We began the first three weeks of our spring semester chapels with an emphasis based on Micah 6:8:
God has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
Friday January 5: Aaron Fleming, pastor of New Life Community Church in Wellman shared about what it means to love mercy. Mercy is not just refraining from hurting someone but rather it is being present for that person through all of life’s ups and downs. Aaron also focused on his story as a metaphor for loving God. Loving God is more like a steady, persistent type of love than love that relies on emotion and feeling. You can hear Aaron’s message here: Chapel January 5th
Monday January 8: We viewed various scenes of the life Jesus as he showed mercy to those he encountered. The song “What Does the Lord Require” was sung to close our time.
Tuesday January 9: We gathered in small groups.
Wednesday January 10: Various stations of scriptures were prepared in the building for us to walk to as small groups. Each place gave the opportunity to think about and discuss how we can walk humbly with our God.
Thursday January 11: Moses was an example of someone who walked humbly with God. What did that look like? We viewed a portion of the movie Prince of Egypt to get a sense of Moses’ journey of walking humbly.
Monday January 15: On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we worked with what it means to feel included and what it means to feel excluded. We explored how it felt to be in those situations, and what our actions were in response to those feelings. The chapel also served as preparation for activities on Wednesday.
Wednesday January 17: Glen Guyton, COO of Mennonite Church USA, shared with the students about becoming competent in intercultural interaction. What is culture, and what are ways that can work at our biases of which we are often unaware? The day continued after chapel with each grade spending time with Glen to continue the process towards intercultural competence.
Thursday January 18: Michele Hershberger, Bible teacher from Hesston College was here to wrap up our emphasis on Micah 6:8. Michele shared with us stories from scripture and from her life which were examples of loving mercy. These stories showed how people received not what they deserved but what they needed. This is shalom justice or Biblical justice. Day 1 Video
Friday January 19: Michele Hershberger continued her emphasis on shalom justice with IMS students performing a skit based on a real life situation. Then other students could share input into the scenario shown which would change the outcome to show shalom justice to the characters of the story. Students were encouraged to think creatively and Biblically about showing shalom justice in situations where wrong is being done. Day 2 Video