Thursday, 20 November 2014

Praise and worship

Today's chapel was a warm-up for next week's Spiritual Emphasis Week, with a student praise team leading an extended time of worship, including two new songs: "Breathe," by Michael W. Smith and "Lead Me to the Cross," by Hillsong.





They also read a poem called "Entering the Story" which was written by Spiritual Life Director Gord Park for October's Edifide Teachers' Convention.

Entering the Story

                                                  Word
                                                  Light
                                                  Creation
                                                  Good
                                                                      Adam 
                                                                      Eve
                                                                      Walk 
                                                                       Talk
                                                  Fall
                                                                      Love                                          
                                                  Promise Made, Story Unfolds                                               
                                                  Blood
                                                  Flood
                                                                      Time
                                                                      Praise                                         
                                                  Promise Made, Story Unfolds                                               
                                                  Abraham
                                                                      Lot
                                                  Sara
                                                                      Isaac                                          
                                                  Promise Made, Story Unfolds
                                                  Jacob
                                                  Joseph
                                                                      Moses
                                                                      Worship
                                                  Law
                                                  Sacrifice                                               
                                                  Promise Made, Story Unfolds
                                                  Joshua
                                                  Deborah
                                                  Gideon
                                                  Samson
                                                                      Ruth
                                                                      Samuel
                                                                      Jonathon
                                                                      Saul
                                                  David
                                                  Solomon
                                                                      Judah
                                                                      Jerusalem                                             
                                                  Promise Made, Story Unfolds
                                                  Kings
                                                  Joash
                                                  Hezekiah      
                                                                      Leaders
                                                                      Ezra
                                                                      Nehemiah
                                                  Esther
                                                  Prophets
                                                  Visionaries
                                                                      Isaiah
                                                                      Ezekial
                                                                      Jeremiah
                                                  Daniel
                                                  Joel
                                                  Micah too
                                                                      Bethlehem
         
                                                  "For Unto you  ....
is born this day, in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord          
                                                  Promise Made, Story Unfolds
                                                  Matthew
                                                  Mark
                                                  Luke
                                                  John
                                                                      Peter
                                                                      Paul
                                                                      The list goes on
                                                  Luther
                                                                      Calvin
                                                  Hus
                                                                      Knox
                                                  Wycliffe
                                                                      Irving
                                                  Wesley
                                                                      Talks
                                                  Revival
                                                                      Reform
                                                  Salvation
                                                                      Saved
                                                  Booth
                                                                      Finney
                                                  Kuhlman
                                                                      Sunday
                                                  Men and women
                                                  Through the years
                                                  Following Christ
                                                                      His Spirit here
                                                  Now it's me
                                                                      Now it's you
                                                  And this we know
                                                  Will never get old.
                                                  Promise made. Story unfolds.

Park read Isaiah 40, which proclaims the greatness of God. Next week's spiritual emphasis week theme is "How Great is Our God!" and will feature chapel every day plus a time for small-group discussions after lunch. We will also be heading down to Grimsby for Guys Night Out on Wednesday and Girls Night Out on Thursday. Parents, alumni, friends and guests are always welcome to join us for daily chapel, which starts at 9 a.m.

Whether you are able to come or not, pray that we will let the Holy Spirit work in all of our hearts.

Chapel also featured an opportunity to pray a blessing over the members of our Senior Boys Volleyball Team, who are heading to OFSAA this week as the defending champions.


Gina VandenDool, the staff sponsor for the volleyball team, shared the following season stats:

221 —  inches combined height of the Senior Boys Volleyball team 2014.  Height helps!
33 — hours of intense practice  
116 —sets played 
85  — sets won, 31 losses
2,811 —points earned
30,000  — estimated total of passes, digs and lasers practiced and executed during games
4 — first place finishes/gold medals including zone (and hopefully a 5th this weekend)
0  — number of games lost at OCSSAA.  Incredible!
3 — number of passionate coaches who have invested in the STORM over the past 4 years. Which so happens to also be the # of years that Mitchell regrets not playing high school volleyball)
1 — the ranking going into this OFSAA tournament that no other team in Smithville's history has ever earned
6 — the number of letters in the answer to the questions "What all day?"  BOMBAY!!

The OFSAA tournament schedule this week is four games for pool play: three on Thursday and one on Friday.

The Thursday games are at 9 a.m. and 12 noon at Niagara Sport and Social Complex on Rice Road in Welland and at 3 p.m. at Jean Vanier High School in Welland. The Friday game is at 8:30 a.m. at Niagara Sport and Social.

Then, hopefully, it's on to the quarterfinals at 6:30 p.m. on Friday at Niagara Sport and Social.
Tournament passes are $20 for adults, $12 for students. Day passes are $10 for adults and $5 for students.
It would be great to have lots of fans: parents, students, alumni and friends.


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