As you call to mind one of the saints who has gone before you, think of what you most admired about them. To truly honor that person—instead of just thinking about the good they did—commit yourself to emulating them. Live into your own saintliness, “Doing unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Parishioners Bill, Amy and Morgan Vice shared what spiritual vitality and St. Andrew's mean to them.
We know how it feels to lose something special to us and to find it. The Gospel of Luke tells us a powerful message: that we are the lost sheep or the treasure that has been found.
The Christian journey is not just about us, our comfort, or our personal salvation; it’s about helping reconcile the world to God; making choices and taking actions that are life-giving.
What does keeping the Sabbath really mean, especially in today's busy world?
By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as if it were dry land, but when the Egyptians attempted to do so they were drowned. "Whadda’ya think about that?" Sound familiar?
"Don't be afraid." Sound familiar? Those are the words Abram hears God say in this morning's passage from Genesis. Jesus offers the same advice to the disciples in our Gospel reading: "Do not be afraid."
Mother Brenda suggests that our objection to life not being fair lies in our fear of not being enough ourselves. We have to have more money, more power, more possessions…more of whatever it is, to fill the holes we feel inside, continuously hoping that we will, at some point, be enough. But the Gospel points us in another direction.
Mother Brenda talks about how Martha and Mary's story can help us figure out what's really important.
Our youth group's experience on their mission trip to Cortez, Colorado taught them about God's love for us and how they can spread that love through servitude, gratitude and selflessness.
As a Christians community, we often talk about God as the source and power of all, but do we really believe that it's the power of God operation in our lives? Mother Brenda explores the idea of power in the Gospel of Luke.
Mother Brenda shares an experience that she had while teaching in Honduras that illuminates the Gospel of Luke.
Connie McIntire has been a member of St. Andrew's for 47 years. She shared her thoughts on Spiritual Vitality on a recent Sunday.
"What's in it for me" is seen as a selfish way to look at the world, but Mother Brenda reminds us it can be a powerful way to look at scripture.
Mother Brenda tells us that the thin places and the in-between places are not always comfortable but while sometimes they make us aware of things we’d rather not look at, they can also be places of letting go, of transformation, of healing.
Wars have been fought and worldwide councils have been held over the concept of the trinity. Father Tom Wilson helps us understand the trinity a little more deeply.
To know and be known, to love and be loved, this is what God offers to us. What does this enable us to do?
We never know what God has in store for us personally, but we do know that what’s in store is so much more than we can imagine.
The Risen Christ meets us right where we are—in the midst of our everyday lives; in the midst of our pain and brokenness; in the midst of our sin, and in the midst of our hunger. And the only thing he asks of us is, “Do you love me?”. How are you answering that question in your own life?
As we gathered on Easter morning, Mother Brenda encouraged us to reflect on reverence. For when time stands still, the opportunity is created for us to slow down; to feel awe, respect, and gratitude; to find meaning in life.
Will we make choices based on only what is good for our own well-being and that of our family? Or will we act in the self-emptying ways of Jesus, taking into consideration the long-term and far-reaching effects our decisions have on the systems in which we live?
There’s a still, small voice calling out to each one of us saying, “we have sacrificed so much to get to this place…we’re here together in the presence of the living Christ…who cares about the expense!”
On Refreshment Sunday, Mother Brenda reminds us that in our repentance, we experience redemption; in redemption we know true joy. We are all invited to the table for the fiesta!
While we know that the protective hen is the one we'd rather be, why do we sometimes act like the sly fox, sure we can outwit the system? Mother Brenda tells us Lent is a good time to think about how to be more like the hen.
Sometimes we choose our desert and sometimes it chooses us. Either way, we'll be faced with temptations once we are there--how do we respond?
What does the Gospel say about appearances? Not necessarily the same thing as the United States Marine Corps. Listen now as the Rev. Theodore O. Atwood tells us more--and works the Super Bowl in, as well.
We can be quick to judge a person or situation based on one aspect of that person or situation without knowing the whole story. Life is becoming increasingly polarized with less and less nuance. Listen now as The Rev. Canon Allisyn Thomas shares how the Gospel helps us respond as Christians.
Partly as a response to the recent action by the Anglican Communion, Mother Brenda tells us Paul makes it clear that unity is not the same as uniformity. When is it okay to resist the command to "get back in line"?
Jesus is not a wedding crasher, but an invited guest. Once we've invited Jesus into our own lives, he can transform the ordinary--but we have to listen to him.
The magi show us that we don’t have to completely understand what we’re doing.
In the beginning was the Word: what is your word for 2016? Mother Brenda helps us find ours with this reflection from the beginning of a new year.
God rebuilds, gathers, heals, binds-up, calls, lifts, casts, covers, prepares, provides…and the list goes on! What have we done to deserve this abundance?
Find out why starting a sermon with "you brood of vipers" is not good practice. Pastor Bill Harmon explains in this week's sermon.
How do we turn fear into courage? Mother Brenda encourages us to allow the breath of God to turn darkness into light.
We know how to get ready for a baby; make a place for him to lie down, give him a pillow for his head, and find a blanket to swaddle him with. But how do we get ready for the second coming?
Where we focus makes all the difference.
Like our patron saint, Andrew, let's follow Jesus with our hearts, but also with our feet.