Perkins Chapel at SMU

Perkins School of Theology worship services are usually held at 11:30am on Wednesdays and Thursdays and at 8:00am Tuesday thru Friday in Perkins Chapel during the academic year.

Join us at noon today for our Ash Wednesday service as the Lenten season begins

[01/30/18]   Our first full week of worship will be wonderful! Join us!

Wednesday January 31, 11:30 (30 minute service)
Service of Word and Table
First year MDiv student Nick McRae will be preaching.
Bishop Whitfield will be presiding at the Lord’s Table

Thursday February 1, 11:30
Word and Table, led by BSA.
Dr. Abraham Smith will be preaching
Dr. Tamara Lewis will be presiding at Table.

Carol Montgomery bringing a good word today! Lydia, shattering the original glass-ceiling!

Chapel Thursday at 11:30 Prothro Great Hall. A good word from Rev. Carol Montgomery, Reaffirmation of Baptism, and Communion to start off the Spring Semester right!

[11/15/17]   Join us!

Wednesday, November 15, 12:00pm,
Campus healing service as part of campus Quiet Day
Dr. Stamm will be preaching
Perkins Chapel

Thursday, November 16, 11:30am
Admiral Margaret G. Kibbens, Chief of Chaplains, US Navy will be preaching.

[11/08/17]   We worship, rain or shine - join us!

Wednesday, November 8, 11:30am
Service led by Brian Hehn’s Canting class

Thursday, November 9, 11:30am
Word and Table, pre-Advent focus
Led by the Worship 6313 class

[10/31/17]   Check out worship this week!
Wednesday, November 1, 12:00pm
University Memorial Service
Dr. Mark Stamm will be preaching

Thursday, November 2, 11:30am
All Saints/Souls Service, Word and Table
Dr. Roy Heller will be preaching
Dr. Sze-kar Wan will be presiding

[10/24/17]   Join us this week for worship!
Wednesday, October 25, 11:30am
ARC Chapel
Student Amber Oxley will be preaching.
Rev. Kerry Smith will be presiding

Thursday, October 26, 11:30am
Reformation Service
Seminary Singers

[10/18/17]   For those of you who missed it: Here is the YouTube video of the Baptismal Tai Chi used in today's chapel service we lead in partnership with Underground Chapel! Thanks to everyone for being a good sport and participating!

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[10/04/17]   Join us!
Wednesday, October 4, 11:30am
Taizé prayers for the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi
The Seminary Singers

Thursday, October 5 11:30am
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and FACE is sponsoring a Perkins Chapel service with Word and Table.
Dr. Susanne Scholz is preaching on scripture from Genesis 34 and Psalm 23.
Join us for a service of confession, awareness, and healing!

[09/26/17]   Join us for worship!

Wednesday, September 27, 11:30
World Communion Celebration
The Seminary Singers
Student Flor Granillo will be preaching
Student Sketer Riungu will be presiding at the table.

Thursday, September 28, 11:30
Midday Prayer Stations

Don't forget that this Wednesday's Chapel service (9/20) will be held in partnership with Underground Chapel in Hughes Trigg from 12-12:30pm.

[09/18/17]   On Wednesday, September 20 at 12:00pm, we'll be joining the University chaplain's office in a combined service at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center.

On Thursday, September 21 at 11:30am
Union Coffee, Dallas will be leading the service in Perkins Chapel and Rev. Mike Baughman will be preaching.

Join us!

[09/13/17]   Join us in the Great Hall today at 11:30 for chapel!

[09/13/17]   Wonderful things are happening in worship this week!

Wednesday, September 13
Prayers for Camping Ministries,
Patricia Lund will be preaching

Thursday, September 14
Service of Thanksgiving for the Appointment of New Faculty, Staff Members,
​and Administrative Leaders.
Dean Craig Hill will be preaching

[09/05/17]   Are you on campus in the mornings? Have an 8:30 am class?
Or just want to start your day out right?

Join us for a brief (20 minutes) Morning Prayer at 8 am in the Chapel-- Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings!

[09/03/17]   Join us for worship this week!

Wednesday, September 6
Service of the Word
Perkins Chapel, 11:30-12:30
Student Preacher, Etta Anderson

Thursday, September 7
Service of Word & Table
Perkins Chapel, 11:30-12:20
Led by OSL Chapter

[08/27/17]   Friends, join us for worship this week!

