Mar 5, 2023, 11:00 am12:00 pm


Event Description

Join us each 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 week's service is posted below.

Princeton University Chapel, March 5, 2023 – Second Sunday in Lent

A Service of Holy Communion

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

Invitatory: Prélude from Suite, Op. 5 by Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)                                  

Prélude in f minor by Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979)

Welcome and Announcements by Dean Boden                                                                                                                                                                                                                        *Hymn No. 68: God Is Truly With Us                                                                                     

*Call to Worship by Natalie Harvey              

*Prayer of Confession                                                                                                                     

One: Let us confess our sins to God.

All: Almighty and everlasting God, always more ready to hear than we are to pray, always willing to give more than we either desire or deserve: pour upon us the abundance of your mercy; forgive what we have been, help us to amend what we are, and direct what we shall be; that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, through Jesus Christ our Savior.  Amen.

*Assurance of Forgiveness            

Reading: Psalm 121            

One: I lift up my eyes to the hills— from where will my help come?

All: My help comes from God, who made heaven and earth.

One: God will not let your foot be moved; God who keeps you will not slumber.

All: God who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

One: God is your keeper and is your shade at your right hand.

All: The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.

One: God will keep you from all evil; God will keep your life.

All: God will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.

Anthem: Saliga by Alice Tegnér (1864-1943)

Blessed are they who hear God’s word and obey it. Luke 11:28                                               

Reading: John 3:1-17

Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, ‘Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.’ Jesus answered him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.’ Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?’ Jesus answered, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, “You must be born from above.” The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.’ Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can these things be?’ Jesus answered him, ‘Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?

‘Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.  ‘For God so loved the world that God gave God’s only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.  ‘Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.’                

Sermon: “Playing Hide & Seek with God” by Dean Thames

 *Hymn No. 208: God Loved the World        

Prayers of the People. (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, Hallowed be thy Name. kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, 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: O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht, BWV 118 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Words by Martin Behm (1557-1622):

O Jesus Christ, my life’s light. My refuge, my comfort, my reassurance. On earth I am only a guest. And the burden of sin presses down heavily on me.                                                         

*Doxology: Sung to the tune of hymn no. 7         

Praise God the Source of life and birth, Praise God the Word enfleshed on earth, Praise God, the Spirit, Holy Flame, All glory, honor to God’s name!


*Invitation to Communion

Kyrie From Deutsche Messe by Franz Peter Schubert (1797-1828)

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Chris, have mercy. Chris, have mercy. Chris, have mercy. Chris, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

One: This is the joyful feast of the people of God.

All: Let us rejoice and be glad.

One: Creator God, We bless you and praise you, You spoke and the Earth was formed. You drew a breath and the sea rose.

All: All of creation sings your praises.

Sanctus From Deutsche Messe by Franz Peter Schubert

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord. God of power and might.

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord. God of power and might.

Heaven and earth are full, full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the highest.

One: From the dust of the Earth, you created our bodies.  You gave us our senses and blessed us with the power of reason and love.  Yet we turned against you and one another.

All: Have mercy on us, mighty God.

One: And so you sent us Jesus, the incarnate one, to show us how to love you.  He announced good news to the poor, release to the captive, sight to the blind, and freedom to the oppressed.

All: Through all his life and death, He reconciled us to you and to one another.

Agnus Dei From Deutsche Messe by Franz Peter Schubert

Jesus, Lamb of God: have mercy on us.

Jesus, bearer of our sins: have mercy on us.

Jesus, redeemer, redeemer of the world: give us your peace. Give us your peace.

One: Witnessing to that reconciliation, on the night he was arrested, in company with his good friends, Jesus took bread.  After giving thanks, he broke it and said:

All: Take. Eat.  This is my body, which is given for you.  Do this, remembering me.

One: After supper, he took a cup of wine and said:

All: Drink this, all of you.  This is the new covenant, sealed in my blood; whenever you drink it, do this, remembering me.

