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"Sunrise on the Sea" Camille Pissarro, 1883

Pastor’s Note for December 5

"Sunrise on the Sea" Camille Pissarro, 1883
“Sunrise on the Sea” Camille Pissarro, 1883

As December begins, we’re delighted to welcome our new Parish Associate, the Rev. Dave Dornack, who will be with us in worship this Sunday.  Dave has recently retired from Rose City Park Presbyterian, and is joining our staff, where he will be involved in pastoral care and worship, and as pastoral liaison to our Deacons.  We’re grateful for the Spirit’s call for him to join us for this next chapter of ministry!

Our readings will include Luke 1:68-79, the song of Zechariah, heralding the birth of his son John, born to be the one who prepared the way for the coming Christ.

This includes the beautiful passage that is often part of morning prayer:

By the tender mercy of our God,
   the dawn from on high will break upon us, 
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
   to guide our feet into the way of peace.’

It seems such a word in season for this time of year when the days are short and darkness falls early, when the concern over the tenacious pandemic continues to shadow our days.  The language of the song resonates, as we feel at times that the world has languished long in darkness.

Yet this Scripture reminds us that in such days, there is a promised light that will shine; the dawn will break.  This Advent, we celebrate that light in the one who came as light in our darkness.

I hope you will join us whether in person or by streaming from home as we watch and wait for the One who is coming.

May the light of Christ illumine your way in this season,


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