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Back to Normal?

Dear Friends,

There is a question that I have heard a number of times in these past months.  Sometimes it is asked with honest sincerity.  Sometimes, it is asked as an expression of frustration.  It is almost always asked with deep appreciation for all that this faith community is doing in this strange chapter of ministry together.  The question, or some variation of it, is "When will life at St. Andrew's return to normal?"  Indeed a tough question to answer.  When I think of "normal"  I think of the last worship service we shared in person on March 8th along with the many well attended and supported activities and gatherings we sponsor.  The question I ask myself in return is, "When do we think it will be safe to gather more than a hundred people together inside the church building knowing that many are vulnerable?" Also, when I consider the necessary precautions that will be needed  in worship: several weekend services (even in the summer!) and roped…
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St. A's Worship: July 5

"Come to me, all that are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest."
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Christ challenges us and comforts us  through his Holy Word as well as  through prayer and song.  Grace and peace.

St. A's Worship: June 28

"Whoever welcomes you welcomes me and whoever welcomes me welcomes the One who sent me."
Christ welcomes us and we welcome Christ through his Holy Word as well as  through prayer and song found in the link above.  Grace and peace.

St. A's Worship: June 21

"Hear us O God, your mercy is great."
Click link for scripture readings, prayer, and song as we seek the peace of Christ in the midst of conflict and pray for healing for our troubled and divided world.

St. A's Worship: June 14

"Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord, Jesus Christ"
Click link for scripture readings, prayer, and song that remind us of God's amazing grace in our life, his strength for the journey, and the hope he gives us as we await the revealing of his power in seasons of our life to come.  Grace and peace, friends.

Worship for Trinity Sunday

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On this Holy Trinity Sunday, we remember and give thanks for the Triune God who was there at the very beginning and will be with us always, even on those days when that is hard to trust and believe.  In this week's worship, we will also take time to give thanks for our Sunday School teachers, children, and families, honor and bless our high school graduates,  and pray.  We pray for this congregation, our community, and our world.  We pray for healing and reconciliation.  We pray for a world that reflects justice and peace.  And we pray that we would live with courage and compassion in our lives together.    

A Blessing For These Times

Many of us are still trying to process tragic events, starting with the killing of George Floyd and  continuing with peaceful protests and heartbreaking riots and looting. We struggle with uncomfortable conversations and realities about our nation that many of us have kept in the shadows.  And we struggle with a pandemic that not only creates fear and loss, but also loneliness, anger and polarization.  These troubled times reveal much about our  communities, our nation, and our own hearts. The conversation is just getting started but below is a blessing for us in the meantime.  
A Non-traditionaBlessing May God bless you with discontent with easy answers, half-truths, superficial relationships, so that you will live from deep within your heart.May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, abuse, and exploitation of people, so that you will work for justice, equality, and  peace.May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war…