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Come Celebrate With Us!

Easter Sunday – 8:15 and 11:00 AM With Word and Sacrament, prayer and song, choirs, brass, and bells, we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord.  Come and join us as we give thanks for joy out of despair, light out of darkness, and life out of death         

Palm Sunday Celebration

Come join us this Sunday in worship at 8:15 or 11 AM as we celebrate the entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem with a joyful procession,  festive song featuring our choirs and brass, and the singing of "The Palms."  Then come see and hear an account of the last week in the life of Jesus Christ with a dramatic retelling of the Last Supper, betrayal, trial, and crucifixion. Our Music Director, John Rea, who also designed a new "Walk Through Holy Week" experience for our Sunday School this year (which you are welcome to experience at 9:30 on Sunday), composed original music for this experience. Our time together will also feature percussion and sound effects from Adam Chantry as well as leadership from readers and choirs of St. Andrew's Church. We hope that you will be able to join us as we begin our Holy Week journey from despair to hope, from darkness to light, and from death to life.  

Change of Plans

Dear Friends, Perhaps you are facing a season of change in your life.  Ecclesiastes 3:11 says that God has made everything "suitable for it's time."  That is to say that God has designed our lives into seasons, but there is a time limit on each one.  Some seasons are wide open doors for our passions and calling and some seasons are closed doors when God calls us to grow professionally, spiritually, or emotionally.  Some seasons are open doors where the changes are obvious: changes in employment, residence, or family life,   Some seasons are closed  doors where change is very subtle as we are challenged to look beneath the surface as we see changes in relationships, perspectives, attitudes, spiritual practices, and better self care. If you are in an open door season of your life, may God give you the strength, flexibility, and patience to navigate the challenging changes ahead.  If you feel like you are in a closed door season, may you have wisdom and disce

A Change of Heart

Dear Friends, It is far easier when life is going reasonably well to not embrace change.  It is far easier to stay entrenched in the same attitudes, behaviors, and belief systems that have defined our daily lives.  We are far more inclined to stay in our comfort zones, whether it's healthy or not.  However, when there is disruption, challenge, or loss, we are often called to a change of heart, to turn around and look at ourselves and the world around us in a different way.  It is in those difficult, unpredictable times that blessing can be found when we have a change of heart: to find the good in others, to affirm the way God is working in their lives, to be more willing to forgive others, to be more generous with our time, talent, and money,  and to count the blessings we have. This Wednesday evening in worship, we will be looking at the story of Israel, through the eyes of the prophet Ezekiel, not only looking at matters of the heart for God's faithful (and so

Navigating Winds and Waves

Dear Friends, What an amazing production of The Fiery Furnace this past weekend! Thanks be to God for John Rea's incredible creativity and vision for this performance as well as for all of his direction to bring it home.  Many thanks to Jennie Rice for her hard work, communication, and  organization in managing the details of this production.  Thanks to an incredible cast that was truly intergenerational and amazingly talented, a crew who worked through many challenges behind the scenes, and to everyone who in a matter of hours converted the sanctuary back into a beautiful space for worship, just in time for a funeral this morning.  So many hearts were touched by this team effort and. on a personal note, it was a real honor and a lot of fun to play a small role in this performance. (I wear white most Sundays in worship, but not like that!) Many of you know that this production did not come without it's challenges.  The learning curve was steep, schedules were hard t

Change in Habit

Dear Friends, As we continue our Midweek Lenten series on "Changes in Daily Living," this Wednesday evening we will be looking at "Change in Habit."  As the world changes around us, sometimes we need to change as well.  However, often habits can't change until identity changes.  For example, if someone likes to think of himself as the life of the party but also would like to cut back on how much alcohol he consumes, that is going to be harder to do.  Often identity is incompatible with a change in habits.  So to break or adopt a habit, sometimes we have to change the story we tell ourselves about ourselves.  The disciplines of Lent, fasting, bible study, devotional reading and prayer (including online resources), servant projects, and additional worship opportunities, can be great ways to remind ourselves of what God already sees in us and the only identity that really matters and lasts, that is beloved child of God blessed to be a blessing to others.