Every Sunday at 9:00 a.m. during the academic year, UE's University Worship offers students and the community a chance to build lifelong connections through shared worship and fellowship.
Worshiping God is not simply a good thing to do; it is a necessary thing to do…the most profound statement that can be made about us is that we need to join with others in bowing before God in worshipful acts of devotion, praise, obedience, thanksgiving, and petition. (Beyond the Worship Wars, Tom Long)
University Worship seeks to create time and space for the community to come together and experience the presence of the living God. We take the traditions of the Church and the practices of our ancestors and reinterpret their relevance for us today. University worship involves both comfort and challenge. As worship professor Gordon Lathrop suggests in his book, Holy Things, worship must maintain a tension between strangeness and welcome. In other words, we all have an affinity toward the familiar, especially when we consider the variety of worship styles in the 21st century Church, yet we do not want to become so rigid in our patterns that we resist God's efforts to do a new thing in our lives.
University Worship is led by students, faculty, staff, and people from the Evansville community who have made Neu Chapel their home. The music is eclectic ranging from jazz piano to acoustic guitar; from pipe organ to percussion; and from bass guitar to brass ensemble.
The invitation to Holy Communion is offered each week from an open and inclusive table. All are welcome.
University Worship is offered on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. during the academic year.
Night Prayer with Music from Taizé is a quiet and contemplative service offered in the late evening in Neu Chapel. The meditative, candlelight service of spoken and sung prayer includes music from the ecumenical community of Taizé in France where thousands of young people gather throughout the year for prayer to "help deepen the relationship between faith and life in the areas of work, social questions, art and culture, the search for world peace…." All are welcome.
Special Worship Service
Neu Chapel balances the liturgical calendar and the academic calendar throughout the year. We work to provide special worship services that mark time in the liturgical year, especially those the Church has deemed significant. Below are some of the services we have offered in the past:
- Advent Vespers: A Campus Christmas
- Ash Wednesday Service with the Imposition of Ashes
- Holy Thursday Service of Darkness
In addition, each year, Neu Chapel joins the University of Evansville in celebrating Founders Day, honoring the University's history and distinguished alumni. Each year we observe Founders Day with a special service featuring the annual Edgar M. McKown address, and the presentation of UE's annual Distinguished Alumni Awards.
Neu Chapel also offers Catholic Mass at 1:00 p.m. on Sundays and 8:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, officiated by area priests. All services are open to the community.
Neu Chapel has been a gathering place for funerals and memorial services commemorating the lives of family, friends and colleagues of the University of Evansville. The Chapel is available for memorial services and funerals as the UE and Neu Chapel calendars permit. Arrangements must be made in conjunction with the Office of the Chaplain, 812-488-2240.