This week

Sunday, November 18, 2018

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

Rev. Erin WathenScripture: Mark 13:1-8

We often talk about church in terms of buildings. Church is a place; a structure; a sanctuary with windows and walls. As buildings go, we’ve got a great one. We’re proud of it, and we are good stewards of it. That’s why we we’ve been asking you to consider your financial commitment for the next year. Your gifts help us keep this place safe, beautiful and inviting. Your gifts make sure we can be warm in winter and cool in summer. You help us keep the flowers blooming, the birds fed, the drive and walkways clear of snow. It’s an all-season job!

Most importantly, your generosity to the church means that we can be generous with our building. Whether it’s hosting our IHN families who need a warm place to stay; the family of resettled refugees who sell their produce here to make a living; or the Q-space kids who gather during the week for a safe and accepting community, we are not about keeping this place to ourselves. We gladly open our doors to share the Saint Andrew love with our neighbors.

All of that is to say, our building is an important part of our ministry, and one we are committed to sustaining. BUT… (you knew that ‘but’ was coming, right?) A building isn’t everything.

In our text for Sunday, one of the disciples comments on the awesomeness of the temple structure. What great stones! What large buildings! He’s having a moment with the architecture. But Jesus stops him in his tracks. “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.”

We’ve got insurance to prevent this very thing! Why does Jesus want to tear down the church??

Maybe “tear down” is a strong word. Maybe what he really wants is for his disciples (read: that’s us too) to understand that their main job is to leave the building. He wants them to avoid getting too attached to the windows and walls where they worship—because if you’re not careful, you might find it’s actually the walls you are worshiping, and not the God beyond them. More than anything, Jesus wants them to remember that the Kingdom is not contained in any building, or any human-made system: whether that is religion, government, or the constructs of meaning and worth that the world places on our humanity. As people of faith, we are connected to something greater than any of that.

The building should draw our attention to that truth, rather than distract from it. If the building ever stops doing its job? Sure, we’ll tear it down. But for now, we will be good and faithful stewards of it… We’ll share it generously; we’ll let it inspire and uplift our spirits; and we’ll see you here for worship on Sunday. In celebration for all that we’ve been given, and all that we have to share, we celebrate with our all-church Thanksgiving potluck. See you at the table.

Rev. Erin Wathen, Senior Pastor

P.S. We still need those pledge cards!

Also this Sunday:
Adult Education: 9:30 am in Friends Hall - more info on the ADULT EDUCATION page.
• Annual Thanksgiving Lunch:
Noon in Friends Hall

Upcoming Events:
• Cookie Decorating & Craft Event - Dec. 1:
10:00am-Noon, Friends Hall, more info soon!
• Advent Begins - Dec. 2:
Join us in worship to celebrate the season
• Art & Craft Sale - Dec. 2, 9, 16: Friends Hall, benefits Saint Andrew Youth Ministry
• Saint Andrew Work Day @ Harvesters - Dec. 15: SAVE THE DATE! more info soon
• Christmas Eve Worship - Dec. 24: 6pm for the young & young at heart, 8 & 10 pm Traditional Worship of Carols & Communion

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.
• SAGE (Saint Andrew Group for Ecology): Opportunities & events on the SAGE Page.
• Bible Study: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, Friends Hall, 7:00-8:30 pm

Previous Sermons:
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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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