by Joe Lynn
This time around, I want to talk about something that students spend a significant amount of time participating in during their time at Freed-Hardeman. Not just some students, but all students. Every day, for about thirty minutes, the entire undergraduate population of FHU gathers together in one auditorium for chapel. That’s every student under one roof, for one purpose, every weekday. When you think about that, you realize one of the greatest things about chapel; that’s the community that it builds. Sure some days seem a bit boring, and some days all you can think about is that test you need to study for or that episode of ‘Saved By The Bell’ you had to leave behind in the dorm, but it makes it better when you look around and see that you’re not alone. You’re reminded that you chose a University where people have priorities, and that those priorities are in the right place because chapel is, after all, a devotion of our time towards the God that we serve.
My favorite part of chapel is the singing. Each chapel service starts off with a song, and to hear close to 2,000 voices singing in one place is pretty awesome. That’s where I learned how to sing bass and learned new songs. Just about each chapel service has a scripture reading and prayer too, followed by announcements that keep people informed and in the loop. Every day the chapel program also includes a 12-15 minute presentation of some sort. Some days it’s an encouraging lesson, an informative talk, an entertaining presentation, a display of student talent, or my personal favorite, continued singing devotional. Every day you get something a little different.
One of the coolest thing about FHU’s daily chapel is its unique ability to host all of the students, faculty and staff under one roof for 30 minutes every day for a time of community and worship. Not many schools can boast that. It’s community. It’s devotion. It’s chapel.
Check out chapel for yourself by visiting campus or watch online here.