This week

Sunday, July 30, 2017

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

Rev. Mark HarmonScripture: Genesis 29:15-28

Those who know me best know that I like order. I guess there’s a connection between that part of my nature and the way I earned a living for two-thirds of my life. Although I wasn’t an engineer, I did engineering work and engineering is all about order. There are laws of physics and codes and standards that are combined with design processes that must be followed to successfully accomplish the goal. I don’t know if my desire for order led me to engineering or if engineering shaped my affinity for order, but it’s a part of me.

Sadly the order I found in that work is rarely found in the rest of life. Before writing this I looked at my news feed and what I saw was chaos, not order. Fortunately God doesn’t rely on our orderliness to fulfill the divine mission of establishing a shalom community on earth. Instead, God's purposes can be and are worked out in the midst of the messiness of life and through imperfect persons and imperfect cultures. Richard Rohr says this is because “God’s own rules do not matter as much as the relationship that God wants to create with us.”

This week we will be looking at the Old Testament story of Jacob to see if there’s any biblical evidence to support Richard Rohr’s position.

I hope you’ll join us!
Rev. Mark Harmon, Associate Pastor of Caring Ministries

Also this Sunday
• Adult Education: Join us at 9:30am in Friends Hall, more information on the Adult Education page.

Upcoming Events:
• A visit to Islamic Center of Johnson County Friday Prayer Service - July 28: RSVP for more information.
• Back to School Sunday - August 13: Kids move up a grade in Sunday School, Backpack Blessing @ 10:45 Service, Picnic on the Plaza @ noon & Youth Groups Kick-Off @ 4:00pm.
• Blood Drive - August 14: Save a life now! sign up here enter sponsor code standrew.

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.

Our Shalom Statement

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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