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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Faith at home might be a walk in the woods, singing with Children’s Chapel, painting with watercolors, or eating breakfast during the streaming service. How do you “do” church? Heather Benjamin and her daughter Rachel make a morning of it.
Today, the Fiore family tells the story of God helping Moses draw water from a rock. The Israelites were so thirsty and they didn’t know where they would find anything to drink.
In “Big Church,” we hear a story from the Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures and a story from the New Testament Gospel. We usually hear an epistle, or a letter, too. Today’s epistle is a letter to the Philippians, or the people of the Greek city of Philippi. You’ll hear the epistle read in the video, too.
Eloise shows us how to reflect on the Moses story with art materials found in your Fall Faith box. Don’t worry if you don’t have a Fall Faith Box. You can use any paints, markers, crayons or pencils to draw the story.
Did you notice the word draw has two meanings? It means to pull something, like a cart or water from a well. It also means to make a picture.
We’re all getting pretty good at Zoom and Skype and FaceTime now. We’re stuck at home but still connecting. Let’s Zoom together this Sunday (at 4:00 PM) and share some some Joys and Concerns, a song and a prayer. If you don’t already have the link, email Boykin.
Sometimes perspective helps. We were feeling stuck at home until we saw this guy, carrying his house and dragging a piece of driveway gravel behind him. He’s still curious about what’s ahead. We’re inspired.
What we miss the most is seeing each other and sharing the joys and concerns of our daily lives. Did all those tomatoes ripen on the vine? Did that dog chase any squirrels? Jess Aylor will be telling some of our Bible stories this fall. Here’s how she spent her summer. (Spoiler: she and her kids walked Teddy the dog!)
The Israelites were full of hope and excitement but also worry as they traveled towards a new land. We learned on Sunday that the Israelites were hungry, too. The hungrier they got, the more worried they got. They forgot about their hope and excitement. But God provided food, in manna and quail. God said, “I will provide you with food. Everything will be alright.”
To help remember this story, parish children made flying quail. Jones sang, “Everything will be just fine / Everything will be alright.”
Do you get excited when you get in the car because you’re going somewhere? (Our dogs do.). We’re going somewhere even when we’re staying at home. We’re going into the Future, into Hope, into a Possibility that we can make real.
Are you enjoying the cooler weather? Are you getting outside to hike and wonder in God’s creation? We drove to the Mountains-to-the-Sea Trail (Segment 10, West Point to Penny’s Bend) this weekend to run with the dogs. It was glorious. We left the house feeling kinda bad but returned tired and happier. How will you spend the last day of summer? Feeling bad or feeling a little better?