One: Remembering Jesus, we ask you to send the power of the Holy Spirit upon this bread and this wine that these gifts may be for us the sacrament of your healing presence among us in a broken and bleeding world.  Feed us with your power; fill us with your peace; lead us, reconciled and redeemed, into the world, to work for the liberation and reconciliation of all peoples.

All: In the name of God, Creating, Redeeming, and Sanctifying, we pray, Amen.         

One: The gifts of God for the people of God.

All of God’s people are welcome at God’s table. Please come forward to receive Communion. You are then invited to return to your seats to keep silence for meditation and prayer

Music during Communion: Tantum ergo sacramentum by Stephanie Martin

Let us therefore, bowing low, Venerate so great a Sacrament; And let the old Law give way to the new rite; Let faith afford assistance. To the deficiency of the senses.

To the Begetter and the Begotten. Let there be praise and jubilation, Salvation and honor, and power and blessing; And to the One proceeding from both. Let there be equal praise. By St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)

*Thanksgiving: To be said by all.

 Eternal God, we thank you for graciously calling us into community with Jesus and one another, and for beginning in us the age that is to come.  Grant us courage and send us forth to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Jesus Christ.  To Christ, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and forever.  Amen.

*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 administrators; to all who work here and to all who bear her name give your guiding Spirit of sacrificial courage and loving service.  Amen.                    

*Hymn No. 408: All My Hope on God Is Founded                                      


Voluntary: Prelude in B Minor, BWV 544 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

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 further the ministry of the University Chapel.

Women’s History Month Music Series. The month of March is set aside as Women’s History Month, a time to commemorate and celebrate the contributions of women to society across history. Today’s music honors the work of Nadia Boulanger, Alice Tegnér, and Stephanie Martin.

French music teacher and conductor Nadia Boulanger entered the Paris Conservatoire at the age of 9, winning prizes in solfege, harmony, organ, piano accompanying, and composition. She is best known as the composition teacher of many famous musicians, including Aaron Copland, Virgil Thompson, Philip Glass, Roy Harris, and Quincy Jones.

Alice Tegnér was a Swedish music teacher, poet, and composer who is known as the foremost composer of Swedish children’s songs at the turn of the 20th century. She also wrote chamber and choral music and published the hymnbook Nu ska visjunga in 1943.

Canadian composer and conductor Stephanie Martin serves on the faculty of York University in Toronto, where she teaches music history, composition, harpsichord, and organ. Her compositions include small-scale choral works, cantatas, oratorios, and opera.\



Today, March 5, 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, March 8, 2023—12:00 noon—Hour of Power, Murray-Dodge Hall 104—an interdenominational weekly Christian service of praise, prayer, music, and proclamation.

  • 7:00 p.m.: Chamber Meditations, Chapel. An hour of improvised chamber music, ambient sound healing, and breathwork invites the community to relax in a sacred space of intentional healing. Led by composer Hope Littwin GS and breathwork facilitator Pritam Siri.

Thursday, March 9, 2023—12:30 p.m.—After Noon Concert Series—The concerts are free and all are invited.  The performer will be Kathleen Scheide, Church of the Loving Shepherd, West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Sunday, March 12, 2023—11:00 a.m. University Chapel Service with communion. The preacher will be Princeton Theological Seminary intern Natalie Harvey.   


Holy Week Services Sponsored by the Office of Religious Life:

Tuesday, April 4, 2023. 8:00 pm

Stations of the Cross by Marcel Dupre with poetry of Paul ClaudeI.

Ken Cowan, organist

Theresa Thames, reader

Maundy Thursday, April 6, 2023. 8:00 pm

The service will be held in the Chancellor Green Rotunda.

Good Friday Services, April 7, 2023. 12:00 noon

Contemplative service of meditation including the reproaches from the cross.

8:00pm Tenebrae

Candlelight service of readings and devotional music.

Easter Services

Easter Sunday, April 9, 2023 8:00 am. Holy Communion.

Dean Boden will be the preacher.

11:00 am.

Easter Festival Service with Holy Communion.

Dean Boden will be the preacher.

1:30 pm.

Hallelujah! Murray-Dodge Hall

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Special Event