Brenda Wallace
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December 10, 2019

The count down is on. Beginning Dec. 3, at our home, we launch into a ten day preparation period for our annual St. Lucia Party. That means lots of decorating, baking and preparation for singing. The decorations are complete, the Lucia crown is ready for our youngest granddaughter to wear, the baking is an act in progress and the music is ready. Life is grand!!

At St. David's, just walking into the sanctuary offers a warm welcoming experience with decorations all around. It truly is a beautiful place to be at the rest of time but even more so at Christmas. This coming Sunday, we will be enjoying the Annual Christmas Brunch after a service of White Gift presentations, dancing, acting, listening and singing. Later, at 7 p.m. we can enter the sanctuary as it is bathed in candle light for our December Evening Compline Service.

If you want to see the list for White Gift food possibilities, check out the worship folder for Dec. 8, 2019 uploaded as a file attachment for worship. Gifts will be presented on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. It can also be found in the Newsletter, Dec. 8, 2019 which is attached below. 

December 2, 2019

The tree is twinkling as I sit at my desk today. The grandchildren, here on a Professional Day, have helped us decorate so our home is ready for Christmas. Rev. Peggy and her worship team are helping us prepare as we explore the role of Joy in our lives. Like our Lenten series earlier this year, we have been given a bit of spiritual homework to carry out during the week. This being the first week of Advent, the symbol of the wreath is of foremost importance. From Rev. Peggy's Worship Folder insert, we are reminded of the history of the wreath. "Hanging a circular wreath of evergreens during mid-winter seems to go back a very long way. It might have started back in Roman times when wreaths were hung on doors as a sign of victory and of  status. Rich Roman women also wore them as headdresses on special occasions like weddings... Roman Emperors also wore laurel wreaths. They were also given to the winners of events in the original Olympic Games in Greece.

Wreath Prayers: Place your wreath close so you can see it. As you look at it, pray for the people that your circle of life includes; family, friends, relatives. Pray for those on the outside of your circle - the homeless, the sick, those dealing with illness and loss, the dying, those struggling with mental illness and depression. Read Psalm 98 and pray for creation and all its struggles." To help you out, here is Psalm 98: 

Psalm 98

A psalm.

Sing to the Lord a new song,
    for he has done marvelous things;
his right hand and his holy arm
    have worked salvation for him.
The Lord has made his salvation known
    and revealed his righteousness to the nations.
He has remembered his love
    and his faithfulness to Israel;
all the ends of the earth have seen
    the salvation of our God.

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth,
    burst into jubilant song with music;
make music to the Lord with the harp,
    with the harp and the sound of singing,
with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn—
    shout for joy before the Lord, the King.

Let the sea resound, and everything in it,
    the world, and all who live in it.
Let the rivers clap their hands,
    let the mountains sing together for joy;
let them sing before the Lord,
    for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
    and the peoples with equity.

New International Version (NIV)

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Our church is decorated so beautifully for the season. I'm reminded of the trumpeting angels that used to reign over the front of the sanctuary and, of years past, when a fir tree was cut down and decorated in its place of honour. As a matter of fact, such a tree adorned the front of the church when we were married there 41 years ago. Yes, December at St. David's has had a special place in our hearts for many years. 

This week marks another tradition at St. David's. Since the 80s, the Friendship Club (formerly the Couples Club) has hosted a dinner and dance at Christmas. This year, on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, you can be sure that St. Davidians and friends will be dressed in their finery, enjoying the music of the Badlanders Orchestra following a delicious dinner and a group sing along. Memories!!