Wednesday, August 30
Service of the Word for the Commemoration of Augustine, Bishop of Hippo
Perkins Chapel, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Dr. James Lee preaching.

Thursday, August 31
Word and Table
Perkins Chapel, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Bishop Max Whitfield preaching and presiding

[05/03/17]   Join us today for a Service of Word and Table around the theme of Hope, Resurrection, and Future with God and Disability. Liturgists: Matthew Burroughs, Ryan Klinck, and Lisa Hancock. Musician: Hannah Cruse. Presider: Rev Ramsey Patton, Perkins Alum and minister of The Feast at Highland Park UMC. Chapel begins at 11:30!

Join us for Bluegrass Mass and Lunch on the Grounds today starting at 11:30!

[03/08/17]   Today in Chapel: Perkins Worship with the Poetry of Dr. Hal Recinos Wednesday, March 8
11:30 a.m.—12:20 p.m.
Join Dr. Harold Recinos and the Seminary Singers as we experience worship through his poignant poetry. Our Perkins friend is a prolific and powerful poet. Readings will come from three of his publications: Other Seasons (Resource Publications, 2016), Crossing Bridges (Floricanto Press, 2016), and Long Way Home (Floricanto Press, 2016). David Luckey, PhD student, will sing his own composition to one of the poems. We
will all sing, pray, and hear the Word through poetry. Dr. Recinos will have some copies of his books to purchase following the service and you may be able to get him to autograph yours! For more information, contact Michael Hawn [email protected].

Hope to see you there!

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Please join us tomorrow at 11:30am to celebrate the life of Sheena Fields!

The Transfiguration: A Festival of Congregational Song
Wednesday, February 22
11:30 AM - 12:20 PM
Perkins Chapel

Rev. Jackson Henry, M.S.M. '03, Director of Music Ministries, Discipleship Ministries, Nashville, will lead the Sacred Music students and selected MSM alums in a festival of song on the theme of the Transfiguration. This feast, a major observance of the Orthodox Church, is observed this year on Sunday, February 26. Jackson is one of the most creative church musicians, embracing a variety of styles of music as a performer and composer. You will hear and sing songs from almost every church music style from historical traditions to Latino/a, folk, and CCM. The music is the sermon. Join us and be ready to sing!

[02/07/17]   This week in Chapel:

Wednesday, 8 February
Midday Prayer Service for Hope and Restoration.
11:30 am

We'll gather Wednesday morning for a service focused on intercessory and collective prayer. In the midst of chaos, the best thing we can do is be still, and be in the presence of God. Join us for a good word and a time of prayerful fellowship. Our souls wait for the Lord, longing for God's peace and presence; our Redeemer who is present in the silence and confusion. Let us pray.

Thursday, 9 February
Celebration of African American Women
11:30 am

Etta Anderson is preaching and leading worship with some of our gifted and wonderful African American female leaders. This service is our second worship celebration in Black History Month. As we stand with each other and empower our voices, we stand stronger. Come be salty with us as we listen to the words of Jesus from Matthew 5:13-20, and sing God's praises for God's undeserving Grace.

[01/31/17]   Vespers this evening (4:30) in Prothro 223!

[12/01/16]   If you aren't in chapel right now, you're missing out on some absolutely beautiful experiences.

Don't worry, there's another service at 8pm tonight.

Come hear Dr. Michael Hawn lead a procession with his recorder, Dr. Parker recite a musically accompanied prayer about creation. Come hear the space be filled with music and warm hearts and fantastic voices! And because it's chapel, it wouldn't be the same without you and your voice.

Friends, you haven't seen anything yet.

Come out and get fed spiritually with Rev. Geoffrey Moore presiding over a worship of word and table! It's gonna be a celebration of the goodness of God! It's going down today at 11:30A! Be there! This is the day that the Lord has made! Come, let us rejoice!

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Come and join us! Let's make a joyful noise and celebrate a Service of Word and Table with Dr. C. Michael Hawn!
Right now! We will make room at the table for you!

Please join us to celebrate the saints that have joined The Church Triumphant. The University Memorial Service will be this Wednesday at 12 noon.

