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Spiritual Life

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” —Romans 15:13

We may be apart for now, but the bonds of our community as brothers and sisters in Christ aren’t limited by our physical location. As we all learn to navigate this new normal, we are reminded of what joy it brings the heart of God when his people are united. Romans 15:13 shows us that what unites us as Christians is the hope we find in Jesus. This does not make us immune to the world’s realities, but together we know that our ultimate hope is found in something greater. 

With that in mind, here’s what we have planned to keep the bonds of our community strong and support one another.

contemplative tuesdays

Contemplative Tuesdays

The Contemplative Tuesdays podcast has started its second season. Lauren Becker, associate dean for spiritual formation, will be reading contemplative Scriptures on Tuesdays and sharing them with our community in audio form. Listen online or through Apple Podcasts or through Spotify ➔

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Chapel

This fall's Chapel theme is Go and do likewise: The Parables of Jesus. Chapel services are live streamed from the Quad every Monday and Wednesday. Our guest preachers include a variety of faculty and staff preachers along with local pastors. View Chapel schedule or watch live

Zoom prayer gatherings

Community Prayer Gatherings

Join fellow students each week for community prayer gatherings over Zoom and in person (watch for announcements in your email from Student Life.) 

Prayer Requests

How are things going for you? We want to hear from you, wherever you are, to know how we can be praying for you and your family right now. This is a big adjustment for all of us, but the same resources of support and community are still here and accessible. Fill out this form and a member of the Chapel Office would love to connect with and/or pray for you!

Praises and Testimonies

Along with that, we know for some this time brings special blessings—extended and unexpected time with parents and siblings, opportunities to see God at work in your friendships. We’d love to hear how you’ve been seeing God move even in—or maybe especially in—this time of uncertainty. Share a praise or testimony ➔

Fully remote students must receive 20 Christian Life and Worship credits each semester. Fully remote students and students choosing to watch Chapel on the Chapel live stream may receive CL&W credit by submitting a brief summary of the service through the Chapel Canvas course.

‘The Invitatory’ Gordon’s virtual spiritual formation site will launch its first 6-week course ‘Listen Deep: Developing Spiritual Discernment’ launches October 5. 

‘Sanctum Retreats’ coming soon. Downloadable PDF retreats for silence/solitude and Sabbath. Personal or small group use.

Caring for yourself and your neighbor

Along with the resources above, we've put together a list of healthy habits to encourage you to worship, grow and give:

  • Check in on neighbors via note or a phone call.
  • Deliver food on the doorstep of an elderly neighbor who would be at risk going shopping.
  • Listen to the Chapel bands’ Spotify worship playlists.
  • Mail notes of encouragement to those living (and working!) in assisted living homes and healthcare facilities.
  • Develop a prayer map of your neighborhood and pray over your neighbors as you walk.
  • Get involved in your home/local church’s ministry efforts.
  • Keep a journal and record ways you see God at work in these times.

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