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Where You Least Expect It

"When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.   Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him." - Luke 24:30-31  Dear Friends,     Have you ever had one of the moments when you saw someone where you didn't expect to find him?  Most of you know what I mean.  You run into a co-worker while away on vacation.  You see a neighbor at a ball game.  Or how about that creepy moment that most of us experienced growing up when we saw one of our teachers at the supermarket? After all, you are only supposed to see them at school!  When you really think about it, none of these moments should really be all that unexpected.  However, since most of us have a tendency to compartmentalize our lives, when people in our lives transcend our neat little compartments, it often does come as a surprise.      Sadly, there are many people who treat their spiritual life the same way.  Their "God time" is on Sunday…

A Prayer for Pentecost

Dear Friends,

This Sunday we celebrate one of the three great festivals of the church year, the Day of Pentecost.  Coming 50 days after Easter and ten days after the Ascension of Our Lord, it is the celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit to Christ's followers, the birth of Christ's Church in the world, and our mission together. Historically, Pentecost has been a huge celebration in Europe, where church celebrations take on the tone of Easter here in the States.  Because Pentecost tends to fall over graduation weekends or Memorial Day (as is the case this year), our celebrations tend to be more intimate and subdued.  However, in no way does this diminish the importance of this day in the life of Christ's Church. For that may have been the first Pentecost but there have been many more since that time as God's Spirit continues to work in, with, and through us for the sake of the world.
If you are traveling this weekend, we pray that your travels will be safe and th…

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 22 from 2 - 7 PM downstairs in St. Andrew's Hall.  While we will accept walk ins, you can also  try to make an appointment by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or by signing up online at redcrossblood.org.

 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.




A Prayer for Ascension

Dear Friends,

For those of you who were able to join us this past Sunday, I want to thank you for the ways that you strengthened each other with the sharing of your blessings.  I know that some of what was shared in the pews was far more powerful than anything I could say from the front of the church.  Thank you for your witness and faithfulness.
This weekend we will celebrate the Ascension of our Lord.  Over the last two weeks, our Gospel reading has shown us Jesus reflecting on his love for his followers, knowing that he has come from the Father and will return to the Father while they will be his body in the world.  If you want to read Jesus' prayer from the heart for his followers, you can read chapter 17 of the Gospel of John.  In the meantime, I would like to share with you a prayer written by Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia President David Lose, which is a prayer for us as we continue to celebrate and struggle with what it means to be the body of Christ here …