This week

Sunday, August 20, 2017

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

Rev. Erin WathenScripture: Matthew 15:10-28

My clergy colleagues are all in agreement--we cannot prepare a sermon on Wednesday any more. Because who knows what Thursday, Friday, or Saturday might bring that will send us scrambling to make last minute changes? It is impossible to keep up with the chaotic pace of the news cycle these days. Let's face it, it is basically one big dumpster fire out there.

And yet...

Some things never change. Like the importance of living our faith in community; the call to seek God in all things; and the moral imperative to care for the poor, and seek justice for the marginalized.

Jesus once sent such a person away. Did you know that? Someone poor, and in need, and unwelcome. He dismissed her out of hand because she was one of "them." And do you know what she did? She resisted. She called him out on his privilege. She talked to him about "crumbs from the table." She maybe shamed him a bit.

And what did he do? He stopped. He turned around. He saw her for what she was--a beloved child of God.

Seems like even Jesus needed a wake up call sometimes. If that's what these last weeks and months have been for us--a wake up call to the many ways that our privilege continues to marginalize people of color, people of lower economic status, and people who are not Americans--then it's time to figure out where we go from here.

We can only hope that someone left a trail of breadcrumbs for us to follow... See you Sunday.

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
• Service of Ordination for Rev. Mark Harmon: 5:00 pm Reception following

Upcoming Events:
• Garage Sale - September 8 & 9
• Journey Classes - beginning September 10
• Wise Women - reconvenes on September 14:
more info on the Women's page.

Taking Action and Speaking Up:
Information on how to contact your government officials on the Mission 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.
• Transforming Families: meets Sundays @ 4pm, in the Pastor's office. (on hiatus over the summer)
• SAGE (Saint Andrew Group for Ecology) Street Clean-Up: read more on the SAGE Page.

Previous Sermons:
Follow this link to listen to 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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