This morning we give thanks for the vision of the founders of Duke University, and celebrate our global community with other Christians through World Communion Sunday. Today’s Scripture passages reveal to us the majestic divinity and intimate humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ. The letter to the Hebrews describes how Jesus left his glory in heaven to come and walk alongside us, tasting the fullness of human suffering. His atoning death and resurrection enable us to become his brothers and sisters, united in one body of faith as children of the heavenly Father. In Mark’s Gospel Jesus himself invites us to become as little children. It is by this example of childlike dependence that we are shown how faith in Jesus is the way to eternal life and the Kingdom of God.
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.