Ms. Grace Buckner, BTA alumnae (’16) and recipient of the 2016 Barbara Foote Shingleton Award, opened her Chapel address last Wednesday by telling of her arrival at BTA as a sophomore in 2013, what it was like for her to transition from Java, Indonesia, and a few highlights of her years as a student.
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.
Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, "Let us go back and visit the believers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing." Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work. They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus, but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the believers to the grace of the Lord. He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches. –Acts 15:36-41
Pastor Cindy Comiso (Sophia '24, Tiffany '27, Peter '28) of High Rock Church in Quincy, began her Chapel message last Wednesday by sharing a personal story. During the pandemic, she said, High Rock Church went digital. Different members of the pastoral staff were chosen to pre-record messages which would be sermons for the Sunday morning virtual services. Pastor Comiso, however, 'did not make the cut.' She was not one of the pastors chosen to preach for the online service.
How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony! For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil that was poured over Aaron’s head, that ran down his beard and onto the border of his robe. Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon that falls on the mountains of Zion. And there the Lord has pronounced his blessing, even life everlasting. –Psalm 133 (NLT)
Mr. Peter Fitzroy, Boston Trinity Bible faculty, confessed in last Wednesday’s Chapel that he loves to teach the Psalms. Whether songs of lament or songs of praise, the main building block of Hebrew poetry, Mr. Fitzroy said, is parallelism (the use of verbal structure to connect meaning between ideas). Psalm 133, while three short verses, is essentially one statement with two similes which parallel one another.
Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than the heavens above—what can you do? They are deeper than the depths below—what can you know? Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea. –Job 11:7-9
Boston Trinity's first regular Chapel service was held on Wednesday, September 15th. BTA's Headmaster, Frank Guerra, spoke on the Mystery and Wonder of God. He began by defining the word "mystery," which has evolved in recent years to mean something unsolved, such as a crime. However, the true meaning of the word is "beyond full human understanding," or something that cannot be figured out. Mr. Guerra likened it to an infinite onion: peeling layer after layer but never reaching the core. The mystery of God, he said, is revealed, never figured out.
The Boston Trinity Academy community gathered on Wednesday, September 8, to celebrate the beginning of the school's twentieth year. Headmaster Frank Guerra began the Convocation service by reminding those in attendance that even in the midst of construction and an ongoing pandemic, Boston Trinity Academy continues to educate students from diverse backgrounds in an academically demanding, Christ-centered community, inspiring them to lead lives of faith, integrity, and service.