Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University

Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University As a Christian community amid an academic setting, we seek a collaborative life together in our commitment and service to Jesus Christ. Centered in Christ, the ministry of the Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University proclaims God’s love, serves students, faculty, staff, and the wider community, and welcomes all.
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The Chapel offers eight worship services a week when classes are in session.

Mission: The Chapel's Mission and Vision: Centered in Christ, the ministry of the Chapel of the Resurrection proclaims God’s love, serves students, faculty, staff, and the wider community, and welcomes all. What does this mean? As a Christian community amid an academic setting, we seek a collaborative life together in our commitment and service to Jesus Christ. How do we seek to live out this mission? Through Worship and the Arts we proclaim God’s Word, offer our talents and gifts, and receive forgiveness, life and salvation Through Spiritual Formation and Empowerment for Service we teach and learn together, mentor toward leadership, and practice faith. Through a Lutheran Character and an Ecumenical and Interfaith Context we bear witness to the theology of the cross and embrace a diverse community through a variety of programs and chaplaincy. Through Hospitality and Stewardship we extend God’s welcome and care to all people and tend to that which is entrusted to us.

Operating as usual

On Monday, we started the week off with Morning Prayer and our speaker series "Things I Hope For," with Eli Owen. Direct...
01/27/2021

On Monday, we started the week off with Morning Prayer and our speaker series "Things I Hope For," with Eli Owen. Director of Collegiate Outreach, St. Teresa of Avila. (Photo credit: Daniel Asselstine for the Chapel)
Read Eli's manuscript and find other #ValpoChapel sermons from Morning Prayer, Sunday morning, Celebrate! and Candlelight on our sermons page: https://www.valpo.edu/chapel/sermons/
Learn more about our five different Morning Prayer services here: https://www.valpo.edu/chapel/worship/morning-prayer/

New year, new semester and a new time for Morning Prayer. It begins today at 9:45 a.m., ending at 10:05. Elijah Owen, Di...
01/25/2021

New year, new semester and a new time for Morning Prayer. It begins today at 9:45 a.m., ending at 10:05. Elijah Owen, Director of Collegiate Outreach, St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center, is our "Things I Hope For" speaker. Please join us! #8waysaweektoworship #morningprayer #ValpoChapel

Meet the leaders of the Peer Ministers of Valparaiso University this semester! Jen and Derrick, as well as the rest of t...
01/21/2021

Meet the leaders of the Peer Ministers of Valparaiso University this semester! Jen and Derrick, as well as the rest of the Peer Ministry team, are glad to answer questions about what it takes to be a Peer Minister. Remember to apply by Feb. 8 if you're interested in being a part of the team for 2021-22! Find the link at valpo.edu/chapel #valpochapel

01/19/2021
Today at 4:30 pm CST join us live on Facebook as we ring the bells and have a time of prayer in honor of all those who h...
01/19/2021

Today at 4:30 pm CST join us live on Facebook as we ring the bells and have a time of prayer in honor of all those who have lost their lives to COVID 19.

Spotlight on Gina Sylvester! We’re grateful for our students who volunteer their talents in worship at the #valpochapel.
01/18/2021

Spotlight on Gina Sylvester! We’re grateful for our students who volunteer their talents in worship at the #valpochapel.

#TBT Do you remember coming to FOCUS at the Chapel?
01/14/2021

#TBT Do you remember coming to FOCUS at the Chapel?

Dr. Sunghee Kim's most recent prelude we posted to YouTube was for the Baptism of our Lord. Enjoy!
01/11/2021
Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam

Dr. Sunghee Kim's most recent prelude we posted to YouTube was for the Baptism of our Lord. Enjoy!

Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kamBWV 684by J.S. BachOrgan: Fred and Ella Reddel Memorial Organ at the Chapel of the Resurrection (Schlicker, 1959)Organist: ...

