Northwestern College may be small on a map compared to many United States colleges and universities, but we have a loud voice comparable to none when it comes to praising the God who created us. At Northwestern, we have an evening worship service dedicated to worshiping God–Praise and Worship on Sunday night. It’s different from chapel on campus because it is not required, and it is student-led rather than faculty/staff-led. Chapel is also a great place for growth and worship; our Dean of Christian Formation, Mark DeYounge, has a tangible passion for the Lord and puts great thought and prayer into the messages we hear each week.
But back to Praise and Worship night, or in the words of most students, P&W. Regularly pronounced P – n – Dub and hosted every Sunday night, P&W is a night for students who want to dedicate time in their schedules to the Lord to do so in fellowship with other students. Often times a student will prepare a short message or testimony to share between the music at the beginning and end of the hour-long service. On these nights, the building is so filled with the voices of God’s children that sometimes it seems like the chapel walls themselves will collapse in the wake of such heartfelt passion.
We have a fantastic band of student musicians and singers on stage each week, and though the lights are dimmed in the sanctuary and the faces next to you aren’t as easily seen, it does nothing to stop the warmth and fellowship that hovers in the atmosphere. Every word we sing and every hand that is lifted in praise is for the purpose of surrendering our hearts and bringing God the glory he deserves. There is so much more to say about nights like these, but I hope what I’ve told you inspires you to get yourself to a P&W night as soon as possible. It’s one of those things that you have to experience yourself to understand all it encompasses. That being said, I hope to see you there someday!