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Looking Toward Stewardship Sunday, November 21, 2021

This Sunday is a bonanza of celebratory worship opportunities:

You may remember that last week Olivia Escobar, age nine, said that one of her favorite things in worship is the handbells which remind her of Christmas angels. Well, Olivia’s Christmas wish comes early with two beautiful bell pieces.

We will also have communion* this week and will come forward for the first time since the pandemic. If you are worshipping from home, you are invited to participate with your own bread and juice.

And we will dedicate our promises to God about the ways that we will support DHPC’s witness and ministries by presenting our stewardship dedication. You should have received a stewardship newsletter at your home. Here is a copy of the letter and the pledge card. In this digital age, you may also make your promises using this online link.

Our passage for this week comes from King David’s oracle, his final prophecy of God. An oracle is a vision spoken through a human vessel, and as we wrap up our Vintage and Visionary series, this vision offers a glimpse of hope during trial. The anchoring image is that of a sunrise. What does the promise of sunrise mean to you? What does it mean for God’s church? Join us as we revel in that quietly beautiful promise.

Scripture: 2 Samuel 23:1-5

Sermon: “Last(ing) Words”

As I prepare for my final Stewardship Sunday and several final moments at DHPC, I want to let you know that I would relish the opportunity to connect with you before I move to Omaha. The last two years have created a strange distance and some social awkwardness, and it can be difficult to know how to bridge that. If you are interested in connecting, please reach out and let me know what feels safe to you in light of Covid precautions. And I hope you will consider joining in the Advent Event (at least the lawn portions) on December 5 or cruising by in your car. I will also have some time the week of December 20, so let me know how I can say hello/goodbye/thank you.

On this Sunday before Thanksgiving, I am thankful for you,

*A note about Covid communion precautions — This week, we will come forward for communion at the front of the sanctuary. (You may be served in your seat as well.) All servers will sanitize their hands prior to distributing communion. Bread will be served with tongs and juice from individual cups. All servers are vaccinated.