Dear St. Andrew Community,

Today begins the season of Lent and if you were unable to come sit outside for our Ash Weds experience, there is a recording of music, scripture and prayer for you to listen to below. It’s twenty minutes long and may be used as a meditation.

One of the songs I chose for that meditation is Trusty and True by Damien Rice. The song was first introduced to me at a Yom Kippur Service at Rodef Shalom in San Rafael. It’s a powerful song and the lyrics are wholly appropriate for Yom Kippur as they are for the entire season of Lent.

Lent is a time to take a moral inventory of all the ways we got it wrong, and all the ways we hope to get it right the next time. It takes commitment and discipline. It doesn’t come easy, but nothing about Lent is supposed to be easy. And last I checked, most things worth while take commitment. Lent is a time to reflect on the ways we’ve become complacent and allowed ourselves to fall into an identity that has little to do with the identity we assume at baptism.

This Sunday we remember the baptism of Jesus as told in the Gospel of Mark. Scholars love to debate the meaning of Jesus’s baptism. Why would the Son of God need to be baptized? But maybe he didn’t need to at all, but wanted to. Maybe it was his way of saying: I’m one of you, here in the water, in the mud, in the dark woods, with you.

When God welcomes us into baptism, it’s just as we are. There’s no prerequisite. God says you belong to me, however you are, exactly as you are. We come to God not just once, but over and over again. And each time God says; Come however you are, just come.


Trusty and True 
lyrics, by Damien Rice
https://vimeo.com/513161256/56fa7f570b


We’ve wanted to be
Trusty and true
But feathers fell from our wings
And we’ve wanted to be
Worthy of you
But weather rained on our dreams

And we can’t take back what is done, what is past
So fellas, lay down your fears
‘Cause we can’t take back what is done, what is past
So let us start from here

We never wanted to be
Lusty or lewd
Nor tethered to prudish strings
And we never wanted to be
Jealously tuned
Nor withered into ugly things

But we can’t take back what is done, what is past
So fellas, lay down your spears
‘Cause we can’t take back what is done, what is past
So let us start from here
And if all that you are is not all you desire, then come

Come, come alone
Come with fear, come with love
Come however you are
Just come, come alone
Come with friends, come with faults
Come however you are
Just come, come alone
Come with me, and let go
Come however you are
Just come, come alone
Come so carefully close
Come however you are
Just come
Come, come alone
Come with sorrows and songs
Come however you are

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Follow this link to the St. Andrew Ash Wednesday Meditation

GETTING ACQUAINTED:

For the next few months – each Thursday from 2-4 and Sunday from 12-2, Reverend Nicole Trotter will make herself available for a conversation so that we can get to know one another. This can be by phone, Facetime, Zoom, or an outdoor visit at the church, in a yard or at the square. You may like just 15 minutes or perhaps an hour. Please contact Amy in the church office at [email protected] to set up a time and let her know your preferred method of contact; Phone, church, etc.? If neither of these times work for you, please feel free to reach out to Nicole directly to set something up.

ENVIRONMENTAL MOMENT

There seems to be no end to bad news about the state of our environment, but there is good news too. This bi-weekly Environmental Moment will highlight some good news and offer tips on how you can help reduce waste, energy, and use of plastics. May this instill hope for our future.

Good News: Renewable energy tops coal in the US for the first time since 1885!

Green Tip #11: Your used paper napkins can be put in the green yard waste bin, but just like paper towels, it takes a lot of water, wood, and energy to produce paper napkins from the raw materials and then into your home, not to mention the single use plastic used to wrap them. Consider substituting cloth napkins which can be washed and used over and over again. The added bonus: every meal feels special!

Thank you! And if you have any Good News or Green Tips, or if you would like some product recommendations, please contact Eileen Haflich via the church office at [email protected]

Brought to you by the Mission Committee

WORSHIP ON THE PATIO FEBRUARY 21ST:

Outdoor Worship– St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
Sunday, FEBRUARY 21 at 10:00 am

Dear Friends,
Join us for worship at St. Andrew, Sunday, February 21 at 10:00 am. This service will include recorded music, prayers, Scripture, Rev. Nicole Trotter’s teaching, and Communion. (An online service will still be available that day with similar content).
We can take reservations up to 45 people + staff. We expect the service to last about 45 minutes, allow 60 minutes for leaving carefully socially-distanced.
We have these guidelines in place for everyone’s safety, in accordance with CDC and Sonoma County guidelines, and approved by our Covid Taskforce:

  • We will greet you, check your temperature, receive your signed agreement and guide you to your assigned seats.
  • Participants will always stay 6-feet apart and wear masks.
  • It is important not to physically greet one another in any way.
  • Unfortunately, no chatting in groups is allowed on church property.
  • We will ask each person to use hand sanitizer before sitting.
  • Sanitized chairs will be spaced with at least 6 feet between individuals or family groups.
  • No bulletins will be provided, and no singing is possible for safety.
  • Participants will leave with self-contained communion kits that they can open in their cars or at home. Please do not leave the used packaging at the church!

Please click here to reserve seats for you and/or your family (first come, first served). Please list all family members in your “Covid bubble” who will attend with you so we can pre-assign a cluster of chairs for you.
Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to our Worship Service Agreement. Please sign the Agreement and bring it with you to the service – this will shorten check-in lines the day of the service.

Thank you! We look forward to worshipping together

ARE YOU READY FOR FINANCIAL PEACE?

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RABBI STEVE INVITES US TO JOIN A TEXT STUDY ON THE BOOK OF ESTHER:

Rabbi Steve Finley welcomes members and friends of St. Andrew to attend a series of text study classes he will be holding via Zoom on the Book of Esther. All are welcome!

Here is the schedule: Wednesday, February 17th and Wednesday, February 24th from 9-10am, Text Study on Book of Esther. These studies culminate in a Friday Service on February 26th, 7-8pmSabbath Service and Purim

To join the study, connect with this Zoom link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89894831877

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

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