As you are at home, we wanted to invite you to be at home with us in the Huys der Hope! For the remainder of the semester, we will be offering Chapel remotely at 10:30 a.m. on the Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays that Hope is scheduled to be in class.
As a people who celebrate God’s incarnation in Jesus Christ, remote chapels are not our ideal. We like to be in person — to see each other’s faces and to hear each other’s voices. But in this disruption, we also want to stay connected with you, and invite you to stay connected with us at Hope College. So in between your remote classes, join us here as we work on the theme “Keeping Hope” with selective texts from the book we love!
Today’s chapel is a reflection on one of my favorite verses:
When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he placed his right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living one. I was dead, and see, I am alive forever and ever; and I have the keys of Death and of Hades.
Hope College is staying calm and carrying on! Faculty will deliver classes remotely, and Campus Ministries will also be offering a version of Chapel online. We are still working out the details, but we will be delivering Chapel remotely on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:30 am.
Check back in this space for more information and communication. Again, we will be experimenting a little — but we want to invite you to stay connected to a worship rhythm even from home.
For the Gatherings, we will be providing an online liturgy the day before right here on the Campus Ministries blog.
You may be wondering how I pray in this season, and what I
pray for. Here are a few recommendations
of prayer for the Hope Community:
We have students returning from semesters abroad. Pray for safe and uneventful travel and for their protection from any kind of illness, and for their disappointment at having their experiences cut short.
Our spring sports athletes are grieving the loss of their seasons. For so many of our students, athletics is their outlet, their community, and their joy. Our winter athletes missed out on their grand finales: NCAA tourneys and meets. These losses are especially hard for seniors. Pray for these teams and their coaches as they grieve and make a way forward.
We have many students from the countries where the virus has been for several weeks. They are concerned for family and friends, and also wondering about travel plans home for the summer. Please pray for our international students to have peace and for homes to open up if they need somewhere for summer.
Our international students, staff, and faculty are aware of the bias that can crop up during times of crises. Pray that our community is anti-racist in every way, especially as we care for our friends from other countries and cultures.
Pray for the health professionals, researchers, government officials, and public health providers and networks working tirelessly to help flatten the curve and slow down this pandemic.
God will bring other things to mind—names, faces, departments—listen to God as he calls us to pray.
As a Campus Ministry team we have been living into these words from the Apostle Paul:
“The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
I love this scripture. Paul reminds us God shows up. He encourages us not to let anxiety define our reality. In keeping hope we are called to prayer!
Our prayer for you in this season is that all anxiety will melt away like an ice-cube in the sun, as you pray and experience the peace of Christ, who will guard your thinking and your feeling in this time of uncertainty. Remember, the Lord is near! This is good-news.
May our Lord Jesus Christ, who guards our hearts and minds, be with you all!
The Prologue: John 1:10-13 The No & the Yes
Speaker: Trygve Johnson
Songs: Desert Song, Brokenness Aside, Kyrie 2006, His Mercy Is More, What A Beautiful Name, Our Father Has Won
After-Worship Songs: Be Thou My Vision (Ascend the Hill), Saved My Soul, King of Kings, All The Poor And Powerless