Category Archives: Thoughts and Prayers from Pastor Rich

“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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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! Won’t You Be My Neighbor – “Where Is My Neighbor?” – Marcus Alphin, September 16, 2018[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Won’t You … 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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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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