6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Longboat Key, FL 34228

THE CHAPELINE - July 5, 2022

From Rev. Brock Patterson

“Faulty Expectations”

When I was a child, my family and I used to spend the month of July at a special vacation spot in Georgia. Though we haven’t been there in many years, we still talk about it as if it just happened a few days ago. We compare our current vacation location to that original one, and though our current location may far surpass the one we knew as children, our conversation always favors the original place…You know, “The way things used to be.”

Of course, if we visited that vacation spot in Georgia today, we would discover that things are very different than we remembered. We would also notice that the changes have been made at the expense of something that was very special to us. No doubt, we would cast stones at the nameless villain who forced the changes and took away our joy. Why does it seem that things always change for the worst?

Some years ago, I returned to my college Alma Mater for a ten-year reunion with my roommate and buddies. Upon arrival, we visited our old, favorite hang-out spots and restaurants. We were shocked to discover that the food in each of the restaurants was really, really, not good. Yes, the food was cheap (which is why we went in college), but it tasted terrible. Sometime later, I realized that the food quality never changed during those ten years. Instead, I changed because I no longer needed to survive on a generic Big Mac from Archie’s (Yuck!).

Our expectations aren’t always fulfilled. One of our great challenges in Faith is that we expect God to behave in a certain manner (answer our prayers, defeat evil, remove world hunger, etc). Though our intentions are just fine, our expectations can act as handcuffs by limiting our view of God’s work. It almost seems like we are trying to force everyone and everything (including God) into a box that we can understand, which isn’t as much selfish as it is foolish. Do we really want to limit God’s work only to what we can understand and expect? I doubt it.

This summer, consider making a schedule change to include some Bible reading and prayer time. Spending more time with God allows us to understand God better, and as we understand God better, we are more likely to witness more of God’s great work…not because God is doing more, but because we know how to recognize, experience, and enjoy the blessings that God is providing.

God Bless.


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Communion Sunday

Sermon Title: "It Ain't That Hard"

Scriptures: Luke 10:25-37, Deuteronomy 30:9-15

Watch Worship LIVE @ 10 am (EST) on our Website: Sunday, July 10 Worship

CLICK HERE to see our previous Worship Services.

Longboat Key Parade

Shifting Sands 

Shifting Sands meet this Thursday, July 7 at the Chapel at 10:00am in the Ruth Cushing Room.

Pearls of Wisdom from Shifting Sands:


"Who sows virtue reaps honor."

-Leonardo da Vinci.

MiMi Appreciation Day July 31, 2022

During the Fellowship hour following worship on Sunday, July 31, we will be celebrating MiMi Horwitz with a day of appreciation and honor. We will be presenting her with a basket of cards, notes, and tokens of esteem.

If you have something you would like to include you can send it to or drop it by the office.  

Would you like to honor or remember someone with flowers in Worship?

Would you like to sponsor special music during Worship?

Contact the Chapel Office and we'll help make it possible!

(941) 383-6491

Sunday Morning Refreshments!

Would you like to help by bringing some goodies for Sunday morning, following Worship, at Fellowship Time? You are welcome to bring any of your favorite goodies, especially if some of them can be frozen! If you have questions, contact Vickie Van Meier, (941) 388-7284.


Kathy Logsdon, Mike & Chris Dawson, Dennis Cooper, Hudson, Amy James, Lynn, Michael Kinney, Carola, Barbara Childress, Ethel Doughty, Julie Burdian, Chuck, Elisa, Rogers family, 

Holly and Jerry Koiro, George, Don, 

Grace and Chris Masefield Nancy Carol Morgan, Jaclyn Lenhart



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