Sunday Worship Service

Worship Service - Sundays at 11am


Sunday, 11am, Princeton University Chapel

Join us for Sunday Worship Service in the University Chapel with Rev. Alison L. Boden, Ph.D., Dean of Religious Life and of the Chapel at Princeton University. We welcome our guest musicians, the Chamber Choir from Central Bucks High School West, under the direction of Abigail Marchione. Additional music by University Organist Eric Plutz.

*All persons, including members of the broader community, are welcome to attend this event if they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 if over age 12. Face coverings must be worn at all times by everyone over age 2. Registration is required for contact tracing purposes.

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For those unable to attend in person, this service will be live streamed on the ORL YouTube page available through this link.

The bulletin for this service is below.

Princeton University Chapel, January 30, 2022, Fourth Sunday After the Epiphany

You are invited to rise, in body or spirit, for those parts of the service marked with an asterisk (*)

Invitatory:  Deep River arranged by Adolphus Hailstork (b. 1941); There is a Balm in Gilead arranged by Adolphus Hailstork; Variations on "Adoro te devote” by Gerald Near (b. 1942)

Welcome and Announcements:  Dean Thames

*Hymn No. 273:  Praise with Joy the World’s Creator (Praise My Soul)

*Call to Worship


Reading:  Jeremiah 1:4-10   Now the word of God came to me saying, ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.’  Then I said, ‘Ah, God!  Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.’  But God said to me, ‘Do not say, “I am only a boy”; for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you.  Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, says the Almighty.’  Then God’s hand stretched out and touched my mouth; and God said to me, ‘Now I have put my words in your mouth.  See, today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.’

Anthem:  The Word Was God by Rosephanye Powell (b. 1962)    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.  By Him all things were made that have been made.  Nothing was made He has not made.  John 1:1-3, alt.

Reading:  Luke 4:21-30    Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”  All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth.  They said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?”  He said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Doctor, cure yourself!’  And you will say, ‘Do here also in your hometown the things that we have heard you did at Capernaum.’”  And he said, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown.  But the truth is, there were many widows in Israel in the time of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a severe famine over all the land; yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon.  There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.”  When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage.  They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff.  But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.

Sermon :  “On the Edge” by Dean Boden

*Hymn No. 177:  God of Change and Glory (Katherine)

Prayers of the People: Otis Byrd, Jr

(If there are prayer requests that you would like to share, please raise your hand.)

After each petition:

One: God of love and mercy,

All: Hear our prayer.

Lord’s Prayer:  Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Choral Response:  Ubi caritas by Ola Gjeilo (b. 1978)  - Where charity and love are, there God is. The love of Christ has gathered us into one.  Let us exult, and in Him be joyful.  Let us fear and let us love the living God.  And from a sincere heart let us love each other.  Antiphon for Maundy Thursday

*Exchange of the Peace

One:  The peace of God be always with you.

All:And also with you.

(The people may exchange the peace with one another.)

Offertory Sentence

Music at the Offering:  Do Not Be Afraid by Philip W. J. Stopford (b. 1977)    Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you.  I have called you by your name; you are mine.  When you walk through the waters, I'll be with you; you will never sink beneath the waves.  When the fire is burning all around you, you will never be consumed by the flames.  When the fear of loneliness is looming, then remember I am at your side.  When you dwell in the exile of a stranger, remember you are precious in my eyes.  You are mine, O my child, I am your Father, and I love you with a perfect love. (Gerard Markland, from Isaiah 43:1-4)

*Doxology:  (Sung to the tune of hymn no. 27) Lasst uns erfreuen Praise God from whom all blessings flow, praise God all creatures here below, alleluia, alleluia. Praise God above ye heavenly hosts, Creator, Christ, and Holy Ghost, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

*Prayer for Princeton:  O Eternal God, the source of life and light for all peoples, we pray you would endow this University with your grace and wisdom: give inspiration and understanding to those who teach and to those who learn; grant vision to its trustees and administrators; to all who work here and to all who bear her name give your guiding Spirit of sacrificial courage and loving service.  Amen.

*Hymn No. 584:  I Am the Light of the World (Light of the World)


Voluntary:  Prelude, Fugue, and Chaconne, BuxWV 137 by Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707)

We welcome our guest musicians, the Chamber Choir of Central Bucks West High School, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and their director, Abby Marchione. The Chamber Choir is a select ensemble comprising students from 10th to 12th grade. The group is regularly chosen to perform at state, regional, and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association for Music Education. Director Abby Marchione began her career teaching in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. She joined the Central Bucks music department in October 2020 and has taught all grade levels there. Ms. Marchione is also an experienced voice teacher and active choral singer, and she is currently working toward a master’s degree in music education with a focus in Peacebuilding. Thank you, Ms. Marchione and the CB West Chamber Choir, for sharing your music with us today!

University Chapel Staff:  The Rev. Alison L. Boden, Ph.D., Dean of Religious Life and of the Chapel; The Rev. Dr. Theresa S. Thames, Associate Dean of Religious Life and of the Chapel; Nicole Aldrich, Director of Chapel Music and of the Chapel Choir; Eric Plutz, University Organist; Elizabeth Powers, Chapel Administrator; Otis Byrd, Jr. Seminary Intern; Edgar Gomez, Sexton; Lisa McGurr, Sexton

The University Chapel is a welcoming community of faith.  We gather to sing God's praises, to hear God's living Word, to seek justice, and to proclaim God's love for all people.  Every Sunday of every month the congregation is invited to bring non-perishable food items to be donated to Arm in Arm.  If you are interested in making a contribution toward Sunday flowers in the chapel as a memorial, please contact Liz Powers for details at 609-258-3048.  The offering this morning will go to the Partnership for the Homeless.  Partnership for the Homeless is one of the nation’s largest service-providing agencies dealing with homelessness.


Wednesday, February 2, 2022, 5:30 p.m., Music Meditation with Ruth Cunningham, Founding member Anonymous 4 and Sound Healing practitioner.  This is a virtual event.

Thursday, February 3, 2022, 12:30 p.m., After Noon Concert Series.  The performer will be Alfred Yoon, Student, Princeton University.

Sunday, February 6, 2022, 11:00 a.m. University Chapel Service with communion. The guest preacher will be Pádraig Ó Tuama.

For additional information please visit or call 609-258 3047.


January 30, 2022


11:00 a.m.


Princeton University Chapel