Day of Prayer and Encouragement

March 26, 2020 was to be Concordia University, Nebraska’s annual Day of Giving. In light of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation across the nation and around the world, we are changing it to a Day of Prayer and Encouragement, a 24-hour period for those who believe in Jesus Christ to do the most powerful thing we can for each other - pray to God.

We invite Concordia University, Nebraska alumni, friends and all who support Christ-centered higher education to set aside a specific time to pray our students, faculty and staff as they study and serve during this unprecedented and challenging time.

We also want to pray for you and yours during times of community prayer throughout the day. Please email your prayer requests to

Throughout the Day of Prayer, we will host a handful of inspiring livestreamed events including a special devotion from Rev. Russ Sommerfeld, Concordia's interim president, a chapel message from Rev. Ryan Matthias, Concordia's campus pastor, a hymn festival and more.

More details of the day will be shared here as they are finalized.


Opening Scripture and Morning Prayer 6 a.m.

Devotion with Rev. Russell Sommerfeld, Interim President 7 a.m.

Prayer for Times of Disaster and Patience 8:45 a.m.

Music To Encourage with Dr. Kurt von Kampen '83 and Paul von Kampen '11  9 a.m.

Prayers for Schools, Teachers, and Students 10:45 a.m.

Chapel with Rev. Ryan Matthias, Campus Pastor 11 a.m.

Prayer for Our Nation and World 12:45 p.m.

The Trinity Sculptures with Prof. James Bockelman '89 1 p.m.

Prayers for the Church and Her Mission 2:45 p.m.

A Hymn Festival with Dr. Jeffrey Blersch 3 p.m.

Prayers for Families 4:45 p.m.

Prayers for Agriculture 5:45 p.m.

Prayers for Workers and the Unemployed 6:4 p.m.

Prayers for the Sick and Dying 7:45 p.m.

Prayers for the Lonely and Afflicted 8:45 p.m.

Evening Prayer and Benediction with Rev. Russell Sommerfeld, Interim President 9 p.m.


A Devotion for Concordia

Rev. Russell Sommerfeld, Concordia's interim president, recently shared a devotion with the Concordia community as a way to bring some solace and comfort during these challenging times. 

A Devotion for Concordia