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.

Chapel Recaps

Then another angel with a gold incense burner came and stood at the altar. And a great amount of incense was given to him to mix with the prayers of God’s people as an offering on the gold altar before the throne. The smoke of the incense, mixed with the prayers of God’s holy people, ascended up to God from the altar where the angel had poured them out. Then the angel filled the incense burner with fire from the altar and threw it down upon the earth; and thunder crashed, lightning flashed, and there was a terrible earthquake. –Revelation 8:3-5

In Wednesday morning’s Chapel service, Headmaster Frank Guerra challenged Chapel-goers to reassess how we pray when he spoke on “The Power of Prayer: Praying with Faith and Imagination and Expecting God to Act.”

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This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: "Go down to the potter's house, and there I will give you my message." So I went down to the potter's house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. Then the word of the Lord came to me. He said, "Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?" declares the Lord. "Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel. –Jeremiah 18:1-6

Chapel attendees sat in rapt attention Wednesday morning as Dr. Mike Milway read his original story, "Advent and the Talking Teacup." Dr. Milway began by defining the word "advent," which means "come to." We use it most commonly at this time of year, referring to when God came to earth. He said, however, he would not be talking about that advent. "The Bible is full of advent stories," Dr. Milway said. "Moses and the burning bush, the two men on the road to Emmaus. Advent stories happen all the time. Sometimes we recognize them, sometimes we do not." He went on to say that we don't get to orchestrate our own advent stories – the time and way God comes to us.

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The Upper School and Horizons Choirs combined to open Wednesday morning's Chapel service, singing "Center of my Joy", directed by Mr. Robert Pate and featuring Somachi Amadi, Bryana Bello, and Chanel Sanchez as soloists.

Following their lovely performance, Pastor Mark Scott (Caleb, '20), Associate Pastor of Azusa Christian Community Center in Dorchester and Boston Trinity Academy Board member, delivered the annual Veterans Day Chapel address. "The Armed Services is the best teacher," Pastor Scott said. "The Air Force taught me everything I needed to know to be successful."

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