Matt Carlson leads a Welcome Back Hymn Sing drawing from favorite hymns of the various Christian denominations and traditions represented in our student body. There will be a time of sending for the Middle East Cross-Cultural group.
Provost Fred Kniss launches the semester with a focus on “Diversity and
Belonging: Love and the Liberal Arts.” John 15:10-17
Chapel closes with a time of sending for the Guatemala-Cuba Cross-Cultural group at the close of the service.
Dr. Lonnie Yoder, EMS Associate Dean and Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, opens the Seminary’s Spring Semester with a convocation address, “Hold on, let go, Let’s go!”
“In the midst of the intriguing times in which we live (e.g. rapid and constant change, over-committed lives, foundational challenges, and the experience of multiple losses), the Biblical witness orients us in terms of identity and calling. We are invited to both hold on and let go as we embrace our common mission of making disciples.”
Join us for an all-campus and community Advent-Christmas worship service. Enjoy special music, congregational singing, Scripture and readings featuring the EMU Chamber Singers, Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir, and Theater program.
Senior Jacob Landis preaches on the Advent theme of peace – “Comfort, comfort O my people” – but not too much or displaced comfort! Readings for this second week of Advent include Isaiah 40:1-11 (God comforting the people in exile) and Mark 1:1-8 (John calling people in the wilderness).
Jacob is a congregational ministry / Biblical studies major, x-c runner extraordinaire and also serves as a pastoral assistant with campus ministries. Next semester he’ll be on Cross-Cultural to the Middle East.
Faculty and Staff in several departments recognize important achievements of students during the fall semester.
Listen to a hymn sing of songs suggested by students, faculty and staff that are inspired by the theme of Parables. (Parables: everyday stories that invite us to confront our worldview, sense of self and God, without providing easy answers.)
The selected songs will be based on parables or stories from scripture or from the lives of students, faculty and staff. They may be songs from a particular moment in such a way that it helped to confront a worldview or sense of self and God. They may be songs that were given by someone in a moment of need – or perhaps a song used for a significant life event or the life of someone close that has continued to be meaningful.