He has Come, He is Coming, He will Come

In our tradition, we celebrate the liturgical seasons of the year because we believe that time runs through the church not the church running through time. One of the clearest expressions of this is the season of Advent. This Sunday, for example, is the first Sunday of Advent and we will begin our service, following the lighting of the Advent wreath, with the Great Litany. These ancient and historically relevant set of prayers set the stage for our countercultural expression of worship as compared to the culture. Both these prayers and readings, along with the sermon, will be somewhat jarring and yet, awakening our senses from the numbing and dumbed-down cultural holiday offerings.

Paradoxically, this next week, on December 6th and December 9th, we invite you to two joyous events marking significant moments in the life rhythms of All Saints Dallas. 

First is our third annual church-wide Christmas Party next Wednesday, December 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the Frontiers of Flight Museum (6911 Lemmon Ave, Dallas, 75209). It will be a time of eating, drinking, dancing, and just pure holiday fun. We hope that you're planning on joining us, and as usual with us, planning on bringing friends! This event joins two of my favorite things: meeting new people, and having a good party. You can RSVP here, and I hope to see you there!

Second is next Saturday at 10:00 am we will have our official worship/prayer groundbreaking ceremony at our new building (901 S. Ervay St, Dallas, 75201). I was just there the other day and can’t believe we are at this point. Demolition and construction begins next week. In addition to prayer walking and worship, there will be renderings of the new church building design of our future home of ASD. Plan on joining us. Following the event we will do brunch at the Farmer’s Market or other local restaurants.  

Please mark these two important events on your calendar as we celebrate with God our life together with Him and each other. 

Faithfully,

+Philip