Sermons and News

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church is part of the Progressive Christianity community of believers.

We are based in the scriptures and truths found in the teachings of Jesus Christ.
We are engaged in the contemporary world through our ministries and programs.
We hope that you will browse our pages and investigate what issues are of current concern to our Congregation.
We invite you to experience our beliefs by attending either of our Sunday services.  A video archive of Dr. Rigby’s sermons can be found under “Sermons.”

For more of Jim’s philosophy and views, visit his blog at www.jimrigby.org.

We speak to the young though regular Sunday school programs, organized activities and Mr. Monkey’s Treehouse.

Service for Wholeness

All – members, visitors, family, and friends – are encouraged to join us at 5:00pm on the second Sunday of each month for Service for Wholeness – a contemplative candlelight worship experience that will be offered by St. Andrew’s. This hour long service will include extended times for silence and meditation, sung prayer in the style of the communities of faith in Taizé and Iona, a brief reflective homily, and communion.

“Healing was an integral part of the ministry of Jesus which the church has been called to continue as one dimension of its concern for the wholeness of people. Through services for wholeness, the church enacts in worship its ministry as a healing community.” (Book of Order, Section w-3.5401)

This type of service is not appropriate for young children. Please let us know if childcare is required.

Palm Sunday Service

Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014, 8:15am & 10:45am in the church sanctuary

Our theme for the Palm Sunday parade this year will be I Have a Dream.  Everyone is invited to create a sign expressing a specific dream that would create a better world.  For example “Fair wages for all,” “Access to clean water,”  “Pro Choice,”  “Legalize Marriages for Gay folks”  etc.  Our children have been learning about Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement.  Their sign will lead the parade of palms and signs.

Maundy Thursday & Good Friday Services

Maundy Thursday, April 17, 2014, 7:00pm in the church sanctuary

The word “Maundy” is rooted in the word “commandment.”  According to John’s gospel, it was on a long ago Thursday in an upper room in Jerusalem that Jesus verbalized anew the ancient prophets’ proclamation, truly a very old commandment that we should love one another.  Jesus had been living that proclamation all through his ministry, calling people to be light, to be salt, to be people who live lovingly.  But on that Thursday night he spoke it aloud yet again:  You should love one another.

On that same night, according to all four of the gospel writers, Jesus transformed an ancient Jewish rite – the Seder meal, which commemorated the escape of Hebrew slaves from Egypt – into a new commemorative meal full of new symbols, this meal now called “Holy Eucharist” or “Holy Communion.”

Thus, during our Maundy Thursday worship service we will remember the life of Jesus, how he loved and called all people to live likewise, and we will share together the bread and cup.

Good Friday, April 18, 2014, 7:00pm in the church sanctuary

Though it has been portrayed by the most gifted artists down through the centuries, it is not a pretty picture to behold.  The pain that’s portrayed elicits a corresponding pain in our own heart, and so it’s not surprising that we would want to avoid that portrait, the story of the crucifixion of Jesus.  Yet it is good to hear this bad story.  We do not listen using the pain as self-flagellation, as a way to punish ourselves for our own times of wrong-doing.  Nor do we listen to it as giving us permission to unleash our own propensity to persecute, our own self-righteous anger and blame.  We listen to this bad story for a good reason:  so that the pain we experience as empathetic listeners may seal a heart-to-heart bond of solitary between us and all who are abused, between us and all who in one way or another are crucified, whether the damage is physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, between us and all who are victims of bigotry and greed and cruelty, whether they suffer physical death or a living which is squashed, as if dead.  And we listen, too, so that remembering what we felt as we listened will strengthen our commitment on other days, our commitment to effect societal change, each of us in our own ways, our commitment to be light within Love’s light for the sake of the world.

Thus, during our Good Friday worship service, Rev. Jim Rigby and Rev. Ilene Dunn will read aloud together the whole of one of the passion narratives.  The remainder of the service will be quiet and contemplative, utilizing taize-style music and meditation.