Sermon Series: God In Motion

9/26 - 10/31/2021

St. Andrew is embarking on a nine-month journey through the narrative of the Bible to uncover a clearer understanding of who God is, and this series is the first chapter of that exploration. Where did it all begin? In six weeks we will cover some of the densest books of the Bible, from God’s creation of all things, to God’s covenant promise, to the life of Moses. We’ll join together in discovering our roots, the source of it all: God is.


10/30 - 10/31/2021 | The Covenant Foundation

After leading his people out of Egypt, God takes them to Mt. Sinai, where God and the Israelites enter into a covenant. God tells them how to align their society and their lives with God’s moral will (the Law) and also tells them how to build a suitable dwelling place for God to be near his people. Sadly, even in the midst of this covenant-making, the people rebel against God, making a golden idol and worshipping it. You might think God would abandon this project, but no, that would not be God, who is relentless and undeterred in his love. God reveals himself to be merciful and gracious, boundless in steadfast love. So God occupies the tabernacle constructed by the people and they press on to the Promised Land.

10/23 - 10/24/2021 | Exodus

Enslaved for a couple of centuries, God’s people, the family of Abraham, have nearly lost hope, but then God raises up Moses and through him, God confronts Pharaoh, forcing the release of the Hebrews in a massive exodus across the Red Sea, with YHWH leading them at every step. This is THE salvation event of the Hebrew Scriptures, remembered and reflected upon in the many centuries to come. Their God has rescued them and is bringing them back to Canaan, the land promised Abraham centuries before. This is God’s work, for, indeed, God is in motion!

10/16 - 10/17/2021 | The Relentless Promise

The family grows as Jacob has twelve sons and some daughters beside, by two wives and two servants. The sons will grow to be the patriarchs of the twelve tribes that will constitute the people called Israel. One son, Joseph, is the first-born of the woman Jacob truly loved, Rachel. Joseph is sold into slavery in Egypt but God can find good purpose even in this. When the land promised of Canaan succumbs to drought and famine, the family of the promise survive because of God’s hand in Joseph’s work with the Pharaoh. They will end up enslaved, but God will come to their rescue again . . . and again.

10/9 - 10/10/2021 | The Rescue Begins

And so, we learn God’s next step in God’s rescuing of humanity and God’s creation. God chooses one elderly married couple, Abraham and Sarah, through whom the project will go forward. An odd choice it seems, until we see Abraham’s faith in action. This family will be ones through whom “all the families of the earth” will be blessed. They are, like us, fragile people who don’t always make good choices. But they have been chosen for this and so their family, to be more numerous than the stars, is begun. Abraham & Sarah to Isaac & Rebekah and then to Jacob . . . and Rachel. Through them the line of the promise is traced.

10/2 - 10/3/2021 | Rebellion

Tragically, darkness falls across God’s good creation as the humans choose to rebel against their creator, doing the one thing God told them not to do. In that decision, they are separated from the One who loves them and each other. They are cast out of the garden and will not eat from the Tree of Life, for death will now be theirs. No sooner do they leave and start a family, then one son murders the other. This is what their rebellion against God has wrought. Soon, it is evil, evil, evil everywhere, from morning thru the night. God tries a new start with Noah and his family, but again, the humans set their own course, building a tower to the heavens.

9/25 - 9/26/2021 | God Creates

God creates everything there is and pronounces it good. He creates humans in his image and gives them responsibility over the earth and all its creatures. Indeed, God forms a man from the dust of the earth and breathes life into the man. Then because the man needs a companion, a helper, God fashions a woman from the man and gives them both a beautiful garden in which to live, to work, to raise a family, and to love.

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More Than Conquerors
5/14 - 6/19/2022
In the early first century, culturally speaking, everything was positioned around the idea that a nation ought to expand and conquer to accumulate power and influence. In this way, the movement that began with Jesus was positioned well to be a religion that was focused on going out in the world, spreading its message to new nations, and converting others to this system of beliefs. The world was primed for a religious movement that would respond to the great commission, and in effect, go forth and conquer. Yet, the church was not about conquering. It did not hope to extinguish and assimilate every other person and culture. Instead, the early church grew on the basis that it had the ability to universally speak to the human condition of brokenness and offer hope and promise in the wake of that very condition. The church would be more than the conquerors. Everyone was coming to believe in the promise of God. The Gospel reached into different cultures, differently idioms and languages altogether. In this message, they preached and believed that Jesus would return again, and would return again sooner rather than later. Nobody could have fathomed the idea that 2000 years into the future, we would still be waiting on this return. They were teaching each other lessons and lifting each other up in the hopes that they would be alive to see the grand return. However, those lessons taught have a practicality that transcends any time period. In growing over this time, the church moved beyond the disciples. What was once an effort of individuals and leaders who had all had direct connections to, and conversations with, the risen Lord now transitioned to a movement of different ages, nations, and races of converted believers who had simply heard the Good News of the Gospel. They would lean on their own spiritual experiences of the divine rather than tangible interactions with God Incarnate. What will leadership look like in this new Church? Who can be a part of this faith movement? What will be required to participate? Most importantly, how do those messages speak to us today?
4/23 - 5/8/2022
Easter has come, Christ has been resurrected. We have enjoyed the big celebrations, the Easter egg hunts, and the family meals, but we forget that there was more than an empty tomb after Christ was resurrected. There were more visits than the brief encounter of the women in the garden. A fully resurrected Christ is a free Christ. Jesus could have gone anywhere and done anything after the resurrection, and yet he chose to search for the disciples. Jesus sought out the ones who abandoned and failed him more than anyone else. The ones who swore loyalty disappeared. The ones who followed in his footsteps for three years turned their backs on the suffering Savior. The ones who pledged to help transform the world abandoned the mission in fear and shame. Yet the story of the cross and resurrection is true for each of us through the power of God’s grace: we are more than our worst moments. The worst thing is never the last thing. What might those disciples have been feeling after the cross? Can you imagine the deep silence between them? The shared knowledge of their failures? The unrelenting question: “What now?” Brene Brown defines shame as “an intensely painful feeling or experience of believing that we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love, belonging, and connection.” It is not hard to imagine the deep shame of these disciples, one that each of them knew intimately and yet did not want to name. Shame assigns identity based on our worst moments. It thrives on secrecy. It is “the fear that something we’ve done or failed to do, an ideal we’ve not lived up to, or a goal we’ve not accomplished makes us unworthy of connection” (Brene Brown, Atlas of the Heart, 137). We see over and over again in the Gospels and Acts scenes of redemption and healing through God’s grace. Jesus could have chosen to abandon the ones who left him at the cross, who pretended they did not even know him, to start from scratch with better disciples. Yet in God’s infinite grace and unrelenting love, the disciples were chosen for connection, relationship, and entrusted with the mission of Christ. Jesus confronts their failures head on. This is the Christian story: our deepest shame is redeemed and we are transformed into world-changing disciples