More people attended Sunday worship after the September 11th attack on the United States than had in the two decades prior. Why? Because when we are shaken to our core, we look to each other and to God for answers, for assurance, for comfort. This Sunday will be no different, and church is here. While we can’t be in the same building together, we can occupy the same space emotionally and spiritually. We are here!
Our liturgist this Sunday is Billy Spencer. It is inspiring to see him in his scrubs---on his way to his shift in the ICU---reciting this passage of hope and light. Erin and Tim offer up some favorite hymns, including “Gather Us In” and “Now There is No Male and Female.” Chris Davis plays “A Medley of Hymns” to welcome us into worship and closes our time with “Waltz in A-flat Major” by Chopin.
Scott Eschbach is back and editing the worship service. One of his added touches was to include artwork by Bev Walters, a beautiful painting that looks like some of my favorite hiking places around Santa Barbara. Healing waters abound!
Adult Education continues this Sunday with the Faith and Reason Series, “The Future of Christianity.” John Dominic Crossan will present Covenant & Divine Violence. He emphasizes the importance of using the historical/critical method of reading scripture in order to understand the “matrix’ and thus meaning for those who first heard them. He demonstrates this by using the examples of Adam & Eve and Cain & Abel. Please join us this Sunday on Zoom after Coffee Hour for John Dominic Crossan's presentation.
NEXT WEEK: John Dominic Crossan – Jesus & Divine Violence
THE FOLLOWING WEEK: Q & A with Borg, Chittister and Crossan
Topic: St. Andrew's Adult Education Class: The Future of Christianity