Saturday‘s kick-off was the meeting of DAPC’s men for breakfast at Louisiana Café, where we hold forth in the back room (to protect the other diners from our riotous laughter?). It was a great turnout – including Dean Pearson for the first time since last spring: welcome back Dean and blessings to Metro Mobility for making it possible for you to attend! Even as the rush of the Advent/Christmas season swirls about, the DAPC men are planning for their annual retreat Feb. 27-28. Returning as our retreat leader next year is the Rev. Jermaine Ross-Allam, who has agreed to develop a bible study of Job for the weekend. Jermaine brings a rare combination of scholastic depth and down-to-earth practicality to his bible teaching – and this promises to be an excellent opportunity to explore one of the much quoted and least understood books of the Bible. For registration or additional information contact Ken Pugh or Chuck Neve. Later in the day it was a celebration for our partners in ministry, the House of God for a moment of note: The 100th BIRTHDAY OF ZOUA LOR, Kazoua Kong-Thao’s maternal grandmother (her paternal grandmother is 98 – I think Spock’s greeting, “live long and prosper is definitely at work in this family”! With Kazoua MC-ing the event and her husband Pastor Chang offering prayers of blessing for Zoua and the nearly 200 direct descendents present, it was a day of joy, memory and speeches!
Sunday’s Advent theme, drawn from the Bible readings of the day from Zephaniah and Philippians, was Rejoice … Sing … Celebrate the Promises of God! So we did! The music by itselfSunday accomplished the goal: our choir was buoyant- even if depleted a bit by the “lost voice syndrome” of one of our faithful choristers; Miryana’s gifts of piano music, including a Bulgarian song of love, lifted us to the heights and of course our Advent Vuvuzuelas ensemble guided us into worship and lead us out into the cold, rainy world at the end of service to re-plant our Peace pole. Trust this: neighbors know we are a peace site … if not very quiet! Other highlights of our worship include the Deacon’s prayer prepared and led by Ron Stagg… Thank you Ron, you truly allowed the Spirit to guide you as you uplifted our world in prayer! We continued to light our Advent candles: only one more to go next week before we relight the Christ Candle on Christmas Eve! The stage was set for our Advent observations by a incredible prayer by Marian Wright Edelman (Children’s Defense Fund) thanking God for ALL the children of the world and our responsive pledge to welcome and protect them: powerful! The message continued the themes of rejoicing and singing from the Bible readings and added William Purkey’s well known poem-
Dance like there’s nobody watching
Love like you’ll never be hurt
Sing like there’s nobody listening
Live like it’s heaven on earth!
This message, especially the last line is the Christian message to the world in this season of advent, even when the world seems to be crashing in around us, just as it has been for the prophets and the people of God who listen to the prophets in times past.
Prayers for the week:
· Barbara Anderson-Sannes: recovering following surgery last week – your prayers and cards are most welcome!
· Lynn Paulfranz: preparing for evaluations this week to determine her next steps toward full recovery.
· Our Muslim neighbors facing unwarranted recriminations and living with the fear of hate crimes.