Sunday Worship Service with Rev. Alison L. Boden, Ph.D., Dean of Religious Life and of the Chapel, Princeton University - virtual event

Sun, May 16, 2021, 8:00 am to 9:00 am
All are welcome!
Office of Religious Life

Join us online for Sunday Worship! The service will have magnificent music provided by Penna Rose, Director of Chapel Music, and Eric Plutz, University Organist and with Chloe Horner ’22, soloist.  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. The bulletin for this service is below.

Preaching today, Sunday, May 16, is Rev. Alison L. Boden, Ph.D., Dean of Religious Life and of the Chapel, Princeton University.  

Bulletin for Sunday, May 16, 2021 – Seventh Sunday of Easter

Invitatory: There is a Balm in Gilead arranged by Gilbert Martin (b. 1941)

Welcome and Announcements: Dean Boden

Call to Worship: Dean Thames

Reading: Psalm 1 (Read by Jonathan A. Ort’ 21)

Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers; but their delight is in the law of God, and on this law they meditate day and night. They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for God watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

Solo: Sheep May Safely Graze by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) with Chloe Horner ’22, soloist

Reading: John 17:6-19

“I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy God, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.”

Sermon: “Graduation Advice” by Dean Boden

Hymn: Alleluia! Gracious Jesus! (Hyfrydol)

Alleluia! Gracious Jesus! Yours the scepter, yours the throne! Alleluia! Yours the triumph, yours the victory alone! Hark! the songs of peaceful Zion thunder like a mighty flood; Jesus out of every nation you’ve redeemed us by your blood.

Alleluia! Christ eternal, nothing can disrupt your reign; Alleluia! Born of Mary, heaven and earth are your domain. Human life you fully entered, tending those we count the least, serving both as Priest and victim in the eucharistic feast.

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.

Anthem: Here in This Space by Mel Shu ’19


Voluntary: Fanfare by Alec Wyton (1921-2007)

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; Alexandra Miller-Knaack, Seminarian Intern; Edgar Gomez, Sexton; Lisa McGurr, Sexton

Calendar: All events are fully virtual and available online at

Sunday, May 23, 2021, University Chapel Service.  All are welcome on the 23rd to a zoom coffee hour. The link is:

For additional information, please visit or call 609-258-3047.

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