Dear St. Andrew's Community and Friends:
WIth this service I'm concluding my "Glimpses of Paradise" series. The theme is "Imagining Heaven." We'll start with readings from the book of Revelation, and then explore how heavenly visions have been expressed by various works of art -- Handel's "Messiah," African-American spirituals, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Eric Clapton, "Field of Dreams, and finally a taste of Dante's "Paradisio." Nancy Russo is our reader. Disciple Dog shares his own hopes. The hymns are "Holy, Holy, Holy" and "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot."
This journey has lasted eight weeks. During this time, it seems we've had an endless series of dramatic news events in the world of COVID and national politics. At times I've thought, "Maybe I shouldn't be indulging in these flights of faithful fancy, with so much going on in the world..." But I decided to keep my focus as planned. After this weekend, I have three Sundays left before entering November, which will be a month of transition as we prepare for Jen's arrival. Themes in the next three weeks will be more practical and topical. After paradise, time to get back to work.
As usual, we will use Zoom to enjoy our coffee hour and adult education together. Details below.
Finally, we wanted to include the video of Astaire and Rogers with their '...I'm in heaven..." dance number, but copyright restrictions preclude that. A link has been provided below so you can watch it on your own or ZOOM in early to Coffee Hour. It's amazing how, 85 years later, what they do can be such a source of delight.