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 »

A WAY OTHER THAN OUR OWN: ”Like a Thief in the Night”

I’m slowly learning, then having to relearn because I so easily forget, that God shows up in the uncertainty, struggle, and pain of life. The God I know is not the God of easy answers or certainty, even though some preachers would have us believe that living by faith is living with all the uncertainty of… Read more »

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

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 »

Preacher’s Post: Won’t You Be My Neighbor

Walt Whitman said, “The truth is simple. If it was complicated, everyone would understand it.” I agree. The everyday world in which we live has become more and more complicated as systems become more complex and interlocked. We are more and more connected through technology and other superficial means, but find ourselves more and more… Read more »

4/1 Preacher’s Post: The Game Changer: The Road to Emmaus

Death is the doorway to Resurrection. Something has to die in order for new life to spring forth. So many of Jesus’ metaphors signaled that he was and is the game changer. No more business as usual. Yet, I’m pretty sure many of us are coming to this Easter celebration like we have so many in the past,… Read more »

Preacher’s Post: In God We Almost Trust

[Important Note: effective April 1st, this weekly post will be sent directly from the St. Andrew office. If you are not currently receiving eBlasts from St. Andrew and wish to continue receiving this weekly post, please contact Amy in the church office at [email protected] to be added to the list.] A couple of national historical… Read more »

Preacher’s Post: Psalms 100 & 150 Whopping It Up For God

Imagine someone who did nothing but strengthen the right side of his or her body. Picture a weightlifter’s biceps and triceps bulging, and quads that could leg press hundreds of pounds. We’d understandably stare and question such a quest, then maybe feel sorry for whoever thought this was a good idea. But that, in effect,… Read more »