Let’s take a tour of the church that is being cleaned and readied for us. Let’s sing and pray in the chapel. And let’s set an altar in the courtyard, where we gather for in-person worship each Sunday. We’ll keep posting virtual Children’s Chapel on this website but if you want to attend an in-person service, we would love to see you there, too! You can register for in-person summer services here.
It’s the Fourth of July – a day we celebrate our country but also a day when we acknowledge the ways it falls short of being the beloved community. Look around you. Where do you see beauty and hope? Where do you see problems? How will you share the good news like an evangelist? How will you inspire change? Note: Children’s Chapel will not meet in person today. You can register for next week’s service at this link.
We sang lots of song at our outdoor Vacation Church Camp this past week, including This Little Light of Mine. Where do you shine your light?
Melinda Van Niel tells the story of Jesus calming the storm (and Noah Van Niel acts as cinematographer) in today’s virtual Children’s Chapel. We are worshiping outdoors and in person at the Chapel of the Cross, too! You can register for our masked and distanced summer services here.
Look at the beautiful floor in the Chapel! It was underneath the fraying carpet the whole time. Look at the bird’s nest hidden in the churchyard tree! It was in the branches all spring. Look at the tiny mustard seed! It grows into something great.
It’s the time of year at the Bell house when Greg is gone, working on a Festival, and the chickens are filling their nesting boxes with eggs.
Since we forgot Trinity Sunday this year, we’ll throw back to a video when we sang about the magic number. That’s three.
Yesterday, we posted a Children’s Chapel video during which we changed the altar cloth to green for the Green, Growing Season. It is the Green, Growing season but … yesterday was also Trinity Sunday – the day we ponder the mystery of a God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit (or Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer – or whatever words you think work best). The color of the altar cloth should have been white – not green – for that special Sunday. So here’s a song about colors and a song about the wind (because the Holy Spirit is sometimes described as a mighty wind). Do we know the song? Nope. But we didn’t know what color altar cloth to use yesterday, either. Let’s celebrate them all – all the colors, all of creation, all the peoples – and all the songs we have yet to learn.
It’s the Green, Growing season – or Ordinary Time – or the weeks after Pentecost. We’re changing the altar cloths to green and learning about Nicodemus, who visited Jesus in the darkness of night to ask him lots of questions. Do you know what Jesus’ answer to all of them was? God loves the world.