“Being church” (Page 7)

“Being church” (Page 7)

Youth Mini-Mission Event: Exploring the beauty of God’s creation

Today, in the glory of the sunshine and the beauty of God’s creation, 23 of us gathered together to spend the day enjoying each other’s company, learning something about God, and taking time to relax, breathe, put away our cell phones, and connect to something deeper within each one of us, and among us — a sense of family. We were expertly led by three guides: Joe, Jeremy, Kristin who not only instructed us on how to canoe, but also…

Let love be genuine, hate evil. Sermon 9/3/17

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church The Rev. Barbara Hutchinson Proper 17 Year A September 3, 2017 Today, as we renewed and affirmed the vows we made for ourselves or were made on our behalf at our baptism, we promised to persevere in resisting evil, we promised to love our neighbor as ourselves, we promised to strive for justice and peace among all people and to respect the dignity of every human being. Our passage from Paul’s letter to the Romans today…

Civil Disobedience which changed the world – Sermon 8/27

August 27, 2017 12th Sunday after Pentecost, Year A Exodus 1:8-2:10 The Rev. Carenda Baker What would you think if I were to say to you: “WHAT YOU DO THIS WEEK WILL CHANGE THE WORLD”? Before you make a hasty judgment about this crazy notion, I invite you to just let that statement simmer on the back burner of your minds and hearts for the next few minutes: What I do this week will change the world. Two women once…

A Festive Sunday!

We celebrated and gave witness to the arrival of the Holy Spirit to the church as it began (Feast Day of Pentecost) and to our parish as we continue to live into the mission Jesus presented to his disciples. It was a glorious celebration! We prayed, preached, offered healing comfort and celebrated the renewing sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, only then to take the good news out into the world, as we processed to the Memorial Garden for the release…

Youth Mini-Mission Event: Growing hearts by getting our hands dirty

I never want to take for granted the good-will of our young people. Many are teenagers and it wouldn’t surprise me, nor appall me, if once in awhile, I saw a discrediting look, or a rolling-of-the eyes, or a resistance to roll up their sleeves and do some hard physical work. Yet what I see instead takes my breath away. Rather I see willingness to do whatever is asked, or I see their capacity to stretch to meet the new…

Youth Mini-Mission Event – ESL Class with refugees

On the Monday after Easter, our young people and adults went to Catholic Charities in Harrisburg to meet and work with refugees who were in an ESL (English as a 2nd Language) Class. It was a wonderful way to take the gift of the joy of Easter (the risen Christ) out into the world, to help make a difference to those in need. Jesus instructed us to “welcome the stranger” and that’s exactly what we did. We shared our goodie…

Youth Mini-Mission Event – Serving residents at Bethesda Mission

Our youth began Holy Week by serving others. As adults who plan these events, our focus is on our young people experiencing what it means to follow Christ. We don’t use that language necessarily, and although we debrief afterwards and are willing and ready to talk about what the church does and thinks about the work we’ve just done, the emphasis has always been on developing the hearts of our young people to care about others. If we can do…

An Advent Journey with your Anglican Prayer Beads

As we anticipate the season of Advent, we are standing at a threshold, ready to go deeper into the mystery and presence of God. Intentionally poising our hearts to receive Christ in a brand new way is exciting, a bit scary, and always filled with wonder. We don’t know when or how it will happen, we just know that it will. However, often we miss this opportunity to receive the revelation of Christ, for we become so busy in the…