Seeing and acting with compassion. This is what the hero of Jesus’ story from Luke 10:25-37, the so called “Good Samaritan” exemplifies for me. This Sunday we will reflect on compassion in light of the recent killings, and Jesus’ concluding challenge: Go and do likewise.
Every three years, Galatians 5:1, 13-25 comes up as the epistle lectionary reading either the Sunday before or the Sunday after the 4th of July. This is quite appropriate, because both this text and the 4th of July are about FREEDOM. On the 4th of July we celebrate American freedom. Similarly, the apostle Paul boldly proclaims “For freedom Christ has set us free. . . you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters” but he adds a stipulation that our society needs to be reminded of: “Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another.” This Sunday we will reflect on the relationship between love and freedom.
Click on the title, Love and Freedom“, to listen to Pastor Ernie’s July 3rd message.
I love music of all kinds. It is food for my soul. St. Andrew’s is blessed with many wonderful musicians who freely share their gifts with us throughout the year. This Sunday is our opportunity to hear an extra portion of music in our service, and to recognize and thank our many musicians. So come to worship this Sunday with your listening ears on.
For a moment just think about these lines from the old hymn: “I come to the Garden alone when the dew is still on the roses. And he walks with me, and he talks with me, and he tells me I am his own.”
Well, that has never happened to me. God does not seem to be walking with me and talking with me in the way that song implies. Also, I’m not spending my days strolling with God in a beautiful flower garden! The same is true of many of today’s praise songs, which are like love songs to Jesus. But that kind of intimacy often just isn’t there for me.
What is going on here? Am I lost? Maybe I am. If I am really a Believer why don’t things like that garden happen to me?
Have you ever wondered about why faith can sometimes be so hard?
We will consider some of these things on Sunday June 12. I will be preaching as Dr Ernie and Dr Carol will be in Oregon at their son’s wedding that day. I promise that the sermon will be less than fifty minutes.
This Sunday, June 5, we will joyously celebrate the sacrament of baptism and reflect on what it means to be BAPTIZED. We will also recognize our Godly Play teachers and nursery workers, present Bibles to our children and high school graduates, and celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
This Sunday we will reflect on remembering and forgetting. What should we remember? What should we forget? God calls us to let go of some things in order to perceive the new, life giving way that God is making for us into the future.
This coming Sunday, May 15th, is Pentecost Sunday where we remember and celebrate the out pouring of God’s Spirit on the early Christian church. We will be led in our worship by members of Covenant’s youth group, under the direction of Claire Mizutani. Wear red, yellow or orange, and be prepared to be inspired.
“All creatures of our God and King, lift up your voice and with us sing, Alleluia! Alleluia!” All creatures, all beings, are called to praise God our creator. On this Earth Day Sunday we will reflect on God’s creation and on our call to care for it.
April 15, 2016 – This Sunday’s lectionary gospel text is from John chapter 10 where Jesus compares himself to a good shepherd who cares for his sheep. “My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me.” – John 10:27. The questions for each of us are: How do we hear our good shepherd’s voice? Do we trust and follow him?
In June 2012 I stood in front of the statue commemorating the reinstatement of Peter at Tabgha on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee. Tabgha is the site, according to tradition, where the risen Christ cooked breakfast for the disciples and empowered Peter for renewed service, asking him three times, “Do you love me?” (John 21:1-19). Jesus asks each of the same question “Do you love me?” Each of us must honestly answer that question for ourselves.