|"For this is what the Lord has commanded us: 'I have made you a light for
the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the end of the earth.'"
|Saint Andrew Lutheran Church
Rev. Andrew Nelson, Pastor
|A message from
Saint Andrew Lutheran Church
|Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Easter and Christmas are the two highest points in the Church
calendar, celebrating the Incarnation and the Resurrection.
Christmas is about light in the darkness, the coming of God in human
flesh to toddle and grow among us as any other human...but not
entirely as any other human. As most people, certainly, knowing
hunger, and fear, and want. His family ran from threats on his life,
becoming refugees before he was even old enough to walk. They
grew up oppressed by a violent military power flexing across
an ever expanding empire.
What a strange position for God to choose, when it would have been
far more comfortable to be born to the King, raised as Moses was in
Pharaoh’s courts with every possible need met and tended to.
Coming in human flesh, with human vulnerabilities, Jesus did not
Incarnate in a very privileged position.
Which is one of the reasons his crucifixion was inevitable. He lived a
life fully embracing his identity as God’s Beloved, unwilling to bow
to the pressures to chase political power or fame, tending the needs
of those who came to him for healing, lifting up those scapegoated by
the oppressive systems which claimed to sustain peace, embracing
those who had been thrown away as "unworthy."
And when his insistence on every person’s inherent worthiness
started to threaten the power systems of the day...well, we
assassinated American civil rights activist, Fred Hampton, and the
Catholic Archbiship of El Salvador, Rev. Oscar Romero, for many
similar reasons, didn’t we?
But the miracle, the hope, the power of Easter, is that death threats
cannot silence the Truth of our interdependence. We crucified Jesus
to silence him, as we still seek to silence those who think or profess
or live differently than whoever happens to be in power at the
But Jesus didn’t stay dead. Life will always triumph, no matter how
badly our fear may protest. And perfect love will ultimately have the
last word, casting out all fear, catching all of our tears, feeding us
with the Bread of Life. Until we can finally love ourselves,
and each other, as God does.
Yours in Christ,
The Rev. Andrew Tobias Nelson, Pastor
Saint Andrew Lutheran Church
Organic Community Garden
Our Garden Coordinators, Anna and Molly Sample, are
getting ready for spring plantings. It will soon be time to get
the beds cleaned and ready for planting.
Anyone interested in one or more beds for vegetables or
flowers please contact Anna or Molly: --
More detailed information will be available soon.
World Earth Day
April 22, 2021
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
"The environment is where we all meet, where we all have a
mutual interest; it is one thing that all of us share. It is not only
a mirror of ourselves, but a focusing lens on what we can
Saint Andrew Community Outreach
At their March meeting, the church Council voted for the three
local agencies to be the recipients of the tithing portion
of the gift received earlier this year from a former member.
The recipients will each receive a gift of $200.00.
They are: --
Saint Andrew is happy to be of service to these most worthy
Poetry is like springtime!
It comes out of the dark, it shines in the sun, it is both expected
and surprising, and there are signs of it everywhere you turn.
How many robins have you seen thus far? Crocuses? Daffodils?
Tulips? Pastel-colored Easter eggs? Mud puddles? Green
whisps at the end of winter-barren tree branches?
The second creation narrative in Genesis begins, a few verses
into the second chapter: "When no bush of the field was yet in
the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for
the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there
was no human to work the ground, and a mist was going up
from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground—
Sounds like Spring to me! And no small amount of poetry
either. There are so many different forms of writing,
storytelling, reflecting on the world as it was, and is, and might
be, all throughout the Bible.
Mary Oliver (1936-2019) is one of my favorite poets and has
written beautiful imagery around prayer, belonging, and
bearing witness to the world. I really appreciate her dedication
to paying attention. Poetry is a beautiful way to pay attention
to both the world around us and the goings on within us.
Perhaps this spring you can find yourself paying attention for a
moment to the present, smells, colors, surprises, feelings, and
open to the gratitude and grace of the right now, to what fertile
soil God might be planting within your own heart and soul.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Andrew Nelson
|-- Lady Bird Johnson, First Lady of the
United States, Wife of President
Lyndon B. Johnson