Chowan University hosts its first Advent Service in the Chowan Chapel
The Chowan University campus gathered on Monday, December 4th, to celebrate the first Advent Service in the newly constructed Chowan Chapel. Led by Reverend Mari Wiles, the students and faculty came together to present an enchanting advent pageant, recounting the timeless story of the three wise men visiting the Baby Jesus.
The service featured a captivating performance by Jeannette Ahmes, who portrayed the angel “Gabriella”. Ahmes met each of the wise men, played by Taylor Furlough, Gregory Wright, and Patrick Krack, before they presented their gifts to the Christ Child. In a remarkable twist, each of the gifts – gold, frankincense, and myrrh – transformed into symbolic representations of the tools Jesus would require to lead a nation to salvation.
The advent service served as a poignant reminder that sometimes the gift we offer may not be the gift that is truly needed. Through this creative interpretation of the birth of Jesus, the Chowan University community was encouraged to reflect on the importance of discerning the true needs of others and responding accordingly.
The Chowan Chapel, a magnificent addition to the campus, provided a fitting backdrop for this momentous occasion. Its elegant architecture and serene atmosphere created a sacred space for worship and reflection. The advent service marked the beginning of a new chapter in the spiritual life of Chowan University, as the chapel will continue to serve as a place of worship, contemplation, and community for years to come.
Chowan University extends its gratitude to Reverend Mari Wiles, the talented cast, and all those involved in making this inaugural advent service a resounding success. The university looks forward to future events and services in the Chowan Chapel, as it continues to foster a spirit of faith, unity, and enlightenment within the campus community.