God Morgon, صبح بخیر, Buenos Días, Bon Matin, Hyvää Huomenta!

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Hello everyone, and good morning! Our morning here at Christ Chapel was certainly good because we had International Student Day! This is a Daily Sabbath were we celebrate diversity and our international student population here on campus. Thus, we had an amazing processional of students carrying the flag that represents the country they are from, and then all the flags stayed at the front of the Chapel while students read a variety of poems and writings from or about their country, and sang songs. Finally, at the end of the service everyone gathered up around the flags in a circle and sang a closing hymn, “This is My Song”:

This is my song, O God of all the nations,

a song of peace for lands afar and mine.

This is my home, the country where my heart is;

here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine;

but other hearts in other lands are beating

with hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.

My country’’s skies are bluer than the ocean,

and sunlight beams on cloverleaf and pine.

But other lands have sunlight too, and clover,

and skies are ev’rywhere as blue as mine.

So hear my song, O God of all the nations,

a song of peace for their land and for mine.

This is my prayer, O God of all earth’s kingdoms,

your kingdom come; on earth your will be done.

O God, be lifted up till all shall serve you,

and hearts united learn to live as one.

So hear my prayer, O God of all the nations;

myself I give you; let your will be done.

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Thank you in particular to Oliver Frempong, Cintia Rodriguez, Jon Andersson, Ayushi Kalyan, Agnes Edman, Benissa Uwamwiza, and Saad Tariq who made this service so meaningful and moving!

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Wonderful Wednesday!

Hello Everyone!

First and foremost I want to say to all of you that you are wonderful and valued! You are a unique individual, you are someone with a story everyone should hear, and you are worthy deserving of all the love in the world. When you next look in the mirror I want you to smile at yourself and know that that same smile has brightened someone else’s day today.

On that note, this week in Christ Chapel has been lovely! We have had some great worships so far, with Monday being an exceptionally peaceful service. During this Daily Sabbath scripture was read and there was quiet time for prayer as the people attending were all asked to come up to the cross and light a candle that was surrounding it for something that had been on their mind. There was also the opportunity to write a prayer down and place it at the foot of the cross while our Cantor of Christ Chapel, Chad Winterfeldt, played a beautiful song on the piano.

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On Tuesday we had a wonderful guest speaker, Michele Koomen from the Education department who talked about kindness. Today we had a gorgeous Morning Praise worship which was accompanied by the Gustavus Choir who did an absolutely incredible job guiding the service in song.

Coming up the rest of this week we will have student speaker Hubert Christian Ngabirano talking in Chapel tomorrow and student Christopher Johnson playing the piano! Then Friday will be a contemplative practice. All are welcome to come to Daily Sabbath this week and we look forward to being blessed with your presence!

Remember- Your light is as strong as the sun’s, the only difference being that yours never sets.

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Welcome Back!

Hello! The Voices of Christ Chapel is back! Though we took a temporary semester long hiatus while the administrator of this blog was studying abroad, we are back and will have regular weekly updates on the going ons of Daily Sabbath at Gustavus.

This past week has been a fun one in Christ Chapel! We have had some wonderful speakers and services. Last Tuesday was a particularly exciting one as we had the opening convocation to the 2016-2017 school year! President Bergman came and spoke to those in attendance and the professors in attendance all wore their academic regalia to welcome the students into the new year of study!

Coming up this week, we have our traditional Wednesday praise service, student speaker Emily Severson ’17 on Thursday, and then a contemplative practice on Friday! Be sure to come to Chapel at 10:00 for these wonderful times of praise and reflection this week!

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St. Lucia!

Today at Daily Sabbath the Festival of St. Lucia was held! We had St. Lucia (Avery Bather), her attendants (Jessica Green, Lindsey Kline, Leah Moat, Gisel Murillo, and Solveig Svendsen), the star children, and the Tomte all in attendance! It was so fun to have so many members of the community and the college turn out for the service! Happy St. Lucia day to all!

St. Lucia Court!

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Star children and Tomte!

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St. Lucia!

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Everybody together!

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Images of the Day!

The past few Daily Sabbath’s have been busy! We have had wonderful speakers, and also had an international worship for “International Student Day” last Friday where scripture and poetry was read in different languages from around the world!

Sam Lundberg speaking at Daily Sabbath:

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Chris Johnson on the piano:

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International Student Day!

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Vivian Montgomery, harpsichordist, of Bard College speaking at today’s Daily Sabbath:

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