Join us online this Sunday, August 9, at 11:00 a.m. for our ecumenical Christian worship service with prayers, scripture reading, organ music, and hymns.
Chapel Assistant Dean Rev. Bruce Puckett will preach a sermon titled Enduring Love, based on Psalm 136. Music in the service will include the the spiritual "Give Me Jesus," the organ piece Rhapsody in D-flat major , a musical setting of Psalm 136 and the hymns "For the Fruit of All Creation" and "Ye Servants of God." Chapel Dean Luke A. Powery will offer prayers for the campus community and others.
The scripture lessons this week emphasize God’s enduring and steadfast love, exemplified by Jesus and expected of his followers. Psalm 136 recounts the story of God as the creator, redeemer, and sustainer of the people of Israel. The psalmist punctuates each act of God reminding the people that the Lord’s steadfast love endures forever. In John’s Gospel, Jesus teaches of the love that he shares with his Father and with the disciples. This love leads Jesus to “lay down his life for his friends,” and Jesus invites his friends to follow him in this self-sacrificial love. 1 John continues the theme of following Jesus’s example and his command to love. In considering Jesus’s example, the epistle writer asks the pointed question that remains a challenge for us today: “How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?”
Please note: The Chapel is closed to visitors and all in-person services, concerts, and other events remain canceled until further notice. We continue to pray regularly for Duke, Durham, the nation, and the world, and offer online resources for prayer and livestreams of services. We invite you to engage online with us.