We continued in our Advent emphasis this week with the theme of “Worship is Anticipating and Receiving”.
For Monday’s chapel, as an exercise in anticipation, we watched a video clip which was stopped at a crucial point. We waited until Wednesday to see the resolution. Then we heard from two students who shared about what they were anticipating and what they have received. Both students referred to Teresa Cardenas and how she inspired them. One student particularly shared how he is learning to appreciate every person and who each person is and challenged the rest of us to do the same.
Tuesday we were together in our small groups.
Wednesday we watched the rest of the video clip we saw on Monday. We were able to receive what we were anticipating. Then part of a sermon on Christmas anticipation was shown. Mary and Joseph’s lives took a drastic turn from what they were anticipating when they surrendered to God’s plan for them.
On Thursday we enjoyed a skit about the Christmas story depicting the experience of Mary and Joseph, the shepherds and the magi. Each received from God as they participated in that great event of Jesus’ birth. We wrapped up this chapel time by singing “The Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy”.
Friday’s chapel was a time of receiving rest on this last day of the semester and the last day before Christmas break. We spread out in the auditorium and listened to Christmas music. December has been a difficult month for the IMS community with the loss of Teresa Cardenas. We also had the normal pressures of the end of semester exams and projects. So we provided a time of rest in the midst of our sorrow and busyness. We ended the chapel with singing Silent Night. As we exited the auditorium, we were treated with cookies provided by Y-Co.