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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If you watched the inauguration on t.v., you probably noticed the empty streets. It looked so weird to see our nation’s capitol with no few people in it. So we pulled out the Little People and made a busy town. We imagined a parade with crowded sidewalks and reminded ourselves that when it’s safe to gather in large groups again, we will! We just need to wait a little longer. In the meantime, we can enjoy a beautiful day in our neighborhood.
This is an important day in our nation’s common life. Whether you (or your grown-ups) voted for the new president or not, this is a day to get together. This is a day to pray for the country’s future and to smile on our brothers and sisters, even if we disagree with them.
Yesterday, many of us celebrated the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by thinking about ways we can make the world better by working together. We don’t have to wait for MLK Day to do that. We can think that way every day!
Today, we remember the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who dreamed a dream of people living in peace. What do you imagine those people look like? What do you imagine they do to create a world of peace?
The Murphys share the Gospel this Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. Our faith-at-home activity is making Valentines for Meals on Wheels recipients. Valentines can be dropped off at the church between 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Monday, January 18. (Yes, Faith-at-Home subscribers were supposed to receive shoe stickers for a “Follow Me” craft but the United States Postal Service is experiencing delays and the stickers did not arrive in time for this set up supplies. We’ll use them in another box!)
If you would like to make Valentines to be delivered to Meals on Wheels recipients, you can make any sorts of cards you like. There are some card templates in the faith-at-home boxes and printable designs here. Envelopes are not needed! These cards will accompany the meals that Meals on Wheels delivers to those in need.
This week, we’re making Valentines for Meals on Wheels. The cards can be dropped off at the church between 10:00 AM – 12:00 noon on MLK Day (Monday, January 18) and will be delivered by Meals on Wheels volunteers to meal recipients on Valentines Day. If you subscribe to the Chapel of the Cross faith-at-home supplies, you should have some simple card-making materials in your green box. If you don’t, you can make a card from materials you have at home. You can make as many cards as you like!
During the weeks after the Epiphany, we’ll hear about Jesus asking friends to follow him. Those friends would help him spread the good news of peace and justice. We call those friends disciples. There are still disciples today. In fact, you can be a disciple! You can be a friend to Jesus.
We’re thinking about traveling (at least in our imaginations) this week – to Bethlehem, to the River Jordan, or maybe to the moon. Greg says this was his favorite song in elementary school- a song about happy wanderers. Zan says he’s never heard of it but if his dad sings a little, maybe he can find a wandering rhythm.
Every year, the New York Times suggests “52 Places to Go!” This year, since no one is doing much traveling, the newspaper published an article called, “52 Places We Love.” What places do you love? (The Chapel of the Cross?). What places would you like to visit?