View Online | Sunday Worship Service with guest preacher, Dr. Patrick Reyes

Sun, Oct 11, 2020, 8:00 am to 9:00 am
All are welcome!
Office of Religious Life

Join us for worship on Sunday, October 11, 2020 with guest preacher, Dr. Patrick Reyes, Director of Strategic Partnerships for Doctoral Initiatives, Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE). The recorded service goes live on Sunday morning at 8am and is available here Chapel Sunday 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.  After the service, we hope you can join us for a Zoom Discussion at 10 a.m. (ET) with Dr. Patrick Reyes, today's guest preacher. The link is

Bulletin for October 11, 2020: Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Gathering Music: We Have Come Into This House by Kenton Rogers; I Won’t Complain by Rev. Paul Jones with guest musicians Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin, soloist and Paul Sottile, Jr., pianist

Welcome and Announcements: Dean Boden

Call to Worship: Alexandra Miller-Knaack

Solo: Give Me A Clean Heart by Margaret Douroux

Reading: Luke 4:14-29

Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: “The Spirit of God is upon me, because God has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. God has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the God’s favor.” And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” He said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Doctor, cure yourself!’ And you will say, ‘Do here also in your hometown the things that we have heard you did at Capernaum.’” And he said, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown. But the truth is, there were many widows in Israel in the time of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a severe famine over all the land; yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.” When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff.

Sermon: “Finding Freedom at Home” by Dr. Patrick B. Reyes

Hymn: Come to Tend God’s Garden King’s Weston

Lyrics: Come to tend God’s garden, seeds of hope to sow, planting fields of justice, watching mercy grow! In an arid wasteland, spread a verdant heath! In a land of tumult, cultivate God’s peace.

As we tend God’s garden, from its furrows rise stems of fresh beginnings, stretching toward the skies! Graciousness, our meadow, joyfulness, our root, unity, our foliage, righteousness, our fruit!

May God’s garden flourish, may our toil succeed, may God bless our actions, every word and deed! Serving Christ each season, with God’s diagram, charted by the Spirit, for the task at hand! (John A. Dalles, 1992)

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.

Solo: Jesus is the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me by Jim Weatherly and James Cleveland


Voluntary: Toccata on “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by Mark Miller (b. 1967)

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

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.

Dr. Patrick B. Reyes is the author of the forthcoming book _The Purpose Gap: Empowering Communities of Color to Find Meaning and Thrive_, and of the award-winning book Nobody Cries When We Die: God, Community, and Surviving to Adulthood. A Chicano educator, administrator, and institutional strategist, he currently serves as Senior Director of Learning Design at the Forum for Theological Exploration, where his portfolio includes oversight of organizational thought leadership, resource development, and annual grant funding. He is president-elect of the Religious Education Association and serves on several boards supporting the next generation of religious leaders and educators of color. You can learn more about Patrick at


Today: Sunday, October 11, 2020, 10:00 a.m. eastern time. A zoom discussion with our preacher will be held. All are invited to reflect further with Dr. Patrick B. Reyes on his sermon’s themes. The link is

Sunday, October 18, 2020, University Chapel Service. The preacher will be Dean Boden.

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

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