This Week

Saturday, October 10, 2015 - '2nd Saturday' Evening Worship Experience, 5:00 pm on the Patio: Music by Cindy Egger-Farris. This is our LAST Saturday service till spring - Don't miss it!! More information here.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

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

Rev. Erin WathenScripture: Matthew 10:24-39

With a little fear and trembling, I am diving into what is, for me, one of the most troubling passages in the Bible. Jesus says “I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.”

Did we hear that right? Is this the Jesus that said “Blessed are the peacemakers?” “Turn the other cheek” Jesus? Is this the same guy who told us to forgive seventy times seven? I can’t even do the math on that without whipping out my iPhone, but I know that is A LOT of forgiveness. Why the sword? Why the perfect one-liner for gun advocates to proof-text when defending second amendment rights?

I do not know. But like much of the Bible, it’s always bothered me. So we’ll talk more about it on Sunday. We are nearing the end of the #Ourfamilyvalues series, so on this next-to-last Sunday, we will talk about our shared values of peace and nonviolence. Which are not necessarily the same thing.

So—was Jesus for peace, or the sword? Did Jesus come to bind people together in love, or to “Set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother?” It’s a lot to think about… so we’ll think about it together, come Sunday. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the meantime!
Peace, (seriously)
Erin - Rev. Erin Wathen, Senior Pastor

Also this Sunday:
• Adult Education: "Caring Conversations: How Clarifying Goals Provide Unexpected Benefits to Grieving Loved Ones”
with John Carney, 9:30 am in Friends Hall. (more information on the Adult Education page)
• Scripture Class: 9:30 am, Pastor Erin's Office, this class is led by Royce Ann Collins and others.
• Thoughtful Parents: 9:30 am, Room 205. More about Thoughtful Parents on the Children's Page).

Upcoming Events:
• Wise Women - October 8: Information on the Women's page.
• Faithful Conversations - October 17: follow the link to information about Faithful Conversations.
• Women's Brunch - October 18: Information on the Women's page.
• Finishing Strong - October 24: Information about Finishing Strong on the link.
• Trunk or Treat - October 25: Sign up in Friends Hall; more info here.

On-Going Events:
• 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)
• 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: October 18, read more 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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