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Chapel

Worshipful Community

Every Thursday during Chapel, CVCA faculty, staff, and students come together to worship, study God’s Word, pray, and participate in musical praise. It is a reminder amidst the busyness of the school week to set our hearts and minds on the things above (Colossians 3:2) and to exalt Jesus Christ as a community.

The purpose of Chapel is to create space and opportunity for students to connect with God in meaningful ways which are Scripture-focused and engaging. This includes corporate singing, Biblical teaching, celebration, and student/faculty involvement. Our goal for our chapel services is that our community would have the same heart as the King David when he wrote, “Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.” (Psalm 34:3)

 

 

CVCA Chapel Banner

The chapel banner is more than just a theme. The imagery of a banner is from the Old Testament where it is something for people to rally under or a vow of loyalty. At CVCA, even though we may attend different churches or live in different cities, the banner we rally under is Jesus Christ. We follow Jesus, lift Him high, celebrate Him, and are linked together because of Him.

 

2018-2019 Banner: Sing a New Song

Every year we choose a book of the Bible to study during our weekly chapels. This year we are studying the book of Psalms and the vast variety of testimonies given about our God through the various genres found in the book.

A song is often like a testimony and has great power to communicate truth and connect with the heart. People can catalog their life experiences through the medium of music or poems, speaking of both great joy and great sorrow. We believe that God is good amidst every season of life and the Psalms beautifully capture this idea. Martin Lloyd Jones reminds us, “anything that makes us slow down and meditate on our relationship with our heavenly Father is a good thing. And that is one the purposes of the book of Psalms – to help us reflect on God’s work in the world and in our lives.”

Great honesty can be found in the many genres of Psalms – praise to frustration and everything in between. This captivating variety of different songs is portrayed in the banner this year through 150 squares. Each one of the squares corresponds to a Psalm and indicates its genre or type: wisdom (darker blue), royal (peach), lament (light blue), hymn of praise (red), thanksgiving (gold). Many of the songs have backstories (just like great songs today). The banner composition feels a little like a woven textile, which is beautiful to look at from afar, telling a story about the faithfulness of our God through every season of life.

 

“He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.” Psalm 40:3