Monday, January 7, 2019

Finding home by another way, St. Andrew's congregants say goodbye to church

From Wisconsin-

The congregation of St. Andrew’s celebrated its last service Sunday in the building at 6609 26th Ave., which has been its home for the last six decades.

But the building isn’t the church. The church is its people who will be “going home another way,” said Bishop Steven Miller of the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee, quoting James Taylor’s ballad about the Magi.

Miller presided over the service and closing ceremony on Sunday, also the day of Epiphany, when the Magi, or three wise men, came bearing gifts as they visited the baby Jesus.

“We are those who have made a decision to follow Jesus as savior and Lord in the fellowship of this church, and I want to submit to you that at this time and this place in 2019 that is a culture, counter-cultural proclamation,” Miller told the 60 people who attended the final service Sunday afternoon, about a third of whom are members of St. Andrew’s. “Because following Jesus is very different than the ways of power and the ways of the world.”

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