A new semester of classes has begun at Duke, and we extend God’s welcome to you. Today’s Bible readings speak into times of transition, and how despite our differences we are all called to gather round Jesus’ table. The Song of Solomon sings of the deep love God has for us, the beauty of romance, and of new creation. The passage from James urges us to live out our faith with pure hearts of compassion, reflecting our nature as image-bearers of God. In the Gospel passage, Jesus calls us to worship him from our inner beings and to guard our hearts. Out of this, the Holy Spirit leads us into a common life together where differences are reconciled, and we gather as one family in Christ.
The service of Choral Evensong lasts approximately one hour, and derives from the medieval church, offered at Duke Chapel in classical form from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England, which sought to harmonize Catholic and Protestant traditions. Learn more here: http://chapel.duke.edu/node/3409/attachment.