Looking back over this past month, my heart is filled with thanks for some pretty incredible servants here at St. Andrew's who are touching hearts and changing lives whether they know it or not. Thanks be to God for:
- About 100 volunteers behind the production of our Musicale. People in the surrounding community have not stopped talking about this show.
- Those who work so hard preparing our midweek Lenten dinners as well as our hospitality committee who has done such an outstanding job over these past months welcoming scouting groups, leaders of our Southeastern PA Synod, First Communion families, our youth, and those who worship here each Sunday.
- 38 volunteers who prepared 10,500 meals for children overseas as part of our Stop Hunger Now Youth Overnight.
- Those of you who continue to donate food for local food pantries, prepare and serve food at St. John's Soup Kitchen, prepare hygiene kits for those whose lives were severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy, and those who continue to donate money to aid our brothers and sisters in Christ at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Long Beach Island.
- The many hours of community service performed by our Strike Force and Helping Hands Committees.
- Our volunteers who continue to reach out to our sick and shut ins with communion visits, flower deliveries, and many prayers.
- Our choirs, altar guild members, ushers, communion assistants, readers, and office volunteers who have strengthened our worship life throughout this Lenten season and are getting ready for Holy Week ahead.
We are truly blessed! In the words of Psalm 139, you are marvelously and wonderfully made. Created in God's image, let us continue to serve as Christ's body in the world that others might see Christ's presence, hear Christ's promises, and know Christ's love. We will be doing just that as we gather this Wednesday evening at 7:30 and reflect on this incredible Psalm that speaks powerfully to believers of every age. We begin with dinner at 6:30. We hope to see many of you with us for our final midweek service of the Lenten season.
Also, we hope that you will be able to join us in worship this weekend. On Saturday evening at 5 PM, we celebrate Christ's entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and reflect on the deeper meaning behind this pivotal event. On Sunday morning at 8:15 and 11 AM, a triumphant processional acknowledges Christ as King. However, the procession will lead eventually not to a throne but a cross where Jesus places our life ahead of his. Come hear the dramatic story of Christ's journey to the cross featuring professional actors, our choirs, percussion, and instruments. Invite family members, friends, co-workers, and neighbors for this deeply moving experience.
Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love. See you in church!