Now at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought out the Levites in all their places to bring them to Jerusalem to celebrate the dedication with rejoicing, with thanksgivings and with singing, with cymbals, harps and lyres. (Nehemiah 12:27)
The Salem Ave. bridge is open!! It’s time to celebrate and rejoice with great thanksgiving! Three years ago the I75 construction project through downtown Dayton began, and shortly thereafter, the Salem Ave. bridge was closed. The Salem Ave. bridge is a critical connector between Downtown Dayton and Northwest Dayton. Travel between Downtown and Grace Church has been impeded throughout this time of the bridge closure. Earlier this month free flow of traffic between Downtown and Northwest Dayton (including Grace Church) commenced again as the Salem Ave. bridge was reopened. This calls for a celebration! Three years ago when this construction project began, our Grace Worship series was titled, “Love Builds”. This series was a look at the construction project of Israelites as they worked to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem. The story of the wall construction is found in the first part of the book of Nehemiah. I commented then about the length of time it took the Israelites to build this wall around a whole city being much shorter than the anticipated time for this reconstruction of a very small portion of I75 through the heart of our city. Well, the I75 construction project is running ahead of schedule and thus, the Salem Ave. bridge has opened earlier than anticipated. Rejoice! Rejoice! Again, I say rejoice! In worship on Sunday, November 22, using the Nehemiah construction celebration scripture, we will do just that. We will celebrate and rejoice with great thanksgiving! Plan now to participate in this special service of celebration and thanksgiving. Come and give thanks with us for the opening of the Salem Ave. bridge and for our many blessings of the past year.
The month of November includes a couple other times of celebration also. Sunday, November 1, is All Saints Day. In our worship that day we remember, honor, and celebrate the saints who have blessed our lives over the years and who passed from our lives in the previous year. Sunday, November 29, is the first Sunday of Advent. We will begin our celebration of anticipating the coming of Christ into this world. We will begin our Advent worship series titled, “God’s Living Room”. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. (John 14:1) We will be considering descriptions from the scriptures of God’s dwelling place.
This November, come celebrate with Grace Church. Celebrate the Saints! Celebrate the beginning of Advent! Celebrate the re-opening of the Salem Ave. bridge! Come celebrate and rejoice with great thanksgiving!
Grace and peace,