Dear St Andrew's Congregation:
The heat has eased somewhat, and everyone I know involved with education is working hard to adjust to this new reality.
This Sunday we will have a congregational meeting to elect church officers at 10:30 on Zoom. The link is given below and will be sent out to everyone again on Saturday. At the meeting, Don Vickers, the Nominations Committee Chair, will present the names before you. We will then vote using a simple Zoom option that Scott will explain. Each of the people who have accepted the invitation to serve represent St. Andrew's readiness to serve as the new pastor comes, and will play a key role in shaping the next chapter in the church's life. We can be grateful for each one of them.
The Pastor Nominating Committee continues to report it may be getting close to having a candidate to introduce to the congregation. As noted last week, we will let everyone know as soon as everything is in place.
Last week we announced the coming departure of our beloved pianist Christopher Davis on September 21. We will have a special Zoom coffee hour to express our appreciation for him on Sunday, September 13. Also, Chris and Erin will be recording at least one more set of hymns for our YouTube video services. If there is a hymn you'd like to hear, send me a note.
Finally, Tom sent a poem from a Jewish Sabbath Prayer book that captures the experience of Jacob's dream in Genesis 28 as well as Psalm 104. It's reprinted below.
Days pass, and the years vanish,
and we walk sightless among miracles.
Fill our eyes with seeing and our minds with knowing.
Let there be moments when your Presence,
like lightning, illumines the darkness in which we walk.
Help us to see, wherever we gaze,
that the bush burns, unconsumed.
And we, clay touched by God,
will reach out for holiness and exclaim in wonder,
“How filled with awe is this place…”