Church is being together. We sing, we pray, we pass the peace. We share the bread and the wine.
Church looks different right now. We’re not in the same place but we’re still together. We’re thinking about each other. We’re singing and praying. We’re passing the peace by calling our friends. Or maybe we’re sending them emails or letters. The bread and the wine are still part of us, even if we’re not at the table.
The Chapel of the Cross is our church, and we are the Chapel of the Cross. We are the church no matter where we are, which is kind of funny to think about. How are you the church today? How are you singing and praying and passing the peace? How are the bread and wine a part of you today?
For more information about programs for children and families at the Chapel of the Cross, contact Boykin Dunlap Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org. To support the mission and ministry of the Chapel of the Cross, text “COTC” to 73256 or follow this link:https://www.thechapelofthecross.org/make-a-gift/
Jesus died, was buried and rose again. He appeared to his disciples and walked with them and ate fish with them. He told them that even when he was not in this world, he would be with them. On Ascension Day – 40 days after Easter – we celebrate Jesus ascending into heaven and passing on his earthly work to his disciples, who would then pass that work on to faithful people like us.
The Bell boys recorded this a few weeks ago and Greg messed up the words. The lyrics are, “I see my light come shining…” but Greg sang “I see my life come shining,” which is a weird mistake for someone who has heard this song his whole – well, life – to make. But now that a COVID vaccine has been approved for kids twelve and older, there’s light and life before us. For families who have been locked down with tweens and teens, we rejoice with you. You shall be released!
Yesterday, Charles Fiore talked about neighbors – the people and helpers who live in our community. We went looking for neighbors this morning. We saw children carrying backpacks to school. We saw the mail truck carrying letters and packages. And we saw someone carrying her house. That’s a pretty special house! And a pretty awesome neighbor!
There is rain and there are rainbows. This throwback in from May 2020 and was recorded after what seemed like weeks of rain. We’ve had some thunderstorms this week, and we’ll have cloudy days again. But we’ll see rainbows, too.
Thunderstorms came through town yesterday and since Boykin is a little scared of storms, she waited until after the lightning had stopped flashing to join Greg in the yard. It really is safer that way.
Here’s another glimpse of Chapel in the Courtyard. Birds are singing, leaves are rustling. Households are in their hula-hoop pods. We’re planning regular outdoor services starting in June. More details to come.
A year ago, we were checking our phones a lot, trying to figure out what advice and news to follow. But after a year in a pandemic we’re even more certain of what to follow: Love. And we know who to follow: the King of Love, the Shepherd, the person who said such amazing things and did such wonderful things that people followed him …