This week

Sunday, December 17, 2017
Second Sunday of Advent

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

Rev. Erin WathenWeek 3 of Advent: Joy!

It's going to be hard to top the last two weeks... Youth Sunday, followed by the children's choir program. Well, we aren't trying to top it. But we do have another special Sunday at Saint Andrew coming up, and we hope you'll join us.

Lea and Terry Young are going to share their gifts for biblical storytelling (which I know we all enjoyed during Lent); and our SACC Choir has several special pieces prepared that will highlight the texts we're going to hear.

Meanwhile, I know that we all get busy planning and prepping for our own family and friends' holiday gatherings. It can be a joyful time--it can also be a stressful time, a hectic time, a season fraught with unrealistic expectations, tense relationships, financial strain and... fill in your own baggage here.

Which is exactly why we all need to take a break and come worship together. We need this time and space to sing, to pray, and to seek joy that is rooted, not in some Norman Rockwell vision of family dinner, but the true spirit of Christ.

Maybe it feels indulgent to seek joy this year, when the world so desperately longs for peace; for some small measure of hope; for any tangible glimpse of love. What is joy but a splurge? A fourth wise man or a fifth line of harmony?
But joy is what keeps us singing in the wilderness. Joy is what calls forth the better story, from the depths of our so-human despair. Like any wondrous thing, it is fleeting and fragile. If we hold it too tightly, the weight of our grasp might shatter it. So we find ways to cling loosely to its momentary invitation. To play, dance, float and fly through the spaces between.

Come Sunday. Joy is where we are.

Erin
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
• Hand of Welcome Advent Donation Drive: More info on the Mission page.

Upcoming Events:
• Service of Remembrance & Hope - December 13: 7:00pm in the Sanctuary; Childcare available.
• Wise Women: Jewelry Auction for SafeHome and Annual Christmas Cookie Exchange - December 14: More information on the Women's PAGE.
• Christmas Eve @ Saint Andrew- December 24: Please Join Us! INFO HERE

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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