This week

Sunday, August 19, 2018

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

Rev. Erin WathenScripture: Ephesians 5:15-20

A friend of mine who's a Regional Minister in Texas set a goal for himself: to start every day by posting something he's thankful for on social media. Every day for a year.

Now he's challenging everyone else. He noted earlier this week that it's 100 days until Thanksgiving. (What? It was just Easter a minute ago!) And he suggested that, for the next 100 days, everyone try to share something they're thankful for.

That's a lot of Thanksgiving.

I don't know that I will do a daily post in that direction. But as a general rule of spiritual practice, starting each day with a praise is a really good idea. Even if you don't share it with the world. It centers you in what 'is,' not what you wish, or what you fear might be. It sets your focus in a place of gratitude, which means you'll be more grateful and happy during the day, and less likely to be impatient or resentful. It might also keep you from buying stuff you don't need, which is always a good thing!

Our text for Sunday (our last week in Ephesians, I promise!) says that we are to "give thanks at all times." That sounds like a tall order. Especially given the weight of the world these days. The truth is, we can always find SOMEthing to be thankful for. But it takes spiritual discipline to ground ourselves in that way of thinking, and not get dragged down every rabbit hole of our desires, or the anxious newsfeed.

One way to keep ourselves rooted in a life of thanksgiving is to make worship a regular part of our lives. Come Sunday and we'll talk about the purpose of the worshipping life; what it does for our spirit, and what it can do for the world around us. I'll see you then. And you know what else? I am

Thankful for you,
Rev.Erin Wathen, Senior Pastor

Also this Sunday:
Adult Education: 9:30 am in Friends Hall - more info on the ADULT EDUCATION page.

Upcoming Events:
Saint Andrew Blood Drive - Aug. 20:
Sign up on Sunday in the Hearth Room or online and use the sponsor code standrew.
Harry Potter Night - Aug. 24: a magical evening of all things Harry Potter, 6:30pm. Info HERE.

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.
• Bible Study: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, Friends Hall, 7:00-8:30 pm

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