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St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church
Sunday Worship Service

Dear Extended Community:

This week I was mindful of celebrating Memorial Day in the midst of the pandemic. My thoughts turned to experiences of loss and transformation as I have encountered them in my personal life, my pastoral career, and in my work at Hospice of Santa Barbara. The sermon is "Hearts Broken and Renewed."

Luis Moreno is our reader.

Disciple Dog shares a story of what he will be doing on Memorial Day.

The images include two by Van Gogh, "Old Man in Sorrow" painted near the end of his life and "Irises;" I read once that the white iris possibly represents Van Gogh himself as he felt isolated from others but nevertheless grounded in the same living earth. The painting and quote regarding the broken heart was created by a teenage client of ours when I was at Hospice. There is also the abstract "Light" by Sue Kemnitz, an anonymous photograph suggesting transformation and a photo of the cemetery at Arlington.

Once again we will be blessed with a piano prelude from Chrstopher Davis, and "Great Is Thy Faithfulness," "Spirit of the Living God" and "A Hymn of Peace" led by Chris and Erin McKibben.

At the close of the service, in place of the usual blessing and response, we've included an inspiring video of more than 60 churches in the UK singing "The Lord Bless You and Keep You."   Thank you to Carol Lefley and others for bringing this to our attention.

Below you will see a suggestion for observing Memorial Day this year passed on by Nancy McKenzie and notice of a national service of remembrance on Sunday received from Judith Muller. You can also find links to coffee hour and the adult education class.

I hope we will all find reasons for gratitude, hope and purpose this weekend.


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Nancy McKenzie shares this from the American Legion...

You can light a red candle to remember those who shed their blood in combat and made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country. A white candle can remind us all of the POWs and MIAs who are not yet home from wartime service. A blue candle can symbolize our eternal love of those who did come home but have since left us. Any way you choose, light a candle of remembrance, or three, for the fallen to let the world know that Memorial Day matters deeply, even if ceremonies and public observances are significantly changed this year.

Light  Candles -- > American Legion

Rev. Judith Muller reminds us of the national Ecumenical Memorial Service...

The National Council of Churches USA (NCC) will hold a public online memorial service on Sunday, May 24, 2020, 6:00 ET to mourn the more than 300,000 people worldwide who have lost their lives to the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 90,000 of whom were in the United States. The NCC is comprised of 38 member communions ranging from mainline Protestant to historic African American and Orthodox churches.  Register for the event by visiting

Register --> Memorial Service

Kirk Grier suggests you might want to dust off your bugle or trumpet...

CBS News "On the Road" correspondent Steve Hartman and retired Air Force bugler Jari Villanuevaare are asking veterans, musicians, teachers, and students of all abilities and ages to sound Taps on their front lawns, porches, and driveways at 3 p.m. local time this Monday, May 25th.  They hope that the nationwide event will offer an opportunity to pause for a moment to pay tribute to fallen service members and victims of the coronavirus pandemic while maintaining social distancing guidelines.  Want to know more?

Check Out --> Taps Across America

Coffee Hour...

Sunday, May 24  10:30 am - 11:00 am:  A virtual COFFEE HOUR.  Join the ZOOM meeting (invitation below) to meet and greet our church family online.

Topic: St. Andrew's Zoom Coffee Hour

Time: May 24, 2020 10:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 818 6243 3218

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Sunday, May 24, 11:00 am: A virtual ADULT EDUCATION.

Adult Education this Sunday: On Sunday, May 24 we will show the Discussion Panel that followed the conclusion of Walter Brueggemann’s lecture from March of 2018 in Charlotte, NC, on GOD. MONEY. NEIGHBOR. The Economics of Compassion. Brueggemann called for a fundamental change in how we read the Bible in light of the importance of the concept of Neighbor in how possible economies function. The Discussion Panel addressed what a Neighborly Economy might look like with respect to Local Development, Public Policy and Criminal Justice. The lecture is at this link for those who may have missed the previous classes or wish to view it again. Please join us at 11 AM in the Zoom Window Room!

Time: May 24, 2020 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Topic: SAPCUSA Adult Ed
Time: May 24, 2020 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 819 5256 3110
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St Andrews Presbyterian Church

4575 Auhay Drive, Santa Barbara
CA 93110 United States


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