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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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 …
On Good Shepherd Sunday, we gathered at a masked distance in hula hoop pods. We were sheep and little lambs, in a contemporary fold. We sang and we prayed. The wind blew and the birds sang. We Passed the Peace with waves and after we recessed, we climbed trees. (Thanks to Nick Jaeger for most of the photos.)
We were so excited to see people in person when we worshiped outdoors and masked yesterday. We celebrated Good Shepherd Sunday in the courtyard and it felt a little like being in a sheepfold. We sang “Jesus, Tender Shepherd” (of course!) but we also sang “Bah, Bah, Black Sheep” – as a round.
The fourth Sunday of the Easter Season is called Good Shepherd Sunday because we read the Gospel passage in which Jesus calls himself “the Good Shepherd.” Today in Children’s Chapel, Silas and his mom, Sarah, help us understand what Jesus meant. If you have faith-at-home supplies, you can open the green egg. Maybe you want to make a green pasture for your sheep? Or maybe you want to draw a shepherd.
Today is Earth Day. What better song is there than All Things Bright and Beautiful? If we care for the earth as God intended, the earth will remain a bright and beautiful home for us. We recorded this song (across telephones!) with Children’s Chapel leader MaryKate Cunningham last April – almost exactly one year ago.