Our chapel theme for this week was “Worship is Struggling”. We worship as we wrestle with difficulties in life, whether that be financial, mental and physical health, faith issues or tragedies. We worship as we engage with God, ask questions, challenge and ultimately submit to God’s loving hand at work somehow in the midst of the struggle. If we give up, we cease to engage and we cease to worship God.
Monday’s chapel was an overlap from last week and an introduction to this week’s theme. Alisa Kandel, IMS music teacher shared reflections from her life and her time at IMS. Alisa will be moving on from IMS next year.
Tuesday’s chapel time was spent in small groups. Students were encouraged to discuss how the ancient Israelites dealt with the struggle of being exile in Babylon and how the lament Psalms give us examples of working through our struggles.
On Wednesday, we read together James 1:2-4 and then viewed a clip of the preacher T. D. Jakes speaking about how our struggles can prepare us and strengthen us for future challenges. We then watched an “I Am Second” video of a young girl who worked through a devastating injury from an accident.
Thursday’s chapel featured Pastor Tony Meyer from Life Church in Coralville. Tony spoke about his life journey of coming to Christ, and invited us to relationship with Jesus. A quote from Tony, “If your faith is boring, you’re not doing it right.”
We wrapped up our theme of “Worship is Struggling” with a hymn sing of songs that talk of struggle and our trust in God’s care and strength.