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Sun, May 9, 2021, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
All are welcome!
Office of Religious Life

Join us for this very special worship service "Student Recognition Sunday" with the winner of the Rev. Dr. Joseph C. Williamson Sermon Competition, delivering the sermon. There will be awards and acknowledgements of distinguished students as well. As always, there will be amazing music featuring Eric Plutz, University Organist, and Penna Rose, Director of Chapel Music.

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.

Guest preaching this Sunday is Nathaniel Hontz ’21 - winner of the Rev. Dr. Joseph C. Williamson Sermon Competition.

The link for this service is here Chapel Service.

This is a fully virtual event. The bulletin for this service is below.

Bulletin for Sunday, May 9, 2021 – Sixth Sunday of Easter – Student Recognition Sunday

Invitatory: Cantabile by César Franck (1822-1890) with guest musician, Alfred Yoon ’22, organist

Welcome and Announcements: Dean Boden

Call to Worship: Dean Thames

Student Recognition Awards

The Kenneth Christopher Harris ’65 Memorial Award: Shanaz Deen ’21, Jon Ort ’21, Simone Wallk ‘21

The Sonya Rudikoff Gutman Choral Award: In memory of Sonya Rudikoff Gutman, beloved congregant of the Princeton University Chapel and supporter of young people in the arts.: Nathaniel J. Hontz ’21

Recognition of Chapel Seminarian: Alexandra Miller-Knaack

The Rev. Dr. Joseph C. Williamson Sermon Competition Award: Nathaniel J. Hontz ’21

Graduating Deacons: Jon Ort ’21, Phoebe Warren ’21

Acknowledgment of Graduating Seniors in the Chapel Choir: Tessa Flanagan, Isabel Greene, Nathaniel J. Hontz, Kyle Johnson, Sean Kim, David McElroy, Kennedy Miller, Natashia Neckles, Phoebe Park, Maxwell Xu

Reading: Psalm 98 (Read by Thomas Hontz ’22)

O sing to God a new song, for God has done marvelous things. God’s right hand and holy arm have gained victory. God has made known this victory; God has revealed God’s vindication in the sight of the nations. God has remembered God’s steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God. Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises. Sing praises to God with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody. With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the Sovereign, our God. Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who live in it. Let the floods clap their hands; let the hills sing together for joy at the presence of God, who is coming to judge the earth. God will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.

Anthem: I Got Me Flowers by Daniel Burton (b. 1944) with Chapel Choir and Alumni, April 28, 2020; Organizer and Music Producer Mel Shu ’19; Video Producer Catherine Lu ’17, and Production Assistants Abigail Kelly ’15 and Ari Mytelka ‘17

Reading: John 15:9-17

As God has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept God’s commandments and abide in God’s love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from God. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that God will give you whatever you ask in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.

Sermon: "Joy Completed" by Nathaniel J. Hontz ’21

Hymn: When In Our Music God is Glorified (Engelberg)

When in our music God is glorified, and adoration leaves no room for pride, it is as though the whole creation cried: Alleluia!

How often, making music, we have found a new dimension in the world of sound, as worship moved us to a more profound: Alleluia!

Let every instrument be tuned for praise! Let all rejoice who have a voice to raise! And may God give us faith to sing always: Alleluia!

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: The Prayer of Cardinal Newman by James Whitbourn (b. 1963)


Voluntary: Excerpt from Sonata in D Minor, Op. 65, No. 6 by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) with guest musician, Alfred Yoon ’22, organist

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

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