E-Update: God Is Faithful

by Pastor Mike Carlson, Lead Pastor

(posted 11/29/2018)
Throughout history much Michael D. Carlsonhas been written about the nature of God. God is eternal, God is love, God is good. The list is endless. But one thing stands strong from a biblical perspective: God is faithful.

In the Old Testament God continually fulfills the promises that were made in the past, are fulfilled in the future, and are taking place in the NOW. We are all living into the promises of the past today. In the New Testament, Jesus always fulfills his promises and IS the promise given to the world in the Old Testament. All of this points to how God is faithful.

This Advent we lean into the promise of a faithful God. We let that truth soak deep into our tired and weary souls. We — who have had experiences where the world has let us down, where we have been betrayed — are asked to put our trust in a God that we cannot see. This takes a community, and it takes practice.

During these weeks leading up to Christmas, we will deepen our trust in a faithful God. Here are some ways I invite you to plug in:

Advent WorshipFaithful: It’s Who God Is
Every weekend before Christmas, beginning Dec. 1
Saturdays 5 p.m.; Sundays 8:45, 9, 10:15 and 10:30 a.m.

Star of Wonder – Dessert, Brunch and Christmas Market
Friday, Nov. 30 – Candlelight Dessert, $15 – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.; Christmas Market hours 4-9 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 1 – Advent Brunch, $20 – 10 a.m. – 12 noon; Christmas Market hours 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Christmas Around the World
Sunday, Dec. 2, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Youth and Sports Center Gym
An intergenerational Advent celebration for all ages. All ages invited to visit stations featuring Christmas celebrations from cultures across the globe.

Advent Fireside Chats Online
Mondays, Dec. 3, 10 and 17; Sunday, Dec. 23 – 7:30 p.m.
Join Intern Pastors Erin Morris and Caroline Keenan for a Facebook Live Advent Devotional broadcast. Bring your Bible and Advent wreath with candles and join us remotely!
facebook.com/saintandrews.mn

Advent/ Holden Evening Prayer
Wednesdays, Dec. 5, 12 and 19; 7-7:30 p.m.
Pause, pray and ponder in the Sanctuary Chapel for unplugged Advent peace.

St. Andrew’s Christmas Festival
Sunday, Dec. 9, 3:30 and 6 p.m.
Join us for our annual Christmas Festival with adult and children’s choirs, St. Andrew’s Orchestra, handbells, Orff Ensembles, organ. Freewill offering.

CHRISTmas with Tonia and Sara
Sunday, Dec. 16, 6 p.m. – Great Hall
Tickets $ 25 at ChristmasWithToniaSara.eventbrite.com

Volunteer this Season at St. Andrew’s
Make Christmas Happen by helping decorate, usher, serve refreshments, and more. It takes the time and talent of hundreds of people!

Click for all the details and sign-up info.

Then this Christmas I invite you to participate in the most faithful moment of the church year, the moment God breaks into our world and in faithful love grafts God’s very heart to the hearts of all people. In the faithfulness of God we can, will, and do find hope.