Our Ministries — Worship

These are the means of grace that we exercise together: the ministries of Word and Sacrament. They enable us to build each other up in the Body of Christ.

Thursday Night Alive Worship Service

Thursday Night Alive is sponsored by the Office of Ecumenical and Interfaith Programs. It is a coordinated effort, led by the Chapel Steward of Worship and a team of student volunteers. The campus ministries of Catholic Student Association, Campus Crusade for Christ, and the Fellowship of Christian Students join in the organizing and leadership of the evening worship services on Thursday.

University Community Communion Service

Once per month Students, faculty and staff are invited to Community Communion. The Chaplain or a United Methodist Youth Leader Scholar offers a message and the Eucharist is served.

Ecumenical Ash Wednesday Service

Ash Wednesday is a time for repentance and the beginning of Lent. It occurs forty-six days before Easter. At 9:00 P.M. on Ash Wednesday a service is held in McCleary Chapel. It includes the marking of the forehead of each participant with black ashes in the shape of a cross.

Throughout the academic year, activity at McCleary Chapel on Thursday nights culminates in two distinctive, alternating, worship experiences.

Every other Thursday, the Chapel rocks with students making a joyful noise to the Lord with guitars, keyboard, and drums. Letting go of the stress of the week and singing out in praises to the Lord is the order of the hour. Students take responsibility to share a testimony or reflection to help all participants draw insights and inspiration to live their faith in their lives.

Likewise, every other Thursday, the Chapel takes on an intentionally simple and quiet demeanor. At our Taizé services, candlelight fills the Chapel as we open space in our hearts through silence, the reading from the Scriptures, and the singing of songs accompanied by acoustic guitar that are filled with meaning and praise. We pray silently and vocally together. Then, we gather at the cross — the center of our worship and of our lives. Blessing one another to go out into the world, we are ready to live a life of service and adoration.

'Contemporary Praise and Worship' and 'Taizé Contemplative' services: Both forms of worship touch the lives of students and others who participate. And the meaning of this worship is intense.

It is, like all worship, an encounter with a God who calls us from out of the world and into God's presence. But it is also a space big enough for all who heed that call — it's not the only Christian worship, but it is worship for all Christians.

Here is a unique space where we can change our hearts without having to change our creeds, a space where we can encounter other Christians and in so doing enrich our own faith.

Come, now is the time to worship!

The Chapel Steward of Worship has the main responsibility to help bring together a team of student volunteers who will strive to develop ways to make the means of grace that we exercise together, the ministries of Word and Sacrament more evident to the Christian life at the University of Indianapolis.