Dear St. Andrew's Community and Friends:
Recently I have been feeling inclined to do something I rarely do -- create a "Jeremiad." As you may know, this is a term for a sermon or message that warns people about issues that pose serious challenges to a community, country or world. The term comes from the Biblical prophet Jeremiah, who was unpopular in his day because he kept raising issues his nation wanted to ignore. I'm an optimist by nature, so I usually steer clear of "gloom and doom" approaches. But as I approach the completion of my interim term, I was drawn to doing the message in this service. Based on Moses' words to the Israelites before they cross into the Promised Land in Deuteronomy 30: 11-20, the title is "Choosing LIfe: Two Serious Challenges We Are Facing."
Maggie Knaus is our reader. Disciple Dog tries to make me a better person. Our hymns are "Spirit" and "God of Grace and God of Glory," and Chris' solos include a famous, lyrical piece by Beethoven and a Chopin waltz.
Our roving camera crew interviewed several more people about why they are supporting St. Andrew's in this year's stewardship drive.
Following the service there will be our regular Zoom coffee hour and adult study.
Blessings on your weekend, and let me know if you have thoughts about the sermon.