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Kaiser Chapel/Wilson Chapel

2023 Chapel Theme

 

Life Together

Our chapel theme for 2022-2023 is Life Together. Please join us for worship each week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 11:10 am in the Kaiser Chapel.  If you are unable to join us in person, then please worship with us virtually.

Wednesday chapels are reserved for sermon series.  When we have a themed chapel, it will usually take place during Tuesday chapel.  You’ll hear faculty preach, special guests, and local pastors throughout the semester.

Spring 2023 Chapel Schedule

Chapel Online

All chapel services will be Livestreamed on Facebook and can be viewed on our Gordon-Conwell website.

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What to Expect

The sacred scriptures are full of examples of many expressions of worship throughout the Old Testament and New Testament. As an interdenominational seminary with a commitment to “thinking theologically, engaging globally and living biblically,” we actively and intentionally accept the challenge to worship together “in spirit and in truth.” Let us gather together, joining the many expressions of our worship as a family-friendly, living-learning, worshiping community.

Worship is the heartbeat of our community.  We hope to experience life together through our worship.  Our worship services often begin with a joyful call to worship before we sing our praise to the Lord.  We have a handful of dedicated, gifted musicians who lead worship through song.  Incorporating the arts in our worship through dance and painting are beautiful ways to express our love for God.

Expository preaching is a high value at Gordon-Conwell. You can expect to hear a sermon that is derived from Scripture and applied to your life.

Scripture is read each week. We also pray for our world, our community, and for one another.

Our service lasts between 50 minutes to an hour. We finish just in time for lunch so you can head over to the cafeteria to enjoy life together.

O come, let us worship and bow down:
let us kneel before the LORD our maker.
For He is our God;
and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of His hand.
– Psalm 95:6-7A (KJV)

Get Involved

The Chapel experiences represent the rich diversity of our global campus community. Students, their families (including children!), staff, administrators, and faculty are all invited to participate and lead in our communal worship experience. All forms of expressive arts are encouraged and desired! If you would like to be involved in Chapelexperiences, you are warmly invited to fill out the form below or contact the Office of the Chapel at [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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FAQs

What will the experience be like?

In general, Chapel consists of a time of prayer, a few worship songs or hymns, and preaching of the word by students, faculty, or guests.

Each Chapel experience is a little different, as we express our worship through a variety of traditions and styles.

Should I dress up to attend chapel?

No! Come as you are and worship.

Can my spouse who is not a student attend?

Absolutely! Chapel is open to everyone. No exceptions.

How about my kids? Can I bring them?

Yes, PLEASE! We love having kids in Chapel! Jesus said to let the little children come and do not hinder them, so we do our best to make this true for each child. We have special reserved seating for families with children with easy access to the exit. We have space set aside for stroller parking and even a TV set up with the livestream for those who have the more rambunctious kids who need a place to run and play. All ages are welcome!

I’m not a student or spouse, but I live in the local neighborhood. Would it be ok if I came to Chapel?

Absolutely! Everyone is always welcome to Chapel.

Our Chapels

The Retreat House Chapel serves as an intimate space for prayer gatherings, retreats and communal worship for small to medium size groups. Housed in the oldest building on campus, the Retreat House once served as the home of the generous family who bequeathed their lush 118-acre estate to the Catholic Church. The inherited estate served as the home to the Carmelite Junior Seminary prior to the 1969/ 1970 purchase of the campus by the newly founded Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. The Retreat House Chapel maintains much of the monastic ambience of its previous caretakers and to this day continues to contain original pews from the Carmelite Junior Seminary.

The J. Christy Wilson Chapel has a rich legacy at Gordon-Conwell’s Hamilton Campus. Named for the legendary professor of World Evangelism (1974-1992) and former Dean of the Chapel who not only knew everyone’s name but would gather with students, staff and faculty everyday at noon to unite in prayer for the peoples and nations of the world, the Wilson Chapel remains the site of this daily prayer activity decades later. Found on the second floor of the Kerr Memorial Building, the Wilson Chapel serves as a destination for small groups, prayer groups, personal/ group journaling, meditation, musical engagement, communal worship (unto 25 people) and of course, Prayer for the Nations.

The Walter C. Kaiser, Jr. & Margaret Ruth Kaiser Chapel serves as the main worship space for the Hamilton Campus. Constructed in 1984, the Kaiser Chapel, as it is affectionately known was dedicated in honor of President Emeritus Kaiser (1997-2006) and his beloved wife of 56 years. The Kaiser Chapel serves as the site for Opening Convocation, Tuesday & Wednesday Chapel and numerous other prayer and worship experiences hosted by various seminary departments. The Kaiser Chapel is also frequented used for external weddings, retreats, conferences and large gatherings.

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