Sunday Worship

Worship in Christ Chapel with Holy Communion - 6:30 pm


In response to the grace of God made known in Jesus, the Christ Chapel Sunday Worship Community is a student-led assembly, organized by the Office of the Chaplains, which celebrates Swedish-Lutheran heritage, participates in the mission of God, and is open to all.

A home away from home, the Christ Chapel Worshiping Community is a group where you can feel welcome whoever you are, wherever you are, and however you are. Every Sunday while school is in session, we gather to pray, sing, explore sacred texts, and be a community. This is a service of Holy Communion, in which all are invited to participate. We invite you to come experience God’s abundant love in this beautiful space that is Christ Chapel.

This service takes place during the academic year on Sunday evenings at 6:30pm and lasts for one hour. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Statement of Invitation

  1. We are not perfect; God loves us and makes us holy in our imperfections. We try to love ourselves and others as God loves us - unconditionally.
  2. When we mess up, we practice confession by asking for forgiveness and offering compassion.
  3. We care about the world God loves; that means we value science and other academic disciplines, we partner with people of other religious and philosophical traditions to build a more just and equitable society, and we give preferential treatment, as Jesus did, to the most hated and the most oppressed people in our communities.
  4. We bring our whole selves - our complex identities and life experiences, our longings and imaginations - as we wrestle with scripture and try to figure out what it means for our lives today.
  5. We love questions, and we bring curious minds as we learn and grow together in the way of Jesus.

Preaching Internship Program

For Gustavus students exploring a call to ordained ministry, each semester the Chaplains' Office offers a Preaching Internship program. For more information, please see the Preaching Internship position description

Meet Preaching Intern Alex Theship-Rosales '19 
Hello! My name is Alex Theship-Rosales. I am a Senior, Environmental Headshot of AlexStudies major, Religion minor at Gustavus. I have known many individuals whose ability to speak and deliver theological messages has inspired me, and I am interested in developing my own preaching ability because I want to be able to have similar positive effects on others. I truly enjoy reflecting on God's presence in the world and in everyday life, pondering scripture and spirituality, and I am also set on attending a seminary post-Gustavus, thus attaining preaching skills now will help me later on.

Headshot of preaching intern RachelMeet Preaching Intern Rachel Larson '19 
My name is Rachel Larson and I am a senior Communication Studies major and Religion and music minor. I'm from Eagan, Minnesota and am a member of Augustana Lutheran Church in West St. Paul. At Gustavus I spend my time singing in the Gustavus Choir, playing Handbells, and working with the Dialogue and Deliberation as a facilitator and collaborator. I experience faith through music and connections with others, constantly being reminded that we are made in the image of God. 

Meet Preaching Intern Lucio Gonzalez '20 Hi! My name is Lucio Gonzalez, and I’m from Inglewood in Southern California. I’m Preaching intern Lucio Gonzalezcurrently a Junior pursuing a double major in Political Science and Philosophy. The community that Gustavus offers will be a great learningexperience that emphasizes the desire to learn, grow in faith, and developing public speaking styles and skills. I hope to use these skills in a political environment after I graduate from Gustavus. Working with the Chaplains will aid in expanding my knowledge in theological texts and growing my faith in religion. I am looking forward to being able to deliver sermons to the community, and getting to be a contributing member of the Sunday Worshipping Community here at Gustavus! 

Your Talents Are Welcome

Gustavus students lead many aspects of Sunday worship, including serving as assisting ministers, writing prayers, singing, leading and playing music, serving communion, dancing, and ushering. If you would like to get involved with worship leading in any of these ways, please contact Cantor Chad Winterfeldt via email at or Rachel Larson at