“Being church”

“Being church”

Pastoral Letter

In the midst of the anxiety around the Presidential Election results, Mother Barbara sent a pastoral letter to the congregation, urging them to “be still and know that God is God” and that what happens next begins in our own hearts — and urges us all to “Let us choose love, not hate”. To read her letter, please click here. Please know Mother Barbara is here for you always for pastoral conversations. Please contact her, please email her at rector@standrewsship.org.…

Marvelous Virtual Choir

Enjoy this beautiful treat of joyful and soulful singing by our St. Andrew’s Virtual Choir. It’s glorious and will lift your soul. If you would like to participate in our Christmas Eve Virtual Choir, please contact Lisa Turchi or Mother Barbara. We’d love to have you — and are able to walk you through the technical process to make it happen.

Universal Christ Book Group

We gathered this week in a time of conversation regarding the book by Richard Rohr, The Universal Christ. What I am noticing that completely delights me is that people are asking very basic questions. One might imagine that means they are at the beginning of their spiritual journey. Oh, not so! It actually means they have travelled quite a distance, so they can begin to wonder and question within their faith, where they are not satisfied with what they were…

Early Church Writings – Gospel of Matthew

We continue our exploration of the Early Church Writings, working our way into the Gospel of Matthew. This past week, we read aloud the first 5 chapters of the gospel and then delved into the historical context, learning about Matthew’s take of Jesus as the “new Moses” and how he built his case for that connection, between the genealogy, wise men, exile into Egypt, baptism, and then the Sermon on the Mount (on the mountain as when Moses received the…

Church at Home Worship for 10/18/20

We are delighted you are worshiping with us from the safety and comfort of your home. Please settle into our worship and allow your heart to be strengthened, your soul restored, and your body refreshed by this worship service of prayer, scripture reading, glorious music, and a homily. To download the bulletin so you can read along and sing the hymns, please click below. To listen to only the homily, please click below. We are blessed to have Canon Chris…

Book Discussion on The Universal Christ

This past week we gathered to explore the ideas in Richard Rohr’s book, The Universal Christ. We meet every other week for lively discussions as well as a contemplative practice that settles our soul, for it is in resting in God that we are restored and can see the broadness and expansiveness of the Risen Christ among us. This week we began with our contemplative exercise. We engaged in a video of images taken of nature and reflected upon what…

Scripture Study

This past week we gathered first to hear the Letter to the Colossians read aloud, for that was what was always intended, that we would hear the good news, rather than read the good news, since it offers additional opportunities to engage with the sacred text. Often we find when we read the entirety of a book of the Bible, we gather a larger message, rather than hearing only a snippet of the text on Sunday mornings. This past week…

Church at Home worship for October 11, 2020

Join us this weekend to worship together virtually. This is a time of beautiful music, Holy Scripture readings, prayer and the Holy Eucharist — PLUS the gift of the music created by Brian Helman, recently recorded. To participate click the link below. Click below for the bulletin to join in with the singing and readings. To listen to Mother Barbara’s call to gratitude for the blessing of God’s grace and love made manifest through the continued recovery of Brian Helman,…

Church at Home Contemplative Worship service for October 3rd, 2020

Refresh your spirit as you listen, watch and participate in this beautiful and holy time of music, prayer, reading of the Holy Scripture and the Holy Eucharist. Prepare your hearts for a rest and refreshing. Click below to access the bulletin for this service and to participate from home. To view the video for this service click below and allow your spirit to be filled with joy.

Paul’s 2nd Letter to the Corinthians

We gathered this past Wednesday to explore Paul’s 2nd Letter to the Corinthians as part of our exploration of the Early Church Writings. We explored such topics as 1) affliction and consolation, 2) power in weakness, 3) the gospel being the treasure in clay pots (we’re the clay pots), 4) the development of the notion of a judgment day and the role of the resurrected Christ at that time, and 5) Paul’s emphasis on mercy and compassion. We always study…

Worshipping together

We are an incarnational people. Our faith tradition believes that God came within the human person of Jesus, to reconcile humankind and all of creation to God. That’s what the incarnation means — “in carnate” or in the body. Our faith also believes that it is within and with our body that we worship God. This is why the beauty of the church, the “smells and bells” (incense of sanctus bells), the flowers, the bread and wine — all these…