Every week at King’s, our schools hold chapel, a time to thank God, to worship Him together and to be inspired. Students are involved in leading chapel from an early age. Preschool students lead prayer. Elementary students lead prayer, scripture reading and the Pledge of Allegiance, and classes take turns leading music, puppet and drama productions. In our junior and high schools, students form prayer teams and worship bands, read scripture, run the sound booth, greet, set up and clean up.
Terrific speakers come to our campus to share their experiences and encourage our students. Some speakers work at King’s or in sister ministries at CRISTA. Others are referred to us by our amazing King’s community. Last week was a great example of this time in the lives of our students:
High School Chapel – Guest Speaker Sean Parnell, former Governor of Alaska
Sean Parnell, the former Governor of Alaska, is also the brother-in-law of our Learning Commons Teacher Kjrsten Parnell and uncle to 5 of our students. As a young person, Mr. Parnell was very goal-oriented. At age 17, he wanted to be a senator and decided he would work to achieve that by the time he was 30. He was also very interested in what his peers and friends thought of him. Slowly, he learned to give his life to Jesus and to let God work through him. Two scriptures in particular have guided him:
Surrender: “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” – Matt 6:33 ESV
Worship: “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” – Romans 12:1 ESV
Throughout his work in public office, he’s gotten to care for people, pray for people (including political adversaries) and work on behalf of state residents. Every day as governor, he tried to live, act and lead in a way that would show Jesus to others.
Jr. High Chapel – Guest Speaker David McIntosh, Student Development Coordinator at CRISTA’s Seattle Urban Academy
King’s Junior High invited David McIntosh from Seattle Urban Academy to share. Mr. McIntosh challenged the students to say with conviction:
“You are our hope for tomorrow,” he emphasized. “You are the ones who will carry the torch, bring unity and carry on the call to bring God’s word to a world who desperately needs it. You’re old enough. You’re ready for it.” He encouraged students to remember and live out five “H”s:
Hungry – God I need you.
Humble – God, help me.
Hearing – God, yes I hear you. Grace speaks peace.
Healing – God, forgive me.
Heeding – God, I’ll walk.
Elementary KIDS Praise chapel – Guest Speaker Chris Peppler, Pastor at Union Gospel Mission
King’s Parent and Pastor Chris Peppler inspired our elementary students to choose gifts, not garbage. Here is his message:
It’s easy to fooled by lies and gossip. Paul wrote a letter to the Colossians about it. They had become confused and thought they had to do things to make God love them. But God’s word straightens out lies.
God’s word says that He loves us no matter what. It’s about who we are – who God created us to be.
God’s love is a gift. We can open His gift when we stop carrying our sin around like a big bag of smelly garbage. If we try to carry our garbage around with us, we might drop it on people. We need to get rid of it by asking for forgiveness.
God gives us gifts not because of what we do, but because of who we are. “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Colossians 3:12-14 NIV
(Pastor Peppler used clothes to symbolize each of the virtues listed above and added the clothing to a student’s attire as he spoke.)
The things we do to get people to like us might make more gross garbage in our lives, like making ourselves look better than others or getting mad when someone is mean. The truth is, we don’t always act nice, but aren’t you thankful when your family and friends stick with you and forgive you when you do something bad? God says we should:
Bear with one another.
Stick with one another.
Teachers will give you two popsicle sticks. On one, write down the name of someone who sticks with you. For me, this morning it was my wife. Give it to them and say thank you. Keep the other stick with you to remind yourself to stick with others.
Preschool Chapel – Jared Hill, Preschool Teacher and Chapel Leader
After the students led prayer, Mr. Hill played his guitar and led worship, then spoke to the students about teamwork. He used his guitar for the first illustration: “Different strings sound better when they work together. Though they can sound nice if played individually, they sound best when we play them together as a chord.”
He then used illustrations from two Disney movies: Cars and Frozen. In Cars, Lightning McQueen needed his team to win the Piston Cup: Mater, Sally, Doc and his Pit Crew. They taught him he couldn’t succeed on his own.
Similarly, in Frozen Anna, Kristoph, Sven and Olaf needed to work together to save their kingdom and rescue Elsa.
He ended with, “We all need a team. Blue Room is a Team. Yellow room is a team. Life works better when we all work together.”