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The Face of St. Andrew

 

Saint Andrew’s Story


Andrew was Saint Peter’s brother and was called with him. “As [Jesus] was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is now called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, ‘Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ At once they left their nets and followed him” (Matthew 4:18-20).

John the Evangelist presents Andrew as a disciple of John the Baptist. When Jesus walked by one day, John said, “Behold, the Lamb of God.” Andrew and another disciple followed Jesus. “Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, ‘What are you looking for?’ They said to him, ‘Rabbi (which translated means Teacher), where are you staying?’ He said to them, ‘Come, and you will see.’ So they went and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day” (John 1:38-39a).

Little else is said about Andrew in the Gospels. Before the multiplication of the loaves, it was Andrew who spoke up about the boy who had the barley loaves and fishes. When the Gentiles went to see Jesus, they came to Philip, but Philip then had recourse to Andrew.

Legend has it that Andrew preached the Good News in what is now modern Greece and Turkey and was crucified at Patras on an X-shaped cross.

As in the case of all the apostles except Peter and John, the Gospels give us little about the holiness of Andrew. He was an apostle. That is enough. He was called personally by Jesus to proclaim the Good News, to heal with Jesus’ power and to share his life and death. Holiness today is no different. It is a gift that includes a call to be concerned about the Kingdom, an outgoing attitude that wants nothing more than to share the riches of Christ with all people.

Saint Andrew is the Patron Saint of:
Fishermen
Greece
Russia
Scotland

Two little known facts about St. Andrew:


(1)   Andrew is not a Hebrew name. It is Greek. We are never told in the Bible that Andrew had another name so it is possible that he took it as a nickname or that his parents were of Greek descent.

(2)  Saint Andrew founded the Sea of Constantinople. According to tradition, Andrew founded the Sea of Byzantium in 38 AD and installed Stachys as the bishop. The Patriarchate of Constantinople still holds Saint Andrew as its patron saint.

 

Saint Andrew's Day, also called the Feast of Saint Andrew or Andermas, is the feast day of Andrew the Apostle. It is celebrated on November 30.

Saint Andrew's Day is Scotland's official national day. It has been a national holiday
in Romania since 2015.


 Join us for a special coffee hour in honor of St. Andrew this Sunday, December 5 following the 10:00 a.m. service.
 

Have a suggestion or want to be featured as a "Face of St. Andrew's?" Contact the church office at standrewslwb@gmail.com or call 561-582-6609. 
St. Andrew’s is thrilled that the Espressivo Singers will be returning to us on Saturday,
December 4th, 7:00 p.m. for a concert entitled
“All That Hath Life and Breath – A Joyous Celebration in Song”!

This outstanding Palm Beach County-based chamber choir always offers heartfelt interpretations of thoughtful repertoire.
Please join us!

Tickets are $15 General Admission/$8 Student.
100 N. Palmway Lake Worth Beach FL 33460.
Contact them at espressivosingers@gmail.com

 

Choir News!!
 

We welcome James Balmer, our new
Interim Choir Director!

If you are interested in singing with the choir, rehearsals will be on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary for the next 3 weeks. 

James, with wife and St. Andrew's Organist, Mary Nelson
December Birthdays
Dec. 1 – Sue Olson
Dec. 6 – Alison Albury, Janet Kinder & Blair Sloyer
Dec. 7 – Marie Christine-Regard
Dec. 8 – Christie Scalera
Dec. 17 – Ben Lowe
Dec. 22 – Henrietta Pemberton
Dec. 23 – Martine Fulton
Dec. 24 – Jim Kreucher
Dec. 27 – Gordon Broom
Dec. 29 – Donna Bragel & Leo Lombardi
Dec. 31 – Anne Pascone
 
December Anniversaries
Dec. 14 – Ron Bukley & Donna Bragel
Dec. 17 – Woods & Jean Howard
Dec. 19 – Selvyn & Winnifred Spence
Dec. 24 – Gene Smalling & Leo Lombardi

December Events

We are accepting toiletry donations for the
Farmworker's Coordinating Council throughout December. 

Donations may be placed in the big basket located in the Narthex.
 Thanks so much!

Bible Study with Deacon Bob every Sunday from 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
The readings for the week are discussed before the 10:00 a.m. service.

Bible Study with Rev. Cori every Wednesday from 6:00-7:00 p.m. via Zoom.
The Book of Luke is being discussed and explored.

Integrity Palm Beach
Sat., December 11, 5:30 p.m.

Join St. Andrew’s LGBTQ ministry for a potluck supper/Christmas party following the 4:30 p.m. service.

The Way Café 
Tue., December 7 and December 21, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
A delicious complimentary warm meal served for the homeless and hungry in our community. Volunteer opportunities available. Call (561) 582-6609.

Taizé Service
Sat., December 18, 4:30 p.m.

A quiet, meditative service with prayer, music and Eucharist. 
 

SAVE THESE DATES!


Feast of St. Andrew & Blood Drive
Sun., December 5

A special Scottish Coffee Hour following the 10:00 a.m. service in honor of St. Andrew and the OneBlood bus will be here from 9:00 a.m. until 12 Noon so you can donate blood.


Lessons & Carols Sun. December 12 at 4:00 p.m.

Followed by our famous Christmas Cookie Extravaganza!


Adopt-A-Family Angel Tree deadline to bring gifts is Fri., December 17 12 Noon.

The tree in the Narthex is decorated with "ornaments" that have names, ages and gift suggestions for needy children. You can take one or more and gifts do not need to be wrapped.


Annual Christmas Luncheon
Sun. December 19 following the 10:00 a.m. service

Our annual Christmas Luncheon return and we'll be hosting this year in Frazell Hall. A wonderful opportunity to celebrate the season with church family and friends!  The meal is generously sponsored by Clifford Taylor and Marie Christine Regard. This is free and all are welcome!


Christmas Flower Donations deadline is Mon., December 20.

Suggested donation is $30. Please submit names of those you wish to honor along with your donation. You can do this on our website or by contacting the office.


Christmas Eve Services Fri., December 24 at 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.


Christmas Day Service Sat., December 25 at 10:00 a.m.


Holy Name Day Guitar Eucharist Sat., January 1 at 12 Noon, followed by a New Year's Day Feast!

Please note that there will still be a 4:30 p.m. service on this day.

Worship Service Schedule

 Come to church--we'd love to see you!


Morning Prayer with Rev. Cori Olson, Mondays-Saturdays, 7:30 a.m., Facebook Live

Healing Prayer and Eucharist, Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.

Saturday Eucharist 4:30 p.m., (3rd Saturday Taizé - 4th Saturday Guitar Eucharist)

Sunday Eucharist, 7:30 a.m., Rite I

Sunday Eucharist, 10:00 a.m., Rite II, livestreamed on YouTube 

Scripture Readings for December

Wish to get a leg up on the scripture readings prior to each service? All readings for the month of December are linked individually below. 

December 5: Malachi 3:1-4  Canticle 16  Philippians 1:3-11  Luke 3:1-6
  
December 12: Zephaniah 3:14-20  Canticle 9  Philippians 4:4-7  Luke 3:7-1  

December 19: Micah 5:2-5a  Psalm 80:1-7  Hebrews 10:5-10  Luke 1:39-55  

December 24: Isaiah 9:2-7   Psalm 96  Titus 2:11-14  Luke 2:1-14(15-20) 

December 25: Isaiah 62:6-12  Psalm 97  Titus 3:4-7  Luke 2:8-20  


The links are provided by the website www.TheLectionaryPage.net. Visit the page and you'll find readings for the rest of the year, but we'll continue to link them here each month!
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