Thursday, September 9, 2021
OTTERBURNE, MB – As part of our Welcome Week activities, Providence held its first chapel services with new President Kenton Anderson. Services were held in the Affleck Chapel with overflow rooms and Zoom meeting options available to help with COVID capacity limits.
The atmosphere was expectant; Everybody was excited to start the new academic year and happy to be together despite the required mask wearing and physical distancing. Joel Jolly (BA in Music 2013) led worship and our first two chapels focused on the scripture about the healing of the paralytic at Capernaum (Mark 2:1-12).
On Tuesday, President Anderson reflected on the commitment and faith of the friends who brought the paralyzed man to Jesus. But, during the Wednesday Community Chapel, he shifted his reflection to Who we place our trust and faith in; He focused on Jesus’ role in the passage.
Anderson expounded that it is Jesus who meets us (is present with us) in our physical world. Jesus not only meets our every spiritual need, but He also tends to our physical needs just like the gospel story of the paralyzed man. He paralleled the passage to Providence’s anticipation for the coming year and how we can only get through all the challenges ahead of us as we put our unwavering faith in Jesus.
“I have full confidence that we’ll get through this year successfully together,” said Anderson as he encouraged the Providence community. “When we put our faith in Jesus, we can face any challenge that comes our way.”