View Online | Sunday Worship Service with guest preacher, Rev. Tiffney L. Marley, Ordained American Baptist clergy in Durham, NC

Sun, Aug 9, 2020, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
All are welcome!
Office of Religious Life

Join us for worship on Sunday, August 9, 2020 with guest preacher,  Reverend Tiffney L. Marley, Ordained American Baptist clergy in Durham, NC. The service will have magnificent music provided by Penna Rose, Director of Chapel Music, and by 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 9, 2020: Summer Service

Invitatory: Adagio from Organ Sonata, Op. 65, No. 1 by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

Welcome and Announcements: Dean Boden

Call to Worship

Reading: Genesis 37:1-4; 19-2 - Jacob settled in the land where his father had lived as an alien, the land of Canaan. This is the story of the family of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was shepherding the flock with his brothers; he was a helper to the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father’s wives; and Joseph brought a bad report of them to their father. Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his children, because he was the son of his old age; and he had made him a long robe with sleeves. But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably to him. They said to one another, “Here comes this dreamer. Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; then we shall say that a wild animal has devoured him, and we shall see what will become of his dreams.” But when Reuben heard it, he delivered him out of their hands, saying, “Let us not take his life.”

Sermon: “A Work in Progress" by The Reverend Tiffney L. Marley

Hymn: “Amazing Grace”

Lyrics: Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me: I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see.

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved; How precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed!

When we’ve been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun, we’ve no less days to sing God’s grace than when we’d first begun.

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: Allegro assai vivace from Organ Sonata, Op. 65, No. 1 by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

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.

The Reverend Tiffney L. Marley is a native of North Carolina. As a child, she was raised by modest, hardworking parents who worked for a rural textile factory and who inspired her to dream and to embrace new opportunities. For twenty-three years, she has served in the academic, community nonprofit and faith-based sectors.

In the early 1970’s, Tiffney was touched by the Community Action Network, an anti-poverty movement which provided her low-income family with needed supports and gave her access to early childhood education as a Head Start participant. Now she is one of the leaders of this movement as the Vice President for Practice Transformation for the National Community Action Partnership in Washington, DC. In this capacity, she leads training and technical assistance strategies to maximize impact and transform anti-poverty practices of the Community Action Network. This work has many dimensions including leadership of the National Learning Communities Resource Center (LCRC)—the national Community Action innovations hub for addressing the causes and conditions of poverty, working with CAAs to redesign their programmatic strategies, and collaborating with governmental and private stakeholders on special initiatives to transform organizations and systems. A Whole Family Approach and Institutional Equity leader, Tiffney has successfully led multiple intensive technical assistance cohorts aimed to transform organizational and anti-poverty practice.

Tiffney is an ordained American Baptist minister; however, she is an ecumenical soul and has served in various capacities in local congregations for over 25 years. She has preached everywhere from the storefront to the cathedral and in various contexts in the U.S., Latin America and Africa. She is the former Director of Black Church Studies at Duke University Divinity School where she “midwived” several emerging clergy leaders of all races, especially women and led an international social justice initiative focused transformative efforts for black and brown people in the global south.

She is a Certified Community Action Professional, Nationally Certified ROMA Master Trainer, and a Rx Racial Healing Practitioner. She also holds a Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate from Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy, a Master of Divinity from Duke University, and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Mathematics Education from North Carolina State University.

Her biggest accomplishment is that she is the mother of twins, Randi and Jesse, whom she is grooming to become future leaders.

Summer Preacher Schedule 2020

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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