According to the lore of the season, “the stockings were hung by the chimney with care” … well there were a number of things hung on Saturday,… just no stockings: banners, new ribbons for the wreathes, decorations on the tree in fellowship hall (a match to the bulletin board which carries a festive message of peace and justice!!!) and around the building to go with the Advent Star quilt and garlands that were hung last weekend. The tree went up as well, but was not hung with lights … it’s relaxing so the lights can go on after its branches drop down a bit. So lots of hanging -- thank you Beckie, Cynthia, Darlinda & Elona (the BCDE crew!) --- just not many stockings (yet). All of this during and following a very BUSY day at the clothing Center: many families served; many happy to receive a few pre-Christmas gifts! Thank you Clothing Center volunteers one and all for your hard work! Thank you for giving up a Saturday morning in this very busy season to serve others in this ministry of Care and Outreach!
And Then Came Sunday (as it so often does) – the Second Sunday of Advent … Prepare the Way! And Prepare it we did! In Jesus time the Shofar (ram’s horn) sounded the call of God to the people of God --- at DAPC we have VUVUZUELAS, loud sounding VUVUZUELAS calling us to prepare the way for Jesus! And Miryana brought her husband Reilly AND his trumpet! Thank You musicians one and all: Reilly – your horn lifted our hearts to the heights of wonder and joy, Choir thanks especially for adding the Godspell piece for our processional; Miryana for the joy of your music and leadership; vuvuzuelistas …. for your … enthusiasm! With the Baptismal font sitting before the Communion table, we explored how in baptism Jesus was readied for his ministry, in communion he readied his disciples for their ministries … and challenged to “get Busy”: living our baptism, fed in Communion to minister in a hurting world.
Just in case our bodies needed a bit more sustenance for the tasks of ministry – monthly potluck and traditional Christmas Tea! Led by the intrepid band of vuvuzuelistas into Fellowship hall – the feast awaited DAPC members and friends: Swedish meatballs, “little Smokies” drenched in savory sauce, lingonberries, waffles, mini-pastries and filled shells … and that’s just what I had on my plate! Then came the dessert table AND PROPER TEA – overseen by our resident tea pro Bridget Martin! So, basking in the glow of good food and tasty treats, we lifted our voices in Christmas carols and songs as Bridget shifted from tea production to MC-ing the entire event.
· our heads still ringing with the songs of the season
· the Christmas Tea Crowd indulged me in my final reading of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
· And the singing of a couple of closing carols …
We laid the Christmas Tea to rest for another year truly a long winter’s nap – summer too!] and trooped home to
A) watch the Vikings lose B) decorate our own trees C) take a long winter’s nap