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Emmanuel College offers three chapel services each week held at 1:30 pm.

Tuesday & Thursday Prayer Service

On Tuesday and Thursday, a simple service of midday prayer, lasting about fifteen minutes, focuses on prayer, music, scripture, and silence.

Wednesday Chapel

On Wednesday the community gathers for a full service of worship which frequently includes the celebration of the Sacrament of Communion.

For more information, including schedules, resources, see


. . .to celebrate God’s presence, to live with respect in Creation . . . 

“A New Creed,” The United Church of Canada

The worship life at Emmanuel has two main related purposes, to gather the Emmanuel College community together for the public worship of and witness to God, and to provide a supportive environment for students to learn about and practice different forms of worship leadership, including engagement with the College’s increasingly intercultural and interfaith context. The Interim Director of Chapel, Faculty Advisor and Director of Music will frequently follow up with worship leaders after their leadership for conversation and reflection to discuss strengths, challenges, and areas for continued improvement and learning.

The Worship Team

Interim Director of Chapel: The Rev. Joan Wyatt
Faculty Advisor: HyeRan Kim-Cragg,Timothy Eaton Memorial Associate Professor of Preaching
Director of Music: Lim Swee Hong, Program Director, Master of Sacred Music

Student Worship Coordinators
James Aitchison, Valerie De Souza, Kaitlyn Ostrander, Chyvonne Pancer, Christopher Slusar, Timothy Wisnicki

Would you like to be a part of the worship team for the 2020/2021 school year?

Download the application and return it to The Rev. Joan Wyatt by April 30th.

2019/2020 Worship Team Application (pdf)

2019/2020 Worship Team Application (doc)


We invite all members of the Emmanuel community to share any comments and suggestions with any members of the Worship Team by email, in person or as comments on this website.

Emmanuel College Chapel Schedule– Winter 2020


Tuesday January 7

Wednesday January 8

 Baptism of Jesus in the Season of Epiphany

Year A, 1st in Ordinary Time

Opening Worship

Thursday January 9

Psalm 72;
Prayer for Guidance and Support

Ephesians 3:14-21

A Prayer for the Ephesians

Isaiah 42:1-9  
Psalm 29  
Acts 10:34-43  
Matthew 3:13-17


1 Samuel 3:1-9;
The Lord Calls Samuel

Acts 9:1-9

The Conversion of Saul


Tuesday January 14

Wednesday January 15

Epiphany 2 in the Season of Epiphany

Year A, 2nd in Ordinary Time

Thursday January 16



 Psalm 89:5-37;
Prayer for the Restoration of God’s favour

Jeremiah 1:4-10
The Call of Jeremiah

Isaiah 49:1-7  
Psalm 40:1-11  
1 Corinthians 1:1-9  
John 1:29-42


Psalm 40:1-11;
A New Song

Luke 5:1-11

The Call of the First Disciples


Tuesday January 21

Wednesday January 22

Epiphany 3 in the Season of Epiphany

Year A, 3rd in Ordinary Time

Thursday January 23

Psalm 40:6-17;
Your law is written on my heart

Isaiah 53:1-12;
Suffering Servant




TST Christian Unity Prayer service:

1:30 pm,

 Psalm 27:1-6;
To gaze on the beauty of the Lord

Luke 5:27-32

The Call of Levi



Tuesday January 28

Wednesday January 29

Epiphany 4 in the Season of Epiphany

Year A, 4th in Ordinary Time

Alumni Worship

Thursday January 30

Psalm 15;
Who may dwell in the Lord’s tent?

John 13:31-35

Love one another


Micah 6:1-8  
Psalm 15  
1 Corinthians 1:18-31  
Matthew 5:1-12

Emma Pipes and Heather Stevenson, presiding

 Deuteronomy 16:18-20;
Follow Justice

1 Peter 3:8-12

Seek Peace and Pursue it

Tuesday February 4

Wednesday February 5

Epiphany 5 in the Season of Epiphany

Year A, 5th in Ordinary Time

Interfaith Service

Lunar Lunch

Thursday February 6

Ruth 2:1-16;
Ruth meets Boaz
James 5:1-6

Warning to Rich Oppressors

Isaiah 58:1-9a (9b-12)  
Psalm 112:1-9 (10)  
1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16)  
Matthew 5:13-20


Psalm 112:1-9;
Find Delight in Lord’s Command

James 3:13-18

Two Kinds of Wisdom




Tuesday February 11

Wednesday February 12

Epiphany 6 in the Season of Epiphany

Year A, 6th in Ordinary Time

Thursday February 13

Psalm 119:105-112;
Your Word is a Lamp

2 Corinthians 4:1-12

Treasure in Clay Jars

Deuteronomy 30:15-20 or Sirach 15:15-20  
Psalm 119:1-8  
1 Corinthians 3:1-9  
Matthew 5:21-37




Isaiah 29:13-16;
Their Hearts are far from me

Mark 7:1-8

Holding on to Human Traditions


February 17 – 21: Reading Week – NO SERVICES


Tuesday February 25

Wednesday February 26

Ash Wednesday

(Year A)

Thursday February 27

 Exodus 33:7-23;
Moses and the Glory of God

Acts 7:30-34

Remembering Moses

Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 or Isaiah 58:1-12  
Psalm 51:1-17  
2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10  
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

The Right Rev Richard Bott, presiding

Jonah 3:1-10;
Jonah goes to Nineveh
Romans 1:1-7

Apostle Paul



Tuesday March 3

Wednesday March 4

2nd in Season of Lent, Year A

Thursday March 5

Exodus 34:1-9, 27-28;
The Ten Tablets

Matthew 18:10-14

The Parable of the Lost Sheep





Isaiah 51:1-3;
Everlasting Salvation
2 Timothy 1:3-7

Faith of Generations

Tuesday March 10

Wednesday March 11

3rd in Season of Lent, Year A

Thursday March 12

Psalm 128;