Grateful for some sunshine. What are you grateful for today? #valpochapel
01/08/2021

Grateful for some sunshine. What are you grateful for today? #valpochapel

Chapel Spotlight: Meghan O'Brien. #faithjourney #ValpoChapel #volunteer Learn more about volunteering at the Chapel at v...
01/08/2021

Chapel Spotlight: Meghan O'Brien. #faithjourney #ValpoChapel #volunteer
Learn more about volunteering at the Chapel at valpo.edu/chapel

First Chapel Student Spotlight of the new year is on Alyssa Jarabek, head sacristan.
01/04/2021

First Chapel Student Spotlight of the new year is on Alyssa Jarabek, head sacristan.

Students who may be interested in serving as a Peer Minister for next school year, please apply now. valpo.edu/chapel
12/22/2020

Students who may be interested in serving as a Peer Minister for next school year, please apply now. valpo.edu/chapel

For the 4th Sunday in AdventBIBLE PASSAGE — In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee ca...
12/20/2020

For the 4th Sunday in Advent

BIBLE PASSAGE — In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. ...http://www.agnusday.org/

Student spotlight on Dahliah and Derrick, two Valpo students whose involvement at the #ValpoChapel makes a difference!
12/15/2020

Student spotlight on Dahliah and Derrick, two Valpo students whose involvement at the #ValpoChapel makes a difference!

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might beli...
12/13/2020

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. ...http://www.agnusday.org/

While there are no in-person worship services for Advent or Christmas at the Chapel this year, "Christmas from the Chape...
12/09/2020

While there are no in-person worship services for Advent or Christmas at the Chapel this year, "Christmas from the Chapel of the Resurrection," featuring the Valparaiso University Chamber Concert Band, Chorale, and Symphony Orchestra, will be presented virtually at 6 p.m. CST today, Dec. 9. Register at bit.ly/2V6Uz5d.

Thrivent Member Network — Chicagoland Region invites Valparaiso University alumni to join their members for a virtual 2020 Christmas celebration on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. CST.

Celebrate the holiday season with Valparaiso University ensembles and tour the Chapel of the Resurrection as guided by Pastor James Wetzstein, Deaconess Kristin Lewis, and Associate Professor of Music Joseph Bognar ’94.

This limited engagement is available to the first 5,000 registrants. If you are not able to view the broadcast on Dec. 9, a video replay will be available to registrants through Dec. 31, 2020.

Please register at http://bit.ly/2V6Uz5d.

Stir up our hearts, Lord God, to prepare the way of your only Son. By his coming strengthen us to serve you with purifie...
12/06/2020

Stir up our hearts, Lord God, to prepare the way of your only Son. By his coming strengthen us to serve you with purified lives; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

http://www.agnusday.org/

12/05/2020
PJ birthday

Wishing University Pastor James Wetzstein a happy birthday!

#TBT #Advent Today we're reflecting on the season of Advent and remembering the many December concerts and Advent Christ...
12/03/2020

#TBT #Advent Today we're reflecting on the season of Advent and remembering the many December concerts and Advent Christmas Vespers that normally helped usher in this season of preparation. Do you have a favorite Advent memory from the #ValpoChapel?

Remember the first time you walked into the Chapel of the Resurrection? The Chapel is presently closed and staff are wor...
12/02/2020

Remember the first time you walked into the Chapel of the Resurrection? The Chapel is presently closed and staff are working remotely during the long academic break, but the Admissions Office is arranging for small groups to tour campus, including the #ValpoChapel. If you're among them, be sure to pick up a free copy of the Valpo prayer book and other give-aways.

#TBT #thankfulandblessed Today's picture is from the 2015 Harvest Party that included a horse-drawn campus hayride outsi...
11/26/2020

#TBT #thankfulandblessed Today's picture is from the 2015 Harvest Party that included a horse-drawn campus hayride outside the #ValpoChapel. Which autumn events are you thankful for having experienced at Valpo?

A prayer for Thanksgiving.
11/25/2020

A prayer for Thanksgiving.

It's the last day of Finals. Traveling mercies for anyone leaving campus today.In seasons past on our final day of Morni...
11/24/2020

It's the last day of Finals. Traveling mercies for anyone leaving campus today.

In seasons past on our final day of Morning Prayer, we would conclude our service with this litany, in place of the regular blessing.

L May the Almighty and merciful Lord direct us into the way of peace and prosperity:
C And may His angels accompany us on our way that we may return to our homes in peace, joy and safety.

