I am excited about the next few weeks at St. Andrew's. This week I am on study leave, planning out 2021-22 worship. While I'm away, Elder Scott Eschbach will be preaching. His sermon title, "Return to the Future," has me very curious, and I will be tuning in on livestream. Next week I will be visiting family in Minnesota with my three kids. That Sunday (July 25) our guest preacher will be the Rev. Sean Chow, who is an associate for 1001 New Worshiping Communities, which is the new church development branch of the PCUSA. His sermon is titled "Singing the Lord's Song." I am also curious to hear what he has to say about the challenges the church is facing in this day and age.
When I come back, I will be preparing for the service of installation on August 1 at 4 pm. That morning my good friend and colleague, the Rev. Dr. Brad Munroe, will preach "The Great Co-Missions" (part one in the morning, part two in the afternoon). Brad is a fun, energetic, and engaging preacher (see the announcement for more about his sermons) and I look forward to introducing him to you. That same Sunday, we will formally receive three of our most recent new members: Tamara Skov and Melinda and Shannon Gerow!
Church is stirring back to life!
Rev. Brad Munroe preaching August 1
"The Great Co-Missions"
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church
August 1, 2021
Rev. Dr. Brad Munroe
Sunday Morning Worship at St. Andrew’s
Text: Matthew 28:16-20 and Mark 16:14-15
Title: For Whom Christ Died
Focus: The “Great Commissions” in Matthew and Mark tells us to teach people they are beloved of God and then show them how to love as God’s beloved—not just for one another but for all creation!
Sunday Afternoon Installation Service for the Rev. Jennifer L. Fraser
Text: John 20:19-22 and Acts 1:6-8
Title: The Breath of Jesus
Focus: The “Great Commissions” in John and Acts tells that loving all (and also the creation) is not an easy task but comes through our becoming wounded healers. Fear not, however, we have help from above!
You are invited to The Great Co-Missions on Sunday, August 1, at 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (Pastor Jen’s installation service). The Rev. Dr. Brad Munroe will present on all four “Great Commission” passages to show how our Presbyterian views of mission calls us to move beyond mere talk and into action and beyond mere “doing for” and into “sharing life together.” The calling to love as the Beloved of God and become wounded healers is at the heart of the Church’s calling. It’s a tough job but we have help from above!
Dr. Munroe is Pastor to the Presbytery for the presbyteries of Grand Canyon and de Cristo. He lives with his wife, the Rev. Laura Munroe, in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Munroe and Pastor Jen co-founded Grand Canyon Presbytery’s Reconciliation Team and co-authored the Leading Emotional Systems Training workshop. He is the author of Waging Peace, Praying Matthew and Praying Luke. His forthcoming devotional will be Praying Paul.
Guest Musician for Sunday, 7/18
Natasha Kislenko has performed extensively as a soloist and a collaborative pianist across Russia, Europe, Asia and the United States. She has appeared in recital and chamber music performances with numerous distinguished soloists, including Torleif Tedeen, James Buswell, Zvi Zeitlin, Theodore Kuchar, Tadeu Coelho, and Leone Buyse.
As a soloist, Ms. Kislenko has received top prizes in international piano competitions in Germany, Portugal, France, the Slovak Republic, and the United States. She made her solo recital debut in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 1996, and most recently has appeared with Orquesta del Congreso Nacional in Paraguay, the Varna Chamber Orchestra in Bulgaria, the Eskisehir Municipal symphony orchestra in Turkey, and the Santa Barbara Symphony.
Ms. Kislenko holds graduate degrees in piano from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX) and the Stony Brook University, NY, where she completed her doctorate with Gilbert Kalish in 2004.
In 2007, Ms. Kislenko moved to Santa Barbara to assume a teaching position at UC Santa Barbara. Previously, she served on the faculties of California State University Fresno and Meadowmount School of Music (New York).
An alumna of the Music Academy (2001), Ms. Kislenko has been a member of the faculty since 2004.
Memorial for Bill Cline
There will be a memorial service for longtime St. Andrew's member, Bill Cline, who passed away in March. The service will be held at Goleta Presbyterian Church on July 20th at 11:00am.
This Sunday we will continue the series, “GOD & IMPERIAL POWER: Jesus & Economic Injustice” with the third Q & A segment covering the last two lectures by Dr. Crossan and Professor Rieger, entitled “The Death of Jesus: Non-Violent and Violent Resistance to Injustice” and “Christ and the Colonial Fantasy: Modern Civilization and Its Discontents.” They answer questions about how we can address the problems of injustice and inequality that result from the power of Empire.
In this series, John Dominic Crossan and Joerg Rieger expand our awareness of the historic collusion between Christianity and the empires of the west, from Jesus’ non-violent program of resistance to Roman Imperialism under Augustus, to the imperialistic “partnerships” of the 21st Century. Individually, these two scholars are powerhouses. Together, they are explosive.