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St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church
Sunday Worship Service

Dear St. Andrew's Community and Friends:

This week’s theme is ”Two Kinds of Love: A User’s Guide,” based on Peter’s dialogue with Jesus in John 21.  We look at the meaning of the two words used for love in this passage – agape (“ah-gah-pay”) and philia (as in Philadelphia) and see how knowing the power of each can help us live a meaningful and faithful life.

Musically, the opening hymn is an old favorite of many, ‘In the Garden;” Scott adapted an audio file of a former St. Andrew’s member, Don Stewart, who sang it particularly well.  After the sermon we’ll sing “Seek Ye First,” and we’ll close with “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee.”  Chris plays a piece called “Beach at Dusk” to open and Gershwin’s “Someone to Watch Over Me” at the close.

Sue Arnold is our reader.

As part of this fall’s stewardship campaign, two of our elders have become a mobile video crew making visits to members asking, “Why are you excited to support St. Andrew’s in this coming year?”  You’ll see the first compilation today.

We will have our Zoom coffee hour and adult study again – details below.

Finally, in the sermon I mention a prayer that I’ve found useful over the years. It’s from the Easter Orthodox tradition and called “Serene Light.” It’s printed below if you want to keep a copy.

I hope the service speaks to you in practical and meaningful ways.


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Serene Light, shining in the
Ground of my being,
Draw me to yourself,
Draw me past the snares of the senses,
Out of the mazes of the mind,
Free me from symbols, from words,
That I may discover
        The Signified
        The Word Unspoken
In the darkness
That veils the ground of my being. Amen.

"How Would I Know?  I Was Only There."

Many of us have fond memories of Rev. Dan Newhall.  He preached several times at St. Andrew's, and his unassuming and reassuring sermon style touched us.  As Linda Sorensen's father he held a special place with St. Andrew's.  His life and leadership is celebrated in a tribute by Bill Hansen, former pastor at Valley Presbyterian Church and a resident at Monte Vista Grove Homes, where Dan resided.

Click to read the tribute -> Rev. Dan Newhall

Coffee Hour

St. Andrew's is inviting you to a Zoom Coffee Hour...

October 18, 10:30am

Meeting ID: 856 8137 7977
Passcode: 341158

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Meeting ID: 856 8137 7977
Passcode: 341158

Adult Education...


Adult Education continues this Sunday with the Faith and Reason Series, “Does Christianity Have a Future?”  We can look forward to serious and useful examination about whether Christianity has a future or not.  This FAITHANDREASON seminar was held at Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral, Houston, TX, October 18 & 19, 2013.  Please join us this Sunday on Zoom after Coffee Hour for Joan Chittister’s presentation, Who Is God In An Evolutionary World?”  Subsequent lectures will be presented weekly.

Marcus Borg – Why I Am Still a Christian.
Joan Chittister, OSB – Why I Am Still a Catholic
John Dominic Crossan – Why I Am Still a Christian
Marcus Borg – Progressive Christianity and the Christian Future
Joan Chittister, OSB – Who Is God In An Evolutionary World?
John Dominic Crossan – Covenant & Divine Violence
Marcus Borg – The Cross and the Christian Future
Joan Chittister, OSB – American Women and the Women of the World
John Dominic Crossan – Jesus & Divine Violence

Topic: St. Andrew's Adult Education Class: Does Christianity Have a Future?

Meeting ID: 852 8195 9585
Passcode: 217540

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CA 93110 United States


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