I would love to hear how worship is going in your homes. Are you lighting a candle? Do you sing along with the hymns? How do you like worshipping with your pups or are your kiddos still in their pajamas?
This week, I will be worshipping at home along with you. Atlanta’s Mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms, issued a stay-at-home order, so none of our staff will be in the church for worship. We want to do our part and encourage you to do your part as well in slowing the spread of Coronavirus. In preparation, I took a little bit of DHPC home with me. I have paintings we have used for baptism of the Lord Sunday, and the tree painted at my installation. I packed up my communion chalice and baptismal pitcher, and even stuffed a little pulpit in my car. So be on the lookout in each of our staff’s homes for signs of DHPC wherever we are.
Aside from the changes in scenery, you will notice that we have abbreviated our order of worship. We believe that this is a time set apart, so our worship should acknowledge that things are different . . . should feel homier (because we’re home) and pared down (many of us could use a dose of simple beauty right now).
We hope you’ll join us online at your leisure for 30 minutes of worship and live (to see the beautiful faces of your DHPC community) at 11AM, via Zoom for Roundtable and check-in. (If you’ve already joined us live, invite a friend to join.) See below for details.
This Sunday, Matthew dishes up a parable about waiting. That feels really perfect and a little bit rude right now. It’s the Parable of the Bridesmaids, who are sent to wait for the groom, who takes his sweet time in showing up. Half of them run out of oil and have to run into town for a refill and miss the big moment. Join us Sunday as we explore what these lanterns might have to teach us and as we are reminded that Jesus always . . . always . . . always shows up.
Scripture: Matthew 25:1-13
Reflection: “In It for the Long Haul”
I look forward to meeting you in front of my fireplace this week.
Peace be with you,
PS – In case you need a reminder, this is how you join us on Sunday.
- Watch worship online — By 9 AM, Sunday, a full worship service and bulletin will be posted online at dhpc.org and our facebook page. You may worship at your own time and pace.
- Join us live (online or by phone) at 11 AM for a Roundtable / Worship mashup — Pete McGuire will lead the Bible study and staff will guide us through worship. You can see and/or hear one another in real time. For instructions on how to do that, click here. (We’ve tried to streamline our process, so you should only have to enter a password if you dial from a landline.)