Andrew's Net

Catching your attention and connecting the world

a space for prayers, stories, poems, and offerings that forge community.  Submissions welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

October 30, 2020

A moving perspective on spirituality and activism, in a conversation between Ruby Sales and Krista Tippett, On Being.

 

 

October 26, 2020 

More ways to pray for the nation

 

First, a slide presentation that includes an explanation and prayers from The Rev. Howard Thurman. 

 

Here's a taste:

 

Surround us, close present God of our spirit, that we may fathom the true intent of our hearts and our strivings, that we may sense the true intent of Thy purpose in human history, and the personal enterprise. We would not turn away from Thee; but again and again it is so hard to find Thee. Find Thee we must. Understand us in our searching, that even our weakness may lead us to Thy dwelling place. Amen.

 

Also,  link to a youtube video with a 20 minute Buddhist "Metta" (lovingkindness) meditation--explanation of this too is in the slide presentation.

 

View sermon: 10/25/20 Sermon

View full service: 10/25/20 Full Service

 

 

September 24, 2020: Prayers for the Nation

  I am going to try to be diligent again about posting prayers for our nation, and our upcoming election, not as a last resort or as our only plan of action but as a beginning from which actions can spring.  Here are the prayers we will be using every Wednesday and Friday evening at 6pm (note change in time) at least until the election.

 

 

September 20, 2020

Sermon on streams of mercy and justice in the vineyard. 

 

 

Our patron was a fisherman, brother to simon peter.  The tradition shares that jesus was walking along the sea of galilee, and he called andrew and peter to become "Fishers of people."  the nets andrew used in the context of making his living serve as a serendipitous metaphor in the inter'net' age of the 21st century.

 

Lockdown

Yes there is fear.

Yes there is isolation.

Yes there is panic buying.

Yes there is sickness.

Yes there is even death.

But,

They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise

You can hear the birds again.

They say that after just a few weeks of quiet

The sky is no longer thick with fumes

But blue and grey and clear.

They say that in the streets of Assisi

People are singing to each other

across the empty squares,

keeping their windows open

so that those who are alone

may hear the sounds of family around them.

They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland

Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.

Today a young woman I know

is busy spreading fliers with her number

through the neighbourhood

So that the elders may have someone to call on.

Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples

are preparing to welcome

and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary

All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting

All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way

All over the world people are waking up to a new reality

To how big we really are.

To how little control we really have.

To what really matters.

To Love.

So we pray and we remember that

Yes there is fear.

But there does not have to be hate.

Yes there is isolation.

But there does not have to be loneliness.

Yes there is panic buying.

But there does not have to be meanness.

Yes there is sickness.

But there does not have to be disease of the soul

Yes there is even death.

But there can always be a rebirth of love.

Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.

Today, breathe.

Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic

The birds are singing again

The sky is clearing,

Spring is coming,

And we are always encompassed by Love.

Open the windows of your soul

And though you may not be able

to touch across the empty square,

Sing.

– Fr. Richard Hendrick, OFM March 13th 2020