View Online | Sunday Worship Service with guest preacher, Rev. Dr. Theon Johnson III, Pastor of Downs Memorial United Methodist Church in Oakland, CA

Sun, Aug 2, 2020, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
All are welcome!
Office of Religious Life

Join us for worship on Sunday, August 2, 2020 with guest preacher, Rev. Dr. Theon Johnson III, Pastor of Downs Memorial United Methodist Church in Oakland, CA. The service will have magnificent music provided by Penna Rose, Director of Chapel Music, and Eric Plutz, University Organist.

The recorded service goes live at 8am and may be followed by clicking the link here Sunday Chapel Service and will remain archived (along with concerts and other amazing programs), and we encourage you to return to them whenever you might find that to be helpful.

Bulletin for August 2, 2020: Summer Service

Invitatory: Scherzo from Symphony No. 2, Op. 20 by Louis Vierne (1870-1937)

Welcome and Announcements: Dean Thames

Call to Worship

Reading: Matthew 14:13-21 - Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” And he said, “Bring them here to me.” Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Sermon: “Envisioning Miraculous Generosity” by Rev. Dr. Theon Johnson III

Hymn: “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You” (Hymn to Joy)

Lyrics: Joyful, joyful, we adore you, God of glory, God of love; Hearts unfold like flowers before you, opening to the sun above. Melt the clouds of sin and sadness, drive the storms of doubt away; giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day.

All your works with joy surround you, earth and heaven reflect your rays, stars and angels sing around you, center of unbroken praise. Field and forest, vale and mountain, flowery meadow, flashing sea, chanting bird and flowing fountain, teach us what our praise should be.

Mortals, join the mighty chorus which the morning stars began; boundless love is reigning o'er us, reconciling race and clan. Ever singing, move we forward, faithful in the midst of strife, joyful music leads us onward in the triumph song of life.

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: Trumpet Tune in A by David N. Johnson (1922-1988)

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

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.

Rev. Dr. Theon Johnson III is a Mississippi native who is currently creating “home” while building community in Oakland, California. An Ordained Elder in The United Methodist Church, Dr. Johnson has served as a campus minister and in local churches in both Mississippi and California. In 2012, Dr. Johnson became the youngest person appointed to serve at Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco, California. In addition to serving as a pastoral presence and advocate for thousands of congregants and clients, Dr. Johnson considered serving as a cheerleader for the 160+ member GLIDE staff as one of his most significant roles during his tenure.

In July 2018, Dr. Johnson was appointed to serve among the people of Downs Memorial United Methodist Church in Oakland, California. In addition to providing pastoral leadership, he also serves on the Board of Directors of the Downs Community Development Corporation – a nonprofit founded to provide direct social services which elevate the economic and educational capacity of the East Bay community.

Dr. Johnson has earned degrees from Millsaps College (Jackson, MS), Wesley Theological Seminary (Washington, D.C.), and Jackson State University (Jackson, MS). His research interests explore dynamics related to organizational leadership, culture, and strategy.

Summer Preacher Schedule 2020

August 9: Tiffney Marley, Ordained American Baptist clergy in Durham, NC

August 16: Adam Briddell, Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Eugene in Eugene, OR

August 23: Regina D. Langley, African Methodist Episcopal Church Itinerant Elder

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

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