The Congregation at Duke University Chapel


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When I was in high school, I learned how to decode a worship service.

I grew up in a "low church" tradition, meaning that our services were less formal and had a bit less structure than worship at the Chapel.

The first time I attended a worship service in the style of Duke Chapel, I was instantly hooked, but also a little confused. I could follow along in the bulletin well enough, but it always felt like I was missing something. 

I had a sense, even then, that there was a deep logic to the way worship flowed, and that the symbols and colors and rituals had rich meaning, if only someone could help me see it. In my junior year, Fred Edie did just that, and I've never looked at worship the same way since.

As six youth, along with their mentors and families, prepare for confirmation or baptism after Easter, we will be learning to see worship in this new way. And we invite you to join us!

For five Sundays in Lent, the Congregation Youth Group will be hosting "Liturgy Lab" after worship.graphic ad for Litufgy Lab We’ll look at the different parts of worship and how they connect to everyday life. We'll cover Baptism (Feb 25), Sights and Symbols of Worship (March 4), the Saints (March 11), Death and Resurrection (March 18), and the Church Sent in Mission (March 25).

Plus we'll have the opportunity to get hands on with worship: act out an ancient baptism, set the Table for Holy Communion, learn about the tombs in the Chapel, and make the CROP Walk an extension of our worship.

Whether you’ve worshiped at the Chapel for many years and want to share your experience of the liturgy, or if you’re still trying to figure out what’s happening on Sunday morning, you are welcome! All are invited to grab lunch after church, and then join us outside the Congregation Office at 1:00 p.m. for an hour of fun, hands-on learning.

RSVP requested, but not required. Just email [email protected] to let me know you’re coming, or ask any questions.

I cannot wait to explore the beauty and richness of worship alongside you!