A Letter from Scott Dickison
Dear church family,
Audrey and I could not be more excited to join you finally and officially this Sunday and we hope that you feel the same, but I want you to know that we recently received some help in keeping this happy occasion in perspective.
When we were with you for our candidate weekend in November, one of Audrey’s coworkers told her 8 year-old daughter at prayer time that she needed to pray for us because I would be voted on that weekend. Her daughter looked up surprised and blurted out, “Scott’s running for president!?”
I’m still not sure whether I should be flattered or offended, but mostly I’m grateful that you have welcomed us among you and that we can now get down to the fun and exciting work of learning how to be church together. And what better time to enter into a new season in the life of our church than on the first Sunday of Advent and the start of a new church year.
I want you to know that while I will certainly be out in front of you leading worship during these next four weeks and culminating on Christmas Eve, I also look forward to listening, watching and taking in your traditions and the special and unique ways you celebrate the coming of Christ. I often say that churches are at their best in the Advent and Christmas seasons, and I can’t wait to see you shine.
It’s also my hope that during this season when we look back on Christmases past and all the memories that seem to swell up inside us this time of year, that we can begin to look forward. Christmas is very much a time for remembering, but the challenge of the Advent season is to consider God’s vision for our future.
What’s your vision this Advent season? What’s your great hope—for yourself and your family, but also for our church?
I hope you’ll join us these next four weeks as we make our way to Bethlehem, and I hope you’ll bring your memories with you as we all make new ones together. But I also hope you’ll bring your vision of how God might be with us, “Immanuel,” in the future, as we continue on our journey of faith together. It’s my great joy to travel with you.