Monday, October 24

Always Reforming

"This life therefore is not righteousness, but growth in righteousness, not health, but healing, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise.  We are not yet what we shall be, bit we are growing toward it, the process is not yet finished, but it is going on, this is not the end, but it is the road.  All does not yet gleam in glory, but all is being purified." - Martin Luther

Join us this Sunday as, with favorite hymns, music from St. Andrew's Brass, and special music from our choirs,  we celebrate the Reformation, giving thanks for Martin Luther and church reformers who continue to refocus the church's attention on the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Let us continue to open our eyes, ears, and hearts to the Spirit's presence among us as we continue to see reformation in our churches, communities, and our daily lives.  And let us give thanks for the gift of faith that sustains and strengthens us every step of the way.  For those of you who are unable to join us this Sunday, continue to pray for our mission together.  I am so grateful for the incredible generosity and grace of so many of our members, for the ways that you encourage one another, and for  the ways that you embody Christ'a grace and healing power.  It is truly a privilege to serve among you.  Exciting and challenging times ahead!  See you in church!


Pastor Mueller

Monday, September 26

Blessing of the Animals

Join us this Sunday October 2nd in our outdoor chapel area (across parking lot from main entrance) at 9:30 AM.  Family and friends (especially the furry kind) are encouraged to attend.  (This is part of the commemoration of St. Francis of Assisi in churches around the world)  "Well mannered" pets should be on leashes or in cages.  There is plenty of room in chapel area and also on the lawn above to spread out for a short service of thanksgiving followed by individual blessings of pets.  If you have school age children who want to be part of this brief service, you as parents are responsible to get them to their Sunday School classes.  While I will need to return to class before 10 AM, you are welcome to hang out with one another or take a walk somewhere else.

This is a great opportunity to meet newer people to our faith community or perhaps meet up with long time St. Andrew's folk with some very special members of the family.  Looking forward to Sunday.


Pastor Mueller

Monday, September 12

Adult Education this Fall

Dear Friends,

Many thanks to all of you who offered your time and gifts to an exciting and inspiring kick off weekend.  Let a new program year in mission begin.  Below are some opportunities to grow in faith in the Sundays ahead at 9:30 AM.

The Creed (meeting downstairs in Jerusalem Room)

An overview of the major doctrines  of the Nicene Creed, how they were formulated, the history and heresies the creed addresses, and how the creed continues to speak to us in a changing context.  

Genesis: In the Beginning (meeting upstairs in Daniel's Den)

An overview of major stories and figures in this first book of the Hebrew Scriptures, how they shaped Israel as a community of faith, and how they still shape us today.

Looking Ahead: Inquirers Class (meeting November 6 &13 in Narthex / Church lobby)
A small group for those looking for an introduction or refresher on Lutheran Christianity and also for those who have questions about the mission and ministries of St. Andrew's Church.  Come join us and also think about inviting others who are newer to our congregation or community.

 Thanks be to God that many of you had an opportunity for rest and renewal over the summer months.  May God give us the strength we need for the challenges and opportunities ahead to bear Christ's presence to others at St. Andrew's and in our daily lives.
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Mueller


Wednesday, September 7

Fall Season Underway

Dear Friends,
 As many of of us adjust our schedules with the beginning of a new school year, so St. Andrew's adjusts to the routine of our program year.  This Saturday we return to our regular weekly service of Holy Communion at 5 PM.  This service is more intimate and little less formal with more spoken liturgy and monthly appearances by our acoustic group.   Begin to think about family members, friends, and neighbors who could benefit from Saturday worship.  We also return to our regular worship schedule on Sunday mornings as well.

8:15 AM – Traditional Worship - Includes a commemoration of those lives
impacted by the events of 9/11 fifteen years ago.

11 AM- Kick Off Sunday "Lost….but now found"
A simple and joyous worship gathering,including songs with our Sunday School children and youth, guided liturgy, and an interactive message as we give thanks to God for his amazing grace and love in our lives. This service, designed for additional young children will be about 45 minutes in length.

Come one, come all!  EVERYONE (children, adults, seniors) is invited to join us following 11AM Worship as we enjoy the treats of summer one more time with Rita's Water Ice and Pretzels.  Please join us!

As we begin a new program year, please keep in your prayers:
- The people and mission of St. Andrew's Church as we seek to strengthen our mission together and our mission center 
- Marcella Curtiss, our new music director, and Lynnette Beccattini, our new parish administrator, as they lead us into a new program year.
-  those who mourn the loss of loved ones
- the sick and home bound of St. Andrew's and our surrounding community 
- the unemployed and underemployed of our communities
- families experiencing broken relationships and in need of healing
- young adults away from home at school or in military service
- those whose lives have been devastated by terrorism and senseless violence
- Astrid Montes, our nursery school director and our entire staff as we begin a new school year
- our Sunday School teachers and students as they begin a new program year
- the churches of this community and our common mission to be the hands of God in the world. 

See you in church!


Pastor Mueller

Tuesday, July 19

Lord's Prayer

Dear Friends,

This Sunday in worship our Gospel lesson is Luke 11:1-13.  In my message, I will be focusing chiefly on this rather strange parable of Jesus.  However, this is also the text where on e of Jesus' disciples says, "Lord, teach us to pray" and Jesus introduces what would become known as the Lord's Prayer.  While this will not be a primary focus on Sunday, I thought I would share with you below a reflection by Christian writer Brian McClaren bringing fresh meaning to a prayer that has become so familiar that, unfortunately, it can become rote and uttered with little meaning or reflection.  I hope that you will find this helpful for your own time in prayer.  And who knows?  It may even show up sometime in a worship service.

A Spoken Version of the Lord’s Prayer

This rendering of the Lord’s prayer uses unfamiliar words and phrasing to help us actually hear its message rather than lapsing into an auto-pilot recitation. You can use it in public worship by having a leader recite a line, having the congregation echo it, and then leaving a moment of silence for reflection.

Our Father, above us and all around us,
May your unspeakable Name be revered.

Here to earth, may your kingdom come.
Here on earth, may your will be done as it is in heaven.

Give us today our bread for today.
And forgive us our wrongs as we forgive those who wrong us.

Lead us away from the time of trial.
But liberate us from the evil.

For the kingdom is yours and yours alone,
And the power is yours and yours alone,
And the glory is yours and yours alone.


I also hope to see many of you at our midweek worship service tomorrow (Wed.) night at 7 PM.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Mueller