This Week

Sunday, January 15, 2017

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

Rev. Erin WathenScripture: Luke 4:14-30

Authority is a tricky thing.

From experts with "authoritative" voice in a given field, to powerful leaders with the authority to change people's lives, the dynamics of power are complex. How is authority conveyed or established? And what should we do when powerful people abuse it?

Just look at all the recent controversy surrounding the role of the media. Whose reporting do we trust as authoritative? How do we combat damaging "fake news?" How do we process news that is biased--and how do we live and work among people who have put their trust in a different narrative than we have?

Enter Jesus. He preaches to the crowd at Galilee, and they love what he's saying! Until they don't anymore. Turns out, they were only willing to recognize his authority when he was preaching what they already believed. The moment he starts to challenge that? They literally try to throw him off a cliff.

Is it really that simple? Are we really so basic? This is an age-old human instinct: to seek affirmation, and empower those who will give it to us. When we give in to that instinct, it is almost always bad news for the poor and the marginalized. Which is what Jesus was telling the crowd when they turned on him. I guess some things never change...

I hope to see you Sunday, because this is a particularly important conversation to be having right about now. That said, the weather is supposed to be nasty this weekend, so just a quick reminder about our winter weather practices: if we need to delay or cancel services, we'll send out an e-blast, so check your email before heading out into the elements. You can also check the cancellations on the local news outlets, or call the church and listen to the voice message for details. Stay safe out there!

Rev. Erin Wathen, Senior Pastor

Also this Sunday:
• Adult Education: visit the Adult Education page for more information.
• Disciples 101: a class for visitors & new members. 9:30 am in Pastor Erin's Office
• Journey: A new weekly study group at Saint Andrew. Sunday nights from 4-6pm in Room 202/203. RSVP.

Upcoming Events:
• Wise Women - January 12: 7:00 pm in Friends Hall, more information on the Women's Page.
• Town Hall Meeting - January 25: 7:00 pm, Friends Hall, RSVP appreciated.
• IHN (Interfaith Hospitality Network)Training- January 26: 6:30-8:30 pm, Friends Hall, RSVP to

»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 twice a month, in the Pastor's office.
  We'll meet January 8 & 22 .
• Parent's Dinner In - 4th Friday of the month, details on the Children's page.
• Bible Study: second and fourth Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm, Room 202/203. (no RSVP needed)
• SAGE (Saint Andrew Group for Ecology) Street Clean-Up: February 19, read more on the SAGE Page.

Previous Sermons:
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