The kingdoms of this world, and the Kingdom of God

Reflecting on a week of strife and confusion

Finishing our series on the Kingdom of God in a week with such turmoil in the world drove home for me the radical divide between the two Kingdoms: that of the world, and that of God.

We watch as terrorism elicits its intended response of confusion, retaliation, and fear-based aggression, here and around the world. It forces us to face the reality that our governments cannot “turn the other cheek.” They cannot offer soul-freeing forgiveness, nor elevate reconciliation above personal safety. No human government can (or should) follow Jesus in his call for such priorities. Can we? Should we?

I pray that we can push past the simplistic and hurtful reactions to Islam of some of our fellow Americans, and our responsibility as a nation towards refugees. I hope that we can hear the higher call of Jesus, and the values of the Kingdom of God, leading us to reconciliation, dialogue, and listening—and above all, to praying for our enemies.

When self-protection makes us see problems instead of seeing people, we need to step back and consider Jesus’ leadership of our lives. Are the values of the Kingdom of God ours? And does our heart truly belong to the Lord of love?

Father John


Pledge Drive 2016 deadline extended

Last date for card return extended to Sunday, November 22

THE last date for members to return cards informing Saint Andrew’s of their pledged contributions for 2016 has been extended to this Sunday, November 22.

Members are asked to prayerfully consider their contribution to the ministries of Saint Andrew’s in 2016. Having complete and accurate pledge information will allow the Vestry and Finance Ministry Group to make informed decisions about the 2016 budget.

A parish ministry meeting will be held in Hamilton Hall during coffee hour on Sunday, December 13 to report on the status of the Pledge Drive 2016 and what affect the Finance Ministry Group has assessed it will have on our ministries for next year.

To return your card, hand it in to the church office, or place in the collection plate in a marked envelope.

 Request a Pledge Drive 2016 card.

What’s happening at Saint Andrew’s this week?

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Vestry meeting

The Vestry (the main leadership body of the parish) will hold its monthly meeting tonight.

Vestry meetings are always open to Saint Andrew’s parishioners.

Thursday, November 19
• Advent House, 7:00 p.m.

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Youth group interest meeting

Youth in Grades 4–12 who would consider forming a youth group are invited to an interest meeting this Sunday.

If your child can’t attend the meeting, please contact Kevin Johnston, Children’s Minister, so that he or she can still be included in our plans.

Sunday, November 22
• At the home of Kevin and Meggan Johnston, 4022 South County Road 125 East, Greencastle (⇪ Google Maps), 4:00–6:00 p.m.

 Confirm attendance with Kevin, or request more information.

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Mothers’ support group

The mothers’ support group will meet this Monday.

Monday, November 23
• At the home of Emily Knuth, 150 East County Road 300 South, Greencastle (⇪ Google Maps), 8:00 p.m.

For your calendar


Youth group interest meeting
Sunday, November 22
• At the home of Kevin and Meggan Johnston, 4022 South County Road 125 East (⇪ Google Maps), 4:00–6:00 p.m.

Mothers’ support group
Monday, November 23
• At the home of Emily Knuth, 150 East County Road 300 South, Greencastle (⇪ Google Maps), 8:00 p.m.



Thursday, November 19
• Advent House, 7:00 p.m.

Fun & Fellowship
Sunday, November 22
• Advent House, immediately after coffee hour.

Recent sermons

► VII. There’s Room for the Old and the New
November 15

â–º VI. How Our Lives Fit In
November 8

â–º V. No Room for Grudges
November 1

The Rev. Dr. John G. Rumple, Rector of Greencastle

Sunday service 10:15 a.m.
Office hours Mon–Thu 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


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