Category Archives: Thoughts and Prayers from Pastor Rich

Pastor Rich’s Weekly Post: The Common Good

In 2013, Jim Wallis wrote an article for Time entitled, “Whatever Happened To The Common Good?”. Wallis wrote: “The common good has origins in the beginnings of Christianity. An early church father, John Chrysostom (c. 347–407), once wrote: “This is the rule … Continue reading

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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! A Higher Calling: “The Common Good” – Rev. Rich Gantenbein, May 20, 2018[Audio clip: view full post to listen] A Higher Calling: “Partners n … Continue reading

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Pastor Rich’s Weekly Post

Women   The seeds for this message were planted on the North Shore of the Sea of Galilee last year. We were considering the financial support Jesus received, especially from the women who were among his early followers. I remember my palm … Continue reading

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TOWN HALL MEETING – SUNDAY, MAY 20TH

  You are all invited to the second Town Hall Meeting with Denis Greene on Sunday, May 20 immediately following the second service (11:45am). Denis will report back to us about our survey and interview responses to our capital improvement … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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When The World’s Biggest Problems and Jesus’ Good News Collide

I’ve been reading a truly disturbing book by Brian McLaren entitled, Everything Must Change: When The World’s Biggest Problems and Jesus’ Good News Collide. McClaren wrote what I now feel so strongly, “…religion, even the religion we are committed to … Continue reading

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Preacher’s Post: Psalm 46: Doing Nothing Is Doing Something

I want to emphasize the overwhelming message revealed in the Psalms, embodied in Jesus, and championed by Paul. Living life through self-will and with ourselves as the center of the universe is a dead-end. There might be short-term gains, but … Continue reading

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Preacher’s Post: Praying the Psalms, Psalm 1

As we bid 2017 ado, and welcome 2018, I’m feeling the need to get centered and grounded in my faith and practice. It’s not that I want to disengage with the world around me, but if I’m not spiritually grounded, … Continue reading

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From the Preacher’s Post: God’s Love In Christ

Driving to church yesterday I noted with interest Altimira’s electronic sign—“Dude—Be Nice 11/13-17.” It struck me as fairly humorous to designate this as a theme for the week until I thought about it some more and realized that this was … Continue reading

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From the Preacher’s Post: Hitting the Reset

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From the Preacher’s Post: We Are A Called People

On October 31, 5017, Martin Luther walked to the Wittenberg Church door, where he nailed his ninety-five theses for the reformation of the church, and set off a firestorm. (And we know about firestorms!) There was much that needed reforming. … Continue reading

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Preacher’s Post: Hope and Community Go Together

Hebrews 10:23-25:  Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.  Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.  And let … Continue reading

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From the Preacher’s Post: Philomena (Mercy and Justice)

The movie Philomena, based on the book “The Lost Child of Philomena Lee”, by Martin Sixsmith, is the true story of Philomena Lee‘s 50-year search for her forcibly adopted son and Sixsmith’s efforts to help her find him.  In 1951, Philomena … Continue reading

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From the Preacher’s Post: A Bug’s Life: Working Together

“God helps those who help themselves.” That just makes so much sense and rings so true, it has to be a verse from the Bible. Actually, it’s the most quoted verse that isn’t in the Bible, and furthermore, it is … Continue reading

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