Congregation at Duke Chapel

Going Behind the Scenes: Worship Preparation and Planning at Duke Chapel

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Going Behind the Scenes: Worship Preparation and Planning at Duke Chapel

presentation at Adult Forum by
The Rev. Bruce Puckett
Assistant Dean of Duke Chapel
September 23, 2018

Going Behind the Scenes


Worship Preparation and Planning at Duke Chapel

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M&M's


  • Guiding Team for Sunday Morning Worship
  • Weekly Meetings
  • Semester Planning Sessions
  • Yearly Retreat
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Questions We Regularly Ask


  • What went well this week?
  • What could be improved?
  • How are we engaging students?
  • How are we drawing from a variety of Christian traditions?
  • How are we engaging the full person? (e.g. What are we seeing, touching, tasting, and smelling?)
  • Who is leading/participating in this service?
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Big Picture Questions


  • Is our worship glorifying to God?
  • How are we Bridging Faith and Learning?
  • How do we live into the vision of Duke Chapel?
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OUR VISION

To bridge the differences that divide humanity, reconciling us to God and to one another.

OUR MISSION

Through worship, student ministry, community connection, interfaith engagement, and the arts, Duke Chapel stands as a beacon of Christian hope that bridges faith (religio) and learning (eruditio).

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The People Who Make Worship Happen


  • The Gathered Body of Christ
  • Chapel Choir
  • Ushers
  • Offering Counters
  • The "GQ"
  • Prayer Ministers in Memorial Chapel
  • The Altar Guild
  • Communion Servers
  • Lectors
  • Chapel Music Team
  • Presiding Ministers
  • Welcome Center Team
  • Docents
  • Communications and Administrative Teams
  • Technical Services
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Connecting with the Community


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Connecting with Students


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Guest Preachers


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The Tools to Keep us Straight


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The Tools to Keep us Straight (continued)


  • The Bulletin
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The Tools to Keep us Straight (continued)


  • The Weekly Email
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The Tools to Keep us Straight (continued)


  • Communion Instructions Email
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Questions? Suggestions?


  • With all of the planning and preparation, we are still always looking to try new things to help us worship God more fully in spirit and in truth.