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/
As we hope for snow or worry about freezing rain, Melinda Van Niel reminds us that Jesus is with us in all kinds of weather. In this Children’s Chapel from June 2021, Melinda tells the story of Jesus calming the storm and Boykin and Greg sing Keep on the Sunnyside.
This time last year, parishioners came together to create a virtual pageant. In 2021, we gathered in the UNC Forest Theatre to spread Joy to the World. We have found ways to be together when we’re apart, when we’re masked, when we’re worried, when we’re weary, when we’re hopeful and when we’re merry. Our prayers and songs meet at the cradle and the cross, again and again.
There will be no in-person Children’s Chapel service today. Instead, you’re invited to join other parishioners to celebrate Holy Cross Day at 10:15 AM in the church yard. There will be LocoPops! You’re also always welcome at any of our “big church” services.
Next week, we’ll change our Children’s Chapel service time to 10:15. No registration is required but masks (and an adult to accompany children) still are! You may bring a lawn chair if you like.
Today in church, we hear a passage from the Gospel of Mark and learn that it’s the words (or the barks) that come out of us that can hurt people, including ourselves. It does feel good to say mean things.