Religious Life & Church Relations  
Worship Services

Chapel Services
Each Thursday at 1:00 p.m. during the academic year, the campus community gathers for a service of worship led by our University Chaplains and students. These 40-minute services vary weekly in style, theme and content and feature many of our talented musicians with John Edwards providing inspirational leadership from the organ. Each week the message is brought by a distinguished voice from our community—local pastors of various denominational backgrounds, OCU and St. Paul’s faculty, nationally renowned theologians, and graduating students. Each service is followed by an Open Forum conversation with the speaker for the day downstairs in Watson Lounge from 1:45-2:30. Visitors from outside the campus community are always welcome and encouraged to attend.

Each Monday night at 8:30pm during the academic year the community is also invited to gather for a service of worship led by the Director of Religious Life, students, and our Evensong Band. This contemporary style service includes praise, prayer, Scripture, sermons, and Holy Communion each week. It is an interactive worship experience with Pizza following the service. Mission opportunities take place including a toy drive, food drive, and learning about how to be involved with outreach programs such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and Project Transformation. Additionally, there is a new offering opportunity every month! Everyone is invited.

Fall 2014 Chapel Worship Schedule

Thursday, August 28
Rev. Dr. Charles Neff
OCU Dean of the Chapel
“God, The Great Storyteller: Our Life as a Living Story”

Thursday, September 4

Rev. Kristen Brown
UM Missionary to Israel/Palestine “Walking with Jesus on the Journey of Life for Holy Justice & Peace” 

Thursday, September 11

Rev. Dr. Lisa Wolfe

OCU Assoc. Prof. of Hebrew Bible “Favorite Personalities of the Bible: Naomi—Embracing the Bitter” 

Thursday, September 18

Rev. Dr. Leslie Long
OCU Assoc. Prof. of Religious Educ. “Changing the Rules” 

Thursday, September 25

Rev. Carlos Ramirez GBGM Missionary &

Okla. Hispanic Ministry Coord. -and-

Rev. Wendi Neal
Pastor of Fuente de Vida UMC “A World con Sabor”
World Communion Service 

Thursday, October 2

Father William Novak
Parish Priest for St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church & Vicar General for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City 

Thursday, October 9

Professor Dann May

OCU Vivian Wimberly Center for Ethics

“Favorite Personalities of the Bible: Paul—Master of the Symbolic” 

Thursday, October 16

Dr. John Starkey OCU Professor of Theology “Favorite Personalities of the Bible: The Beloved Disciple” 

Thursday, October 23

Bishop Robert Hayes, Jr. UM Bishop of Oklahoma & the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference 

Thursday, October 30

Rev. Dr. Sharon Betsworth

OCU Assoc. Prof. of Religion “Favorite Personalities of the Bible: The Only Daughter of Jairus” 

Thursday, November 6

Rev. Jeremy Basset Director of the Oklahoma Conference Office of Mission 

Thursday, November 13

Rev. Dr. Renita Weems Theologian & Author Willson Lecture Series “Gender & the Bible” 

Thursday, November 20

Rev. Rod Newman OCU Dir. of Religious Life “A Meditation on Advent” Hanging of the Greens  

Thursday, December 4

Rabbi Vered Harris Temple B’Nai Israel “A Jew Among Christians” 

Thursday, December 11

A Celebration of Christmas in Scripture & Song 

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