Fall Worship Tour

November 4, 2016

Not even prison is outside Christ’s sovereign domain.

Kuyper College students visited churches and other locations including Cornerstone Prison Church in the South Dakota state penitentiary during College’s 2016 Worship Tour.

The theme of the tour was “Sovereign: Every Square Inch,” said associate professor of worship studies, Carol Hochhalter.  The highlight of the trip for many in the group was the visit to Cornerstone, the first CRC church located in a prison.

“To sing "I Surrender All" with these men was a deeply spiritual experience,” Hochhalter said, “and then, to end with ‘This Little Light of Mine’ gave hope for continued ministry for years to come in the South Dakota prison system.”

Hochhalter also said that the ministry of the CRC isn’t the only one influencing the prison system for Christ. Brothers in Blue, a ministry dedicated to transforming the lives of inmates, has also been active there.

The group of 19 also visited schools and nursing homes throughout Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota, and used a service based on Kuyper’s passage of the year, Colossians 1. The service featured scripture reading and prayer as well as singing. The choir also performed the service in two parts during worship chapels at Kuyper this semester.  

The group left campus early in the morning on October 12, and arrived back even earlier on the morning of October 17.