It is a hybrid Sunday that holds a great deal of meaning. It's a Journey Sunday where we'll be discussing Home By Another Route. In the Wesley tradition, it's the time of Covenant Renewal. It is the Second Sunday after Christmas, the Sunday three days after New Year, and three days before Epiphany, and, in the old song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas" it is the ninth day – the day when the "gift" is nine people dancing.
So we invite you to come to this table of …
one star for following,
bread and cup for sharing,
three days of New Year
at least four still-traveling camels,
and many, many hopes for the world.
Come to this table, even if you want
to be laying everything down
because you are so weary of being fearful,
isolated or essential to everyone but you.
Come to this table if you are swimming
in Zoom, virtual education,
financial risk, or grief.
Come to this table if you milked
all the joy from Christmas –
enough to carry you into 2021 …
or not nearly enough.
Come to this table,
if you have stopped dancing,
even though you are carrying many gifts,
or you need to be healed
by watching for the dance
in snowflake or pohutukawa*
in friend or stranger,
in the old story of another path home,
and the warm bread and sweet cup
shared right now.
(* Te Reo Māori: pōhutukawa, known as Aotearoa / New Zealand Christmas tree, is a coastal evergreen which blooms with bright red clusters of flowers in December and January.)
We invite you to join us for Holy Communion on Jan 3.
If you would like the elements of Holy Communion brought to you at your home, please let Pastor Kelly know, she'll be happy to arrange it.
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