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Chapel: Christmas 2015

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By Paige Ferrari
Global Outreach Student Leader

It’s time to deck the halls around Grand Canyon University! At this week’s Christmas Chapel service, the Worship Team jammed out to Christmas classics, and students listened to the story of Christmas.

During the season, it can be easy to forget why we celebrate this special day.

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: ‘Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel’ (which means ‘God with us’).

When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus” (Matthew 1:18-25).

Watch the full service and hear the rest of the Christmas story by checking out the video below:

This is the last Chapel service of 2015. Services will resume again in Jan. 2016. We wish everyone a blessed holiday season and merry Christmas.

For more information about Chapel services at GCU, or to learn more about our degree programs or spiritual life services, please contact us for more information.

About Paige Ferrari
Global Outreach Student Leader

Paige Ferrari is a senior at GCU studying Communications and serves in the Spiritual Life department as part of the Global Outreach Team. Although she’s from Southern California, Paige finds herself falling in love with the people, culture and lifestyle of Phoenix, and hopes to permanently move here after graduation. She is a passionate writer, reader and coffee connoisseur; she is always looking for some creative words over a cup of coffee.

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