This is our first year (and hopefully only one of two) in our interim journey. We worship in a middle school, for which we are grateful. Trust me, other institutions in SW would not have us, apparently dismayed that we’re a religious organization. But the DC Public School system allowed us to lease a space and for that, we are indeed thankful. But as you might imagine, the school system does not open buildings on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day, both of which fall on a Sunday this year. So what you need to know: there will be no services on Christmas Sunday or New Years Sunday. Enjoy your family, worship where you’d like and then be sure to return on Sunday, January 8th!
This Sunday our choir presents their Christmas music. Surely one of the favorite scenes in the birth narratives is Luke’s presentation of angels singing and offering good news to shepherds tending their flocks in the fields. In the night of Roman oppression, they received news of a light that the darkness cannot overcome. So what you need to know: the Choir will bring you angelic news on Sunday Dec 18th at 10 a.m. Given the gloom enveloping our nation, you might find this a very good moment to reprise the role of the shepherds.
Martin Luther King Sunday is January 15th and this happens to be the Sunday prior to the inauguration of the President-elect. On that day, we will worship in truth and power, not only recalling the Dreamer’s legacy but dispensing grants totaling $100,000 to organizations that repair and heal our world. Groups like the Malala Fund, the Equal Justice Initiative, the Evangelical Environmental Network, local schools in SW, food banks, an LGBT shelter and civil rights groups and the list goes on. We are doing this as a sign of hope in darkness. We are doing this to declare that the marginal should not be oppressed or made to suffer more than they already do. We do it because we have been blessed and to whom much is given, much is required. So what you need to know: there is a candle of justice and peace burning in our world and the darkness will not overcome it. A blessed and Merry Christmas to all of you!
~See you Sunday