Posts by Barbara Hutchinson

Posts by Barbara Hutchinson

Sweaty Sunday

Today we gathered as people who care about our church and want to offer our talents and gifts in many ways. Our grounds now look beautiful and are ready for mulch (which will involve another Sweaty Sunday)! We began with a meal, of course, and had a great Oktoberfest potluck picnic, with sausages, hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, sauerkraut, cider and lots of goodies such as pies and donuts. Being nourished in body, we got to work– raking leaves, cutting…

Learning the sacred stories

Today our young people gathered to learn more about our sacred stories which ground and shape our faith, as they will do on the second Sunday of each month. We are using the curriculum Teen Text which takes one of the scriptures heard in church that morning and then pulls it apart — offering context, explaining the story and drawing from our young people the importance of the story. One of the most powerful parts of the time together was…

Seeing salvation

Lord, you now have set your servant free * to go in peace as you have promised; For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, * whom you have prepared for all the world to see: A Light to enlighten the nations, * and the glory of your people Israel. While I was at Holy Cross Monastery in August, I noticed this odd occurrence of my body often sighing. These emphatic exhalations and sighs were not intentional on my…

The Languages of God

Today as I engaged with the paintings at the Prada Museum in Madrid, Spain, I was aware of how both art and liturgy are languages, both of which express and reflect our beliefs about and in God and provide portals into the experience of the holy; with art, of course, using visual images and liturgy using words as the mode of expression. Since the church throughout history has been a major patron of the arts, today we saw a great…

“Cofee Hour for Kids”

This week at “Coffee Hour for Kids” we read the first Psalm and then asked each other to draw images that came to mind when each of us had heard it. Two big favorites were “the wind” and “the chafe” which after looking it up, we discovered it meant the empty corn husks that fly about int he wind. Each person could only paint with one color because we are going to put the pictures all together to make a…

Taize Worship service

In the vesper light, in the presence of the Spirit, in the calling of our hearts through music deeper into the holy, we gathered together to experience God in the simplicity of prayer, chant, silence, and communion. It was a time of a gathering of hearts turned toward God and it was beautiful. We then gathered for an amazing dinner, so we could carry the sense of communion into our community. Our hosts for the evening meal, Susan and Keith,…

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!

camino

We begin at the beginning …. in the place of our own soul, our own needs, our own yearnings when we begin our pilgrimage.

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…