Welcome to worship! This Sunday we will continue with the livestream starting at 9:30am as we have done for the past three weeks. The bulletin is available for download.
I am excited to return to in-person worship, however, unfortunately we have not met the standard required to keep everyone safe. Each week, the process of entering the sanctuary has been disorganized, leading to crowding and confusion. In order to maintain a safe, socially distanced worship service we need well-trained ushers. Until we have a group of at least 6 ushers we will not be able to return to in-person worship. We have not had any volunteers to date. If you are willing to serve, let Ann Padden-Rubin know by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will have an usher training on Wednesday at 6:30pm in the sanctuary. Once we have six, fully trained ushers then we will be able to return to in-person worship. I look forward to that day.
Instructions for livestream worship:
On Sunday morning at 9:30am click on the link below for the livestream. If you click on the link before Sunday at 9:30 it will just take you to our YouTube page and nothing will show. However, when you click on it on Sunday at 9:30 it will open up to the live service.
No Adult Education this Sunday due to Mother's Day
Adult Education. This Sunday, we will be taking Mother’s Day off and will resume class on May 16 with the new series,“GOD & IMPERIAL POWER: Jesus & Economic Injustice.” 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.
John Dominic Crossan excavates the historical Jesus movement in a bright, clarifying light, replete with details about life on the Sea of Galilee under the imperial and economic domination of Herod Antipas (Rome’s vassal king) against which Jesus boldly and resolutely rebelled. Dr. Crossan is certain to stimulate deep re-thinking about what Christianity was and what it still can be.
Joerg Rieger explicates the collaborative relationship between Empire and Christianity that began with Constantine and the Councils of Nicea and continued all the way through the western European expansionism that made Christianity the agent of cultural and economic domination of the Americas, Africa and the Middle East. Rieger is not afraid to interrogate Christianity behind the scenes. And yet, he says, down through this same history, there has continually been a Christianity “at the margins,” a Christianity whose voice can be heard from the people who have known the underside of empire.
Individually, these two scholars are powerhouses. Together, they are explosive.
St Andrews Presbyterian Church
4575 Auhay Drive, Santa Barbara CA 93110 United States
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