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Reflection for First Sunday in Advent

"PAY ATTENTION" 1 ST SUNDAY IN ADVENT – B MARK 13:24-37 ST. ANDREW'S: 11-29-20 I discovered backpacking as a teenager.  I also discovered that I could hike faster than my older trail companions.  This came in handy when they needed people to go ahead to scout out springs or set up camp or go ahead of the group because we were running late to our pick up point.  (Remember there were no cell phones back then).  So I got pretty good, even with a heavy pack, at moving fast, following blazes, seeing what was in the distance.  Then it happened.  My back and my ankle were giving me trouble and I settled in with the group, hiking behind the eldest member of our group who organized most of our trips and hiked very much by the philosophy of slow and steady wins the race.  I did not like her pace.  But she rarely had to take breaks.  And hiking at a different pace, albeit forced, with a different perspective, I noticed, along the same stretch of New Jersey headed toward Delaware

St. Andrew's In Person Worship Cancelled

Dear Friends, Like many businesses, community organizations, and churches in Montgomery County, we have been carefully monitoring developments in the spreading of the COVID19.  We have taken seriously recommendations from Governor Wolf, the CDC, some neighbors in the medical profession, and our brothers and sisters in Christ in other area Lutheran Churches.  Over the past week, we learned that the Bishop of the Episcopal Church has ordered the closing of all local churches and Bishop Davenport of our Southeastern PA Synod has strongly recommended that we do the same (many SEPA churches already closed their doors this past weekend and some have remained closed throughout the pandemic).   It has become clear to us that the situation with the virus is going to get worse before it gets better, especially as families travel and gather for Thanksgiving, as students come home for college, and  as Christmas celebrations and observances take place. We do not want to put anyone at risk, especial

St. A's Worship: Christ the King Sunday

Click for Sunday worship    " Crown him the Lord of life, who triumphed o'er the grave and rose victorious in the strife for those he came to save.  His glories now we sing, who died and rose on high, who died eternal life to bring  and lives that death may die. " This weekend we conclude our church calendar year and our assigned readings from the Gospel of Matthew.  (Next week we begin the season of Advent and our journey through the Gospel of Mark.) In worship, we celebrate Jesus Christ as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the One who died and was raised for us, and the One who  promises to make all things new. 

St. A's Worship: Nov. 15

Click below for Sunday worship    " When peace like a river attendeth my way, when sorrow like sea billows roll, whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, it is well, it is well with my soul." We gather this weekend seeking and praying for  peace with our souls, peace in our homes, peace in our communities, peace in our nation, and peace in our world.

St. A's Worship: Nov. 8

Click for Sunday Worship:    " Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour."  - Matthew 25:13 We gather this weekend seeking the many ways that Christ comes in the midst of the joys and challenges of our lives. We also rejoice in the gift of music as we dedicate our new piano to the glory of God.