“Come as you are to worship!” All people are welcome! Large print prayers books are available.
Our Sunday Rite II service is at 9:30 a.m. with hymns and praise music. Coffee time and Adult Inspirations follow the service. Children (ages 3 through 3rd grade) meet during the readings and sermon and return for the Peace and Communion with their families. Living the Good News lessons are presented during the school year and activities during the summer.
On the first and third Wednesdays, the service is held at Rittenhouse at 9:30 a.m.. Equally as important as connecting with God, these services afford us an opportunity to connect with the residents. Come worship and be a friend to our senior brothers and sisters in Christ! http://www.rittenhousesl.com/comm-michigancity/
Dollars for Dogs Fundraiser: Saturday, July 14 – The final fundraiser for the Michigan City Wide VBS is on Saturday, July 14 at Kabelin’s Ace Hardware at 432 St. John Road in Michigan City from 10:30am-2:30pm. Please spread the word about this event!
An Ice Cream Social hosted by St. Andrew’s is planned for Sunday, July 15th from 1-3 pm. The purpose of this event is to welcome and connect with our neighbors. We are deeply united through our common faith in Christ, and we are called to live out that connection. Please invite a friend or two and also plan to be present yourself! Flyers are available in the narthex!
From Fr. Rob: One of the benefits I have as your priest is that I qualify for a 6-week sabbatical after five years of ministry. I am planning on using that benefit during the month of June and the first two Sundays of July. I’m very grateful for Bishop Ed Little, Father Jim Lodwick and Pastor Jim Swanson, who will celebrate and preach in my absence. I’m very grateful for this opportunity to recharge my spiritual batteries and attend worship services as a participant, not the leader, for a few weeks. June 3, Pastor Jim Swanson; June 10, Fr. Jim Lodwick; June 17, Bishop Ed Little; June 24, Pastor Jim Swanson.
The dates for this year’s VBS program are Monday, July 23 through Friday, July 27. Please strongly consider volunteering for this effort to help kids learn about Jesus. Children wanting to attend the program must be pre-registered! Registration opens on June 4 and closes July 13. For more information, go to www.mcvbs.com.
From Fr. Rob: Millions of television viewers tuned in for the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Megan Markle on Saturday, May 19, 2018. The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Michael Curry, was invited to be the preacher. Presiding Bishop Curry delivered a powerful, passionate sermon that left viewers and news correspondents abuzz. Proof that Bishop Curry stole the show included being lampooned on Saturday Night Live, which always references newsworthy current events from a comedic point of view.
Using the 8th chapter of the Song of Solomon as his jumping off point, Presiding Bishop Curry Curry’s topic was the motivational and transformational power of love. Additionally, given that Megan Markle identifies as being of mixed race, having an African American preacher quoting the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King in this midst of the sermon brought a distinctly American flavor to this British royal event.
I was both delighted and challenged by Presiding Bishop’s sermon. Unfortunately for St. Andrew’s, I don’t preach with the charismatic intensity of Bishop Curry. However, what if all of us Episcopalians shared Bishop Curry’s passion for Jesus and expressed it in ways that are authentic to who we are as individuals? What was delightful about this sermon was how “un-Episcopalian” it was! What if we too broke the stereotype of what Episcopalian Christians are like by boldly sharing our love for Jesus? That’s the challenge: taking the risk of being open about our faith, even though Episcopalians are notorious for disdaining evangelism.
Presiding Bishop Curry quoted the hymn, There is a Balm in Gilead: “If you cannot preach like Peter, if you cannot pray like Paul, you can tell the love of Jesus and say, ‘He died for all.’” None of us can preach like Bishop Curry, but all of us can choose to tell the love of Jesus! God bless you and see you in church on Sunday! Rob +
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