Join us for worship on Sunday, September 27, 2020 with Rev. Alison L. Boden, Ph.D., Dean of Religious Life and the Chapel at Princeton University. The service will have magnificent music provided Penna Rose, Director of Chapel Music and by Eric Plutz, University Organist.
The recorded service is available at 8am here Chapel Sunday Service and join us for Bible Study at 10am with Alex Miller-Knaack, Chapel Seminary Intern. Email Alex Miller-Knaack, at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and information to connect to the Bible Study. Bring your coffee, your questions, and yourself. We’ll gather together for an hour to wrestle with what Scripture has for us today.
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. The bulletin is below.
Bulletin for September 27, 2020: Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost
Invitatory: “There is a Balm in Gilead” arranged by Adolphus Hailstork (b. 1941)
Welcome and Announcements: Dean Thames
Call to Worship: Alexandra Miller-Knaack
Reading: Exodus 17:1-7 (Read by Kennedy Miller ’21)
From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as God commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. The people quarrelled with Moses, and said, ‘Give us water to drink.’ Moses said to them, ‘Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test God?’ But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against Moses and said, ‘Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?’ So Moses cried out to God, ‘What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.’ God said to Moses, ‘Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.’ Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarrelled and tested God, saying, ‘Is God among us or not?’
Solo: Our Father….I Go On from Mass by Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) with Dr. Rochelle Ellis, soloist
Reading: Philippians 2:1-13
If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death even death on a cross.
Therefore, God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Creator.
Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for God’s good pleasure.
Sermon: “Be Who You Are” by Dean Boden
Hymn: O Love, How Vast, How Flowing Free Deo Gracias
Lyrics: O Love, how vast, how flowing free, O Love how filled with ecstasy, that God a human form should take, and mortal be for mortals’ sake.
For us baptized, and fasting long, for us was tempted by the wrong, for us the pangs of hunger knew; for us the Tempter overthrew.
Then for God’s boundless love sing praise through endless ages, countless days; by Love we have been reconciled: salvation gained through God’s own Child.
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: A Simple Song from Mass by Leonard Bernstein with Dr. Rochelle Ellis, soloist
Voluntary: Carillon (from Sept Pièces, Op. 27) by Marcel Dupré(1886-1971)
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.
Calendar: Sunday, October 4, 2020, University Chapel Service. The preacher will be Dean Thames.
For additional information, please visit chapel.princeton.edu or call 609-258-3047.