A WAY OTHER THAN OUR OWN: “Who’s In Charge Today?”

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The symptoms are familiar. A sense of being restless, irritable and discontented begins to churn inside me. The solution is also familiar. It is more than my unwillingness to live life on life’s terms. It is my failure to surrender to God’s will – I’m more and more living on my terms, rather than God’s terms. The promises God makes… Read more »

United Methodist Decision Regarding Inclusivity

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For years the United Methodists have been torn about how to welcome LGBTQ folks. This week they voted, as a denomination, to affirm the stance that “the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.”  This will ban gay and lesbian clerics and prohibit officiating at same-sex marriages.   Sonoma United Methodist Church has long… Read more »

Weekly Preacher’s Post: A Way Other Than Our Own

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A WAY OTHER THAN OUR OWN: “My Lenten Journey Plan” The older I get, the more I appreciate the wisdom that’s been passed down through the generations by my spiritual ancestors. Some of it, which made little sense to me forty years ago, now makes perfect sense. My immaturity showed by my dismissing traditions, like Lent, as… Read more »

WEEKLY PREACHER’S POST: “Bringing Back the Scapegoat”


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WEEKLY PREACHER’S POST: FINDING THE SACRED IN THE ORDINARY: “Bringing Back the Scapegoat” Intimate, loving relationships are complicated. Erich Fromm highlighted the struggle in our marriages: There is hardly any activity, any enterprise, which is started with such tremendous hopes and expectations, and yet, which fails so regularly, as love.  Why is that? My experience tells me that… Read more »

FINDING THE SACRED IN THE ORDINARY: “Mirrors and Marble Jars”

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WEEKLY PREACHER’S POST FINDING THE SACRED IN THE ORDINARY: “Mirrors and Marble Jars” “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” (Anne Dillard)   Head’s up…for those who have lost track of the calendar…Valentine’s Day is next Thursday. You might wonder how in the world a holiday dedicated to love… Read more »

Preacher’s Post: Finding the Sacred in the Ordinary

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“Finding the Sacred in the Ordinary” Is life as futile as it sometimes seems? The writer of Ecclesiastes laments that all is vanity and the only rational reaction is to eat, drink, and be merry. (Ecclesiastes 8:12) In Greek mythology, King Sisyphus is made to endlessly roll a huge boulder up a steep hill, only to have it… Read more »

FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY WORKSHOP

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Please join us for the FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY WORKSHOP Learn the Secret to Financial Independence What if you were following a plan for your money that you KNEW worked? With Dave Ramsey’s class Financial Peace University, you CAN take control of your money, get out of debt, and create a plan for your future. St…. Read more »

Christmas Eve Services

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Celebrating Christmas at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church Sunday, December 23 – 7:00 PM – Blue Christmas Service This service is for anyone and everyone who has ever had their hearts “broken”. This is the service of the broken-hearted—and it’s our broken hearts that open us to God’s love and teaches us how to love. It… Read more »