This Week

Sunday, December 4, 2016
Second Sunday of Advent

          Worship Times: 8:30 & 10:45 am
          Christian Education: 9:30 am for Children, Youth & Adults

Rev. Erin WathenScripture: Isaiah 11:1-10

This Sunday, we have another warm fuzzy Hallmark card image to contend with: the lion shall lay down with the lamb. That’s lovely.

But I’m fresh out of lions. And lambs. So now what?

As always, this vision of peace is one that eludes us in real time. The idea of predator and prey resting together is utterly counter to nature. And the peace that image represents—a complete absence of conflict on a global scale—runs counter to human nature.

That’s why—as we learn throughout the Advent season-- we have to be intentional about peace. We have to choose that path daily, in big ways and small, if we want to live into God’s greater vision for humanity; one that is absent of violence and war.

We can scarcely imagine such a world. But in fact, our faith is rooted in such a story-- as is the faith narrative of every other major world religion. It’s true. Every faith tradition contains a call to reject violence and choose the more difficult path of peace. Come Sunday, we’ll talk about how our many different faiths and cultures might intersect in the language of peace; how the prophet showed us the way to that sacred intersection; and how the child whose birth we await might still lead us there, together. Amazing Peace is possible. For us, for the world, and in real time. Come and see.

Peace,
Erin
Rev. Erin Wathen, Senior Pastor

Also on Sunday:
• Adult Education: 9:30 am in Friends Hall. More information on the Adult Education page.
• Thoughtful Parents: 9:30am in Room 205. More information on the Children's page.
Advent: Information HERE
• Hand of Welcome Advent Drive - through December 18: See our Mission page.
• Art & Craft Sale - through December 18: Stop by Friends Hall, a benefit for Youth Mission Trips


Upcoming Events:
• Wise Women - December 8: Save the Date! Information coming soon!
• Service of Remembrance - December 14: Information HERE.
• Saint Andrew's Shift at HARVESTERS - December 17: See our Mission page.
• Christmas Eve Services - December 24: 6pm, 8pm & 10pm

• Christmas Day - December 25: One Service only @ 10:00am
• Journey - January 8: A new weekly study group at Saint Andrew. Sunday nights from 4-6pm in Room 202. RSVP.

On-Going Events:
• Grief Group - meets the first Sunday of the month, led by Jody Gyulay, 11:45am, Room 102
• Mission & Outreach Opportunities:
check the Mission & Outreach page for more information.
• Transforming Families: meets Sundays, 4pm twice a month, in the Pastor's office.
  This month we will meet only on December 11.
• Parent's Dinner In - 4th Friday of the month, details on the Children's page.
• Bible Study: second and fourth Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm, Room 202/203. (no RSVP needed)
• SAGE (Saint Andrew Group for Ecology) Street Clean-Up: December 18, read more on the SAGE Page.


Previous Sermons:
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Our Shalom Statement

Saint Andrew Christian Church is a shalom community; a gathered people, seeking God’s peace, justice, healing, and wholeness in every part of our lives and world.

Celebrating our diversity, rejoicing in our unity, we welcome and affirm all children of God of any color, class, sexual orientation, age, gender, ability, or thought.

As members of the family of God, we share our beliefs, doubts, struggles, and growth.

Recipients of God’s boundless grace, forgiveness, and love, we in turn offer our gifts and invite the fellowship, gifts, leadership, and spirit of all who share God’s passion for shalom.


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