The dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
                                                  -From the Song of Zechariah in Luke's Gospel

Dear Friends,

As the "pre-dawn" light shines from on high in these last days before it breaks out at Christmas, I offer a final echo of the biblical invitation to come and see. In the days ahead we will worship, gather shoes for the shoeless, undertake a final few acts of light-ness from our Advent calendars, serve dinner a few more times to the homeless neighbors sleeping in our classrooms, decorate our space for Christmas, sing carols together, and...worship again!

Really, in turning our selves toward our living and imminent God, it is all worship. You can tell because the light is breaking in through all of it.

The invitation I offer up is, of course, to all of you who read this, but today I especially encourage you to be bold and to in turn invite someone who I've probably never met, but whom you know and love, and whom you would love to see basking in God's light. Invite them to give you a couple pairs of shoes to take with you to church. Or to bring their kids for decorating the church after the 10am service on Sunday. Invite them to the Family Eucharist at 5:00 Christmas Eve, or the 8:30 PM Carols and 9:00 Festival Eucharist with candlelight, choir and a woodwind ensemble. Like the dawn that breaks every morning, there is plenty of light for us all!

May your feet be guided in peace, my friends, in these last days before Christmas. I am familiar with the many cares of the world that pull and press as the holiday arrives, but hope to remember, and hope you remember, that under them all is peace, peace...peace.

In Christ,