"Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten, and everything is new." 2 Cor. 5:17
As usual, we started with some songs. Since English may or may not actually be something that the students present can communicate in or completely understand, and it's early in the morning, the songs are usually action songs. That way the kids who want to sing can, and the rest can just follow along with the movements. Then we read the theme verse in both English and Chinese. Finally, it was time for the skit (I didn't actually take pictures this morning at chapel since I was in the skit, so the pictures are from the practice we had on Tuesday at the PH). It was a skit that some of the team members adapted for ESL.
|Jesus talking to Anger wanting to be his friend.|
|Hopeless is a bit dubious. "Do I have to give you my hopelessness? Can't You just borrow it for awhile?"|
|Fear doesn't know what to make of Jesus when He first calls her.|
|Not Good Enough can't believe that anyone would choose her, since no one has before.|
Joy - Psalm 16:11 "In Your presence there is fullness of joy."
Hope - Romans 8:28 "In all things God works for the good of those who love Him."
Peace - John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you...Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
Forgiven - Jeremiah 33:8 "[God says] They sinned against me, but I will wash away that sin."
Thankful - Hebrews 13:5 "God has said, 'I will never leave you; I will never run away from you.'"
After the skit, Emily gave a short debrief. She pointed out that everyone, even Christians, sometimes feels hurt or angry or alone, but that doesn't mean that God is not with us and isn't listening to us. It doesn't matter where we're coming from, whether it's the first time we've heard about Jesus or whether we've been Christians our whole lives. We just need to give our hurt, our anger, our loneliness, our problems to God and He will fill us with Himself.
This makes me think of a quote from Kisses from Katie (a book that I read earlier this semester) which said:
"He [Jesus] loved me first; I love Him back. And sometimes it hurts. But even then it is pure joy to even be considered worthy to share in His suffering. That is the promise: not that He is sorry that it hurts, but that He sees; that He knows; that He is here with us” (205).
Isn't it amazing that we serve a God who doesn't just feel for our pain but feels our pain with us?! Jesus was 100% man and 100% God. He knows what it's like, and He chooses to walk through the trials with us, even though we're not always the best traveling companions.
Chapel ended with everyone singing, "Trading My Sorrows."