Yesterday we held our last Sunday worship at DAPC. The attendance was good (around 80), the music was special (thank you Darlinda, Allie, and Cynthia), we lit hand-held candles as we sang Silent Night, Communion was served, the Deacons led the prayers for the people, and I gave a sermon centered around the image/meaning of the nativity set. We had Christmas early! Even amidst the tears of grief as we said goodbye to the building and each other, we also held our heads high as we thanked the saints of all ages who kept the lamp of faith burning in times of darkness and who saw visions of larger truth and dared to declare it.
The truth about we humans is that we grieve. It is part of humanity. It is proof of humanity! The larger truth is that we heal. And the even larger truth is that we heal each other through our strength in Christ. We are channels ofGod’s higher power to those who are broken. The miracle isn’t the healing. The miracle is that people just don’t stand by and stay away from other’s hurt. The wonder of healing isthat we are so deeply loved into health. Life is the love and faith that keep us moving for- ward even when we experienced the bad mo- ments. God will not let us be so bitter that we miss out in life.
So, we say “God bless you” as we depart DAPC. The Christian gospel is rooted in his- tory, but is always future-leaning. Who knows what God has in store for us! Webend toward God’s vision of the kingdom to come. “Thy kingdom come,” we pray. The kingdom is not yet. That’s why we pray the Lord’s Prayer. But thank God we are given aforetaste. And that is just what we got yester-day in worship...a foretaste of what is tocome. You will be a blessing to the new churches you attend. The DAPC spice will add flavor to the other congregations. This Christmas season please know that there is a divine future that God wants for you and me. It’s out there waiting!
Peace, Pastor Gary