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Chapel Week at WCA

May 12 2021

I am very fortunate to have taught at Windham Christian Academy for the past 12 years.  I have been a regular in the school's chapel speaker rotation from the start.  This year, with covid-19 wreaking havok on the world, we have been unusually blessed in that our school has stayed open all year.  However, one of the reasons we've stayed open is that we have been vigilant about keeping it a closed campus, which means chapel 'regulars' have not been available.  This, in turn, has created more opportunities for me to do what I do best for all three of our levels: elementary, middle and high schools.  Recently, I did chaples for all three in one week.

My theme for all three services has been "worshipping God with our stuff".  I did my juggling routine to Tom Frankak's "Stuff" in all three programs.  Franzak is a mostly unknown Catholic music minister, but ths 80's synth-rock tune is perfect for juggling random "stuff": basketballs, hula hoops, tennis rackers, lassoes.  Of course, as the age groups got younger, I did more entertaining and less speaking.  I loved playing with the elementary kids as I did the six bill repeat as another jumping off place to address our need to appreciate material blessings and keep them in proper perspective.  I also did my Psalm 150 juggling, and a variety of other routines, some with and some without any deeper point.

For middle and high school, I also included additional routines, including "Do not love the world", a close up trick you can see on my you tube channel.    However, I supplemented the show portion of the service with a power point presentation that highlighted the story of Mary annointing Jesus' feet with the very expensive oil of the spikenard plant. (This gave me a chance to take a rabbit trail, and introduce the teens to Spike Nard, lead singer of the 90's punk band Crashdog.) 

The real point, though, was that Mary worshipped Jesus not just with word, song or prayer, but with her most valuable 'stuff'.  But Jesus is not here physically today, so how can we worship God with our stuff today?  We looked at giving to the poor, being grateful, being content, taking care of our possessions, and using them to advance the Gospel.  Without getting into specifics, I have seen and heard that this message has led to further discussions among teachers and students at all three levels within the school.  And that's what chapel's all about!

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The presentation was fun and encouraging... The gospel message was clear and encouraging. I purchased your book and just finished it. Your scope is broad and again encouraging. May God continue to bless your ministry. I will encourage others to read your book. -Parishioner of a local church

"Hey, I  wanted to say that was a great message in chapel today! It touched something:) thanks for doing it!" -High School Student  

"We are so grateful that you brought your amazing ministry back to our church this year... The Gospel message you bring applies to all!  It is such a positive, valuable work that you do."  -Coordinator of Christian Ed. UCC Church

"There's no questioning it. This is powerful stuff. It's extremely touching at times, never less than entertaining, and I see a lot of sincere love for Jesus in you guys."  -Dwight Lilies, song writer

The Lord has given you a wonderful window through which to present the Gospel!   - Field Director of Alliance Missions to Paraguay

"What a wonderful ministry to both children and adults.  In past years it has been a struggle to arrange programing that would hold the attention of all ages, but also challenge each heart with God's gift of Salvation.  Thank you for sharing your ministry."  -Sunday School Sup't.

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