Mar 12, 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 12, 2023, Third Sunday in Lent

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

Invitatory: Choral Prelude on “Wondrous Love” by Mathilde McKinney

Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber (1910-1981) Arr. by William Strickland

Welcome and Announcements by Dean Boden                                                                                     

*Hymn No. 13: O My Soul, Bless Your Creator                                                                                               

*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: Exodus 17:1-7

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 quarreled 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?’

Anthem: I Will Arise by Gwyneth Walker (b. 1947)

Come, ye sinners, poor and needy, weak and wounded, sick and sore;

Jesus ready stands to save you, full of pity, love, and power.

I will arise and go to Jesus, He will embrace me in his arms.
In the arms of my dear Savior, O, there are ten thousand charms.

All ye needy, come and welcome, God's free bounty glorify;

true belief and true repentance, ev'ry grace that brings you nigh.

Let not conscience make you linger, nor of fitness fondly dream;

all the fitness God requires is to feel your love of Him.

Come, ye weary, heavy laden, bruised and mangled by the fall; if you tarry till you're better, you will never come at all. By Joseph Hart

Reading: John 4: 5-42   

So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon.

A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, ‘Give me a drink’. (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?’ (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, “Give me a drink”, you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?’ Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.’

Jesus said to her, ‘Go, call your husband, and come back.’ The woman answered him, ‘I have no husband.’ Jesus said to her, ‘You are right in saying, “I have no husband”; for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true!’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, I see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshipped on this mountain, but you say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship God neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship God in spirit and truth, for God seeks such as these to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship God must worship in spirit and truth.’ The woman said to him, ‘I know that Messiah is coming’ (who is called Christ). ‘When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I am he, the one who is speaking to you.’

Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, ‘What do you want?’ or, ‘Why are you speaking with her?’ Then the woman left her water-jar and went back to the city. She said to the people, ‘Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?’ They left the city and were on their way to him.

Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, ‘Rabbi, eat something.’ But he said to them, ‘I have food to eat that you do not know about.’ So the disciples said to one another, ‘Surely no one has brought him something to eat?’ Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the will of God who sent me and to complete God’s work. Do you not say, “Four months more, then comes the harvest”? But I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting. The reaper is already receiving wages and is gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, “One sows and another reaps.” I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.’

Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, ‘He told me everything I have ever done.’ So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there for two days. And many more believed because of his word. They said to the woman, ‘It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world.’

Sermon: “Real Recognize Real" by Natalie Harvey, Princeton Theological Seminary Intern          

*Hymn No. 207: Just As I Am                                                                                                    

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. 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.

Choral Response With Prayer and Supplication, Op. 8, no. 2 by Amy Beach (1867-1944)

With prayer and supplication, let your requests be known unto God. And the peace of God which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ our Lord. Philippians 4:6-7, alt.

*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: Peace I Leave with You, Op. 8, no. 3 by Amy Beach

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled. John 14:27


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!

*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. 459: Come, O Fount of Every Blessing                               


Voluntary: Tu es petra et portai inferi non prævalebunt adversus te by Henri Mulet (1878-1967) (from Esquisse Byzantines)                                                         

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 St. Francis Inn.   St. Francis Inn is a multi-faceted community program aiming to meet basic needs in North Philadelphia.  It is run by a number of Franciscan Brothers and lay volunteers

Today the flowers are given in memory of Henry S. Horn.

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 Mathilde McKinney, Gwyneth Walker, and Amy Beach.

Mathilde McKinney was a concert pianist and teacher at Westminster Choir College. One of her most famous students is composer John Harbison, who remembers her as “a tough teacher… I had become a full-time jazz player and apparently I just couldn't play even eighth notes. I was swinging everything and she just was bothered. She just didn't think that was anything she wanted to go any further with, so she said, ‘You're writing these pieces. Just bring me your pieces and we'll look at those.’… She was a composer, fortunately. And so from then on, through high school, I brought in my pieces to her. And she put them on her piano recitals at the end, and I had two good results. I got to hear my pieces, but also I didn't have to play on the recitals.”  One supposes that McKinney was as happy about that as Harbison was. (Infinite MIT)

Gwyneth Walker is a graduate of Brown University and the Hartt School of Music. She holds B.A., M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in Music Composition. A former faculty member of the Oberlin College Conservatory, she resigned from academic employment in 1982 in order to pursue a career as a full-time composer. For nearly 30 years, she lived on a dairy farm in Braintree, Vermont before returning to live in her childhood hometown of New Canaan, Connecticut. A composer since age two, Gwyneth Walker has always placed great value on writing in a broad array of genres. Her catalog includes arrangements of traditional folk songs; original music in both vocal and instrumental genres; dramatic works that combine music with readings, acting, and movement; works for student performers of all ages; and large-scale pieces for professional players and ensembles. (Composer’s official biography)

Some readers may know Amy Marcy Cheney Beach as Mrs. H. H. A. Beach, the name under which many of her compositions were originally published. A musical prodigy who began composing and playing when she was 4 years old, she made her debut as piano soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at age 18, performing Chopin’s Concerto in F minor. After her marriage to Mr. H. H. A. Beach, she performed less frequently (by his request), focusing on composing instead. During this time, she wrote violin and piano sonatas, large-scale choral works, and a symphony. After her husband’s death in 1910, Beach sailed for Europe to establish her reputation there as both a performer and composer, receiving enthusiastic reviews. She became a fellow at the MacDowell Colony in 1921, and in 1925 she was a founding member and first president of the Society of American Women Composers. (Library of Congress)


Sunday, March 19, 2023—11:00 a.m. University Chapel Service.  The preacher will be Dean Boden.

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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