Many of our texts as we journey through these last few weeks of ordinary time ask us to consider what we do in the waiting. Waiting isa theme we will meet again, of course, as we prepare for the birth of the baby this Advent. What kind of waiting brings us closer to knowing God’s kin-dom among us? How might we use the talents, the treasures that God has given us, in ways that contribute to the reign of peace and love for all poeple? We’re not talking about material treasures, but those gifts that makes us who we are—our passions and loves; the beauty we long to be a part of.
This Sunday, as we gather, we will consider what these treasures are. We’ll ask ourselves: What lies close to our own hearts and to the heart of the St Andrew congregation? And we will remember that we are not alone in the waiting. God has made us a people who thrive when we share our treasures—the things that are close to our hearts—and when we, with God’s help, follow the creativity and possibility that comes form such sharing. We want to respond to God’s call to the church to thrive in the communities and with the neighbors we are called to love, and so on Sunday we will also consider together how we might go about exploring what lies at the heart of our wider community.
The converastion will be richer with your particpation and so we hope you will join us. We will not worship in our normal pattern, but the elements of our worship will still be present.
We will start at our usual 10:00am time but plan to stay just a little longer, until around noon. Lunch is provided! If you can’t be with us physically, you can be present to the conversation via our live stream and we will ask you to share your thoughts in email (LearningGroup@standrewpc.org) during or after the event.
Can’t wait to see you!
Readings: Matthew 21:1-11 † Psalm 118 † Isaiah 50:4-9a † Psalm 31:9-16 † Philippians 2:5-11 † Matthew 27:11-54
About the Art: History of Our Community – YMCA Boys and Girls Club, Pearl-Cohn 9th Grade Academy, Nashville, TN. Image retrieved on November 14, 2023 from https://news.vanderbilt.edu/2009/06/11/to-build-a-better-community/.
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