Virtual Reunions 2021 | Worship Service - Virtual Event

Sun, May 23, 2021, 8:00 am to 9:00 am
All are welcome!
Office of Religious Life

Join us online for Sunday Worship on this Virtural Reunion Weekend! The service will have magnificent music provided by Penna Rose, Director of Chapel Music, and Eric Plutz, University Organist. The recorded service is available Sunday at 8am here Chapel 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.

Please note this is a fully virtual event.

Guest preaching today, Sunday, May 23, is the Rev. Dr. Robert W. Prichard ‘71, Virginia Theological Seminary, from the 50th Class of 1971 for Virtual Reunions 2021.

Bulletin for Sunday, May 23, 2021 – Day of Pentecost

Invitatory: Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herr Gott, BuxWV by Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707)

Welcome and Announcements: Dean Boden

Call to Worship: Dean Thames

Reading: Acts 2:1-11

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.  Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.”

Anthem: Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing (Nettleton) arranged by Mack Wilberg

Reading: John 15:26-27

“When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Creator, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Creator, he will testify on my behalf. You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning.”

Sermon: “Luke’s Vision of the Pentecost and the University” by the Rev. Dr. Robert W. Prichard ’71

Hymn: Come, O Spirit, Dwell Among Us Ebenezer (Ton-Y-Botel)

Come, O Spirit, dwell among us, come with Pentecostal power; give the church a stronger vision, help us face each crucial hour. Built upon a firm foundation, Jesus Christ, the Cornerstone, still the church is called to mission that God’s love shall be made known.

Come, O Spirit, dwell among us; give us words of fire and flame. Help our struggling voices praise you, glorify your holy name. Good Creator, Savior, Spirit, Three in One: what mystery! We would sing our loud hosannas now and through eternity.

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 Road Home (Prospect) arranged by Stephen Paulus


Voluntary: Fantasia super: "Komm, Heiliger Geist," BWV 651 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

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

Our preacher today is the Rev. Dr. Robert W. Prichard. Bob is a graduate of the class of 1971. Following graduation, he earned a Master of Divinity degree at Yale Divinity School and entered the ordained ministry of the Episcopal Church, serving three different parishes in Virginia, before earning a Ph.D. in Church History from Emory University and joining the faculty of the Virginia Theological Seminary, He taught there 1983 to 2019. A Spanish major at Princeton, he also founded the first Spanish-language Episcopal congregation in Virginia and assisted in the founding of two others. Bob is the author or editor of ten books, including A History of the Episcopal Church. He is a former president of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church and the current secretary of the Consultation on Common Texts.

Calendar: All events are fully virtual and available online at

Today, May 23, 2021:  A virtual coffee hour will follow the service at 11:00 am EDT; please click on the following link to join

Sunday, May 30, 2021, University Chapel Service. Our guest preacher will be Alex Serna-Wallender, University Chaplain at Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas.

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

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