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?
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Jesus appeared to his disciples and they had SO. MANY. QUESTIONS. But Jesus had already answered them. He had already told his friends what mattered. The disciples wanted to keep knocking on the door but Jesus’ heart had already opened. It had shown them the truest Love.
Daniel, Emma and Laura Jane tell the story of Jesus eating fish with his disciples. Think how surprised Jesus’ friends were to see him! The world must have looked very different to them after they saw Jesus. How can you look at the world differently? How can you see things in a new way?
A lot of grown-ups are getting vaccinated. Some kids are going back to in-person learning. We can start to imagine meeting at church in person again. But this video from June 2020 is a reminder that meeting in the air is not all bad!
This past Sunday, we learned about “Doubting” Thomas. He needed to ask the Risen Jesus who he was. This Sunday, Jesus will ask the disciples questions. “Why are you frightened?” “Why do doubts arise in your hearts?” “Do you have anything to eat?” Here’s a song about a question. It’s by the band Bombadil.
Yesterday, we learned about the disciple Thomas. He wondered if what he’d heard was true: was Jesus really still with them? In this song, Jesus says not only is he with them, he’s leading them in a dance.
Today in Children’s Chapel, Walden and Jeremiah share the story of Doubting Thomas. If you have Faith-at-Home supplies, you can use them to think about doubts and questions you have. It’s okay to ask questions! Curiosity is a gift from God! But don’t let curiosity cause you too much worry. Remember what Jesus said to his friends: Peace be with you. You never need question that you are loved.
The world is changing when the pine pollen turns everything green. The world is changing when people start to get their vaccines. The world is changing when Jesus appears to the disciples and says “Peace be with You.” Where do you see Change? Where do you see Hope and Peace?
Back in August, we celebrated a strange back-to-school with a song by the band the White Stripes. Now we’re doing it again. Some kids are returning to in-person classroom learning. Some are continuing to learn remotely. However you’re “doing” school, you’re doing a good job! You are creative and kind!
Happy Easter! Happy Back-to-School to those returning to in-person learning and those continuing with remote instruction. Whew! There’s a lot going on. Which is why you probably don’t need daily posts here anymore. We’ll keep posting Children’s Chapel every Sunday plus some bonus videos during the week. But we’ll stop posting every day. Faith-at-Home is like breathing now. It always was.
But we do want to share some pictures from Holy Week and Easter. Where did you see Jesus? How did you celebrate New Life? Where will you see Resurrection in the days ahead?