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In addition to this Virtual Worship Service, you are invited to join us on Zoom for the
All Church Coffee Hour
Sunday, November 22 – 10:00am – 11:00am
It will be a time for Check-in, Prayers, and getting better acquainted in Small Group Conversation.
We hope you’ll join us – Bring a church friend!

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SUNDAY – NOVEMBER 22, 2020

“Unchartered Territory”
Ed Vaughn

Welcome to this “virtual” worship service for Sunday, November 22, 2020

Many thanks for technical assistance / contributions from Ron Moser, Amy Cox, Rev. Jan Reynolds, David Irvine, Ed Vaughn, Ricky Bolanos, Tracy Walthard, Kelsey Walthard, and Dawne Carver.

Opening Song

“Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)”, by Chris Tomlin, John Newton and Louie Giglio – performed by Pentatonix

Shared with St. Andrew by David Irvine – CCLI #885509

Discovery Time & Sunday School

Click the arrow below to watch Ricky Bolanos present Discovery Time:

Our Sunday School Lessons for today are as follows:

PRESCHOOL LESSON:

Preschool Memory Verse for November:

Click the arrow below to watch the Sunday School video for our Preschool children for Sunday, November 22nd:

Preschool Bottom Line for the week of November 22nd:

GRADES K-5 LESSON:

Grades K-5 Memory Verse for November:

Click the arrow below to watch the Sunday School video for our Kindergarten – 5th Grade children for Sunday, November 22nd:

Grades K-5 Bottom Line for the week of November 22nd:

Message for Youth

I’m so grateful for my work- both at church and at The Swiss Hotel. I’m even more grateful for the interaction it gives me in this time of the unknown. Last night, I had the privilege of serving a group of four gentlemen. As I greeted them, one gentleman looked up and said, “…and I am grateful that you are the one serving us tonight!”. As it often happens when greeting a new table, I came into a conversation already going on. Their conversation was about praying, being grateful and how that is helping them cope with life. This gentleman then said that he and his wife pray each night and I’m included in their prayers. That they are praying for each person at the table, and me! Wow! I needed to hear that. God knew I needed to be lifted up and inspired.

That set the tone for the rest of the evening and into my morning. God knows what we need and I love how He brings us the answer to prayers.

COVID has been a huge challenge for me. I’m a social person and I love and thrive on the in-person interaction. It feeds me in a way that Zoom meetings, emails and texts can’t. Don’t get me wrong, I’m truly grateful for those things. Yet I crave the energy that comes from being in-person. I also know that during this time, that becomes a challenge. And in the last eight months, God has shown me that we, as a community, are very creative in coming up with solutions to the challenges!

So how do I stay connected when I’m feeling isolated? How do I get energized and inspired?
1. Prayer and meditation. I need to go to God and pour my heart out to Him. I need to sit in silence with Him and let His Spirit fill me.
2. I need to show up. Show up at work with an open and grateful heart. Show up at the Zoom meeting or emails. Show up and be present and engaging with my family. I need to let God guide me in how to stay connected to those I care about, to connect to the stranger among us.
3. I need to find ways to give, to serve, to be a blessing. When I do those things, God has an amazing way of lifting me out of my own world and reminding me that I’m a part of something bigger! I’m part of His story.

Last night was a reminder to me of why we need to be in community with each other. When we connect, we lift each other up, we inspire and energize each other. We bless one another. Sometimes I’m the one receiving the inspiration, the blessing. Sometimes I’m the one giving the inspiration, the blessing. We connect through our stories, our words and our smiles. We are not alone in this journey we call life. Last night, I was blessed and inspired through the community at work. God met me in my need and reminded me that I’m blessed.
Blessings, Dawne Carver

Joys and Concerns

Please let us know how we can support you in prayer this week. We will share requests for prayer with Deacons and staff, and with the congregation as appropriate.


