St. Andrew’s Fall Worship Series: Road Signs

This fall, we’ll enjoy the theme of being on the road together.  We meander along the highway of life, navigating our way as best we can.  Life is filled with twists and turns, detours and full stops.  Fortunately, we are blessed with companions on our sacred journey:  we’ll explore the byways of our lives with… Read more »

Holy Recreation “Travel as Pilgrimage”

Genesis 12:1-9 Dear Friends, This week, I offer the first in a short sermon series “Holy Recreation.”  How may we renew ourselves this summer? One typical way, of course, is to travel.  To explore a new city or country, or even a new setting within our local Bay Area. When we enter new surroundings, we… Read more »

Popcorn Parables: Pulling Together “Remember the Titans”

1 John 4:19-21 1 John 2:9-11  Dear Friends,   Whew, it sure is tough sometimes to see our own part in an altercation or riff, maybe even harder with those we love most.  What unconscious prejudices and assumptions are we carrying that get in the way of our reconciliation and unity?   As 1 John 2:9-11 tells… Read more »

Popcorn Parables: Pulling Together “Soul Surfer”

Join us this Sunday, July 21st for worship services – 9:00am & 10:30am. Jeremiah 29: 7,11 Philippians 4:13    Dear Friends,   This Sunday we embark on a couple of Summer Worship “mini-series.”  We will share uplifting “Popcorn Parables” movie nights and worship services, with the overall theme of “Pulling Together.”  We start this week with… Read more »

Weekly Pastor’s Post

“Guard Your Heart! (…really?)” Scripture: Proverbs 4:23 and Philippians 4:6-7 This beautiful Psalm interpretation speaks of the guidance and healing we experience when God’s grace touches our hearts:    Psalm 25 – Excerpt by Nan Merrill in “Psalms for Praying”   To You, O Love, I lift up my soul! O Heart within my heart,… Read more »

Weekly Preacher’s Post

“After Easter… Now What?” On Easter Sunday, some of you shared your “cardboard testimonies,” those times in life when by God’s grace, our lives are turned around; moments when our eyes are opened, our hearts crack open, and our lives are changed for the better. Yet, after those Easter moments: now what? How do we… Read more »

Interim Pastor Update

The St. Andrew Session is working with Reverend Jan Reynolds on an agreement to become our Interim Pastor.  Jan is the former Senior  Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael and brings a wealth of Strategic Planning and Pastoral experience to St. Andrew. Jan will be instrumental in helping us find a new permanent… Read more »

WEEKLY PREACHER’S POST: Walking The Walk

There are a variety of metaphors for the experience of a “thin” place, when God’s presence breaks into our lives in a life-changing way. What brings about these experiences is often when the “normal” lives we’ve built begin to crumble or completely collapse. When Nicodemus approached Jesus at night, looking for something Jesus had, but… Read more »

WEEKLY PREACHERS POST

A Way Other Than Our Own “Thin Places” Last Tuesday night, something drew me back to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Granted, it was just a few hundred yards from The Gloria, our Jerusalem hotel in the old city.  The church during the day is swarming with the faithful expressing their full emotional devotion to… Read more »

A WAY OTHER THAN OUR OWN: ”Known, Named, Unafraid”

Isaiah 43:1 But now, this is what the Lord says—    he who created you, Jacob,   he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;  I have called you by name, you are mine.”   This Sunday we will celebrate what is known as Palm Sunday. It is the day Jesus… Read more »

Preacher’s Post: “When God is Silent”

A Way Other Than Our Own has been a challenging read for me. It has forced me to see that I continually try and fit God into my life, not the other way around. As a result, I end up experiencing the consequences that C.S. Lewis eloquently captures: This Lenten season we have been reflecting… Read more »

A WAY OTHER THAN OUR OWN: “The Christian Two-Step”

Self-esteem. Self-care. I’m all-in on the need to love ourselves as God loves us. However, as with all truth, truth exists in the tension of paradox. God’s truth lives in the realm of both/and, not either/or. Consider how Ephesians 2:8-10 states salvation as a paradox with grace and works, God’s part and our part all… Read more »