Dedicating a Week to Worship
By Amanda Morad
November 19, 2012
David M. Edwards
As the holidays approach and a busy semester comes to a head, keeping spiritual vitality a top priority can be difficult. That's why Campus Ministries at Regent University stepped in to initiate the second annual Week of Worship. Five days of special chapel services and a culminating night of worship called students, staff and faculty to focus on their faith during the week of Nov. 12-16.
"Campus Ministries wishes to urge the entire campus to act on their deepest held belief that Christ is first in everything they do," said Dr. Richard Kidd, director of Campus Ministries. "The intent of our annual Week of Worship is to reflect the myriad forms of global worship and support the ongoing internationalization of our campus."
Monday was designated as a Day of Repentance with a special chapel featuring Tina Davis, campus ministries pastor at New Life Providence Church Deep Creek, in Chesapeake, Va. "It's His loving kindness, His grace, His mercy, that calls us by name to repentance," Davis said. Citing II Chronicles 7:14, which emphasizes a sense of belonging to God, she explained that "repentance can only come out of relationship. It can't come out of fear."
The service also featured several representatives offering a prayer of repentance on behalf of the administration, staff, faculty and students.
Tuesday's chapel celebrated a Day of Global Outreach and featured several special guests: Regent president, Dr. Carlos Campo; John Jones '10 (School of Business & Leadership), Professional & Continuing Education (PCE) program manager in South Africa; Eunice Barruel '00 (School of Business & Leadership) chair of the Executive Alumni Board; and Drew Cziok, a second-year law student and intern with the Center for Global Justice.
Jones, who is based in South Africa, joined the chapel service via Skype.
"There's a lot of talk about a 'flat world,'" said President Campo. "We are living in a 'flat world,' and our students need to have the collection of skills to make them interculturally competent." The other guest speakers discussed the opportunities and challenges of reaching the world and reminded students to follow God's call, no matter where it leads.
"Go after whatever dream God is giving you," said Barruel, who works with orphanages all over the world. "Kids intimidated me ... and yet God would take our weakness and make it our strength." Barruel organized the original Week of Worship and Global Day of Worship in 2011. The 2012 Global Day of Worship will be Wednesday, Dec. 12.
Wednesday's chapel service was set aside for the Day of Consecration. Dr. Corné Bekker, professor in the School of Business & Leadership, discussed the concept of "acedia," what he called the eighth deadly sin. "We know the right thing to do but we are unable to care enough to do it," he explained. Bekker provided the Bible's solution in Deuteronomy 6:4, "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one."
"The first step toward consecration is not to speak, but to listen," he said. "The hardest thing to learn when we finally quiet down is that God is enough; that our ways and pursuits are not His."
Following Bekker's remarks, those in attendance received communion from President Campo and several members of Regent's administration.
Thursday was the Day of Prayer, which culminated in a special unChapel service beginning at midnight, ushering in Friday's Day of Worship. Just hours later in the Main Theatre, students, staff, faculty and other members of Regent's local community gathered for the Night of Worship.
Led by International Center for Worship director, David M. Edwards, the worship service also featured Clem Abrams, director of worship and arts for New Life Providence Church and the New Life Providence choir, and Markita Knight, singer and songwriter from the West Angeles Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles, Calif. The Masterworks Ballet Co., a traveling liturgical dance troupe, also performed.
"Hundreds participated in person and online this week, repenting of their sins, praying for the persecuted church, rejoicing in the move of our global God, receiving communion from President Campo," Kidd summarized. "We hope that the daily devotions, the special chapels, the morning and evening campus prayer, the midnight worship session, and the closing evening of worship expressed our grateful response to the God who has given us so much."
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Mindy Hughes, Public Relations
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