Isaiah 65:17-25
New Heavens and New Earth3

Exodus 17:1-7  
Psalm 95  
Romans 5:1-11  
John 4:5-42

Natalie Wigg-Stevenson & class

Queer Theology

Isaiah 51:4-8;
My Righteousness will never fail

Luke 7:1-10

The Faith of the Centurion



Tuesday March 17

Wednesday March 18

4th in Season of Lent, Year A

Thursday March 19

Numbers 21:4-9;
The Bronze Snake

Hebrews 3:1-6

Fix your thoughts on Jesus


1 Samuel 16:1-13  
Psalm 23  
Ephesians 5:8-14  
John 9:1-41

Michael Bourgeois, preaching
HyeRan Kim-Cragg, presiding

Psalm 23;
The Lord is my Shepherd
Ephesians 4:25-32

Members of One Body



Tuesday March 24

Wednesday March 25

5th in Season of Lent, Year A

Thursday March 26

Psalm 146;
Praise the Lord

Colossians 1:9-14

Fill you with Knowledge

Ezekiel 37:1-14  
Psalm 130  
Romans 8:6-11  
John 11:1-45

Leif Vaage, preaching and presiding

 Psalm 143;
Listen to my cry

Matthew 22:23-33

Marriage at the Resurrection


Tuesday March 31

Wednesday April 1

Palm Sunday, Year A

Thursday April 2

Psalm 143;
Listen to my cry

Ephesians 2:1-10

Made Alive in Christ


Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29  
Matthew 21:1-11 

Michelle Voss Roberts, presiding


Isaiah 42:1-9;
Here is my Servant

John 12:1-11
Mary Anoints Jesus





Emmanuel College Chapel Lectionary – Winter 2019

Territorial Acknowledgement EMC- 2015- PDF
(approved by Victoria University Senate, 2016)

Queerying Gender in Worship

Exchanging Peace/Greetings

Midday Prayer

Our Tuesday and Thursday services of Midday Prayer are an opportunity to gather as a community for meaningful worship in the midst of the day’s work, and for those leading to become familiar and comfortable with this form of leadership. While most services are Christian, we also plan for opportunities for the whole community to share in Muslim prayer and Buddhist meditation.

Christian Midday Prayer is based on the liturgical tradition of Daily Prayer. These services are not intended to be simply an abbreviated version of a Sunday worship service. Sunday worship is rooted in the traditions of Word and Table – preaching and sacrament (Eucharist), while Daily Prayer is rooted in the contemplative traditions of the Daily Office, emphasizing prayer, psalmody, readings and silence. For our purposes, services of Midday Prayer are intended to be simple, brief services (of no more than 15 minutes) for prayer, music, scripture and reflection. It is important to incorporate moments of silence into the service. While these services are intended to offer participants a time of pause for reflection and prayer, connection and worship, they are also an opportunity for those so interested to exercise creativity and employ approaches which may be new or different in a safe environment.

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Wednesday Community Worship

Wednesday worship most frequently (but not always) takes the form of a Christian service of Word and Table – i.e., including the Sacrament of Holy Communion, Lord’s Supper or Eucharist. While our norm is Eucharistic, reflecting ecumenical foundations of Christian public worship, worship planners are free to invoke other liturgical models and traditions in relation to the relevant texts, concerns and guests. In addition, other rituals (e.g., footwashing, prayers for healing, other symbolic actions, etc.) may be appropriate to the occasion. An Emmanuel College Lectionary (an optional list of daily scripture readings) provides texts of scripture to guide our planning. We also plan for opportunities for interfaith worship.

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Examples of Chapel Set Up

The chairs are in a clamshell formation around a long central table, and a large wooden cross is visible beside the lectern. The whiteboard with service order is at the top of the steps behind the lectern.

Here we see an example set up with chairs forming three sides of a square, around a low circular table with different heights of candles. The cloth on this table is blue with silver stars (there are a number of clothes in different liturgical colours). Notice the whiteboard with service order next to the lectern.

The chairs are in a clam shell formation, with a lectern at one end and a music stand at the other, so that the service leadership moves between them. Next to the lectern, a small table has been set up for speakers connected to a computer, behind the cloth, for the gathering music.

In this set up, the chairs are arranged in a circle, with a small symbolic centre arrangement – poppies and dried twigs that express the themes of Remembrance day and moving into winter. Notice the hymn books set out on the chairs, ready for people to arrive.

In this set up, three small tables have been used in the centre of a clam shell chair set up. The produce has been presented symbolically during the service, reflecting the harvest theme. Note the use of colour carried through the wall hanging, table cloth, and arrangement of autumn leaves.

In this setup, a circle is modified to include space to enter the circle, and incorporate a table with symbolic items (in this instance yarn). The advantage of a circle setup is that everyone is included in a single row, creating a sense of closeness. It’s also an advantage if objects are being passed (as took place in this service as the baby blanket was tied together by each person present).

This image shows the difference in scale between setups for Midday prayers and Wednesday worship, and in particular the setup used for a footwashing service. In this setup, symbols of the cross and water take central place during Holy Week. Chairs are positioned along three sides of a square, allowing the focus to be at the centre.

All Saints - Chapel
This image shows a chapel arrangement for an All Saints Service, notable for the space to move around and the multiple points of access for the central altar table where candles are lit. The long axis also encourages direct engagement between participants more than a traditional front-facing setup.

All Saints - Table
The table setup for an all saints or other candle-lighting service. You may want to model lighting candles from the center out, in order to encourage safety.