Dear St. Andrew's Community and Beyond:
We've designed a special service for you for this 4th of July weekend. Here are some elements to look for:
The opening is a recording of a new hymn, "Eternal God Who Calmed the Waves." Some of you will recognize the melody which comes from what's known as "the Navy hymn," "Eternal Father Strong to Save." The words are hope for God's guidance as we live through the COVID pandemic.
Disciple Dog and I will share a story about how he has shown me better ways to behave in life.
The message is "Faithful Living in the Tragic Gap." I introduce a simple but profound concept by Parker Palmer to help us understand our life and how we can faithfully affirm the meaning of the 4th of July in light of what we are going through this year. Suzanne Malloy joins me in celebrating communion. We invite you to prepare bread and cup for yourself at home before the service begins so you can join us.
Erin and Chris lead us in the songs, including "O Beautiful For Spacious Skies" at the close. I encourage you to keep watching past the final blessing for a delightful arrangement Chris plays of "Rhapsody in Blue." This iconic American piece was composed by George Gershwin, whose family had fled Russia to escape anti-Semitic persecution. Gershwin was heavily influenced by the blues and jazz that had emerged from the African American experience, and so "Rhapsody" reflects the rich cultural diversity that is America at its best.
As usual links for Coffee Hour and Adult Education are below. Please join us.
Blessings on your weekend,