Friday, May 20, 2022

Guest Preachers and Musicians to Enrich Summer Services


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This summer, Duke Chapel worship services will be enriched by a variety of guest preachers and musicians, as well as a focus on scripture readings from the Book of Acts. The scripture lessons from Acts describe the life and work of the church as continuing the story of Jesus in the world, emphasizing the presence and action of the Holy Spirit, who empowers the church to live as witnesses to Jesus and to be participants in the life of God in the world.

Home to a long—and living—tradition of faithful preaching and inspiring sacred music, the Chapel holds services Sundays at 11:00 a.m. throughout the year, in addition to special services and other regular services during the academic year. All are welcome to join in these ecumenical Christian services.

Below are details about upcoming services, including links to service livestreams and worship guides. For all services, parking is available in the Bryan Center garage at 125 Science Drive with ADA parking in the surface lot at the same address (receive a pass for free parking at the Chapel’s visitor desk). Wearing a face mask is optional for those who are fully vaccinated. All Sunday services are livestreamed on the Duke Chapel YouTube channel and broadcast on WDNC Radio 620 AM and the Duke Hospital TV channel 12. Subscribe to the Duke Chapel Sermons podcast on:

The Duke Chapel Summer Choir welcomes local singers for services on these three Sundays: June 12, July 10, and August 7. On these days, the choir meets to rehearse in the Chapel at 9:15 a.m. Auditions are not required. To learn more, email Duke Chapel Music.

May 29

At the beginning of the service, we will light a candle to mourn the recent mass-murder shooting in Uvalde, Texas. We welcome back saxophonist Taiki Azuma, who will play music by Georg Philipp Telemann and Eugène Bozza. Azuma is a lecturer of music at UNC-Pembroke, an adjunct lecturer of applied woodwinds at Fayetteville State University, and an adjunct professor of oboe/flute at Lenoir-Rhyne University. In addition to applied woodwind lessons, he teaches methods courses, chamber music, and music appreciation collectively among the colleges. As a soloist and chamber musician he has performed at Carnegie Hall, Smetana Hall, William C. Byrd International Young Artists Competition, and International Saxophone Symposium—and with the Carolina Philharmonic, Piedmont Wind Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, and the Durham Symphony. At the service, Chapel Assistant Dean Bruce Puckett preaches.

June 5—Pentecost

Fifty days after Easter, the church celebrates the festival of Pentecost. Echoing the ancient Jewish festival of Shavuot, which remembers God’s giving of the law on Mount Sinai, Pentecost celebrates God’s giving of the Holy Spirit. Chapel Dean Luke A. Powery preaches and the music is led by the Choristers from Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Columbia, South Carolina. Ministers perform two baptisms.

June 12—Trinity Sunday

Trinity Sunday is the first of the many Sundays of Ordinary Time that follow Pentecost and eventually lead up to Advent. It is the day, we celebrate the doctrine of the Holy Trinity—God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Assistant Dean Bruce Puckett preaches and the Summer Choir sings.

June 19

At the end of their week-long training, musicians with the Chorworks Young Artists Program sing music by the great Italian baroque composer Claudio Monteverdi, including music from his collection Selva morale e spirituale. This will include settings from the Ordinary of the Mass (Kyrie, Sanctus and Agnus Dei) and other motets. The Rev. Dr. Carol Gregg, pastor of the Congregation at Duke Chapel, preaches.

June 26

The Rev. Racquel Gill, the Chapel’s minister for intercultural engagement, preaches.

July 3

The Young Guest Preacher is the Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto, Frederick and Margaret L. Weyerhaeuser Associate Professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary. As a Baptist minister, Dr. Barreto has pursued scholarship for the sake of the church, and he regularly writes for and teaches in faith communities around the country. He has also been a leader in the Hispanic Theological Initiative Consortium, a national, ecumenical, and inter-constitutional consortium comprised of some of the top seminaries, theological schools, and religion departments in the country. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion.

July 10

The Wilder Guest Preacher is the Rev. Dr. Amos Yong, a professor of theology and mission, and dean of the School of Mission and Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary. His graduate education includes degrees in theology, history, and religious studies from Western Evangelical Seminary (now Portland Seminary), Portland State University, and Boston University. Licensed as a minister with the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, he has also authored or edited dozens of scholarly volumes. The music for the service is led by the Summer Choir.

July 17

The music is led by the participants in the Royal School of Church Music in America’s Carolina Summer Course. They will sing settings from the Ordinary of the Mass (Kyrie, Sanctus and Agnus Dei) and other motets. The preacher is the Rev. Bruce Puckett, assistant dean of the Chapel.

July 24

The preacher is the Rev. Kathryn Lester-Bacon, director of Religious Life at the Chapel.

July 31

The Goodson Guest Preacher is the Rev. Dr. Mary S. Hulst, university pastor and adjunct professor at Calvin University. Before coming to Calvin College, Dr. Hulst spent eight years serving as the senior pastor at Eastern Avenue Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, before leaving to pursue a PhD in communication ethics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her bachelor’s degree is in classical studies from Calvin College, and her master of divinity was granted by Calvin Theological Seminary. Dr. Hulst taught for one year in the Communications Arts and Sciences Department at Calvin College and then for two years at Calvin Theological Seminary, as assistant professor of preaching, where she still teaches on occasion.

August 7

The Rev. Ashley Crowder Stanley is the Clevus and L.H. Boyles Guest Preacher for this service. Rev. Stanley is the founding pastor of Wellspring United Methodist Church, a new congregation in Asheville, North Carolina, that is focused on hospitality and welcome for all people. Her ministry passions are preaching and worship, community building and making meaningful connections with those for whom church has been difficult and wounding. She has served in the United Methodist church in a variety of ways, including chairing the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, as a mentor to many young clergy, as an instructor at Duke Divinity School, and as a delegate to the General and Jurisdictional Conferences of the United Methodist Church. She is also a current member of Duke’s Board of Trustees. The music for the service is led by the Summer Choir.

August 14

Guest musicians will perform motets for singers and instrumentalists, featuring music from seventeenth-century Europe. Chapel Assistant Dean Bruce Puckett preaches.