“Being church”

“Being church”

Ways to Pray Formation Series

We shared the results of our Spiritual Type Inventory, which helps us know how to deepen our prayer life and understand the most natural way for us to grow into our relationship with God.

Coffee Hour for Kids Begins

It was a great start to Sunday School for all ages at St. Andrew’s this morning. There was much joy and laughter as they made their own musical instruments. Sing to the Lord a joyful noise!

Mass on the Grass

Occasionally changing where and how we worship changes our perspective. It allows us to hear familiar lessons in a new way, invites us to see the church as “us” outside the building, and refreshes our sense of God in our midst while in the beauty of creation. Yesterday we worshipped on our front lawn, in the refreshingly cool air, and gathered together to praise God in a slightly new way. One of my favorite parts of the service was when…

Carson’s baptism

One of the most joyous occasions for a parish family is a baptism of one who becomes, for that moment, the world’s newest member of the Body of Christ. Baptism is a sacred moment that connects the person with the heart of Christ in a brand new way. We were blessed to welcome Carson into our hearts and into the fellowship of all other Christians. To read the sermon preached for us, with him in mind, please click here.

Diocesan A.T. Camino

Many from our diocese got up early each morning to hike a portion of the Appalachian Trail, after having received the hospitality of our fellow church members along the Way. It was a wonderful experience that stretched us in all ways and contributed greatly to our increased spirituality. The bishop led the way and we followed her over rocks, through pastures, deeper into the woods, and finally into good fun and fellowship at the end of the day. St. Andrew’s…

Altar & Flower Guild Luncheon

Our Altar and Flower Guild Members are simply the best! They really are. They are dedicated, faithful ministers who understand the holiness of their work. They set the table (altar), wash the linens, fill the candles with oil, polish the brass, set out the bulletins for the altar party, prepare the bread and wine for service, arrange the flowers, and hold the space as sacred– and so much more. We are very blessed that we have such a wonderful group…

The Mystic in You

We understand that we are hard-wired to be in relationship with God and our theology tells us that God is active in our lives. Have you ever wondered how that happens? How God shows up? How we can be attentive to God’s presence? What helps us open ourselves to God? These are all great questions and some which we explore in our book study on the book, The Mystic in You: Discovering a God-filled World. The author, Bruce Epperly defines…

Youth Mini-Mission Event: Hiking Trail Clean up

Recently our young people gathered with friends and hiked on the AT (Appalachian Trail), enjoying a glorious day, entering into the beauty of God’s creation, exploring and playing in the nearby stream, climbing on a natural jungle-gym, and reflecting upon how God speaks to us through nature. It was a time of joy and embrace of the goodness we find in one another and in nature. We picked up trash as we went along, always trying to leave the place…

Celtic Spirituality

Each week, about 15 of us gather together, share a meal, listen to the reading of a book regarding Old Growth Forests, and then engage in a lively conversation around the content in John Phillip Newell’s book, Christ of the Celts, the Healing of Creation. This eloquent and poetic book shares with us the ideals and truths of Celtic Spirituality, such as we are all made in the image of God, we are God’s beloved, and we are intrinsically connected…