I rejoiced when I heard Lydia Swanson whisper, “We’re starting a jigsaw puzzle library.” She was referring to the quickly-growing collection of jigsaw puzzles that can now be checked out of the St. Andrew’s library. I rejoiced because I absolutely LOVE to assemble jigsaw puzzles! Focusing on the puzzle pieces--their shapes, sizes, colors and designs, requires me to get out of my head so I can remain in the present. Racing thoughts slow down as I discern the distinctiveness of each piece. There is a sense of accomplishment as the final piece fits into that single empty space. And there is a sense of loss when a piece goes missing. The completed puzzle isn’t really complete with that glaring hole, as small as it might be.
St. Andrew’s has resumed in-person worship, supplemented by live-streaming for those who are not yet able to return to the sanctuary. We rejoice in each person who has returned. Yet, we miss those who are not present. Each one of you is an essential and distinctive piece of this family of Christ, providing diversity in shapes, ages, vocations, and circumstances. In this time of change, we have the opportunity to recover, resume, and revise old and new pieces of worship, study and fellowship. We can make room for new people and ideas! AND we still need you, the ones who are missing. Please keep in touch and let us know how you are.
It seems only fitting that my colleague (and fellow seminarian), The Rev. Sean Chow, will be preaching this week on Matthew 25: 31-46 -- seeing and welcoming and serving those who are in the community around us. Sean has served our denomination with unending energy as Associate for 1001 New Worshiping Communities and Training and Leadership Cohorts. That’s a really impressive (and long) title! Come to church, or sign in to livestream, to find out how the Spirit guides him, and us, as we assemble the pieces of Christian witness and life.
See you on Sunday!
Rev. Suzanne Malloy
Guest Preacher for 7/25
Rev. Sean Chow this Sunday
Our guest preacher this Sunday is the Rev. Sean Chow. Sean is one of the Associates for 1001 New Worshiping Communities with his focus being on developing training resources. He resources and consults with mid-councils, churches, and New Worshiping Communities as they launch new creative expressions of church.
Rev. Chow is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University (2005) and San Francisco Theological Seminary - Southern California (2009). Currently, he is a Doctor of Ministry student at New Theological Seminary. His desire is to be a part of a God driven movement that impacts the world for kingdom’s glory. Over the years he has been a part of developing new ministries through and with existing congregations. Part of his aim is to prepare, equip, and sustain leaders to do the work in which God calls them.
Sean and his family live in Southern California.
Guest Preacher for 8/1
Rev. Brad Munroe preaching August 1
"The Great Co-Missions" (9:30AM worship)
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church
August 1, 2021
Rev. Dr. Brad Munroe
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 (4:00PM)
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.
This Sunday we will continue the series, “GOD & IMPERIAL POWER: Jesus & Economic Injustice” with the third lecture by Dr. Crossan titled “The Resurrection of Jesus: Personal or Communal Vindication.”
"Sometimes,” Dr. Crossan says, “the question is put like this: If you had put the television cameras in front of the tomb on Easter Sunday, would you have seen Jesus come out? Yes, or No?” (audience laughs) “Don’t laugh,” he continues, “that was the title of an actual conference on the subject.” Crossan then says, “The way I put the question is this; why is the western [Christian] tradition so different from the eastern [Christian] tradition?" You might find it useful to check out terms like, "Enlightenment," "Pre-Enlightenment," and “Post-Enlightenment.”
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.