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Weekly Devotions

St. Andrew's is focused on providing opportunities for all to experience the love and grace of Jesus. We offer a variety of ministries that allow everyone to grow closer to God.

Each Wednesday, a devotion is posted here, sent via email to our email list and also posted on our Facebook page. If you would like to be part of our email list please contact the church office. In addition, check out past Devotions on our Facebook page. 

I often receive feedback that the devotions are rich in content and are complex. Reading devotions whether short and concise or longer and complicated should never be read once quickly. All types of devotions should be read multiple times using contemplation, reflection and pausing. In those spaces of contemplation and reflection we experience the Holy Spirit interacting with us. Sometimes, individuals will reach out and provide their thoughts and reflections on their devotion. My intent has always been to create a dialogue. So read these in the way that best works for you to experience the Holy Spirit and create a dialogue with others in our community.

Wednesday April 10, 2024

Hi St. Andrew’s UMC Community …

What is on the agenda for today? What a question to consider in a world of doing instead of being. Today in the midst of what you need to do take a moment and just be. Being is how God created us and just being is the last thing on our agendas. Being means being still and present with our bodies and minds. All our pains and concerns. Being is difficult because we focus on what we carry with us (physically and metaphorically) instead of just being with God. Being with God is stillness and a transcendence of our earthly pain to oneness with God. Being with God is connecting with God in a direct way without our concerns. Can you be still with God today? Our devotion looks at one way to connect with God based on the name used to describe God.

Attempt to Describe the Indescribable

John 3:16-17 (First Nations Version)

“The Great Spirit loves this world of human beings so deeply he gave us his Son – the only Son who represents him. All who trust in him and his way will not come to a bad end, but will have the life of the world to come that never fades away, full of beauty and harmony, Creator did not send his Son to decide against the people of this world, but to set them free from the worthless way of this world.”

Sunday, April 14th The United Methodist Church has designated as Native American Ministries Sunday. You can ready more about it at https://www.umc.org/en/content/native-american-ministries-sunday-ministry-article. In 2021 First Nations Version An Indigenous Translation of the New Testament was published. On page xiii you read this:

Names of God. Great Spirit, Creator, Great Mystery, Maker of Life, Giver of Breath, One Above Us All, and Most Holy One are a few of the names you will find in this translation. Names like these have been chosen in the retelling of the story to honor the simplicity and beauty of our Native understanding of our Great Creator.

Names are an attempt to describe something. What word(s) describe God for you? Do any of the names above resonate for you? Why or why not? Which names do not resonate with you? Why or why not?

Do you feel that multiple names of God adds to God’s greatness or diminishes it? Why is there a need to use multiple names for God? Is experiencing God so diverse that each name that is used to describe God a description of our experience of God? If I was to describe how I experience God I would name God as The Subtle One Who Never Stops Working . What name could you give God based on your experience of God?

Experiencing God is diversity in action. Let us rejoice in the diversity of experiences of God!

Oh Holy One who Never Stops seeking us. May I stop my worldly life and turn to You, the One Who Amazes and Provides and Challenges. May I accept Your Loving Challenge and know You are always there, no matter what challenges I live. Amen.

by Rev. Dave Piltz