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A Service of Comfort and Hope at St. Andrew United Methodist Church
December 20 @ 4:00 pm
SANCTUARY AND LIVESTREAM ONLINE
St. Andrew United Methodist Church invites the community to “A Service of Comfort and Hope,” designed for those experiencing grief and loss, on Sunday, Dec. 20, at 4 p.m., in the sanctuary, 5801 W. Plano Parkway. The service will also be live-streamed online, and there is no cost to attend in person or stream online. Registration is required to attend the in-person service.
“With the ongoing pandemic, there are so many who are experiencing personal and devastating loss, anxiety, isolation, and loneliness, and this can be especially difficult during the holiday season,” said Rev. Jennifer Powell. “We hope this service will help them find hope for the holidays amid their grieving, whether it be the loss of loved ones, jobs, health, or relationships.”
Guest Speaker Paula D’Arcy will share her message of hope and healing via livestream from Austin. D’Arcy survived the loss of her husband and young daughter in an accident in 1975. She was three months pregnant at the time. Among her bestselling books are Gift of the Red Bird, Waking Up to This Day, and the award-winning Stars at Night. D’Arcy serves as an adjunct faculty member of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. Dallas Harpist Barbara Biggers will perform live in the sanctuary. She has played with the Dallas Symphony, Dallas Opera, Fort Worth Symphony, and many others. Prior to coming to Dallas, she worked in the New York area, where she has performed at the Tony Awards and with headliners Placido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli, Jean-Pierre Rampal, the Irish Tenors, Diana Ross, Johnny Mathis, and others. Additionally, she was principal harpist with Broadway musicals Follies, Ragtime and Nine and has multiple other Broadway credits including Phantom of the Opera, South Pacific, The Producers, 42nd Street, Wicked and many more. The St. Andrew Chancel Choir Ensemble performance will be pre-recorded and onscreen.
“Music has a powerful and emotional way of healing us all,” added Phillip Haworth. “We hope that the musical presentations as well as the inspirational words provided during this service will help attendees reflect on their individual losses, while providing peace and healing. Please join us for this very special hour of comfort and hope.”
Each attendee, in person and online, will be invited to light a candle to burn throughout the service in remembrance of a loved one.
Registration is required to attend in person. There is no cost to register.
Registration is open November 29-December 20.
ABOUT OUR GUEST SPEAKER
Paula D’Arcy, is an author, retreat leader, speaker, and former psychotherapist. D’Arcy survived the loss of her husband and young daughter in an accident in 1975. She was three months pregnant at the time. Among her bestselling books are Gift of the Red Bird, Waking Up to This Day, and the award-winning Stars at Night. D’Arcy serves as an adjunct faculty member of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas.