Category Archive: E-pistle

Apr 06 2017

Esperanza Means Hope

“It is an incredible example of what vision, commitment, and passion for the gospel can yield . . .” Last Thursday I visited Esperanza, a faith-based organization headquartered in the Hunting Park neighborhood of Philadelphia, and one whose impact reaches beyond. It is an incredible example of what vision, commitment, and passion for the gospel …

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Mar 23 2017

What God Joins Together

“So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What God has joined together, let no one separate.” –Matthew 19:6 The familiar words “What God has joined together” are often invoked at weddings. What do they mean? In a covenant relationship, freedom is essential. Freedom is indispensable to the truth of love. Partners in a …

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Mar 09 2017

Vocation and Vitality

"The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet." --Frederick Buechner

Carol Howard Merritt has asked the leaders of our church to ponder this statement about God’s call in our lives. It is part of our “homework” before our next conference with Carol, and it is fertile territory for reflection and inspiration. “Where is that intersection for St. Andrew’s Church?”, Carol also asks. That is a …

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Feb 16 2017

Perfect Love

“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” –Matthew 5:48 Perfect Love. It’s a great theme for the week of Valentine’s Day, don’t you think? With Jesus, “perfect love’ is less the stuff of Hallmark cards and more the intentional action in our day-to-day living. In the gospel text for this coming Sunday, Jesus …

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Jan 26 2017

Sticking With Love

I've decided to stick with love . . . Hate is too great a burden to bear. - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Bonnie Hill’s marvelous bulletin board in our lower lobby offers us the visage and powerful words of Martin Luther King, Jr. during the month when we celebrate his birthday. Dr. King was not just God’s gift to America, but also a divine gift to the church. His proclamation of the gospel and his willingness to …

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Jan 12 2017

A Community of Reverence

Dear Friends, There is a woman who lives in an eldercare home not far from here. For many years she tended to the young people growing up in this church. She knew them all: conversing with them, playing with them, listening to them, encouraging them, feeding them, perceiving their pain, applying the balm of love …

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