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ABOUT AN EXCITING COLLECTION COMING TO N EU C HAPEL NEXT SPRING THAT RELATES TO UE’ S HERITAGE ............. 1

ISSUE 2

VOLUME 1

DECEMBER 2011

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TRADITION CONTINUES AS WE CELEBRATE THE SEASON OF A DVENT AT NEU CHAPEL ................. 2

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PROVIDES INSIGHT ON THE ROLE OF MUSIC IN WORSHIP ......... 2

FIND OUT W HAT IS GOING ON AT NEU CHAPEL AND HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED...

Chapel Neus
Neu Chapel Society Update
Laurel Vaughn NCS Co-Chair During the first semester, the Neu Chapel Society shared in sponsoring the Midwest Campus Festival of Young Preachers and Dr. Doug Reed’s Organ @ Noon concerts. Board member Dr. Lora Becker bakes bread for the Eucharist every Sunday, and other board members are always on hand to welcome worshippers to Neu Chapel. The Society is pleased to sponsor Nick Joyner and Tyler Best as they participate in the Academy of Preachers 2012 National Festival of Young Preachers in Louisville, Kentucky, in January. Knowing that they will be shining representatives of UE, we are proud of them and wish for them meaningful and profitable experiences. As we enter this season of Advent and wait patiently and creatively for the coming of the Savior, I share with you some words from my favorite author. Cling to angels touch glory remember miracles speak peace The Neu Chapel Society wishes all a blessed holiday. Coming on a Sunday in January: Chili after Chapel – All are welcome.

How silently, how silently
Rev. Dr. Tammy Gieselman University Chaplain Sometimes, it seems in this hyper-stimulated, 1000-watt amplified culture of ours, we only listen to the sounds that scream at us the loudest. We shouldn’t wonder, then, that so much of the heart-healing of Advent and Christmastide is unnoticed by us. “How silently, how silently,” we sing, “the wondrous gift is given, so God imparts to human hearts the blessings of his heaven.” How much joy do we miss by giving ear only to the things we’ve been programmed to like? How would the Christmas story read if the “kings” (magi) had chosen to listen only to King Herod? And if we give ear only to life’s crescendos, how shall we notice the whisper of the winter wind in the pines? Or the delicate, crystalline chatter of icy droplets on the window? These are the softer sounds through which God often speaks to us. We would shudder, wouldn’t we, to think God hears only the prayers of those who pray the loudest? Sometimes God’s voice is in the thunder. More often, God’s voice is like a gentle breath of air. Maybe that’s how, in a day of war, we will hear the sounds of peace. Sometimes you just have to listen harder, in order to hear beyond the din. “Said the Night Wind to the little lamb, ‘Do you hear what I hear?’”

THE WESLEY GALLERY
The University of Evansville was, as the song goes, given life through founders’ vision; some of those visionaries were Methodists. We are excited and looking forward to the soon-to-be-completed Wesley Gallery in the lower level of Neu Chapel. The new Gallery will illustrate our heritage as a United Methodist affiliated institution. The John Wesley Commemorative Collection is a generous gift recently given to the University by Dr. R. Wayne and Sally Perkins. Dr. Perkins is a UE Professor Emeritus of Religion and has spent years collecting the pieces from all over the world. The collection includes 18th and 19th century artifacts and collectables illustrating the life and ministry of John Wesley, founder of Methodism. The Wesley Gallery is slated to be open to the public in the spring, 2012.

Treasures in tradition at UE
In 1948, a campus committee consisting of ministers and college representatives determined that vespers would make a constructive contribution to both the college and the community. The following fall, Evansville College inaugurated a series of four vespers scheduled throughout the school year. The services were held at 4:00 pm on Sunday afternoons in the college auditorium. Students, faculty members, and the public were invited to attend, and a special effort was made to give them wide publicity. An attempt was made to have an outstanding speaker for each of the services, and a choir was formed by the college music department especially for the occasions. Since religious and spiritual values have been at the heart of the educational program since the University was chartered, it is fitting that the tradition of vespers services continue during the high holy season of Advent. The University’s Department of Music and Office of Religious Life joined forces to organize this year’s Candlelight Vespers on December 1st. The service was filled with worship to God and preparation for the coming of our Messiah.

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The Role of Music in Worship,
Part 1
Dr. Douglas Reed University Organist Music is a central part of worship in the Judeo-Christian tradition. Numerous Biblical passages beginning with the book of Genesis speak of singing and playing instruments as ways of communicating with God. More than a mere enhancement of worship, music (especially singing) is at the heart of it. Singing is uniquely human and personal. It reveals our most vulnerable selves to God through the full range of human emotion—groaning lament to ecstatic praise. Instruments expand the range of musical prayer in most traditions throughout Judeo/Christian history. Beginning in the Middle Ages, the pipe organ has been associated with the Christian Church. For at least 400 years, the principal role of the pipe organ in most Protestant traditions has been to support congregational singing. The glorious unification of the assembly’s individual voices into One Voice, creates an earthly realization of the Biblical vision of the Glorious Company around the Throne of God singing forever and ever, “Holy, Holy, Holy.” The invisible movement of wind/ breath (pneuma=wind/spirit) through pipes arranged in mathematical proportion came to symbolize the mystery and wonder of God’s creative power in building the City of God on earth.
First University Worship of Spring Semester January 15 at 10:30 am

As mentioned in the last issue of Chapel Neus, Neu Chapel is looking into the possibility of being a part of CAJE. The mission of the CAJE is to draw together people of faith to act powerfully to address local community issues through processes of relationship building, direct action, and negotiation with decision-makers. Recently CAJE congregations voted at the Annual Assembly to adopt "drugs" as the new community problem area for research and action. Drugs have been a top concern heard in the Listening Process for several years, and this is an exciting opportunity for people to get involved in actively doing justice in the community. The Research KickOff will be this Thursday, December 8, 7 pm at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. All are invited to come learn about the research and action process and find out how we will move forward in discerning a winnable justice issue in this broad problem area. If CAJE sounds like an organization you want to be involved with, e-mail our student chaplain, Nick Joyner, at nj35@evansville.edu. If you have questions or want more information regarding CAJE, you can e-mail those to Nick as well.