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Mission: We are an open and affirming congregation sharing

God’s love by creating community and encouraging faithfulness.

 

Welcome you to the new Saint Andrew Christian Church in Goodlettsville, TN. We are a part of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and welcome you to join us for worship every Sunday morning at 11am.

 

We are a congregation that welcomes ALL who desire to come. We truly believe that Jesus did not shun those whom many deemed unclean or unwelcome, and who were looked down upon by society and others in the church, rather he welcomed them with open arms as his beloved brothers and sisters.

 

You are welcome here!

 

April 17, 2013 |

In His Name on This Wonderful Eve

December 24, 2013 Saint Andrew Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) gathered with friends to remember the reason for the season. We are thankful for all those who were able to attend and participate in this joyous event.

A Wonderful Church Family

A Wonderful Church Family

December 27, 2013 |

Christmas Eve Service

On December 24th at 7:00pm, we will be celebrating the joy of the season with Christmas Carols, and the reading of the Christmas Story.We invite anyone and everyone to join, We want to extend a warm welcome to travelers who will be in the area.

December 17, 2013 |

Freedom

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July 4 we celebrate every year with cookouts, fireworks, time with family and friends because our ancestors sought and fought to start a new country where everyone was free from the tyranny they had experienced in their homelands.  And so we celebrate and wear our freedom like a badge of honor.  Our freedom is limited though.  Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. is famed for saying: The right to swing my fist ends where the other man’s nose begins. Justice Holmes also wrote: “The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theater. . .” 

 

So, yes, we have freedom limited by law and limited by the standard of right and wrong.  Paul wrote to the Galatians: For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another.  (Galatians 5:13)  We have the freedom to over-indulge, to scatter our trash around the highways (although you may get a ticket), to take advantage of people around us.  We may  have the freedom, yet that is not what we are called to do.

 

We are called to care for one another, to share what we have, to use our resources wisely so that each person in God’s created order has met needs.  As we celebrate next week, let’s remember that God wants us to love and care for our neighbor.  Celebrate that we live in this wonderful country and pray that all people will one day have enough food, have suitable shelter, and access to health care.  Then we will all be a little more free.

June 27, 2013 |

When natural disasters happen. . .

When natural disasters happen we want to find a reason.  Surely there must be someone to blame.  Some blame God.  After all God is in charge of everything, right?  Others blame those who were effected.  They must have done something to deserve what happened, after all.  Others blame sinners of one category or another.  Some even blame the President as if he had total control of the weather.  My friend, Ola Harrison, wrote a poem after reading many of these false accusations and I share it with you here.

 

they were not

the winds of Pentecost

mad marauders ravaging the plains

 

in the aftermath

the Breath of God would sigh in pain

as dazed survivors emerged surveying the ruins

 

no tongues of flame rested on heads

as twisters feasted on helpless innocents

but Spirit fire ignited soon in compassionate hearts

to bring aid, comfort and hope

 

bewildered cacophony

screaming under the roar of the wind

was not Spirit voice

yet Spirit whispered possibilities

in countless locations for service

at the time and in days to come

 

contrary to the rantings of hateful, hurtful voices

the ruthless random destruction cam

neither from God’s desire

nor from human guilt

neither from God’s necessity

nor from human deserving

 

let Truth be heard yet again:

the Creator of all balanced no cosmic karmic accounts

God made no new angels in the storms—

no dead children required to craft an angel

 

God’s mode of artistry: creatio ex nihilo

creation out of nothing

 

the Holy One’s power of creative transformation

will be expressed again and again:

as responders build anew with residents

as families grope their ways forward

mourning their lost

living into futures yet undefined

as the faithful generous send needed supplies and help

so life renewed arises

once again on the troubled plains

 

a note of caution for us all while we grieve our losses:

our heartlands are not the only arena of sorrow

our nation is not the only people who must make sense of natural disaster

 

we are one human family scattered about a fragile, unpredictable planet

we are not the only ones who suffer

 

may our present pain be fired into a passion to assist

when disaster strikes again

(and we know it will)

 

these storms were not of Pentecost

yet Pentecost continues

as a Christ-storm of compassion rains health and healing upon

the broken habitations

and the Breath of God again will sigh—at least for a time—

peace, my children, be still

June 4, 2013 |

Sunday June 2nd is bring a friend Sunday

Members are asked to invite a friend to join us for worship on June 2nd then the first Sunday in July and August. As always, we invite anyone that wishes to join us for worship to attend. Services start at 11:00 every Sunday.

May 26, 2013 |