Sunday, March 29, 2015
Worship Times: 8:30 & 10:45 am
Christian Education: 9:30 am for Children, Youth & Adults
Scripture: John 2:13-22 "At the Same Time"
Jesus is angry about all the commerce happening in the sacred space of the Temple. He says to tear it down—the whole thing--and he will raise it up again in three days.
Three days? they say. We’ve been working on this place for nearly 50 years, and we’re STILL not done. Who are you to think you can build what we couldn’t? Three days is not enough time for anything…
We approach Palm Sunday with a sense of time growing short. The one who’s led us this far will soon be subjected to terrible violence. This is usually the day that we focus on the majesty of Jesus; like the crowds that greeted him in Jerusalem, we acknowledge his royal authority. We will still honor the palm branch tradition this Sunday, but the rest of the service will be a bit different than usual. Through art, prayer, and action we will explore how we might respond to the culture of violence in our own time and place. What does our faith teach us about transforming evil into good news? And is there enough time, between death and resurrection, to really change the world we live in?
Our relationship with time is complex. We know that we have all the time that we need. But we also acknowledge the brokenness of our world with a certain urgency. In the face of human suffering, it feels like we are running out of time. But who knows? A lot can happen in three days. - Rev. Erin Wathen, Senior Pastor; Rev. Erika Marksbury, Associate Pastor
This Sunday's Special Music: Darin Seidel, Patty Fitzpatrick, Matthew Haramia, Nathan Helgeson, Lindsay Waller & Cindy Egger-Farris
Adult Education Offerings @ 9:30 am:
Friends Hall - "Sustainability in Johnson County” with Jasmin Moore (see Adult Education page.)
Pastor Erin's Office - "Time with the Texts" (read more HERE)
Room 202: Thoughtful Parents (more information on the Children's page)
• Holy Week:
Palm Sunday - March 29
Maundy Thursday - April 2 - Service @ 7pm; Light meal & Communion Service
Good Friday - April 3 - Service @ 7pm; Last Words Service
Holy Saturday - April 4 - Day of Service @ 9am & Easter Egg Hunt @10am
• Easter - April 5:
Sunrise Service, 6:30 am @ Heatherstone Park
(Park at Heatherstone Elementary & follow the signs - bring a lawn chair!)
Worship at 8:30 & 10:45 am
Education for all ages at 9:30 am
• NEW "2nd Saturday" Worship Experience: Join us on the *patio at 5pm on Saturday, April 11. This gathering will be an alternative to Sunday mornings in both style and setting. We will gather at tables; sing together; share refreshments; engage in a conversational response to the message; and-of course-celebrate communion.
This gathering will fall on the 2nd Saturday of each month, initially, with the possibility of growing into a weekly opportunity in the future. Please join us for the first few months and help us envision what this space can become. Children of all ages are most welcome!
*In case of inclement weather, we will meet in Friends Hall.
• Youth Sunday - April 12 - The youth of Saint Andrew will lead both services.
• Benefit Concert - April 17 - Cindy Egger, Larry Yates, Darin Seidel, Jamie Frazier & Joy Zimmerman will hold a benefit concert for Saint Andrew Christian Church (Interfaith Hospitality Network - temporary housing for the homeless in Johnson County) and First Lutheran Church (Larry's home church - Hope Center for Youth, an after school program for students attending DeLaSalle Charter School). Concert begins at 7:30pm at Saint Andrew. Tickets will be $10 at the door.
• Mission & Outreach Opportunities: check the Mission & Outreach page for more information.
• Bible Study: second and fourth Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm, Room 202/203. (no RSVP needed)
• Parents' Dinner In: fourth Friday of the month. Read more on the Children's Page.
• Grief: A Living Experience with Jody Gyulay: first Sunday of the month, 11:45, Room 102.
• SAGE (Saint Andrew Group for Ecology) Street Clean-Up: April 19, read more on the SAGE Page.
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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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