"Do you remember what you did yesterday?" began Mr. Peter Fitzroy, BTA Biblical Studies faculty, who spoke in today's Chapel service. "...What you did last week? A conversation with a good friend? An amazing sunset? Do you remember a time when you were caught in wrong doing? Something that hurt you? Do you remember a time when God was shown to be faithful?"
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.
Boston Trinity's own Ms. Joqui Giron-Melendez, winner of the 2019 Alumni Award, challenged her listeners when she shared, in this morning's Chapel, her struggle with self-righteousness.
O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I'm far away. You see me when I travel
and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand! –Psalm 139:1-6
Once again Chapel opened with music: a worshipful rendition of "Great is Thy Faithfulness" played on dual violins by Ramsey Fambrough and Caleb Kang.
After their lovely duet, Mr. David Hill, pastor of Abundant Grace Church in Boston and husband of Boston Trinity's English and History teacher Ingrid Hill, asked a probing question, "How many of you have ever thought this: 'If you really knew me, if you knew everything about me, you wouldn't like me,'?
Not being allowed to sing in the building has not stopped the community from enjoying worship together. Ramsey Fambrough (violin) and Caleb Kang (cello) opened Chapel Wednesday afternoon with the beautiful hymn, “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.”
After the reading of Isaiah 58:1-12, Marvin and Suzie Lahoud spoke to Chapel attendees via video feed. Before coming to the United States, Mr. Lahoud was an engineer in Lebanon, as well as a pastor. He and Mrs. Lahoud managed relief and development projects for refugees and internally displaced populations in Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq.
Chapel began Wednesday afternoon with a beautiful violin duet of “In Christ Alone,” performed by Ramsey Fambrough and Gabriel Diaz.
Following this lovely rendition, Mr. Frank Guerra gave the Chapel message, asking, “What are you going to do when God blesses you?” Mr. Guerra reviewed the story of Joseph (Genesis chapters 37-50) pointing out the challenges and dysfunction of the family in which Joseph grew up. Joseph was clearly his father’s favorite, and his 10 older brothers hated him for it. He was an arrogant and self-important youth who was convinced by his dreams that he would someday rule over both his brothers and his parents. Finally, when Joseph was 17, his brothers had enough! They sold Joseph to passing Ishmaelite traders and told their father he had been killed by a wild animal. Yet this is the family through whom God chose to eventually bless all nations!