New perspectives

Students share personal scripture application at weekly worship

The spiritual leadership team of the Associated Students of Walla Walla University (ASWWU Spiritual) welcomes students to Wednesday Night Worship each week beginning at 7 p.m. While some meetings are held in a Bowers Hall classroom, others are held under a tent on Kretschmar Lawn, or on the Atlas patio.

Students gather from all across campus for the weekly worship service, which fosters a sense of community and connection among students whose paths don’t normally cross.

After prayer and general introductions, the leaders read a chosen Bible text, then ask students to read the verses one by one. The group reflects on each verse and discusses not only the biblical context, but also personal application. 

“I like that it is a small enough group that you can share your thoughts on the matter and still be heard,” said Lauren Ziegele, senior liberal studies major. “I also like that the group is big enough that you don’t feel like you have to share either. The people are really welcoming and share personal stories that apply to the material at hand to give new perspectives.”

At the end of the session, the group takes part in a popcorn prayer. An ASWWU Spiritual team member opens the prayer, encouraging each person to bring their praises, requests, and thanks to God in a safe place with their fellow students.

Around 8 p.m. the meeting closes, and students linger to chat with each other before leaving to resume their studies.

Posted April 29, 2021

students gather in a circle in bowers hall
Wednesday Night Worship happens each week at 7 p.m. and usually lasts about an hour.