Chapel Community Worship
Spring Term 2020
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11-11:30 a.m.
Where: Seeley G. Mudd Chapel
This twice-weekly worship service allows the Whitworth community to gather together in an expression of our commitment to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity. Each worship service is led by the campus ministry staff and student leaders as we draw upon all that has been given to us: the Bible, the two millennia of church tradition, the best of contemporary music, the spirituality of written prayers, the sharing of Communion together, the power of liturgical symbols and dance, the joy of global music and the witness of the worldwide Christian community.
Tuesday services are centered on the chapel theme for the semester and typically include two to three songs of praise, prayer and a short sermon connected with the chapel theme. Every Thursday, we gather around the table to celebrate the Lord's Supper as we learn and grow in our various gifts and offer our lives to God through diverse worship styles. Services will be led by Whitworth University choirs and by sacred dancers and many other members of the Whitworth community.
שְׁמַ֖ע Listen – The Surprising Good News of the Book of Deuteronomy
"Listen (Shema) O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might" (Deuteronomy 6:4). Thus begins the Shema, the famous passage from Deuteronomy 6:4-9 that faithful Jews have been reciting daily for a millennia. Jesus quoted it in response to the request for the most important commandment (before adding the call from Leviticus 17 to love our neighbors as ourselves). The whole book of Deuteronomy could be summarized as an explanation of what it looks like to live faithfully in love for God and love for neighbor as the set apart people of God. This love for God must be concretely embodied in a community that worships God alone and sacrificially seeks the good of their neighbor by following God's lead in seeking justice, particularly justice for the vulnerable. Through the semester, we will discover the surprising good news of Deuteronomy that all of the New Testament writers knew quite well by addressing themes such as covenant, idolatry, God's 10 Yeses, Sabbath, justice and shame. Come join us as we all encounter the gospel of Jesus through the hidden treasure of Deuteronomy.
|Jan. 30||Convocation||Mar. 19||Music, Testimony and Prayer|
|Feb. 4||Deut. 1-4
|Mar. 24 & 26||Spring Break|
|Feb. 6||Commissioning Service – God's Calling within Your Vocation||Mar. 31||Deut. 7:7-11
God's Gracious Election for the Sake of the World
|Feb. 11||Deut. 6:4-9
The Shema – Love the Lord Alone!
|Apr. 2||Music, Testimony and Prayer|
|Feb. 13||Music, Testimony and Prayer||Apr. 7||Deut. 29:29 - 30:1-6
Circumcision of the Heart
|Feb. 18||Deut 26:16-19, 30:11-20
The God of the Covenant
|Apr. 9||Music, Testimony and Prayer|
|Feb. 20||Music, Testimony and Prayer||Apr. 14||Deut. 26:1-11
Remembering and Celebrating
|Feb. 25||Deut. 12:2-7, 13:6-11
The Destructive Threat of Idols
|Apr. 16||Women's Choir (Board Chapel)|
|Feb. 26||Ash Wednesday – 7:30 a.m.|
|Feb. 27||Music, Testimony and Prayer||Apr. 21||Deut. 24:17-21
The Trio of the Vulnerable
|Mar. 3||Deut. 1:37,4:21,3:23-28,32:48-52,34:1-6 & Matt. 17:1-10
Moses' Shame and God's Mercy
|Apr. 23||Music, Testimony and Prayer|
|Mar. 5||Music, Testimony and Prayer||Apr.28||Deut. 14:22-29, 15:1-18
Possessions and Justice
|Mar. 10||Deut. 5:1-21
God's Ten Yeses
|Apr. 30||Music, Testimony and Prayer|
|Mar. 12||Music, Testimony and Prayer||May 5||Deut. 10:12-22
What do we do now? Live as the people of Yahweh...fear
God and love the Stranger, for your own well being!
|Mar. 17||Deut. 5:12-15
Sabbath – Subversive Living Beyond the Bondage of Productivity