After welcoming students and staff to the first Chapel service of 2021, Mr. Frank Guerra, BTA Headmaster, told an anecdote about Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first human to journey into outer space. In an interview after that first mission, Gagarin said, “I looked and looked but I didn't see God.”
Hearing and Responding to God
Chapel is a time set apart from the hectic nature of daily school life that allows faculty and students to come together for a time of biblical teaching, religious contemplation, and corporate worship. Pastors, community leaders, faculty members, and fellow students are invited to address the community. The student chapel bands also lead the group in singing contemporary worship songs and traditional hymns.
In the last Chapel of 2020, Mr. Davis Franklin, Dean of Students, spoke about how overwhelmed the shepherds must have been when the angels appeared to them – overwhelmed by a fearful, blinding light.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. –1 Peter 1:3-9
Last January, Mr. Kristopher Loper, Boston Trinity's Director of Technology, shared with Chapel attendees his personal story, a time when he was "living under the wrong story." He shared at that time that he had lost sight of a different, far greater story: the gospel story, the story of being born again into a living hope.
Boston Trinity alumnae Mrs. Emilie Hodge Osman spoke to Chapel attendees Wednesday afternoon about pursuing one's unique call. Mrs. Osman is the recipient of the 2020 Alumni Recognition Award for her work with a church planting mission in Yalova, Turkey, where she has been ministering cross-culturally to Muslims since 2018.
Boston Trinity Academy paid tribute to veterans in our annual Veterans Day Chapel on Wednesday morning. Mr. Guerra began the service by explaining the origin of the Veterans Day observance, after which Abigail Hill, Lubert Etienne, and Santiago Rodriguez recited the poem "In Flanders Fields," written by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, and published in December 1915. Following their recitation, Mrs. Kirstin Peltz and Caleb Kang played a cello duet, "Flanders Fields" composed by Charles Ives.