Category Archives: Thoughts and Prayers from Pastor Rich

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 … 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! Serenity Wisdom – “Sanity Prayer” – Rev. Rich Gantenbein, January 6, 2019[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Our Christmas Playlist – “We Three … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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WEEKLY PREACHER’S POST: THERE’S A SONG IN THE AIR: “Be Born in Us Today”

I appreciated what Julie Rafferty wrote in her blog about this time last year: I think it would be accurate to say that most of life is lived and experienced in the in-between… In a fast-paced consumer-driven economy and society, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Preacher’s Post: The Gratitude Project

This day is a great gift. If you learn to respond as if it was the first day of your life and the very last day, then you will have spent this day very well. (Brother David Steindl-Rast) There’s something deep inside … Continue reading

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PREACHER’S BLOG POST: THE GRATITUDE CHALLENGE

“The dominant characteristic of an authentic spiritual life is the gratitude that flows from trust – not only for all the gifts that I receive from God, but gratitude for all the suffering.  Because in that purifying experience, suffering has … Continue reading

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor – More Than “Neighborly”

From Pastor Rich’s Preacher’s Post: “We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say, ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see … Continue reading

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“I believe that appreciation is a holy thing—that when we look for what’s best in a person we happen to be with at the moment, we’re doing what God does all the time. So in loving and appreciating our neighbor, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Popcorn Parables – “A United Kingdom”

This is from an interview NPR’s Audie Cornish conducted with David Ayelowo, the actor who played Seretse Khama in the movie “A United Kingdom”: A young woman meets a prince and falls in love. That sounds like the start of … Continue reading

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JOIN US FOR POPCORN PARABLES THIS SUMMER

We’ll watch movies on Friday, and talk about God’s word and role in relation to the messages presented on Sundays. DINNER AT 6PM ($10 PER PERSON) MOVIE AT 7PM Please RSVP for Friday Dinner: [email protected] 707-996-6024 7/13: “EVERYTHING IS SPIRITUAL” … Continue reading

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Popcorn Parables – “Wonder”

Pastor Rich’s Weekly Preacher’s Post   “Lord of the Flies” was one of those books many of us were forced to read in High School English. The plot and its underlying message of the conflicting forces of human beings, even … Continue reading

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Pastor Rich’s Post: Everything is Spiritual

Perspective. How easy it is for me to lose perspective. Specifically, how easy to look at life and the world around me from my limited perspective when God is inviting me in so many ways to look up and out and let … Continue reading

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Pastor Rich’s Post: Jesus is Lord

“Jesus is Lord.” So much easier to say in Church than to live out in real life. Jesus said a lot of things I sure wish he hadn’t. I don’t like his instructions in Matthew 5:23-24. He’s talking about a … Continue reading

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