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Give the Gift of Life (This Friday)

Dear Friends, Just a reminder that American Red Cross will be having a blood drive st St. Andrew's this Friday May 3 from 2 - 7 PM downstairs in St. Andrew's Hall.  While we will accept walk ins, to avoid long delays, try to make an appointment by calling Mae Chillano at 610-935-2368 or by signing up online at redcrossblood.org.  Our sponsor code is 0221654.  The blood supply tends to be particularly challenging during the summer months.  As you are able, please take some time out of your schedule on Friday to give this precious gift.

The Great Commandment

Dear Friends,     This upcoming weekend, by popular demand, we will have an installment of "Ask the Pastor,"  where the message will be centered around your anonymous questions about the Bible, Church History, Worship, Lutheranism, St. Andrew's, Faith & Daily Life, etc.  This will happen at all three services, so begin to think about some of your questions in the days ahead.  Often people are amazed, as they listen and learn, at how the questions of others are their questions too (whether they submitted them or not).     In case I do not have a lot of time to address this Sunday's Gospel Lesson in worship, I wanted to use this forum for a brief but important reflection:     Jesus said, "I give you a new commandment that you love one another.  Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another."  If we really reflect on this, we realize that it is a really chalenging commandment indeed.  So sometimes we need to remind ourse…

Prayers for Boston

Lord, have mercy.  Christ have mercy.  Lord, have mercy. We pray to you, merciful God, at this confusing and difficult time following the explosions in Boston.  You are our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble.  Uphold us with your love and give us the strength we need.  Help us in our confusion and guide our actions.  Heal the hurt, console the bereaved and afflicted, protect the innocent and helpless, and deliver any who are still in peril, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. "The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it."  - John 1:5

Living in Hope

Dear Friends,     Whe  life is challenging or painful, it is easy to feel like the future has been narrowed or, in some cases, closed off. ("Who will roll away the stone?")  However, the empty tomb reminds us  that what seems impossible for us is not impossible for God.  So if you find yourself frustrated right now by your personal or professional life, I challenge you to trust that God may be preparing new directions and new possibilities that we have not even thought of or imagined as we go through the busyness of our daily lives.  This past Sunday, our assigned Gospel reading reminded us of God's tendency to barge into our lives unexpectedly and uninvited to challenge our doubts and fears.  This upcoming Sunday in worship, we will be reminded that God is often a catalyst for change in some pretty unpredictable and unexpected ways.  Continue to pray for each other, the mission of St. Andrew's, and the communities we serve.  May we discover…

An Easter Prayer

Holy and Living God, You continue to confound  our expectations and surprise us with your redeeming power in our lives.  Come among us, risen Lord.  Reveal yourself to us that we may know with confidence that nothing in all creation, not even death, can separate us from your love.  In Jesus' name.  Amen. A word of thanks to all of you who offered your hearts and hands and voices to a deeply moving Holy Week and a joy filled celebration of the Resurrection. Many hearts were touched and lives were lifted up through the celebrations of this past week. We are truly blessed. Continue to pray for those who were unable to be with us on Sunday, the sick, the struggling, the hospitalized, the homebound, and the dying.  Pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world, especially those who are persecuted for the faith.  Pray for our faith community, that empowered by the risen Christ, we would continue to grow in faith toward you and love toward others.  …