corinithian 9:6-9

Speaker:
Rick Knowlton, Nursing

Rich Knowlton

Theme:
“Blessing of Rest” – Genesis 2:1-3

Speaker:
Pamela Rice, Office of Student Life

Pamela Rice

Spring Break - No Chapel

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Theme:
“Blessing of Enemies” Matthew 5:43-45

Speaker:
Erik Hammerstrom, Religion Dept.

erik Hammerstrom

Theme:
“Blessing of Trust” Jeremiah 17:5-8

Speaker:
Riley Reed, Student 20′

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Theme:
“Blessing of Dying for Living” John 12:20-36

Speaker:
TBA

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Theme:
“Blessing of Kinship/Family” Mark 3:31-35

Speaker:
Doug Oakman, Religion Dept.

Doug Oakman

Theme:
“Blessing of Peace” John 20:19-23
Speaker:
TBA

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Theme:
“Blessing of Doubt” John 20:24-29

Speaker:
Alexis Nelson, Office of Student Engagement

Alexis Nelson

Theme:
“Blessing of Vision”

Speaker:
TBA

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