Note from Nicole
This coming Sunday…
World Communion Sunday
A meaningful and poignant tradition for churches of all denominations across the globe
Dear St. Andrew Community,
This Sunday is World Communion Sunday, a personal favorite of mine as denominations and churches all over the world share in the celebration of our unity in Christ, across division, borders and difference around the globe.
At St. Andrew we’ll celebrate with a blend of music from both the acoustic band and the choir. Communion will be served in the round as we stand together in one large circle. The communion table will be covered with breads from around the world. The children will return early from Sunday School to share in this feast. There will be a special offering for Peace and Global Witness: the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s promotion of the Peace of Christ by addressing systems of conflict and injustice across the world.
Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians writes, “I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:1-6)
That’s a tall order, but it lives at the very core and purpose of a life lived in Christ. Peace begins with Christ and is passed to us. Through an open heart we receive from God all we need to bring peace into the world. If anger at the injustice of the system drives you to make a change, make it with grace, make it with kindness, make it with a strong voice, and an open hand. We have received all we need to heal what’s broken in the world.
Extend a Hand: A Meditation for World Communion Sunday
by Safiyah Fosua
If I really had faith the size of a mustard seed,
What would I do?
Would I wave a hand to hurl Mount Kilimanjaro into Lake Victoria
Just to prove that I could?
If I really had mustard-seed faith, what would I do?
Would I start by extending a hand of peace
To the church across the street
Whose sign says something different from mine?
Would I start by extending a hand of peace
To the Ol’ G that terrorizes the old people down the street?
Or to the grizzled homeless man who sits on the corner with a sign?
Would I start by extending my hand of peace
To those who brawl on schoolyards
And to those who brawl on battlefields
In search of a future with hope?
Maybe I could begin by just taking my hand of peace
Out of its hiding place
Long before the moment
That I cup my hands to receive Communion.
SUNDAY SERMON VIDEO
If you weren’t able to attend last Sunday’s service, or if you would like to watch the sermon again, click the link below to watch the video of last Sunday’s sermon by Tracy Walthard – “Sheep Serve and Goats Gloat”
To access past Wednesday E-News emails and Sunday Sermon Videos, follow this link.
MONTHLY MISSION FOCUS
St. Andrew has a long history of mission giving as we put into practice what it means to love our neighbor. We do this within our church, in the greater community of Sonoma, across the country and around the world. In an effort to focus our giving and participation, we will be highlighting one mission each month throughout the year in worship, during announcements and in our weekly Wednesday Eblast.
Our Mission focus, for the first week of of October, is the Presbyterian Church (USA) Peace & Global Witness Special Offering. See below for more details!
Each month over the course of the year, should you feel moved to contribute financially towards the mission of focus for that month, please indicate on your check or envelope where you’d like the money to go. Without notation, we will place all contributions towards the operating budget of the church, which is always appreciated.
Focusing on one mission per month does not preclude you from giving towards any of our missions throughout the year. You can always indicate where you’d like your contribution to go, and please keep in mind there is more than one way to contribute to the life and community of St. Andrew, as your time and talents are greatly appreciated.
Peace & Global Witness Special Offering –
Equipping Peacemakers in Congregations and Around the World
A gift to the Peace & Global Witness Offering enables the church to promote the Peace of Christ by addressing systems of conflict and injustice across the world. Individual congregations are encouraged to utilize up to 25% of this Offering to connect with the global witness of Christ’s peace. Mid councils retain an additional 25% for ministries of peace and reconciliation. The remaining 50% is used by the Presbyterian Mission Agency to advocate for peace and justice in cultures of violence, including our own, through collaborative projects of education and Christian witness.
If you’d like to support this Special Offering with a financial donation, please follow this link to donate electronically or drop a check to St. Andrew in the mail or in the offering plate on Sunday with “Peace and Global Offering” in the memo field. Thank You!
ASSISTING THE UKRAINIAN PEOPLE:
Follow this link for a message from Rev. Dr. Laurie Kraus, Director, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, detailing ways we can provide aid for refugees and civilians suffering in Ukraine, and call for engaging a diplomatic solution to the conflict.
The Community of Sonoma Offers Opportunities to Support Ukraine
All are invited to meet on the Sonoma Plaza on Friday night at 5:00pm until further notice to stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people.
Join Sonoma Valley Interfaith on Mondays and Wednesdays (9:00-9:30 AM) at the Sonoma FCC/CCS Redwood Grove for silent prayer and deepening compassion for the people of the Ukraine, Russia and the Baltic Countries. All are welcome!
WORSHIP AT ST. ANDREW ON OCTOBER 2
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
Sunday, October 2
Indoors in our Sanctuary
St. Andrew has been, and will continue to be, in compliance with the County and State regulations regarding Covid protocols. It’s important for us to protect one another as we worship. We have these updated guidelines in place for everyone’s safety, in accordance with CDC and Sonoma County regulations, and approved by our St. Andrew Session:
- Masks are currently strongly recommended, for all individuals indoors. Health officials strongly recommend masks as an effective tool to prevent the spread of the virus. All employees and volunteers working with children and youth will be required to wear masks.
- Do not attend services if you are not feeling well or are exhibiting symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, sore throat, etc.
- We will continue to have doors open to aid airflow throughout the sanctuary and hand sanitizer readily available.
- We ask that all in attendance refrain from hugging and other forms of physical interaction.
Please continue your giving during this time, so that St. Andrew may continue to serve our local community and our membership. We recognize that some of you have been impacted financially by economic repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic. For those of you who can, please continue to give on a regular basis.
There are several options available:
- Give electronically to the St. Andrew General Fund
- Set up your donation to St. Andrew to be paid through your bill paying service at your personal bank.
- Mail a check to St. Andrew, or drop your envelope into our locked mail box: 16290 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476