This week

Sunday, November 19, 2017

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

Rev. Erin WathenScripture: Jeremiah 29:1, 4-14

It’s probably one of the most comforting (and often-cited) verses in scripture: “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.”

This year, we get a rare extra Sunday between Thanksgiving and the beginning of Advent. I think the best possible use of our “bonus” Sunday is to sit with this good word from Jeremiah, and just let its goodness and promise wash over us. As we give thanks this week for our many, many gifts, let’s also remember the gift of God’s future plan for us. It’s easy to forget sometimes that, in all things, God is working for our good. No human conflict, no diagnosis, no heartbreak, no injustice, not any number of shady politicians, and certainly not any shortcoming on our part can change that truth. God is for us. In every season, in all things. And we have a part to play in this still-unfolding goodness of God’s story for Creation.

I wanted to remind you of this basic truth today: because I know that, for all the joy they can bring, the holidays can also be fraught, complicated and downright painful. The prophet Jeremiah calls for a homecoming—a gathering in, a return to the family—after the people’s long exile to wilderness. I would imagine that return was just as fraught, messy and complicated as some of our own journeys home. Don’t you think? Just remember that whatever this week and the coming season may bring, you have a true home in the presence of God’s love; and you also have a family and a home here at Saint Andrew.

I’m proud of all the ways this church works to make a ‘home’ for all. It’s a place where refugees are welcome; where you will never be judged or rejected for who you love, or how you identify your gender; a place where we welcome the poor and care for the homeless; a place where we face tough questions about race and privilege, and try to change our ways to change the world; a place where we care for the earth as the home it was meant to be; and a place where “nobody’s perfect, but everybody’s loved.”

That’s what I’m giving thanks for right now. I’m also thankful that so many of you have turned in your pledge cards; and that our leaders have been hard at work, crunching numbers for next year’s budget, and filling our leadership slate. It is a joy to have both of these important things finished before we enter the Advent season, so that we can all be fully present together in worship and in serving our neighbors. Join us for our annual congregational meeting following the 10:45 service on Sunday; you’ll have an opportunity to take a look at next year’s budget, and also to affirm our leadership slate for 2018.

We’ll see you then. In the meantime, have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends. Even if it’s complicated, know that you are loved beyond measure. And then have some more pie.

Rev. Erin Wathen, Senior Pastor

Also this Sunday
• Adult Education: Join us at 9:30am in Friends Hall, more information on the Adult Education page
• Art Sale: Located in Friends Hall, a benefit for Saint Andrew Youth Mission
• Journey with Mark Harmon: Sunday's 4:00pm, Room 202/203

Upcoming Events:
• SAGE Wine & Cheese & Meeting- December 1: Information on the SAGE Page.
• Youth Sunday - December 3: Our amazing youth will lead services.
• Blood Drive - December 4: Sign up HERE. Use the sponsor code standrew.
• Children's Christmas Program - December 10: During 10:45 Worship.
• A Christmas Concert - December 10: Tickets on sale in the Hearth Room Dec. 3 & 10; Concert at 4:30pm, benefit for Saint Andrew Youth Mission.
• Service of Remembrance & Hope - December 13: 7:00pm in the Sanctuary; Childcare available.

Taking Action and Speaking Up:
Information on how to contact your government officials on the MISSION & OUTREACH page under Hand of Welcome.

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.

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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