L Lord, have mercy upon us.
C Christ, have mercy upon us.
L Lord, have mercy upon us.

L O God, save your servants.
C Who put their trust in you.
L Send us help from the sanctuary.
C And strengthen us out of Zion.
L Be for us, O Lord, a strong tower.
C Let the enemy have no power over us.
L Blessed be the Lord, day by day.
C And may the God of our salvation make our journey prosperous.
L God shall give His angels charge over you:
C To keep us in all God’s ways.
L O Lord, hear our prayer:
C And let our cry come to you.

L The Lord be with you.
C And also with you.
L Let us pray… Lord God our Father, you kept Abraham and Sarah in safety throughout the days of their pilgrimage, you led the children of Israel through the midst of the sea, and by a star you led the Wise Men to the infant Jesus. Protect and guide us now in this time as we set out to travel, make our ways safe and our homecomings joyful, and bring us at last to our heavenly home, where you dwell in glory with your Son and the Holy Spirit, God forever.
C Amen.

BLESSING
L Let us bless the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.

L The Lord bless us, defend us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.
C Amen

Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University's cover photo
11/24/2020

Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University's cover photo

It's bittersweet to look at pictures of past commencement services, like this one from Jon Hendricks. This past weekend ...
11/23/2020

It's bittersweet to look at pictures of past commencement services, like this one from Jon Hendricks. This past weekend was to have been in-person graduation at Valpo, and graduating seniors are on our minds today. Here is a prayer for seniors who are leaving us this month.

Gracious God,
we thank you for the work and witness of your servants,
who have enriched this community of faith and University
and shared their gifts with all of us.
Now bless and preserve them at this time of transition.
Day by day, guide them and give them what is needed,
friends to cheer their way,
and a clear vision of that to which you are now calling them.
By your Holy Spirit be present in their pilgrimage,
that they may travel with the one who is the way, the truth, and the life, Jesus Christ our Lord.

BIBLE PASSAGE — “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of ...
11/22/2020

BIBLE PASSAGE — “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed ...http://www.agnusday.org/

11/19/2020

#TBT Can you believe we're ready for Finals Week? Here is a throw back to our first day of Morning Prayer this fall, when we were gathering for worship on the chapel patio. #ValpoChapel #MorningPrayer #examtime

Happy Reading Day, Valpo! LCMS-U will meet for their final Bible study of the semester today at noon, with Pastor Jim. M...
11/19/2020

Happy Reading Day, Valpo! LCMS-U will meet for their final Bible study of the semester today at noon, with Pastor Jim. Meet at one of the long tables in Founders. The texts for this coming Sunday will be discussed.

The Chapel welcomes Pastor Kate as our next ELCA University Pastor, as of Jan. 4, 2021.
11/18/2020
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The Chapel welcomes Pastor Kate as our next ELCA University Pastor, as of Jan. 4, 2021.

Valparaiso University has named Rev. Katherine Museus Dabay, M.A., M.Div., as University Pastor, beginning Jan. 4, 2021. She is an ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. As one of our two University Pastors, she will collaborate with Lutheran Church Missouri-Synod University Pastor James Wetzstein, M.Div., and the entire Chapel of the Resurrection staff to provide pastoral care for our campus community. Learn more at the link below.

Each Monday this semester while classes were meeting in person, we heard from a different campus speaker on "Things I Ho...
11/16/2020

Each Monday this semester while classes were meeting in person, we heard from a different campus speaker on "Things I Hope For." Although worship services are now suspended, you can still find reflections you may have missed on our YouTube channel and our sermons page. https://www.valpo.edu/chapel/sermons/

#TBT 2015. What single-word description would you give this throw-back picture from the #ValpoChapel?
11/12/2020

#TBT 2015. What single-word description would you give this throw-back picture from the #ValpoChapel?

