One of the most beautiful and familiar passages of scripture comes from Isaiah chapter 40. The New International Version subtitles the chapter “Comfort for God’s People.” The chapter opens with words that are used in Handel’s Messiah: Comfort, comfort my people, says your God... The Call to Worship and Morning Prayer are based on the lectionary scripture for Sunday - Isaiah 40:21-31. The chapter closes with this promise:
[God] gives power to the faint and strengthens the powerless.
Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted;
But those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength,
they shall mount up with wings of eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:29-31
We will Celebrate Holy Communion tomorrow -
Have your 🍞 and 🍷 (or muffins and tea) prepared and ready to come to Christ’s table with friends and loved ones in this world and the next as we celebrate Holy Communion together.
Pastor Lynne is also asking us to come with a pen and something to write on in the morning. ✏️️🗒️
“Let Us Break Bread Together” - traditional African American Spiritual
United Methodist Hymnal editor, Dr. Carlton Young, traces the roots of Let Us Break Bread Together to the West African Gullah/Geechee culture of enslaved people located in the South Carolina Low Country - St. Helena Island, Beaufort, and Charleston. It was included among 103 Gullah spirituals in St. Helena Island Spirituals (1925). It is a much loved part of the United Methodist Hymnal (618) and many other hymn collections. The music and text is offered as part of Communion on Sunday.
Chapel Notes, Feb. 6
Ash Wednesday I February 17
The beginning of the season of Lent. Join us for an Ash Wednesday Service on Zoom. Look for more information coming soon.
Lectio Divina | Lenten Study
Wednesdays at 7 PM on Zoom | February 24 - March 31
Lectio Divina, or divine reading, is an ancient practice that combines contemplative prayer with reading scripture. During this season of Lent, we’re partnering with Walker Chapel UMC to provide an online space where we'll explore this unique and engaging practice together. We’ll be led by Pastors Ed Walker and Teer Hardy along with Pastor Lynne Alley-Grant from Walker Chapel. Please register using the link below so you’ll have access to the Zoom meeting. Register below.
Every Saturday and Sunday, 1-3pm at the Chapel. There will also be other volunteer opportunities (that are in accordance to our Healthy Church Team's important requirements), helping load the AFAC truck etc. Together, we will see this crisis through and ensure that our neighbors have dignified access to food.
Read more about how COVID19 has impacted food insecurity in our community here.
Worship services are broadcast on Facebook Live every Sunday at 10:30am ET and uploaded to YouTube soon afterwards.
Community Prayer requests-- Healing & Sympathy
Family and friends of Christiane Roehler who are sick with COVID -- the father of her closest friend, her mother's dear friend who recently died, her Aunt who is very ill the virus.
Chen and Lynda Elliott
The family of Ivan Elmer
Timmons/ Olson family
All struggling, isolated - standing by their own pool of tears
Prayers for the World
For the families of the more than 6,500 people who have died in Virginia of COVID19 since last March. For the more than 510,000 people who have contracted the virus. We pray that enough vaccine will soon be available to vaccinate all of the most vulnerable people in the U.S. and around the world.
For the health care and other front line workers fighting the pandemic. And all those financially impacted by it.
For the 1/7 Americans who are food insecure. We pray that people give generously at our food drive.
For the people of Myanmar, where the army has staged a coup, overthrowing the elected government. We pray also for democracy activists in Russia and Hong Kong who are being jailed for advocating for democratic reforms.
For the U.S. Senate, who voted 86 to 13 to confirm Pete Buttigieg as President Biden’s transportation secretary. Buttigieg became the first openly gay person ever to win confirmation to a Cabinet position.
For the thousands of California prison inmates who were infected with COVID19 and for the families of the 28 who died of COVID19 when prisoners were transferred from one facility to another.
For the families of the 50,000 Tigray civilians killed in the Ethiopian-Tigray civil war.
For the LGBTQ youth protesting discrimination in Turkey. A total of 159 people were detained for demonstrating on Monday. Homosexuality is legal in Turkey but official government opposition to the LGBTQ community has grown in recent years. The Istanbul Pride march was banned for five years in a row up to 2019.
For peace between Palestine and Israel, as the U.S. resumes aid to the Palestinians and allows Palestine to reopen its equivalent of an embassy, the Palestinian Liberation Organization office in Washington, D.C.
For peace, environmental justice and health for all around the world.
You can submit prayer requests to email@example.com. All prayers are confidential and only shared with the pastoral team unless otherwise noted.
There are 3 ways to financially support the Chapel's ministry.
Snail mail your tithe and offerings to 4102 North Glebe Rd.; Arlington, VA 22207