A Prayer for Our World.
“Gracious Lord, we continue to pray for our world, as we move through more days, more deaths, more recoveries, and more challenging conversations around Covid-19. We pray for doctors, nurses, social workers, and scientists whose days are filled with this virus, in order to try to help our neighbors survive.”
— A prayer by the Rev. Kathryn Lester-Bacon during the Sunday morning worship service on August 16, 2020
In Need of Love and Care
"Christ of love, you showed us the way by your life of love. You laid down your life for your friends, for us. Today, so many are in need of your love and care. They need it as they wander the streets of Durham. They need it as they lay on a hospital bed waiting for surgery. They need it as they now find themselves unemployed. They need your love as they figure out how to cope with anxiety and stress. We need your perfect love to cast out all fear today."
— Chapel Dean Luke Powery praying during the Sunday morning worship service on August 9, 2020
“O God: Keep us safe, healthy and strong. Let our material masks unmask the truth of who we are, that together we may discover our common humanity, and by doing so, truly embody the institutional value of excellence. That is the most excellent way of love, justice and peace.”
— A prayer by Chapel Dean Luke A. Powery during New Student Convocation
First and Last
"Our faith reminds us that in this life and in the life to come our first and last hope is in Christ—and it is rooted in this hope that we are free to live without fear."
— The Rev. Bruce Puckett, assistant dean at the Chapel, preaching during one of the online-only Chapel services
Be Our Help
“Eternal God, you are our help. Protect those who are in the path of hurricanes and give strength to those who battle a deadly virus. Ease the strain of those who face financial distress and house those who are without shelter.”
— The Rev. Dr. Carol Gregg, pastor to the Congregation at Duke Chapel, praying ahead of Hurricane Isaias landing in the Carolinas