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Lamenting Together

Posted by Rich Sylvester on

Dear Chapel Family,

As I look back over this past week, I have mixed emotions. On the positive side, we had the privilege as a family of faith to celebrate Pentecost Sunday – the day that God sent His Holy Spirit upon the disciples, filling them and enabling them to speak God’s truth in many diverse languages. This was a ground-breaking moment for the church as the gospel transformed thousands of people “from every nation under heaven” (Acts 2:5) from the inside-out.

And while Pentecost Sunday positively reminds us of the incredible diversity that defines the church worldwide, I am also grieved to see the racial injustice and deep divisions that continue to exist in our community, our country and in the world. We are in desperate need for healing and reconciliation. We are in desperate need of God's Spirit, the Holy Spirit, to work even now in our lives and in our world. I pray that the Gospel of Jesus Christ will continue its powerful work of transforming the world, even as it continues to transform me.

Several years ago I was convicted by the Holy Spirit that I needed to be a better listener to the conversations and stories surrounding the realities of racial inequality and injustice. I felt as though Jesus was asking me to pause, to ask questions, to listen and to allow Him to lead and guide me along the way. It has been a humbling journey. An uncomfortable journey. But I am convinced that it is a journey that He desires each of us to take. This afternoon, Travis and I sat down to briefly talk about the topics of racism, injustice, and inequality. I hope you will take a minute to watch, and then join us as we pray for God to transform our lives and our world through the power of the Gospel.

May we be a church that genuinely celebrates our diversity and the unity we have in Jesus Christ. May we bear with one another in love as we remain “eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3). Finally, I hope that we will be a community that prays – for our nation, for our leaders, for those who are suffering the pains of injustice, for the church, for each other, for the families who are mourning, and for for our own hearts as well. Pray that the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ will transform each of us from the inside-out. Through our prayers, may God bring about yet another ground-breaking moment for His Church as He did on that first Pentecost Sunday.

As we commit to prayer, we hope that you will be praying with us Wednesday and Thursday at 2 pm for our Digital Devotions or anytime on our website as these prayer times are posted. More ways to connect or to receive care are listed below.

Sunday Worship Service

Join us every Sunday as our full worship service video will be posted by 9 am at or on Facebook.  Before joining us for worship, be sure to connect during our LIVE Digital Foyer, which begins at 9 am (also on or on Facebook).

Service of Communion

This Sunday, June 7 at 5 pm
Please join us as we come together online to remember Jesus Christ’s death for our sins on the cross. Through the simple elements of bread and the cup, Jesus gives us a physical reminder of the spiritual reality of His forgiveness and grace. Click here for more info.

Pastoral Care

We would love to provide pastoral care for anyone. As always, please call the church office, 229-7152, with any pastoral care needs. For more information on receiving care, click here. If you can provide help, click here to view opportunities.

Digital Devotions and Prayer

Join us Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 2 pm for our LIVE Digital Devotions on Facebook where we will be led in devotion, corporate prayer, and worship. If you cannot join us at that time, or are not on Facebook, the most recent video will be posted here.

Prayer Wall

Submit a prayer request or join in the privilege of praying for others at our Prayer Wall.

Weekly Photo Challenge

This week, take a photo of yourself holding a sign that says, "Jesus, I repent." Send it to . We will use the photos in a future worship service and post on social media.

Grateful “to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” with you this week,

Rich Sylvester
Lead Associate Pastor