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Encountering God in a Different Way

Encountering God in a Different Way

By Katy Ward
November 25, 2013

Once a month, MNU students go to Bell Center for a time of intentional worship called Kingdom Come. Kingdom Come is a Tuesday evening service led by the two student chaplains, Luke Letsinger and Katie Wiskus.

“It is a time for us to come together as a community and worship God for who He is,” Luke said.

Luke, a senior Pastoral Ministry major, explained the four components of Kingdom Come.

“We start out with prayer and end in communion,” stated Luke. “We also place an emphasis on scripture and worship.”

The beginning of the service is a time for silent prayer. It is a time for students to quiet themselves before God and prepare for the night of worship. After the time of prayer is over, there is a mix between worship [singing] and the reading of scripture. The worship and scripture readings help to prepare students for the culmination of taking communion together.

Luke also explained that this service is a time for students to encounter God in a different way than they would in a typical Tuesday or Thursday chapel service.

“Students come to the service expecting something at the end of the night,” Luke said. “Since it’s a different time and setting, I think that they [the students] really feel the Spirit move and experience a mini-revival on our campus.”

Tuesday and Thursday chapels are held at 9:30 a.m. each week. They all begin with the same format of announcements, two or three worship songs, and then a message brought by a special speaker, faculty or staff member, or student. Kingdom Come is different through its emphasis on worship. There is typically no speaker, except when a student is reading from the scriptures, so it gives the students a chance to be immersed in scripture. It is also different through its emphasis on communion. Students walk to the communion servers and partake in the elements through a communion style called intinction.

“There’s no message,” says MNU Senior Caitlin Wienck. “It’s whatever message you take from the service and how God moves in you.”

Kingdom Come is held on the first Tuesday of each month at 9 p.m. in Bell Center.

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