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 »

Did you miss the service? Or just want to hear more ?

Did you miss the service? Or just want to hear more ? It’s all right here! “Building Bridges” – The Romania VBS Team, July 7, 2019 “Guard Your Heart! (…really?)” – Rev. Jan Reynolds, June 30, 2019 “Come, Holy Spirit! (Comforter, Trouble Maker!) – Rev. Jan Reynolds, June 23, 2019 “Living in the Cracks of… Read more »

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

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

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

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”


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 »

THE NEW SERENITY PRAYER

We’ve received numerous requests for a copy of “The New Serenity Prayer” that Rich shared with the congregation on Sunday, February 10th. Here it is: THE NEW SERENITY PRAYER God, grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, which is pretty much everyone, since I’m clearly not you, God. At least not… Read more »