Join us for a timely message about being one as the body of Christ to be able to work in the world. "Tending the nets" is one of the core values of DisciplesNet, and we see it reflected in commitment to Jesus' unity prayer "that they may be one, so that the world will know that you sent me and have loved them…"
A special feature on this worship is the message of our senior pastor, Deb Phelps, filmed at the consecrated grounds of the Chapel in the Meadow. This small chapel is about 30 miles south of Indianapolis where our Disciples Net worship center is located. On these grounds, skilled Italian artisans who were Prisoners of War in 1943 built a small chapel there for worship, finding in their faith a way to connect and come together as one, despite the war. They even mixed some of their blood into the paints to personalize the artwork there. When Italian prisoners were released, the chapel continued to served German prisoners of war that remained.
Now every year in August on this weekend, the chapel's meaning and story is celebrated, so we celebrate it too, and all those who have worshiped together there in times of war and peace. We hope that some of our viewers in Italy and Germany will find special meaning in this chapel.
Other features of this video are "The Gift of Love" played by Dean Phelps, and with permission, singer-songwriter Thom Schuyler's stirring work, "One Piece of Bread."
Finally, our special prayers go out to a number of people who were injured and some killed in the collapse of a stage riggings at the Indiana State Fairgrounds during a storm not far from our DisciplesNet office.
We appreciate Disciples of Christ singer/songwriter Thom Schuyler allowing us to use his own work, "One Piece of Bread," during a special time of communion. We are deeply grateful to Thom for allowing us to use this hymn (which can be found in Chalice Praise, and on Thom's website, thomschuyler.com).
We hope you will be blessed by participating in this short time of worship especially created for those who may not be able to get to a physical church today--or may just need that extra boost this extra worship can bring. We see you. And we ask God's blessings upon you today as you join with the DisciplesNet family in worship.
Our website is disciplesnet.org
and our mailing address is:
PO Box 17790, Indianapolis, IN 46227
As we answer the call to serve in this unique way of being church, we greatly appreciate the support of our members and friends in helping us be here as a church on the internet highway. Comments are welcome, appreciated, and may be sent to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peace and grace, Deb Phelps,
Senior Pastor, DisciplesNet Church.