From the Pastor

Building God’s Church
What a month it has been here at St.
Andrew’s! Happy Pentecost! May you be
filled with the presence, the words, and the
compassion of our Savior.
In our Bible study we have begun a
deeper dive into the book of 1 st Corinthians. In this super early writing
the Apostle Paul shows us what it takes to
plant a church in the very beginning.
Dealing with some bad behaviors,
improper etiquette at the worship service
and struggling to figure out what to do with the new people that want to become part of the
church. It is real and raw, in many ways the struggles of the early church are the struggles
the church is having today. I invite you to come and be part of this great conversation, we
join in the Gathering Space about 9am, between the services, there is a place for YOU!
We celebrated “Sacrament Sunday” this month during which we welcomed little
Mia Capichionni into the family of faith through baptism and we Affirmed the faith of two
AMAZING young women, Katie and Kayleigh. It was a great way to visualize the journey
of baptism from infant to confirmand. During the two year process of confirmation (also
called the Affirmation of Faith), I invite our young people to write a faith statement,
reflecting on the promises of Baptism that they are taking upon themselves. Katie wrote,
“The Bible verse I chose reads as follows; “Even though I walk through the valley of the
shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort
me.” From Psalm 23:4 KJV, this verse holds meaning for me due to the challenges I’ve
been forced to triumph in life. This verse is a reminder that God will always be with me to
help me through these issues, and that it will all work in the end.
It never surprises me that young people can be such a source of learning and inspiration
to the rest of us. Kayleigh wrote (in part) :
Throughout my childhood I have spent countless Sundays at church within this
community. Although I was not baptized at this church it is where I have grown up and
fulfilled the 5 promises of baptism. I am so grateful for the community I am a part of and all
the experiences and lessons I have gained from church.
As I continue on my journey, I will continue to follow the promises of baptism throughout
my life. By reflecting on my past I have not only found new ways to uphold these promises
but also remembered all the events that led me to this point. I strive to honor these
commitments and spread God’s love into the world.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has
enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34 NIV
I chose this bible verse because it reminds me to focus on the present and not tomorrow
or the past. Tomorrow is tomorrow’s problem so just worry about right now because you
can worry about other things later.
Our young people notice our faith, people are seeing what we say and how we live our
lives. It is as true today as it was in St. Paul’s time. The way you live your life matters, how
you spend your time and resources, what we make important makes a difference!
Blessing on taking your spiritual life into REAL life.
I’ll see you in church, Pastor Dave