Tomorrow, Wednesday, August 26 will be my first chapel for this school year. Hmmmmmm, what will be my topic? Normally the first round of chapel speakers stick to the school year's theme. This year's theme centers around Psalm 71:14 "But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. "
Rather than use that verse as my central message, I'll incorporate the hope we have in Christ with the purpose for our daily worship. Chapel is so important that at Lutheran North we have it five days per week. If I do the math, please remember that I teach English for a living, chapels last approximately twelve minutes and we have approximately 180 during the school year. That equals 2,160 minutes or thirty-six hours of time spent in worship. With all that time, what should happen? What is my responsibility as the speaker and what is the responsibility of the audience? That may seem like an odd topic for a chapel but let's look at it from another angle. We spend a lot of time planning, discussing and debating what we should teach in our curriculum and why we should teach it. Currently we are in the midst of an association-wide curriculum project. We want to be certain that learning occurs and students are academically prepared for their future. The same approach needs to occur with chapel. What is supposed to happen during those twelve minutes and why does it matter?
That's the topic.
Christ is the subject.
I'll post my chapel script tomorrow.