Sunday, October 24, 2010

More memories of VTS Chapel

More memories of VTS Chapel, purely my own, purely from my own memory...

~The Rev. Peter M. Carey
VTS, class of 2007

I already posted 1-5...

Chapel Memory #1 - The baptism of my son on the Easter Monday in 2006 along with wonderful sermon by the Rev. Michael White (now of Savannah), and celebrant the Rev. Joseph Constant (of VTS), and drumming by yours truly and the Rev. Lester MacKenzie (from South Africa, now in LA), and guitar by the Rev. Joseph Hensley (of Durham, NC)..."marching in the light of God," "I want to walk as a child of the light...'

Chapel Memory #2 - Memorial Service of Alice Hensley

Chapel Memory #3 - Sitting in the balcony next to theological ethicist Stanley Hauerwas (of Duke University) (who knew the Book of Common Prayer Service by heart) who turned to me and said how glad he was that we were singing so many Wesley hymns.

Chapel Memory #4 - Preaching my "Senior Sermon" there - was nervous as all get-out.

Chapel Memory #5 - Memorial Service of Adam Goren, VTS '05

Chapel Memory #6 - Hearing the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry (of the Diocese of North Carolina) preach, and seeing him shake the pulpit with such force that we thought he was going to get it unhinged.

Chapel Memory #7 - Attending many many community Eucharists with my family in the evening, only to have to bring my young son outside during the service - and playing out there on the circle of grass with him and with the other kids while others prayed and heard the sermon.  Perhaps letting me know just how hard it can be to bring kids to church.  

Chapel Memory #8 - Trying to kneel during the services and never really having enough room to get my feet under the pew that I had been sitting on.  People must have had smaller feet 130 years ago, or they were more flexible, or both.

Chapel Memory #9 - Singing the fraction anthem for the first time, very nervous, but great fun!

Chapel Memory #10 - A particular sermon by the Rev. Dr. Tony Lewis on the Gerasene Demoniac, in which Tony unpacked the story in about 3 1/2 minutes - amazing.

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