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

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. –John 3:16

Ms. Yovanny Pulcini, Boston Trinity Academy’s Associate Director of Development, spoke on love and its counterfeits in last week’s Chapel service. “Love is a very powerful emotion,” she said, “but it is also a decision.”

There are three types of love, she told her audience: familial love, romantic love, and agape love. Her focus was agape love, as demonstrated on the cross. Ms. Pulcini encouraged her audience to personalize John 3:16 by saying ‘For God so loved me.’ “My goal is that you would realize how great God’s love is and internalize it,” she said. “It will change how you act. Many of us don’t really believe these words; we don’t trust that they are true.”

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But now the Lord says: “Be strong, Zerubbabel. Be strong, Jeshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people still left in the land. And now get to work, for I am with you, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. My Spirit remains among you, just as I promised when you came out of Egypt. So do not be afraid.”

For this is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: “In just a little while I will again shake the heavens and the earth, the oceans and the dry land.  I will shake all the nations, and the treasures of all the nations will be brought to this Temple. I will fill this place with glory,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “The silver is mine, and the gold is mine,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “The future glory of this Temple will be greater than its past glory,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.” And in this place I will bring peace. I, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, have spoken!” –Haggai 2:4-9

Wednesday, January 5, was Mr. Frank Guerra’s last scheduled Chapel message at Boston Trinity Academy. He reflected back over the past two years, reminding of the first remote Chapel service after the school was closed in March of 2020 due to covid. “It felt like an exile,” he said. “This has been a long pandemic. It has lasted through 10% of the lives of our oldest students and through 20% of the lives of the youngest students.” The book of Hebrews [chapter 12] says that what can be shaken will be shaken, so that the unshakable can remain. He compared that to the look and feel of the school campus in the wake of the pandemic.

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Mrs. Kirstin Peltz, BTA Music faculty, opened last week's "Lessons and Carols" Chapel with the Call to Worship:

I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go to the house of the Lord."
For in God's house we shall find hope and healing.
In God's house we shall find forgiveness and friendship.
May peace be within the walls of this house of God.
Come, let us go to the house of the Lord.
Come, let us sing our praises to God who loves and redeems us.

She then led attendees in the singing of Dona Nobis Pacem, after which Mr. Timothy Belk gave a brief history of the Lessons and Carols service.

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The Class of 2023 rose to the challenge last Wednesday in BTA's annual Junior Chapel. The juniors presided over the entire service, from the Call to Worship to the closing prayer.

Olivya Charles, Ehi Idemudia, and Taylor Tucker explained the meaning of the Advent Wreath: four candles, each representing a different aspect of the Christmas story and of the Christian life. The first candle is the Prophets candle, representing hope; the second, the Bethlehem candle, representing faith; third, the Shepherds candle, representing joy; and fourth, the Angels candle, representing peace. The girls encouraged Chapel attendees to strive to exhibit these values.

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Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. –Philippians 4:6-8

Chapel attendees had to listen fast when Mrs. Alice Drew, Visual Arts Faculty, spoke about recognizing God in 'your story.' "Everyone has a story," Mrs. Drew said. "This is how I've seen God working in my story." When Mrs. Drew was in college, she told God she wanted three things: to be an art professor (specifically teaching ceramics), a company to make her own dinnerware line, and her work to be represented in a gallery. She had her life all planned out, she said, with the idea she would remain single and live in London. However, she met someone special and got married but never made it to London.

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