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Prayer

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Psalm 107:1-9, 43

                  – From Psalms for Praying by Nan C. Merrill

We give thanks to You,
      who are the Source of Love;
      whose Light shines forth
            throughout the universe!
Come, awaken our hearts that
      we might do your Work;
For, without You, we can do nothing;
      ’tis your Love that loves
            through us.
Gather us in from all the lands,
      from the east and the west,
      from the south and the north.
Let all who are hungry and thirsty,
      whose souls are faint within
            them,
Cry out to the Most Merciful to give
            them comfort,
      to nourish them with healing
            love;
For fear cannot live where love, grace,
            and gentleness abide.
Enter into the Great Silence,
      where you may hear the voice
            of the Beloved,
Who satisfies the hungry soul,
      and quenches the thirsty with
            streams of Living Water.
Whoever is wise, let them ponder
            these things,
      let all people reflect on the
gifts of the Beloved.

Faith Offering

Thanks be to God from whom all blessings flow!

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

Scripture

Matthew 22:37-41   

He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”


Exodus 20:1-17 – The Ten Commandments

Then God spoke all these words:
I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.
You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.
Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it. Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.


Matthew 5:1-11 – The Beatitudes

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.”
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
“Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.”

Sermon

“Unchartered Territory”
Ed Vaughn

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Good morning. For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Ed Vaughn, and for the record, I am not a preacher, I’m not on staff, I am JSG – Just Some Guy. I’m honored Jan has asked me to speak, and I speak as one of you, a member of this loving church. Today, we’re going to talk about how to navigate unchartered territory. The whole point of this sermon, and really, every sermon I’ve done, is to help introduce or reinforce my belief, and hopefully yours, that God exists and that He not only exists, but created us to love, and have a relationship with Him. His love is not fickle, but everlasting and unconditional. I can only speak for myself, but this belief has brought me so much peace in my life and grounded me. I want to share it with you.

Many of you know, I’m a pilot, and pilots don’t like the unknown.

Gravity is a cruel mistress.

This is Elrey Jeppesen, an American aviation pioneer, born in 1907, and like many, flying became his obsession after watching eagles fly. When he was 14, he got hooked when a barnstormer took him up in a Jenny. Four years later, he soloed after only two hours and 15 minutes of instruction, and he then went on to purchase his own Jenny with his paper route money.

Later, he earned Oregon’s 27th pilot license, which was signed by Orville Wright.

In 1930, he flew for Boeing Air Transport as an airmail pilot. In those days, most pilots had to rely on dead reckoning, meaning you flew looking at the ground and figured out where you were by rivers, roads, and towns. There were a few navigation beacons, but not many. Jeppesen bought a notebook, and started writing down detailed notes about his routes.

He even climbed hills to determine their height, and collected phone numbers from farmers willing to give weather reports. Soon, word got around about his little black book, and he would give copies to fellow pilots. Jeppesen was the first to design approach procedures, and the all-important missed approach procedure. After a while, his book was invaluable to aviators, and became so popular, he started selling them. This led to today – Jeppesen is recognized as the standard chart for the world, and is a multi-million dollar company.

This is what my father’s Jepp charts looked like.

This is the one I carried for decades. For generations, pilots have used these manuals to help them stay alive, to fly right, to avoid the pitfalls, and to help them find their way. If only we had some sort of manual for all things in life, if only someone or some entity cared enough about us, that they wrote down some set of instructions, or stories, or teachings that could help us in our day-to-day living. That would be helpful. I hope you’re way ahead of me, because of course we do! We have the Bible, but you’ve got to read it.

I’ll admit that I first read it out of fear and guilt. I believe in life after death. I couldn’t imagine passing from this life to the next, meeting my maker and having to explain why I never read His or Her book in my entire life. “You had time to watch Game of Thrones, every football bowl there is, and there are plenty, but no time for my Book?” There’d be a lot of looking at your shoes during that conversation. Reading it is a tough one for me. With my staying up all night, multi time zone life, it’s hard for me to have any type of pattern. I can’t say I’ll start my day with Scripture and meditation, because when does my day start? So I’ve tried several methods, and I’m currently on the method of getting an email blast every day. I check my email every day, so that sounds like a good idea.

