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Looking Toward Sunday, December 5, 2021

My heart did a little dip as I began to type out Looking Towards Sunday (LTS) for this week. I have written over 300 worship previews since I arrived at DHPC in September 2014, and it feels surreal that this is my last. Every week, when I have drafted Looking Towards Sunday, I picture the sanctuary and imagine the space set for worship and our time together. During the pandemic, I have imagined you worshipping from afar, with silver threads of the Spirit linking us together in community. And every week, I pray for our community as we prepare to gather. So, I am praying for you now, and even when I am not writing LTS, I will continue to pray for you and this congregation that I love so very much.

This week, worship is a little bit of a smorgasbord. We continue our Advent theme, Close to Home, as we light the second candle which celebrates laying a foundation of peace. Our scripture passage is known as Zechariah’s song, and it prophesies about the future of his and Elizabeth’s child, John the Baptist. We will join in thinking about the foundational promises of our own births and how we build upon God’s dreams for our lives.

We will also celebrate the sacrament of communion (so have your juice and bread ready at home) and prepare for the hanging of the greens at our Advent Event, a continuation of worship, with food, fellowship, pageant, and preparation of our space to celebrate the coming of Christ. Lastly, we will say goodbye to one another, as I head to Omaha, trusting that God remains faithfully with each of us. Musical offerings by Michelle Jarrell, Nicole Escobar, and Susan Rutherford will make that day extra special for me and I imagine for you. And I hope to have the opportunity to tell you in person how grateful I am for you. 

Scripture: Luke 1:57-80

Focus: Close to Home — Laying the Foundation of Peace

It is going to be a little bit of holy chaos on Sunday, with so many beautiful things going on. But it is sure to be a day filled with joy and holy preparation. I am already praying for you and our time together.

See you in the pews or across the screen,