Worship & Identity: Knowing God & Knowing Ourselves through Worship

Worship is the opportunity for God’s people to (re)discover who we are and who we were created to be.  We can only truly know ourselves when we encounter the God who knows us best – the One who created us and redeemed us. Worship can occur at any time and in any place since all of creation is filled with the glory of God. God also uses corporate worship in a special way for His people to build communal identity and mission. Join us for this quarter’s chapel series to learn more about your own purpose and identity, as well as to explore SPU’s community identity.  

Chapel Schedule Fall 2017

Unless otherwise noted, Chapel takes place at 11:10 a.m. in the First Free Methodist Church Sanctuary

Tuesday, September 26

Opening Academic Chapel

At the Opening Academic Chapel worship service, the SPU community gathers to commit to a year of learning before God. This year the faculty address will be given by Donald Holsinger, professor of history.

Tuesday, October 3

Speaker: Bo Lim

Bo Lim has served as the university chaplain at Seattle Pacific University since 2014. Prior to this, he was a professor of Old Testament at SPU from 2006-14.  He is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church and the author of numerous works on the topics of Old Testament prophetic literature, theological interpretation, and Asian-American theology and ministry.

Tuesday, October 10

Speaker: Karen Ward

Karen Ward is Portland Abbey Arts Founding Director. Prior to this, she founded Artwerks, a non-profit arts corporation in Seattle, cofounded the Fremont Abbey Arts Center, and served as the pastor of Church of the Apostles in Seattle’s Fremont district. When not curating art events, Karen curates the abbey church of St. Andrew and All Souls in north Portland.

Friday, October 17

Speaker: Gail Song Bantum

Gail Song Bantum is the Executive Pastor of Quest Church. Her passion is to prophetically call people, groups, and organizations to become all that God says they are through the lens of identity, leadership development, and discipleship. Gail is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church. She received her MDiv from Duke Divinity School and her Bachelor of Music from The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

Tuesday, October 24

Speaker: Stephen Newby

Stephen Newby is Associate Professor of Music, Director of Composition, and Director of the Center for Worship at SPU. Dr. Newby is a composer, conductor, gospel/jazz vocalist, and pianist, and has served as a worship pastor for more than 25 years in Michigan, Massachusetts, Washington, and California.

Tuesday, October 31

Reformation Chapel

Speaker: Esther Chung-Kim

October 31 is the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, as it marks the day Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenburg Castle Church. Esther Chung-Kim, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Claremont McKenna College, will speak on this special occasion. Dr. Chung-Kim is the author of Inventing Authority: The Use of the Church Fathers in Reformation Debates over the Eucharist (Baylor Press) and the Reformation Commentary on Acts (IVP).  

Tuesday, November 7

Speaker: Sandra Van Opstal

Sandra Van Opstal, a second-generation Latina, is the Executive Pastor at Grace and Peace Community Church on the west side of Chicago. She is a liturgist and activist who is passionate about re-imagining worship that mobilizes the church for reconciliation and justice. Sandra leads and preaches on the topics of justice, poverty, racism, racial identity, reconciliation, and global mission. She has served as the Director for Worship for the Urbana Missions Conference and the Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering in Jarkarta. Sandra serves as a board member for Evangelicals for Justice and the Christian Community Development Association. She has published numerous articles and books including The Next Worship:  Glorifying God in a Diverse World (IVP).

Tuesday, November 14

Speaker: Matthew Sigler

Matthew Sigler is assistant professor of Wesleyan Studies at SPU. He holds a PhD in liturgical studies from Boston University, where his work focused on Methodist identity and liturgical praxis. Prior to becoming a professor, Dr. Sigler served for 12 years as a music minister in the church and has written on contemporary worship as well as lyrical theology. He is particularly interested in how the faith practices of communities of the past can serve as resources for renewal in the church today.

Tuesday, November 21

Thanksgiving Chapel & Communion Service

At Thanksgiving chapel we hear testimonies of God’s faithfulness in the lives of students, staff, and faculty. An offering is received that goes toward a benevolence fund to assist students in times of hardship. Communion will also be served at this service. Offices are closed for this chapel.

Tuesday, November 28

Lessons & Carols

The Festival of Lessons and Carols is an annual tradition at SPU. This service, hosted by the Department of Music, is an Advent celebration that tells the story of creation to the coming of Christ through Scripture and song. The service is modeled after Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at King’s College, Cambridge. It provides an opportunity for those unable to attend the Sacred Sounds concert to hear some of its musical performances. Offices are closed for this chapel.

Campus Ministries Staff

From spiritual formation, to pastoral care, to gathering in worship, the Campus Ministries staff are talented and compassionate in their ministry roles.

Join Us Wednesday Nights for Group

This is not your standard “songs and sermon” program. Group is a holistic service, an immersion of the body, mind, and heart in the Christian story.