The problem is, I don’t get to it every day, and when I do, I am often rushed, and don’t give it the time I should. I’m a work in progress.

Now, I’m a fan of the musical group, The Eagles, and one of my favorite lines from their songs comes from Already Gone. “So oftentimes it happens that we live our lives in chains, and we never even know we had the key”. This Book has the key to unlock our chains. Just ask one of my heroes, Mike Kelly, about how it helped him unlock his chains. Ask countless people with addictions how it’s helped them. My opinion is, it’s best to read it in a group, partly for accountability and partly so you can discuss what you don’t understand.

Reading it, you should really start with Matthew 22:37: “Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with his question: ‘Teacher, what is the greatest commandment in the law?’ Jesus replied, ‘Love the Lord your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’

This is the first and greatest commandment, and the second is like it: love your neighbor as yourself. All the law and all the prophets hang on these two commandments.” Love the Lord thy God with all your heart, soul, and mind, and love thy neighbor as yourself. That gives you a base on how to look at all the rest of the books. Look at everything through that lens.

But love doesn’t come without instructions, ask anyone who’s married or in a long-term relationship. To quote Jerry Seinfeld, “Oh, you have a girlfriend? Oh, that’s wiffle ball, my friend.” We have instructions for our own good. Ask any parent. Most rules are to protect the child. Look both ways. Don’t touch a hot stove. Be in by nine. We have a great set of instructions called the 10 Commandments,the original top 10 list. They boil down to a manual on how to live.

“Don’t have any God before me,” which to me says, we are not the center of the universe. God first, then us. “Don’t make any idols to worship,” reinforcing rule one. To me, that includes Ducatis, Ferraris, and big houses on the ocean. “Don’t misuse the Lord’s name.” How would I like it if Ed Vaughn was used as profanity? Ed Vaughn. I cringe when people say, “Jesus Christ,” as an expression. “Take a day off, and contemplate and celebrate the Lord.” We’ve had whole sermons on how we’re too busy in this day and age. “Honor your mom and dad. Don’t kill. Don’t commit adultery.” My brother used to say the thought of having an affair struck him in the heart, and went straight to his wallet. “Don’t steal. Don’t lie, and don’t covet your neighbor’s stuff.” Comparison is the thief of joy.

Like kids, if we just followed these rules, how much easier would our lives be? Think back to a bad situation in your life. Did it start by not following one of these? One of the best descriptions I’ve heard of Christianity comes from my good friend’s brother, who is also a motorcycle rider. “I’m just trying to warn you about the rock around the corner.” Okay, that’s what not to do. How about what we should do? When I fly, I wear a cross on my tie, which has led to some interesting discussions. I flew with a captain once who expressed the negative vibe of all the rules in the Bible. “Where is the positive?” he asked.

That got me to thinking, and I looked up the Beatitudes found in Matthew 5:1-12. This is the New International Version. “Now, when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. He said, ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God, and blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you, because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.'”

Now, those words are definitely good guidance to live by. I fail every day, but it’s a goal worth striving for.

We have a Debrief Card that we use after every flight. It forces us to review our flight, and it forces us to communicate. It’s hard for a pilot to admit his mistakes, but this tool helps us do that, and hopefully learn from them. This would be a good tool for us in Christianity. Maybe we review the day when we lay our heads down. What went well? Why? What could’ve gone better? Why? What will we do next time? 

This pandemic has been the ultimate test in navigating the unknown. What do we rely on? How do we react to new and contradicting pieces of evidence? How do we handle the prolonged stress? Scott Vollert, my friend and great theologian said, “Through all of this, God is still in charge, and God still loves us. Want to navigate unchartered territory? Rely on a rock solid, never wavering truce, that God loves us. He created us to love us. Recognize him in your life, recognize his blessings, and love him back.”

Closing Song

“Now Thank We All Our God” – by Johann Cruger

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