This week’s Chapel theme was “Got Expression?”
Monday: James Krabill, senior Executive of Global Ministries with Mennonite Mission Network spoke about different ways that God speaks to us–sometimes in dramatic ways and conversion experiences like Saul along the Damascus Road, and sometimes more like the Emmaus Story, realizing that God has walked with us in every situation we’re in, even if not seemingly dramatic experiences. James shared interesting stories from his life living in the Ivory Coast and challenged students to consider the ways Jesus is walking with them in every part of their lives.
Tuesday: Goshen College Parables, a traveling drama and music worship team shared parts of their “The Big Commandment: Loving God, Neighbor and Self” program.
Wednesday: Anya Slabaugh, a recent IMS graduate, shared about her summer experience with MMN’s Youth Venture program in Columbia. Anya challenged students to remember that even though you may have more resources than people in other parts of the world, you can still learn many things from others and building relationships with people from a different background is a life changing experience.
Thursday: Clergy Appreciation Day, where we welcomed area clergy and expressed our gratitude to them for their work in our community and area churches. We began chapel with the verse Philippians 4:8 and a song, then watched a video of students and faculty sharing what they appreciate about their pastors. Timothy Bender also shared a devotion based on Philippians 4:8. Timothy expressed his gratitude to the pastors by explaining that the greatest sermon each of them has given has been their lives and their example and thanked them for showing students how to live out their faith and walk with them in their daily activities. He challenged students to think about their faith and to remember that a faith without an expression of it is useless and that we have to put our faith into practice for it to mean something.
Friday: No school, Student Work Day