"The Lord Bless You and Keep You"

A Note from Dr. Michael Shasberger

You may have been part of our musical gift to Jane Higa last year when the entire Chapel gathering sang Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus" for her. It was a very moving experience and many members of our community appreciated the opportunity to share in int. 
This season we have begun the process of teaching the entire student body the Peter Lutkin setting of the benediction from Numbers 6, "The Lord Bless You and Keep You," so that our community can sing it in Chapel and in other settings. We will be rehearsing this again in Chapel on Monday and Wednesday of next week (March 31 and April 2) in preparation for singing it together at the Academic Convocation on April 4. Many of you were with us in Chapel on AshWednesday when we first introduced it  this year, and it would be wonderful to have the faculty and staff adding their strong voices to the blessing at the Convocation! Please come to Chapel on March 31 and April 2 to rehearse or feel free to download the attached pdf to rehearse on your own whenever you would like. If you want private coaching, I'd be happy to help, or you can visit one of these youtube postings to learn it from your personal computer:
Soprano: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz-E4PXZCJw
Alto:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OguBlcCthms
Tenor: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vK0qOD7GiMs
Bass: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQruF5tM41E
Composite: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4C9zVg5X_A

If you would like to download a pdf of this benediction please use this link: http://www.lancasterago.org/Lutkin.pdf
College Choir will also be closing our rehearsals with this all week and next, so you are welcome to come and sing along there as well (Monday and Wednesday at 6:27, and Friday at 4:27).
Music will be provided whenever we sing it in Chapel, but you are welcome to print and bring your own copy with you.
May the Lord truly bless and keep each of you,


Believing that the worship of God is at the heart of all that we are and all that we do, the Campus Pastors office leads Chapel/Convocation services to bring the Westmont community together to love and glorify God through prayer, music and teaching from the Word of God.

Chapel/Convocation is held three times a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:30-11:20 a.m. in Murchison Gym.

It is the college’s belief that chapel has an important role in Christian liberal arts education, and, as such, is mandatory for all students.


Chapel/Convocation brings the community together for worship. The college experiences unity in its diversity. Through exposure to different styles of worship, students learn to appreciate various forms and traditions of worship and expression.


Chapel/Convocation promotes a community of disciples with a distinctive purpose and sense of identity. It is the only time the entire community gathers together on a regular basis.

Church Connections

Chapel is not meant to replace the church Sunday experience. Students are encouraged to go out and find a church on their own. Some churches send buses, shuttles and vans to the campus on Sunday morning to make sure that students without a car do not have an excuse not to go to church!

Prayer Chapel

The Nancy Voskuyl Prayer Chapel is a place to spend time with God and to pray and meditate in a quiet spot away from noise and distractions.