This week

Sunday, May 14, 2017

          Worship Time: 8:30 & 10:45 am
          Christian Education: 9:30 am for children, youth & adults

Rev. Erin WathenScripture: Acts 15:1-18

"Our imaginations haven't caught up with this world we inhabit yet. Our eyes can't quite focus on the new human-driven frontiers. And so we're still a bit captive, each of us in different ways, to old arbiters of importance--the proverbial radar. Almost everything and everyone changing the world now is what we've forever referred to as 'under the radar.' The radar is broken."
That little gem is from Krista Tippett's book, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living. I've quoted that book more than a few times lately, because I find its wisdom especially timely right about now. It is wonderfully insightful, challenging, and also--somehow--comforting.

In our scripture for this week, the early church is struggling with "old arbiters of importance." Old laws, old customs, old boundaries of who's in and who's out, who belongs and who does not.

Maybe this time we're living in is not so uniquely broken, after all. Maybe we just struggle in all the same ways that God's people have always struggled-- against old rules that no longer serve us. Seeking to carve out a new identity that balances tradition and history with where we are--and what we need--to be faithful right now. So for Sunday, be thinking about some of those "old arbiters of importance" that might need to be reevaluated. Or, as Peter calls it, "a yoke that neither our ancestors nor we have been able to bear."

What burdens of the Christian tradition might be too great a burden for our modern day faith to bear? long do you have?

See you Sunday,
Rev. Erin Wathen, Senior Pastor

Also this Sunday:
• Adult Education:
9:30 am in Friends Hall
. More information on the Adult Education page.
• Roses for Rose Brooks: Saint Andrew Angels will sell roses to benefit Rose Brooks Center.
• Disciples 101 - April 23-May 14: 9:30am, Pastor's Office
• Journey Study Group:
more info HERE

Upcoming Events:
Wise Women - May 11: Our last meeting of the year. More info on the Women's page.
• SAGE Wine & Cheese Party and Meeting - May 13:
Information on the SAGE page.
• Graduation Sunday - May 21: Graduate Recognition @ 10:45 worship; cake reception to follow
• Annual Twinning Picnic - June 4: Sign up on Sunday!
• Ramadan Dinner - June 14: Save the Date! 8:00pm in Friends Hall.
• Vacation Bible School (VBS) - June 19-23: Sign up TODAY! Information on the Children'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: June 18, read more on the SAGE Page.

Previous Sermons:
Follow this link to listen to Previous Sermons.

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