Sunday, October 27, 2013

Celebrity Millennium Cruise Ship
San Diego Harbor

Celebrity Millennium Cruise Ship, Sunday Worship
September 22 to October 7, 2013
Panama Canal
San Diego, California to Fort Lauderdale Florida

The Policy of the September 22, 2013 Panama Cruise sailing of the Celebrity Millennium Cruise Ship was not to have a designated Chapel/Meditation Room. The Policy was not to hold any type of worship service at all.  However, when the Reverend Pastor Rankin from Nova Scotia persisted and offered to lead the service, a room was made available for 1/2 hour on Sunday morning for an interdenominational service.  That room was the Cosmos Lounge.

Cosmos Lounge of Celebrity Millennium
Sunday Worship Service Conducted by
Pastor Rankin

The Cosmos Lounge was on deck 11 at the rear of the ship.  At night it featured, a dance band, large dance floor, and lots of revilers.  But on the two Sunday mornings with the Reverend Pastor Rankin in charge and about 70 passengers who came to worship it became a reverent  space. And for those Sunday mornings  even the room echoed the reverence. 

At the entrance to Cosmos Lounge a large colorful 1979 LOVE statue welcomed the worshipers.  To them it announced "God's love".  The multi blue toned wave patterned carpet of the lounge reminded them of the Sea of Galilee.  And looking out the back widows of the lounge the mast on the ship's stern looked like the Cross.

1979 LOVE Sculpture

Carpet of Cosmos Lounge

Mast on Stern of  Cruise Ship

On the first Sunday of the cruise the theme of the sermon by Pastor Rankin was "The Gift of God is Eternal Life".  And if you look closely at the left hand pillar in the photo of Pastor Rankin preaching in the Cosmos Lounge, you can see a reflection that looks like a candle, a symbol of eternal life.

On the second Sunday of the cruise the theme was the "23rd Psalm" and Pastor Rankin made referenced to the sheep in New Zealand, where there are 4 of them for every person.  Pastor Rankin was ordained as a Baptist minster in 1958.  He has served as a Presbyterian minister for 55 years.

Thank you: To Pastor Rankin for arranging for leading us in worship the two Sundays of the Celebrity Millennium Panama Canal Cruise.
Photos: Taken September and October, 2013 by SW.
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God, be with the persecuted Christians through out the world. Amen

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Terminal C Chapel

George Bush Intercontinental Airport
Interfaith Chapel
Houston, Texas

"The Bush Intercontinental Airport Interfaith Chapel is:
  • A caring, understanding listener and pastoral counselor.
  • A helpful hand at any airline terminal or airport facility where there is a need, anytime of the night or day, every day of the week.
  • People who assist airport employees relating faith and meaning to the daily pressures of their jobs.
  • Individuals who freely offer knowledgeable advice and spiritual counsel in helping people deal with many of life’s pressures and air travel problems.
  • Information, guidance and consolation to the confused, lonely or grief-stricken passenger. A hand of friendship to members of the airport community, and contact with local religious leaders and congregations of their own faith.
  • A hand of friendship to members of the airport community, and contact with local religious leaders and congregations of their own faith.
  • A retreat where people of all faiths can give thanks or meditate."
Catholic Mass Schedule

"The Interfaith Chapel is the realization of a dream; the dream of a small prayer group.
The idea for an airport chapel was inspired by Kathryn Claflin after she visited the Prayer Chapel at the New Orleans Airport in February, 1967. Ms. Claflin was favorably impressed with the New Orleans Chapel, and was filled with an overwhelming conviction that the new Houston Intercontinental Airport, which was then only beginning to take shape, should have a beautiful, quiet place for meditation and prayer.
Prayer Rugs
"The idea caught on immediately with the group, but no one knew how to proceed! However, over a two year period, the idea was carried step by step from inception to realization on wings of prayer. From 1967 to June 8, 1969 when the airport and the chapel opened, countless numbers of interested people served on committees to secure, furnish and staff the original chapel which was located in Terminal B.
"By 1980, Houston air traffic increased dramatically and Terminal C was built. A space on the main concourse was specially designed for the new chapel. A chaplain began serving the public part time, and with the help of a few volunteers, he started ministering not only to travelers, but also to thousands of airport employees.

