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 »

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 »