Greetings, St. Andrew’s Community and friends!
Well, Rev. Dr. Steve Jacobsen is officially off the books now! Steve has been a calming, loving and steady presence during our time of transition, and during this time of Covid. He has offered leadership, mentorship, encouragement, sensitivity, creativity and just plain fun (I can count on one hand the number of congregations that can claim to have been visited regularly by Disciple Dog!). I know that we all give thanks for a God who called him to us, and for Steve’s willingness to hear and accept that call.
Steve truly has paved a way for Rev. Jen Fraser, who will officially begin her walk alongside us in December (wait, is that next week already?!!). Actually, Jen has already been walking alongside. She has been zooming in on committee meetings, Sunday coffee fellowship and Adult Ed. She has already reached out to the local clergy association. Not only that: she has also agreed to join me in serving virtual communion during the December 5th Synod Assembly meeting! How’s that for total immersion!
This week, we celebrate Thanksgiving. Our celebrations may look very different this year: health officials caution us to refrain from travel and gatherings beyond our immediate households. May we all find ways to live out our gratitude in safe and healthy ways. Worldwide, we rejoice that Covid vaccinations are fast-tracking. Nationally, we anticipate the peaceful transition of leadership.
And churchwide, we enter this new season of Advent with great expectations for new life, for new ways, and for new possibilities. Advent is a time of holding space for God to deliver God’s greatest gift: his son, Jesus, who might truly bring good news of God’s enduring love to a world in need of just that. On Sunday, St. Andrew’s will enter into Advent with a triad of lectionary scripture verses and hymns, similar to our Christmastime lessons and carols. When you enter into that space via your computer or phone screen, know that the space is no less sacred than being in the church building. Enter in, and hold space in your hearts for God’s promise and gift.
Rev. Suzanne Malloy