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Candler Worship

Candler Worship

The worship of God is at the heart of life at Candler. Students, faculty, staff and guests gather for worship four times each week. While Candler is grounded in the Christian faith and shaped by the Wesleyan tradition, we worship together in many different styles and Christian traditions, from Benedictine to Baptist, Anglican to Quaker, AME to UMC. Our gathering around the Word and at the table sustains us for witness to the world.

In the wake of the impact of COVID-19 and the transition to online learning, the Office of Worship is committed to remaining worshipfully connected with the Candler community. Opportunities for worshp engagement will be available on the website and on social media, as we work to cultivate a virtual community that allows us to stay spirtually connected in this time of social distancing. Learn more.

Schedule of Services

The Candler community gathers for worship four times each week.

  • Tuesday, Service of Word and Table, Cannon Chapel, 11:05 am
  • Wednesday, Evensong and Holy Eucharist, Cannon Chapel, 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Service of Word, Cannon Chapel, 11:05 am
  • Friday, Service of Eucharist and Prayers, Wesley Teaching Chapel, 11:05 am

In addition to regular worship services, special seasonal services highlight the year: Favorite Hymns and Songs, Advent Week with Hanging of the Greens and the Magnificat, Holy Week Prayers Around the Cross, and the end of the year Service of Blessing and Sending.

View the worship calendarDownload the Worship Schedule.

Worship Teams

The Worship Planning Teams are led by student staff in the Office of Worship, coordinated by Khalia Williams, assistant dean of worship and music. The teams coordinate all aspects of the worship services, including recruiting and training readers, greeters, communion servers, writers and other artists.

To get involved, share your concerns or ask a question, email Khalia Williams.

Candler students are encouraged to volunteer their gifts as instrumentalists, soloists and liturgical dancers, either individually or in small ensembles, or to join one of the established choirs: the Candler Singers, the Candler Chorale and the Voices of Imani. The larger Emory University choirs, orchestra, and wind and percussion ensembles also are open to Candler students.

For further information, email Khalia Williams, assistant dean of worship and music.

The Candler Singers

The singers and instrumentalists in The Candler Singers are all students at Candler who are preparing for ministry in the church, the academy and the world. They come from a variety of Christian denominations and from several nations, including South Korea, Canada and the United States.

In addition to leading weekly worship at Cannon Chapel, the Candler Singers perform at a wide range of churches, regional events and denominational gatherings across the Southeast. They have been a featured choir in worship and in concerts during the quadrennial General Conferences of The United Methodist Church in 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016.

Auditions for the Singers are held every September in the first week of classes. For more information, email David Daniel, director of chapel music and the director of The Candler Singers.

The Candler Chorale

The Candler Chorale is open to all members of the community and is available for credit. The Chorale rehearses and sings weekly. For more information, email David Daniel, director of the Candler Chorale.

Voices of Imani

The Voices of Imani is a student-led gospel choir that rehearses weekly and sings in chapel several times each semester. For more information, email David Daniel.

Candler’s Office of Worship provides students, instructors, clergy, and lay leadership with tools and ideas for planning and leading worship services. Gather ideas and inspiration from past worship services at Candler, available on Vimeo and iTunes. Watch our weekly live streaming of worship services. Find the recipe for communion bread.

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"As a worship planning team leader I am reminded that we never really plan worship; we create a framework in which worship can happen. With all of the planning, rehearsing and preparation, worship doesn't happen until the community joins together in praise of God. "
-Gennie Bowles, MDiv `16