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Rev. Martha's Message November 2016 Crier
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Dear St. Augustine’s Family and Friends,



On Sunday, November 6, at 9:30 AM, we will celebrate the first Sunday Eucharist in our amazing new sanctuary! We are crossing over into the Promised Land! After many years of hard work, of difficult and intricate decision-making, of remaining open, flexible and adaptive to change and then more change, of  pain and tears plenty of joy as our life together in a community founded on mutual love, forgiveness and reconciliation has been tested,  we are poised at the border ready to take the next holy step in our  shared journey.
Then, on Sunday, November 20 at 4 PM, we will be joined by Bishop Mariann Budde as well as family and friends from near and far, for the Consecration of our new building, when it will be blessed and dedicated to the mission and ministry of God on the Southwest DC Waterfront and beyond. The bishop will lay her hands on our baptismal font, on our new lectern and on our new altar calling upon the Holy Spirit and reminding us all of the three foundational calls upon the church: to baptize in the Name of Jesus bringing people into the new life found in God’s community; to proclaim and preach the Gospel of Good News; and to gather at the sacred table where all are invited and welcome to the feast.

A week later, on Sunday, November 27, we start a whole new liturgical year by celebrating the beginning of Advent. It makes so much sense that we begin our new life in the Season of hope and expectation, the Season of preparedness and home coming, as we wait for the incarnation of God into our lives. We will continue celebrating after our morning service with an intergenerational Advent wreath-making workshop, so please come and join us.
 
We are gathered on holy ground
And I know there are angels all around
Let us praise Jesus now
We are gathered in Christ’s presence on holy ground
            
Blessings Always,
Rev. Martha+