Advent is here, with changes to our worship schedule. During Advent, we will offer a Taize service with Eucharist at 8:00 AM. These quiet and reflective services, with a meditation, begin December 1st followed on the 8th, 15th and 22nd. We will also have our traditional Book of Common Prayer Eucharist service at 10:30 AM each Sunday.
On Christmas Eve, the 24th, we will have a Family Service at 5:30 pm and a Traditional Choral Service beginning at 7:30 pm. The 7:30 pm service will begin with a few Christmas Carols, immediately moving into the service. Seating often is tight, so come early! Our Christmas Day service will be a “said” service at 10:00 AM.
Pictured above is a prior year’s gathered results for gifts to the 1st Graders of Oaklawn and Cooper Schools. We are once again gathering individual gifts for the 200 or so 1st graders at these schools. If you would like to participate in this giving, you may bring your gift to the Church or if you like, our Outreach Group will go shopping for you.
Our focus is how we might Love God with all of our heart, our mind and our soul (The First Commandment). All people are beloved by God, no matter where they live, their race, cultural background, sexual orientation, education, wealth or lack of wealth or any other category someone might come up with. God loves us all and wants each of us to know and to experience that love.
At St. Andrew’s we seek to share God’s love, in our church, in our community and in the world. Shown above is a picture from a prior Christmas-time project to show and share God’s love. Our families worked together to select, purchase and wrap individual gifts for each 1st Grade student at Oaklawn and Cooper schools. Individual stocking stuffers were also provided, along with additional gifts that the Communities in Schools representatives distributed.
Our Middle School and High School Youth group are encouraged to bring their “tough” questions for discussion. Fr. Tom is taking part, sharing with the youth about their questions and other questions that might not be raised. Doubts are recognized and discussed, even as the absolute of God’s love for everyone is affirmed.
Often it will be very clear from the discussions that there are no easy answers. Everyone will be encouraged to share their thoughts as to the “tough questions” as well as the “tough answers”. Our group’s focus will be to see God at work in the world, even as the world doesn’t always fit into neat categories or answers. We will be talking about how we might live in our world, while also sharing God’s love with everyone. Again, no easy answers at any age.
Our Outreach to the World Group, Adult Education and Bible studies will begin to meet again this September. Please come and join us in worshiping God and his Risen Son, Jesus. Come and journey with us, as we prayerfully ask what God might have in store for us as individuals, as a church community and as Jesus’ “hands in the world”. Please bring an open mind and an open heart, seeking to experience God’s love in your life.
If you have questions about our services or any matter please contact Fr. Tom. He may be reached at the Church Office, 788-2595 or on his cell phone, 648-5870.
Again, come and worship with us! Our Sunday service begins at 10:30 am and is followed by a social time of coffee and conversation. Coffee and conversation follows each service.
God’s Peace be with you,