To know Christ and to make Christ known
Services at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Worship with us on Facebook at 10:00 a.m.
Alleluia! Christ is risen.
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!
Pierce County has shifted back into Phase Two with regard to protecting our community in this Covid-19 pandemic. The Governor’s Guidelines for churches limits indoor worship attendance to 25% of the building capacity. Since are limiting our congregation to 30 persons at each service plus other leaders, we are below our 25% capacity at just over 50, so we will continue to offer both in-person and online worship each Sunday.
One change in going back to Phase Two will be that congregational singing is not allowed. So we will have singers to lead the congregation at home to sing your hymns with exuberance, but we will not sing in-person. Our 10 am service will be livestreamed as usual.
If you plan to attend worship in-person this Sunday, please sign up at this direct link. (You can also go to the link from our website.) Registration will be open until Friday at 7 pm. Afterwards, please call the Church Office and leave a message.
This Sunday at both services I will be joined by a Guest Preacher: the Rev. Dr. Eric Jackson. Eric is a National Baptist pastor who has participated in many ecumenical services locally, and until recently was the Pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Tacoma. He is also a retired Army Chaplain (LTC).
Last Sunday I spoke about “practicing Resurrection”. The phrase comes from a poem by Wendell Berry. I mentioned 7 simple ways to practice in our daily lives. Here they are again:
* Practice gratitude for whatever blessings you have. For whatever is good and beautiful. Be thankful, and it will open you up to the grace of resurrection life.
* Practice forgiveness. Forgive those around you, since God has forgiven us through the resurrection of Jesus from our death of sin. Forgiveness allows new life to rise in a relationship that was dying and releases the other person to experience new life with you.
* Practice faith. Remember and claim God’s presence and love and power with you, even in the face of trials and crises and evil.
* Practice humor and laughter and playfulness. Easter is the triumph of life over death, which means that Death does not get the last laugh. Laugh with Christ. Laugh because after Good Friday and the tomb, there is Resurrection. Eastern Orthodox teachers like to speak of how Easter is the greatest joke on earth.
* Practice justice and being a witness to the Truth, because when we work for justice and stand against injustice and falsehood, we are participating in God’s resurrection power and are available for God to use us to build the resurrection kingdom.
* Practice being open to the present moment, and open to being surprised. The resurrection is the ultimate surprise. It comes to us where we are.
* Practice encouraging and affirming others, that they might experience the resurrection and new life also.
These ways or notes for practicing resurrection in our on-going, daily lives. As you practice them, I believe that Christ’s resurrection will become more real and powerful for you. The resurrection will also become more real for this community and world, to which we are sent by our Risen Lord as witnesses.
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Information for Worship in Person
Register here for our service at 8:00 or 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 18, 2021.
Registration is required in order to attend in person!!
When you arrive, you will also be required to sign a consent and release form.
Here is a link to the form, if you wish to print it out and fill it out in advance.
You can still worship with us on Facebook on Sundays at 10:00 a.m.
Please read the following information before coming to church.
In compliance with the State of Washington’s “Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery” plan and the Diocese of Olympia’s “Guide to Gathering in Person”, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Tacoma, Washington requires that you be informed of the symptoms, and mechanisms of spread, of the 2019 novel Coronavirus (COVID-19); attest to be symptom free at time of entering the premises, consent to the risks of working, volunteering, or participating in any activity on the premises, and to release St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church from liability in the event of exposure or sickness.
COVID-19 is an illness caused by a virus that is spread person-to-person or by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes, nose, mouth, or face. The virus is believed to be spread primarily through respiratory droplets. Those who have been infected have reported mild to severe symptoms, and can include: Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.
While all people are at risk of contracting COVID-19, older people (over the age of 65) and those with underlying health conditions (heart or lung disease, diabetes, etc.) are at greater risk of adverse health effects and death and are strongly encouraged to stay home.
If you have experienced any of the above symptoms within 14 days prior to the event you plan to attend at St. Andrew’s, or have come into contact with anyone who has shown signs of these symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19 within the same 14 day period, you are required not to attend the event at St. Andrew’s and strongly encouraged to contact your medical care provider.
Here is a link to the full St. Andrew's attendance protocols, as approved by the Vestry.
Friendly tips for on-line worship
Once you get to our Facebook page, our Livestream will appear in the right-hand column, beginning at 9:55, giving you plenty of time to connect before the service commences at 10:00 a.m. If you have trouble finding the Livestream window, consult our Troubleshooting Guide. If you find the window and cannot connect, try several times. If it still doesn't work, please email us and let us know so that we can try and fix the problem.
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When we can gather together again, please join us on Sunday or at our Wednesday Noon service for the warmest of welcomes. Our services are “user-friendly”—we announce all page numbers and stage directions, and we give you time to find your place.
We are an active congregation with many opportunities for education, service, and spiritual growth. Please look further on this website, and most important, when the pandemic restrictions are lifted, visit us and see for yourself. Welcome!
As Jesus said to Andrew, and then Andrew said to his brother Simon: “Come and see!” (John 1:39)