Letter from Our Minister

Letter from Rev. J. Carr Holland III

Spring 2018

Dear Friends of the Chapel,

This Chapel welcomes us all and has a rather simple but essential purpose.  We come here seeking to deeply orient our lives to God’s intention for us.  So often the events of life, whether a personal loss or simply the clashing voices that occupy space, can disorient us.  Reorienting life is a gift to be sought.

Sailors and scouts learn that in the dark hours, with a little skill, one can find a way home.  As a scout I was taught to seek the North Star.  In the Northern Hemisphere, on clear nights, one seeks the Big Dipper.  The stars that form the bowl can be traced to point to the brightest star in the sky, Polaris, the North Star.  You then confirm Polaris by noting it as the end of the handle of the Little Dipper.  In our hemisphere the North Star points north; you can always orient yourself northward and work from there.  Even in the dark of night one can orient, especially on our Island with its relative paucity of ambient light.

In our lives, Christ is so much brighter than the North Star.  Christ draws us to the wisdom and care of God, seeks to penetrate our heart-minds and bids us to actions of care.  When our daily lives need orienting, his teachings are there to guide our way.  When these seem not clear enough, the community of faith is here to help us look a little deeper and sort a bit.  Always there is the stillness of life where we can open our minds and hearts to God, patiently waiting for a sense of hearing God’s care resting on us.  Frequently we have the opportunity to reach out beyond ourselves and allow the deep love of God to pass through us and use us to another’s need.   

Home for us is found in God.  St. Augustine said, “O Lord, our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee.”  With all the clashing claims that seek us out, we do well to find either a quiet space or encouraging company which points us to this home in the heart of God.  The human heart-mind seeking the divine heart-mind is what orients people of faith to a deeper walk than mere daily life with all its demands.

As we open the Chapel again to life this season, we hope you will find rest for yourself here and the gift of deeper orientation.  Whether you are here for the season, for a brief stay or a special occasion, we hope you will use this space as a gift from God who seeks your company.  Join us in prayer, study or service to those we are only coming to know. Receive what you need, add what you can and above all, welcome home.

In Christ’s love,
The Rev. J. Carr Holland III

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