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! A Way Other Than Our Own – “Like a Thief in the Night” – Rich Gantenbein, March 17, 2019[Audio clip: view full post to listen] A Way Other Than Our Own – “Who’s In Charge Today?” – Rich Gantenbein,… 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 »

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

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

“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 »

WEEKLY PREACHER’S POST: The Sanity Prayer – Reasonably Happy

God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, Courage to change the things which should be changed, and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other. Living one day at a time, Enjoying one moment at a time, Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, Taking, as Jesus… Read more »

WEEKLY PREACHER’S POST: THE SERENITY PRAYER

“The Gift of Presence” God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, Courage to change the things which should be changed, and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other. Living one day at a time, Enjoying one moment at a time, Accepting hardship as a pathway to… Read more »

OUR CHRISTMAS PLAYLIST: “We Three Kings”

The last Christmas carol of our Christmas series this year is “We Three Kings of Orient Are”, written by the Rev. John Henry Hopkins Jr., rector of Christ Episcopal Church, Williamsport, PA, in 1857. (Words at the end of this Post.) It should come as no surprise that he wrote it for a Christmas pageant,… Read more »

Give the Gift of Bread to Hungry Romanians

THE ROMANIA FLOUR MISSION – Beginning THIS Sunday! Buy local this year and shop for Christmas at St. Andrew, while making a difference for families in Romania! Each year we reach out to our generous congregation requesting financial help in support of our Romanian Bread Flour Project. And each year we have raised enough money… Read more »