Archives for April 2017

St. Andrew’s Organ Concert Series to feature Mozart

On Sunday, May 7, at 3:00 PM, organists Naomi Shiga and Jonathan Wohlers, along with a gifted and dynamic group of artists, will present a scintillating Mozart program to conclude the 2016-2017 St. Andrew’s Organ Concert Series.

Featured will be six of Mozart’s Church Sonatas with Svend Rønning (Violin), Gwendolyn Taylor (violin), and Meg Brennan (cello), together with Naomi and Jonathan.
As always, the concert will be followed by a time for food and conversation with a scrumptious reception presented by the concert committee.
Admission is free, but we welcome donations in support of the Organ Concert Series.
Let’s celebrate the joy of music, the joy of spring and the joy of friendship with Mozart! We hope you can join us. Don’t forget to bring your friends!

Easter class focuses on what we Christians actually believe

Please join us on Monday, May 15 at 7:00 PM, for the fourth in a five-part series on the Apostles’ Creed, facilitated by Pam Tinsley and Matthew Moravec.

In our third session we focused on just four words from our Creed, “the forgiveness of sins,” but these four words generated a spirited and probing discussion that brought us to the heart of Christ’s teachings. What is sin? What does it mean for us that God’s love is always there for us? What does Christ’s sacrifice on the cross mean for us? How are we to respond to forgiveness? All of these questions are explored in brief video segments by theologians and scholars. Then we take some of their ideas in light of what we have been taught or have always believed.

If the first three sessions are any indication, this will be a thoughtful, interactive seminar, with all participants having the chance to share. It is organized so that you can participate in all or just some of the sessions.

Each session features videos that focus on  a certain phrase of the creed, for example “I believe” or “conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  The videos present a range of views from theologians, priests, and lay people, men and women, on what each phrase means for us Christians. Then we discuss how that element of faith is lived out in our daily lives.

There are only 114 words in this Creed, but the beliefs found there are what unite Christians all over the world.But how well do we understand these words, and, more importantly, how do they actually impact our daily lives?

Join us in the Ada Webb Room and bring a friend.

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth;
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

Words for us, the Easter people

What does it mean that Christ is risen? Here you can read and ponder the words of John Chrystostom, written in the days of the early church, where he expresses the joy of this Easter season.

Are there any who are devout lovers of God?
Let them enjoy this beautiful bright festival!

Are there any who are grateful servants?
Let them rejoice and enter into the joy of their Lord!

Are there any weary with fasting?
Let them now receive their wages!

If any have toiled from the first hour,
let them receive their due reward;
If any have come after the third hour,
let him with gratitude join in the Feast!
And he that arrived after the sixth hour,
let him not doubt; for he too shall sustain no loss.
And if any delayed until the ninth hour,
let him not hesitate; but let him come too.
And he who arrived only at the eleventh hour,
let him not be afraid by reason of his delay.
For the Lord is gracious and receives the last even as the first.
He gives rest to him that comes at the eleventh hour,
as well as to him that toiled from the first.

To this one He gives, and upon another He bestows.
He accepts the works as He greets the endeavor.
The deed He honors and the intention He commends.
Let us all enter into the joy of the Lord!

First and last alike receive your reward;
rich and poor, rejoice together!
Sober and slothful, celebrate the day!
You that have kept the fast, and you that have not,
rejoice today for the Table is richly laden!

Feast royally on it, the calf is a fatted one.
Let no one go away hungry. Partake, all, of the cup of faith.
Enjoy all the riches of His goodness!

Let no one grieve at his poverty,
for the universal kingdom has been revealed.

Let no one mourn that he has fallen again and again;
for forgiveness has risen from the grave.

Let no one fear death, for the Death of our Savior has set us free.
He has destroyed it by enduring it.
He destroyed Hell when He descended into it.
He put it into an uproar even as it tasted of His flesh.

Isaiah foretold this when he said,
“You, O Hell, have been troubled by encountering Him below.”
Hell was in an uproar because it was done away with.
It was in an uproar because it is mocked.
It was in an uproar, for it is destroyed.
It is in an uproar, for it is annihilated.
It is in an uproar, for it is now made captive.

Hell took a body, and discovered God.
It took earth, and encountered Heaven.
It took what it saw, and was overcome by what it did not see.

O death, where is thy sting?
O Hell, where is thy victory?

Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!
Christ is Risen, and the evil ones are cast down!
Christ is Risen, and the angels rejoice!
Christ is Risen, and life is liberated!

Christ is Risen, and the tomb is emptied of its dead;
for Christ having risen from the dead,
is become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

To Him be Glory and Power forever and ever.


Christ is risen, and we rejoiced!

Almost two hundred parishioners and guests gathered on Easter Sunday for moving and meaningful Easter services to celebrate the Good News of Christ’s resurrection.

The air resounded with “Hallelujahs”, as we sang joyful Easter hymns. Families and friends, teenagers and toddlers, neighbors and visitors, all felt the hope of Jesus’s rising.

Following both services, we caught up with friends we hadn’t seen in awhile, and the children-throngs gathered in Puddicombe Hall to hunt for Easter eggs.

As Fr. Martin noted, we feel so blessed to have such a giving community.

Easter Slider 2017

Bishop Curry’s Easter Message

Bishop Curry’s Easter Message

St. Andrew’s welcomes community churches for Good Friday service

On Friday, April 14, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm we will welcome over a dozen churches for  a Good Friday service. Our theme will be “Witness in a Time of Darkness,” which speaks to the dark day when Jesus was crucified and to the darkness of our world today.

Co-sponsoring congregations:

  1. Fircrest Presbyterian Church
  2. First Christian Church, Tacoma
  3. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Tacoma
  4. Grace Baptist Church, Tacoma
  5. Mason United Methodist Church, Tacoma
  6. Mount Cross Lutheran Church, University Place
  7. Neighborhood Church (Assemblies of God), University Place
  8. Redeemer Lutheran Church, Fircrest
  9. Roosevelt Heights Church of God in Christ, Tacoma
  10. Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Tacoma
  11. Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church, Tacoma
  12. University Place Presbyterian Church

Three speakers will offer brief reflections on Jesus, which offer’ guidance to us for all such times of darkness:

  • Pastor John Kim, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, – “Forgive One Another”
  • Pastor Martin Yabroff, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, – “Love One Another”
  • Pastor Anne-Cecile Porter, University Place Presbyterian Church, – “Feed God’’s Sheep”

The music will feature wonderful traditional hymns, such as “Amazing Grace,”  When I Survey The Wondrous Cross,” and “Were you there…?”

Ask for prayers, pray for others at our Easter prayer vigil

”My soul waits for the Lord, more than watchmen for the morning” from Psalm 130 is the inspiration for this year’s Prayer Vigil, organized by the Daughters of the King. The Prayer Vigil begins on Good Friday (April 14) immediately following the Solemn Liturgy until 11 pm and will conclude with the Holy Saturday Liturgy at noon. This year we will not have on-site prayers between the hours of 11 pm and 8 am. The Prayer Vigil takes place in the Georgie Chapel.

If someone you know is in need of prayer, just fill out a Prayer Request Card, and our prayer warriors will be there for you throughout the vigil.

Those who participate take turns spending time in quiet meditation and prayer. An hour may be fulfilled by one or more persons. Watch for sign-ups which are to ensure that we have the entire period covered by prayer. Prayer request cards will be also available be- ginning on Palm Sunday.

Many of you have participated previously in either our Maundy Thursday Garden Watch or our Good Friday prayer vigil and have found it to be profoundly meaningful. We invite all of you to participate again this year.

Holy Week Services at St. Andrew’s