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Valparaiso, IN
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Valparaiso University’s operations have been modified to keep our campus community safe and healthy and reduce the spread of COVID-19 to more vulnerable populations. As part of the preparedness plan, our building has closed until further notice and our Sunday morning worship services, Sunday evening Candlelight service, and Wednesday evening Celebrate! services will not be held at the Chapel of the Resurrection until further notice. All services are online through May 12, 2020. Watch for more information about worship in the Fall of 2020. Through May 10, 2020, the Chapel's Sunday morning worship is online at 10 am CDT using WebEx. Get more information here: https://www.valpo.edu/chapel/worship/this-sunday-at-the-chapel/ The Candlelight team has brought Candlelight online weekly through WebEx, with a message from Deaconess Kristin Lewis. Through May 10, 2020, use this link Sunday evening at 9 p.m. https://valpo.webex.com/webappng/sites/valpo/meeting/info/cf49a7c5db4143e5acc8865efe8570d4?siteurl=valpo&MTID=md812af37cb09d229d6fcdc859cce7a8e and get more information about Candlelight here: https://www.valpo.edu/chapel/worship/candlelight/ Our pattern of Morning Prayer has shifted, but you’re welcome to join us online at 10 a.m. Monday-Friday for Morning Prayer by using this link. https://meet.google.com/rdx-amcf-kyb through May 12, 2020. When classes are in session, there are 8 opportunities to worship or pray at the Chapel each week: Sunday morning at 10 a.m., Sunday evening Candlelight service at 10 p.m., Wednesday evening's Celebrate service at 10 p.m., and Morning Prayer at 10 a.m. Monday through Friday.

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Centered in Christ, the ministry of the Chapel of the Resurrection proclaims God’s love, serves students, faculty, staff, and the wider community, and welcomes all.

As a ministry in an academic setting, we seek a collaborative life together in our commitment to Jesus Christ.

Through Worship and the Arts we proclaim God’s Word, offer our talents and gifts, and receive forgiveness, life and salvation.

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Eighty years ago today Coventry--England--was heavily bombed destroying most of the city and its 14th century cathedral whose official name was the Cathedral of St. Michael. Hundreds of Coventry's citizens were killed and injured--Only the tower, spire, the outer wall and the bronze effigy and tomb of its first bishop, survived. In the days after the bombing two charred roof beams that had fallen in the shape of a cross were discovered by the cathedral stone mason. The Provost of the Cathedral had the words "Father Forgive" on the wall behind the altar. They were lashed together and put where the ruined altar stood. Another cross was fashioned out or the Medieval roof nails that had rained down as the cathedral was collapsing. The decision to rebuild the cathedral was taken the morning after its destruction. Rebuilding would not be an act of defiance, but rather a sign of faith, trust and hope for the future of the world. It was the vision of the Provost at the time, Richard Howard, which led the people of Coventry away from feelings of bitterness and hatred. This has led to the cathedral’s Ministry of Peace and Reconciliation, which has provided spiritual and practical support, in areas of conflict throughout the world. The Cross of Nails has become the symbol of Coventry’s ministry of reconciliation. I first learned of this history as a student at Valparaiso University. Valpo's Chapel of the Resurrection is part of a worldwide network of over 200 churches, charities, peace-building centers, and educational and training inspired by the Coventry story of destruction, rebuilding and renewal, and active in reconciliation in our own ways. organizations, inspired by the Coventry story of destruction, rebuilding and renewal, and active the work of reconciliation. As we walk through the difficult days ahead that we face as a nation let us ponder and act to reconcile our differences.
Reminded me of a place I know---
Valparaiso University Class of 1968--
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ROGER WILBUR ANDERSON JR, 1LT - O2 - Army - Reserve 1st Cav Division (AMBL) His tour began on Oct 3, 1970. Casualty was on Dec 1, 1970 In PHUOC LONG, SOUTH VIETNAM He was a 1968 graduate of Valparaiso University. Remembering him this Veteran's Day.
For all the saints who inspired us and who we remember with thanksgiving....O.P. Kretzmann, Karl Lutze, Walt Keller,Walter Rast and many more whose voices echo in my mind when ever I have the privilege of being present in the Chapel----
Only 171 days until I get to visit and attend the Institute of Liturgical Studies!!!!!!
A wonderful page--check out a Reformation Minute #52--Luther on Vocation--the essence of "Passion with a Purpose".