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 me that knows that this is the way God created me to live, yet that’s… Read more »

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 often been the shortest path to intimacy with God.” (Brennan Manning) I usually don’t pay… Read more »

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

“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 the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.” “Mutual caring relationships require kindness and patience, tolerance, optimism, joy… Read more »

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 technology and other superficial means, but find ourselves more and more… Read more »

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 an old fashioned fairy tale, but in the movie “A United Kingdom” it’s the start… Read more »

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” ROB BELL           PIZZA, SALAD, DESSERT, WATER/LEMONADE 7/20: “HIDDEN FIGURES” PASTA, SALAD, DESSERT, WATER/LEMONADE  … Read more »

Popcorn Parables – “Wonder”

“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 young kids, is one I didn’t fully appreciate at the time, but over the years have come to know as a… Read more »

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 the Holy Spirit open my eyes and heart to the God’s presence in all things. Whether… Read more »

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 quarrel breaking a relationship with a brother (or sister) when he says: “Therefore, if you… Read more »

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 us are coming to this Easter celebration like we have so many in the past,… Read more »

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 church office at [email protected]t to be added to the list.] A couple of national historical… Read more »

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 and in which we have found God and purpose and meaning and truth can become… Read more »

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 it falls far short of God’s hopes and dreams for us as people loved by… Read more »

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, I won’t be able to engage in the ways that are rooted in God’s hope,… Read more »

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 a theme which emerged from kids not being nice to each other. I then considered… Read more »