Spanish and English Bibles
"Our Current chapel at the Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston is located in Terminal C and was dedicated in 1993 and The chapel volunteer board is excited about a new addition, a new chapel in Terminal D will be open to the public in 2011.  The chapel in at William P. Hobby Airport opened in August, 2005. Brett Jones is the Executive chaplain and is assisted by many ministers and volunteers to carry out the mission of the chapel of serving airport visitors and the airport community." (Link 1.)
Photos: Taken in October 2013 by SW.


God, be with the persecuted Christians through out the world. Amen (SW.)

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Little Chapel of the Flowers
Las Vegas, Nevada
Wedding Capital of the World

"Las Vegas may be best known for its casinos and showgirls, but it is also the wedding capital of the world." According to Visit Las Vegas, the official website of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, there are more than 122,000 marriage licenses issued each year.  Wedding Chapels are big business in Las Vegas.  You can get married for as little as $40 at Las Vegas Garden of Love or as much as $20,000 at The Bellagio.  Additional fees include the marriage license, which you have to secure at the Clark County Courthouse. It costs $55. 

You don't even have to go into a wedding chapel to get married.  You can have the ceremony conducted at a drive-thru window and receive your vows curb-side.  Of course, you can be married by an Elvis impersonator/officiate, have another Elvis impersonator escort you down the aisle, while a third Elvis  sings in the background.

The wedding chapel The Little Chapel of Flowers, in the photo above, is at 1717 Las Vegas Boulevard just north of the The Stratosphere Casino Hotel.  As the sign says you can have your wedding "live on the internet FREE" so the whole world can watch.  There are three  chapels for the actual ceremony: The Victorian Chapel, The Magnolia Chapel, and the La Capella Chapel.  Then you can take photos outside: on the Veranda, on the kissing bridge, under the ivy arch, in the Glass Garden, in the gazebo, in front of the waterfall and in font of the fountains.  The cost of the weddings here range from "$195 to $3,495". (See Link 1.) One of the famous couples "married here was the Baywatch beauty Carmen Electra and Dennis Rodman ." (See Link 2.)

Photo: Taken in 2005 from the Observation Deck of  The Stratosphere Casino Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, by SW.


God, be with the persecuted Christians through out the world. Amen

Sunday, October 6, 2013

                                                                                                                   October 6, 2013

425 St. Georges Avenue
(REF. 1.)

Methodist Church
North Vancouver, B.C.

The first listing of a Methodist Church building in North Vancouver seems to be on page 1263 in Henderson's 1910 City Directory.  The pastor is noted as being Rev. B. H. Balderston and the church as being between 4th and 5th Street. From 1911 to 1914 the pastor is listed as being Rev. W. D. Schlictor.

The actual address of 425 St. Georges is given in the "Our Church-Our Heritage" article on the back page of the Feb. 26, 1978 bulletin of St. Andrew's United Church.

     "The Methodist branch of our congregation held its first services in 
       members' homes and in the Orange Hall (227 Lonsdale Ave.), until a small
       church was built at 425 St. Georges.  This was soon too small for the 
       congregation and the Sixth St. Church (See Blog Post 3/25/12.) was built at
       the S. W. corner of St. Georges Avenue." (REF. 2.)

When comparing the 1930 Fire Insurance map with the 1910 Fire Insurance map the lot that would be 425 St. Georges shows a one story building  that could be the Methodist Church.

By 1915 Henderson's City Directory only lists the North Vancouver Methodist Church on the East 6th Street corner of St. Georges Avenue. The pastor at this new Methodist Church was Rev. H. A. Ireland.

Reference 1: 1910 Fire Insurance Map at North Vancouver Archives.
Reference 2: 1978 St. Andrew's United Church Bulletin.
Reference 3: 1910 Henderson City Directory.

God, be with the persecuted Christians through out the world. Amen