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Looking Toward Sunday, August 11, 2019

This Sunday marks our last week in the parlor and the final week of our Gospel on the Radio series. You all are in for a treat, and I am sad that I will miss it, though I look forward to worshipping alongside a great group of DHPC women at the Montreat Women’s Connection.

The music on Sunday comes from the movie, The Greatest Showman, a musical film about PT Barnum and the formation of his circus. The movie and the song for the anthem, “This is Me,” capture a sense of belonging for those (like circus “freaks”) who have been told they are not included.

Join us as we celebrate the inclusive welcome we find under God’s big tent. Bill Smith, who spent many of the years of his life on the streets before going on to serve as the night manager for DHPC’s Journey Shelter and Clifton Night Shelter, has a tremendous call to sharing the good news of the gospel and to advocating for those who are homeless. He will offer a reflection. And Finn Sandifer, a fifth grader at Springdale Park Elementary will lend his voice to our anthem and share a reflection on what the world of elementary school could learn from God’s big tent.

Scripture: We have a selection of passages offering a glimpse of welcome, including Luke 14:7-24, Psalm 139 and Hebrews 11:1-16

Reflection: “This is Us”

If you are headed back to school, be sure to bring your book bag as we bless the backpacks (and those who carry them). 

I look forward to being back with you on August 18th, but know you will find glimpses of God’s expansive community while you gather on Sunday.