Please join us in solidarity for a Service of Word and Table for Domestic Violence Awareness. Rev. Connie Nelson preaching and presiding! Join us at 11:30 in Perkins Chapel!

Please come support!!!! Don't forget A Service of the Word; Preacher: Steve Long "Taking Pride in Humility: Luke 18:9-14." Blessings to you as you hash out midterms. Take some time and pray and worship with us this week!!!! We need God to get through this!!! We are gonna have a double blessing this week with Pastors Steve Long and Bryant X. Phelps!

"For me, when I stop and listen, God's voice becomes more clear. And I can't function without God's voice. We find our voice in God's."

Student, Ryan Klinck shares his story of vocational discernment in chapel with prospect students, faculty, and his peers.

Thank you, Ryan.

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[09/08/16]   Dr. Hawn and students lead worship today at 11:30. We'll have vocational discernment testimonies, candles, song and prayer. Let us be together, for it is good!

[08/31/16]   Hey amazing people who liked this page!
At 11:30 (today) the Perkin's chapter of OSL (the Order of St. Luke) and some worship committee members, along with Dr. Mark Stamm, OSL, will lead a midday prayer service. Scott Scheetz will serve as our musician.

Stop by after class, before you head to lunch! Let's worship our God together on this beautiful Wednesday morning.

Come and be blessed, and to bless others with your presence and gifts, friends. It is good that we have a space to gather together and be still with God.

[08/26/16]   Friends, if you missed today's chapel, you missed a fantastic service.
Here's what you missed: Dr. Wes Allen preached on the story found in Micah 6: 1-8; several students read the text. With multiple voices, the story of the "trial" narrative comes forth. Dr. Allen expressed on those voices, the baliff, the jury, the judge, and of course, the accused and accusor (s), and their involvement. He interprets the text, highlighting the problems with too many conflicts in how we "do justice." He expounds on the wisdom of a colleague, who translates that Hebrew word [for "do justice"] more appropriately as "making justice happen."
So, we have the mountains crying out, "make justice happen!" This is their verdict as the jury, to the people of Israel;...or, more appropriately, to us. Let us be reminded about the sanctity of our covenant with God. To do so means hearing the cries of the oppressed, to pray and act for ends to violent behavior, war, legal and theological restrictions on each other. We must hear them, and "make justice happen." That is our charge.
Dr. Anderson served with his gifts on the organ, and one of our first years, Isabella, wonderfully cantored(? is that a word?) our Psalter prayer! Dr. Scholz even joined in the fun with leading our intercessory prayer.

You missed a beautiful service, and for that I'm sorry, because every service in Perkins Chapel is unique. Please know you're always invited. There's something holy about worshiping with others in that space.

Find your rhythm, feed your soul--you pour so much of yourself out, don't forget to breathe and recenter yourself.

On that note, however, I hope you had a challenging and invitive first week of classes. Be well, friends! And take care of yourselves this semester.

[08/24/16]   Tomorrow morning we will gather together to celebrate at Chapel with our "Feast of Beginnings" service. Dean Hill will preside, Dr. Michael Hawn will lead us in song and praise! Join us for the first chapel service this Fall. 11:30-12:30.

Plus, there's communion!

[08/23/16]   Vespers will be held today at 4:30 pm in the chapel. The service will last no longer than half an hour.

Beginning tomorrow (Wednesday, August 24), 20 minute Morning Prayer services will be held at 8 am on Wednesdays and Thursdays, with Word and Table at 8 am on Fridays.

Join us.

Midday Prayer in Response to Last Night's Tragedy in Dallas, and Related Events.

[04/25/16]   Final week of chapel worship opportunities:

Tuesday: Vespers 4:30pm

Wednesday: Morning Prayer 8am, Word & Table with Dean William Lawrence preaching his final sermon in Perkins Chapel and presiding, 11:30 am.

Thursday: Morning Prayer 8am, Annual Sending Forth Service of Word & Table with Rev. Blair Thompson (MDiv '12) preaching & Dean William Lawrence presiding, 11:30 am.

Friday: Morning Prayer & Communion 8am.

On Sports and Play: A Service of Thanksgiving, Lament and Hope. 11:30 am today, Wednesday, April 20th - join us!

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