These roommates took in Chapel together on the first day of classes for the semester.

Ya got trouble? God's got peace.

Masked and distanced, students attended opening Chapel on Monday, Aug. 24.

Campus Pastor Steve Smith gave a nod to the classic Broadway hit, “The Music Man,” at the opening of his chapel message this morning, the first official day of undergraduate classes for the 2020-21 academic year.  While students’ classes on this first day were unilaterally delivered online (most classes later in the week will move to a socially distanced, in-person format), several students still showed up to the Chapel of Christ Triumphant to start their semester with God’s Word.

Smith’s message focused on the theme verse for this year: “God’s peace in a troubled world.” Inspired by John 16:33, the theme points to God’s solution for a world filled with the turmoil of sin.

“He [Jesus] promised the disciples peace even though in the next few minutes there would be turmoil,” Smith shared in his Chapel message. “He wasn’t talking about how to get away from trouble, but how to deal with it. … Jesus got himself into trouble for us. He became a bridge over troubled waters to connect us back to God.”

In case you missed it…

If you missed this morning’s chapel, you can view it on demand. All Chapel services are live streamed and accessible on the Portal or here

Chapel takes place Monday through Friday from 9:30-9:50 a.m. in the Chapel of Christ Triumphant. Attendance this year is being limited to 250 people (about 30 percent of the chapel’s capacity).

— This story is written by Kali Thiel, director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at or 262-243-2149.

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