Jan 29, 2023, 11:00 am12:00 pm


Event Description

Join this Sunday for worship in the University Chapel, led by the dean and the associate dean of religious life and of the chapel, that draws students, faculty, staff, and townspeople together to hear God’s word, to sing God’s praise, to lift up the University in prayer. Each season, marvelous guest preachers are invited to preach in the chapel as well. We hope you can join us!

For those unable to attend in person, this service will be live streamed on the ORL YouTube page available through this link

The bulletin for this service is posted below:

Princeton University Chapel, January 29, 2023 – Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

You are invited to rise, in body or spirit, for those parts of the service marked with an asterisk (*)

Invitatory: Adagio (from Sonata V in C Major, BWV 529) by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)                               

Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 662 by Johann Sebastian Bach      

Welcome and Announcements by Dean Thames                                                                

*Hymn No. 419: Now Thank We All Our Go

*Call to Worship by Becky Schad                                                                           


Reading: Micah 6:1–8

Hear what God says: Rise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice. Hear, you mountains, the controversy of God, and you enduring foundations of the earth; for God has a controversy with the people, and God will contend with Israel. “O my people, what have I done to you? In what have I wearied you? Answer me! For I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and redeemed you from the house of slavery; and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. O my people, remember now what King Balak of Moab devised, what Balaam son of Beor answered him, and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the saving acts of God.”  “With what shall I come before God, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before God with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will God be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?” God has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Almighty require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Interlude: Prelude on Two Folk Hymns (“Resignation” & “Slane”) by Lee Hastings Bristol (1923-1979)                                                                                                                                                                                  

Reading: Matthew 5:1–12

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Sermon: “Following the Prophets” by Rev. Len Scales                                                              

*Hymn: Lord, You Give the Great Commission- The hymn is printed in the bulletin.                 

Prayers of the People by Natalie Harvey

(If there are prayer requests that you would like to share, please raise your hand.)                         

After each petition:

One: God of love and mercy,

All: Hear our prayer.

Lord’s Prayer - Our Father, who art in heaven, 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.

*Exchange of the Peace

One: The peace of God be always with you.

All: And also with you.

(The people may exchange the peace with one another.) 

Offertory Sentence

Music at the Offering: Cantilena in G, Op. 71, No. 1 by Arthur Foote (1853-1937)                                                                                                                                                                                

*Doxology: Sung to the tune of hymn no. 27, Lasst uns erfreuen - Praise God from whom all blessings flow, Praise God all creatures here below, alleluia, alleluia. Praise God above ye heavenly hosts, Creator, Christ, and Holy Ghost, Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

*Prayer for Princeton - to be said by all: 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

*Hymn No. 565: God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending, Austrian Hymn


Voluntary: Postlude in D Minor by Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)

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; Dr. Nicole Aldrich, Director of Chapel Music; Eric Plutz, University Organist; Elizabeth Powers, Chapel Administrator; Natalie Harvey and Becky Schad, Seminary Interns; 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. If you are interested in making a contribution toward Sunday flowers in the chapel as a memorial please contact Liz Powers for details at 258-3048.

Every Sunday of every month the congregation is invited to bring non-perishable food items to be donated to Arm in Arm.

The offering this morning will go to the Princeton Senior Resource Center.  The Princeton Senior Resource Center is a private non-profit organization founded in 1974 to provide programs and services to promote healthy aging for Princeton area older adults.

Today we welcome guest organist Chris Hatcher, who received his Undergraduate and Graduate degrees from Westminster Choir College.  He is currently serving parishes in New Jersey as a freelance organist, having worked the last seven years as Principal Organist at St. Mary’s Abbey/Delbarton School in Morristown NJ, where he was responsible for playing approximately 550 services annually. Prior to that he was Director of Music/Organist at The Brooklyn Oratory Church of St. Boniface in Brooklyn, NY. Chris is also currently employed as an Academic Designer for McGraw-Hill Education, helping to develop/revise a K-12 music education curriculum. Chris has lived with his wife, Jerilyn, in Morristown, NJ, for the last 20 years. 

All week – Chapel Choir auditions: All members of the campus community-- faculty, staff, undergrad and grad students, and their families and friends--are welcome to join us. Auditions continue through February.  Visit to learn more and to schedule an appointment. Contact director Nicole Aldrich with any questions ([email protected] or 609-258-3654).


Today, January 29, 2023—1:30 p.m. Hallelujah Church @ Princeton, Murray-Dodge Hall, Room 104 — A service of exciting worship, inspiring music, and a place of grace where love, hope and faith come alive. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2023 —12:00 noon — Hour of Power, Murray-Dodge Hall 104—an interdenominational weekly Christian service of praise, prayer, music, and proclamation. 

5:30 pm. —Sound Journey. Ruth Cunningham, founding member of Anonymous 4 and sound healing practitioner, offers composed and improvised music for meditation, contemplation, and prayer.

Thursday, February 2, 2023—12:30 p.m.—After Noon Concert Series—The concerts are free and all are invited.  The performer will be Ian Quinn, Florida State University.

Sunday, February 5, 2023—11:00 a.m. University Chapel Service with communion.  The preacher will be Dean Boden.

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