This Week

Sunday, May 1, 2016

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

Rev. Erin WathenScripture: Acts16:9-15 Empowered to Serve 

Paul has been snacking late at night again… another vision, another crazy dream.

As you may remember, last week’s biblical “dream” was Peter’s, and it was filled with crazy creatures; all of which God said could be eaten. This vision re-ordered the dietary restrictions by which the community lived for generations. More importantly, it allowed Gentiles and Jews to join around the table. Unheard of!

This week’s vision brings an invitation to Macedonia. It leads the disciples to a gate, by a river, on the Sabbath day…where they meet a woman named Lydia, “a dealer in purple cloth.” Lydia, and then her entire household, are baptized. She invites the disciples to stay at her home, making this episode a well-known demonstration of biblical hospitality.

Biblical hospitality is a strong theme throughout the book of Acts. This practice was an important part of both Hebrew and Roman culture in that time, and so it became a core value of the early Christian Church. I don’t know about you, but I read the news these days and wonder if we’ve kind of dropped the ball on that part lately. Turning away refugees, legislating obscure “bathroom laws,” practicing bigotry and calling it religious freedom… Come Sunday and we’ll talk about how we might resurrect the ancient practice of radical welcome. And how the Spirit empowers each of us to share a “purple cloth” of our own.

Rev. Erin Wathen, Senior Pastor

Also on Sunday:
• Adult Education: 9:30 am in Friends Hall. More information on the Adult Education page.
• Thoughtful Parents: 9:30am in Room 205. More information on the Children's page.
• Disciples 101 - Sundays, April 24-May 15: more information HERE
• Women's Hosted Salad Lunch - May 1: Men are invited too! more information on the Women's page.

Up-Coming Events:
• Regional Assembly - April 30: Visit the Regional Website for more information.
• Habitat for Humanity Groundbreaking Ceremony - May 1: More info HERE.
• Interfaith Brunch - May 7: Join us at 10am in Friends Hall. More info HERE
• Second Saturday Worship Experience - May 14: Join us at 5pm on the Patio for a casual outdoor communion service with music & refreshments. Fun for all ages!
• 25th Anniversary of Saint Andrew Christian Church - May 15: More info HERE.

On-Going Events:
• Mission & Outreach Opportunities: check the Mission & Outreach page for more information.
• Transforming Families: meets the 3rd Thursday of every month. This month we will meet on April 14. Here is a LINK to 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: June 19, read more on the SAGE Page.

Previous Sermons:
Follow this link to listen to 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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