Sunday Worship Service with guest preacher, Rev. Mark Elsdon - Virtual Event

Sun, Jul 18, 2021, 8:00 am to 9:00 am
All are welcome!
Office of Religious Life

Join us online for Sunday Chapel Worship; the service will have magnificent music provided by Penna Rose, Director of Chapel Music and Eric Plutz, University Organist. The recorded service is available Sunday at 8am here Chapel Service . This service will remain archived after the premiere (along with concerts and other amazing programs), and we encourage you to return to them whenever you might find that to be helpful.

Please note this is a fully virtual event.

Guest preaching today Sunday, July 18, 2021, is Mark Elsdon, Executive Director at Pres House at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. **

Summer Service Bulletin for Sunday, July 18, 2021

Invitatory: Prelude on “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” by Dan Miller (b. 1954)

Welcome & Introduction of Guest Preacher: Dean Thames

Call to Worship


Solo: The Wilderness by Eric Thiman (1900-1975) with Sean Crites ’22, soloist

Sermon: Mark Elsdon

Hymn: Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation (Westminster Abbey)

Christ is made the sure foundation, Christ the head and cornerstone, chosen of our God and precious, binding all the Church in one; Holy Zion’s help forever, and our confidence alone.

To this temple, where we call you, come, O God of Hosts, today! With your constant, loving kindness hear your people as they pray. give your fullest benediction; grace to follow Christ the Way.

Here renew your servants’ vision, that by faith they may attain peace and hope, renewed compassion, strength to comfort those in pain, tears and grief transformed to gladness in your everlasting reign.

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Prayer for Princeton: O Eternal God, the source of life and light for all peoples, we pray you would endow this University with your grace and wisdom: give inspiration and understanding to those who teach and to those who learn; grant vision to its trustees and administrators; to all who work here and to all who bear her name give your guiding Spirit of sacrificial courage and loving service.  Amen.


Voluntary: The Emperor’s Fanfare by Antonio Soler (1729-1783)

Today’s Guest Preacher: Mark Elsdon lives and works at the intersection of money and meaning as an entrepreneur, pastor, consultant, and speaker. He is cofounder of RootedGood, which seeks to create more good in the world through social innovation and executive director at Pres House on the University of Wisconsin's Madison campus.  Mark has a BA in Psychology from UC Berkeley, a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin School of Business. Mark is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church, USA, and lives in Madison, Wisconsin with his spouse and two daughters.

The University Chapel is a welcoming community of faith.  We gather to sing God's praises, to hear God's living Word, to seek justice, and to proclaim God's love for all people.

University Chapel Staff: The Rev. Alison L. Boden, Ph.D., Dean of Religious Life and of the Chapel; The Rev. Dr. Theresa S. Thames, Associate Dean of Religious Life and of the Chapel; Penna Rose, Director of Chapel Music; Eric Plutz, University Organist; Elizabeth Powers, Chapel Administrator; Edgar Gomez, Sexton; Lisa McGurr, Sexton

Calendar: All events are fully virtual and available online at  For additional info, please call 609-258-3047 or visit

Next Sunday, July 25, 2021, Summer Chapel Service. Rev. Julie Wilson, Missionary at the UMC General Board of Global Ministries, Winston-Salem, NC

Summer Preacher Schedule Continues:

Sunday, Aug 1 - Rev. Stanley A. Williams, III, Assistant Pastor at Zion Temple United Church of Christ, Durham, NC

Sunday, Aug 8 - Shannon Sullivan, Senior Pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church, Frederick, MD

Sunday, Aug 15 - Dwalunda Alexander, Preaching Associate at Greater Saint Stephen First Church, Fort Worth, TX

Sunday, Aug 22 - Hector Herrera III, Associate Pastor at Tokyo Union Church, Tokyo, Japan

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