We Hunger for ABUNDANCE, NOT SCARCITY.
We hunger for the abundant life promised by Jesus in John’s gospel, a life that turns five loaves and two fish into a feast for five thousand. We know that such a life is found in faith, hope, and love, not gloom and doom. In giving we receive. We hunger to engage in God’s mission in ways that challenge and transform us.
We Hunger for SPIRITUAL FORMATION.
We hunger for a rich spiritual life for all ages. We value liturgies that welcome all and embody an “open table” of love for every blessed child of God—no exceptions. We value sermons that stimulate both our intellects and hearts, and give us practical ways to live every day with the love of Jesus. We give thanks for our children and for the programs that shape their faith—Godly Play, Rite 13, and Journey 2 Adulthood (J2A).
We Hunger for BEAUTY.
Our hunger for beauty is fed by what surrounds us—a historic church building, beautiful worship services, and splendid offerings from our musical life together. And we continually yearn for new ways to bring forth the sacramental beauty in our collective worship, our community, and in each person.
We Hunger for COMMUNITY AND COMMUNICATION.
We celebrate the sense of “home” and “open arms” found at St. Andrew’s. Yet we know that “being community” is never a given, but always a process. We strive to be an authentic community, caring deeply for one another and “healing hurts” when they arise. We hunger to be a model of what it means to communicate across differences, valuing the perspective and dignity of each person, and doing the sometimes hard work of being both authentic and loving.
We Hunger for OUTREACH AND JUSTICE.
We have long hungered to feed the hungry and bring good news to the poor, so we have an abundance of outreach opportunities. In recent years, we have also deepened our commitment to social justice and advocacy on behalf of the poor. We celebrate our interfaith partnerships with other faith communities in the area, and continue to seek ways to be agents of God’s healing and justice in the world.