Posts by Barbara Hutchinson (Page 10)

Posts by Barbara Hutchinson (Page 10)

Simply Scripture

On our rainy Saturday morning, we gathered in the cozy and restful Parish Library and explored scripture together. One of the gifts of our time together is that we never do know where the conversation will go as we sit with and engage the scriptures. This time we looked at the scriptures from the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) for the month of October. This time we focused on the harvest imagery which is threaded through the various scripture passages from…

Rule of Life

This evening I spent time with the Daughters of the King (DOK) which is an order for women who make a commitment to a life of prayer, study, and work. There is a discernment process for those why may be interested in joining this more intentional walk with Christ in this particular way in community. Mother Barbara was asked to speak to them about forming a Rule of Life. A rule of life orders our life with God. It grows…

Vestry Gifts

We began our last vestry meeting by identifying our individual gifts, so that we can then apply them to a group project: planning and executing a good stewardship program this fall. I thought you’d like to see the long list of gifts of your vestry members: Creative thinking Creativity (3) Realistic Balance Courage Perspective Organizing Seeing Big Picture Joy of life Listening (2) Compassionate (2) Friendliness Hospitality (2) Organization (3) Delegating details & keeping on track so it gets done…

Meditative Hike

In the stillness of the cool evening, we gathered to be intentional around our time with God. We began in prayer, chose a psalm passage, and then headed out to meander by the creek, contemplate and color, find stillness sitting on a rock in the water, crossing the water, and spending time repeating our psalm passage in our hearts. After 45 minutes, we gathered to reflect. We all had a greater sense of peace. We all knew this was a good…

Choir Party today

We are so blessed by our faithful music ministers here at St. Andrew’s. It is such joy that we have a number of members who offer their gift of music as part of our worship at 10 a.m. They are led by Organist and Choir Master Dr. Gerald Weale (Jerry), for whose leadership we are most grateful. The choir sings from September through mid-June. They rehearse Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. in the PLC. New members are always welcome. Today…

Building Faith: Brick by Brick Curriculum for 9-11 year olds began today.

This morning, we began offering an opportunity for our 9-12 year olds to build with legos in response to one of our scripture stories. It’s an exciting thing to watch: our young people diving into the lego basket to create a depiction of the Bible story they just heard. It’s yet another way we try to bring real life and engagement into the ancient and sacred stories which are a treasure for us. We offer this opportunity once a month.…

Book of Psalms: How they respond to our life

Tonight, we gathered for dinner, then for a conversation about how the psalms were used in the liturgy of the Jewish temple. We learned that the themes of the psalms connected with major festivals which celebrated pivotal events in the salvation story of the ancient Israelites, such as the Passover and the Day of Atonement. In addition, they were used during rituals of purification, entrance hymns, victory songs, King’s birthdays or wedding times. The psalms responded to and led people forward…

Youth Mini-Mission Event: Serving at the Community Meal

A dozen young people showed up tonight to serve our community meal. It was an amazing experience. They worked so hard and so cooperatively. The older ones were shepherds to the younger ones. They served everyone who came to share this meal with us, offering them drinks, meals, and take-home packages. Then we gathered for conversation to reflect upon our experience together. To see photos of the event, please see our photo gallery. Here are the highlights which I saw: Everyone…

Youth Mini-Mission Project has begun!

Today, 13 of our young people gathered to peel apples, measure dry ingredients, mix everything together, and wash the dishes ~ all to prepare fresh apple cakes for our community meal tomorrow. It was such a joy to see our young people working together to help other people! Tomorrow evening we serve our community meal. Each month, we offer a delicious and homemade meal to about 60 people from our neighborhood. It is an offering born out of our desire…

Commemoration of September 11th~ 15 years later

This morning at our 10 a.m. service we commemorated the 15th anniversary of September 11th. Each of us had our story to tell, where we were when we learned of the attack, the ensuing horror, and the changes it made in our lives. It was clear there is still a need of healing as we continue to grapple with understanding the complexity and complete depravity of humankind which allowed this attack to occur. We were blessed with the presence of…

Ladies’ Paint Nite

There is something very special about women getting together, wanting to relax and have fun together, desiring to create together, and doing it all at church. We learned tonight that there is a remarkable bond that can be formed over palettes of paint! Tonight we gathered for our first Ladies’ Paint Nite and had a wonderful time. It was fabulous that we each felt free to create the sunflower painting that was exactly right for us ~ they were all…

Summer Series: Those “nasty” psalms

We gathered this evening, in the midst of the heat and humidity, to find a place of fellowship and fun over dinner outside, as the rain fell around us. There’s a place of peace and ease that’s been developing among us, that’s really lovely ~ AND there’s always the opening for others to join us. Every week it’s always a different group gathered — and always the right one. So, come on out and give it a try, if you’ve…