On this page you’ll find our recently recorded sermons, along with occasional special productions featuring the many talents of our St. Andrew’s congregation.

To see our full collection of video recordings, visit our YouTube channel.

Speak, Lord, for Your Servant Is Listening

January 14, 2024

If it took Samuel three times before he recognized the voice of the Lord, how much harder is it for us? Rev. Dr. Anne Gavin Ritchie says that to truly listen — to each other, to ourselves, or to God — requires that we break out of our patterns of busyness and make room for silence. God is persistent, and will keep delivering the message, sometimes in the voices of our loved ones. It won’t always be what we want to hear. But we need to trust in God, and respond as Samuel did: “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”

See 1 Samuel 3:1-10(11-20).

Knowing What We’re Not, Sharing What We Are

December 17, 2023

The introduction of John the Baptist in the Gospel of John is unusual for scripture, says Rev. Colleen Schiefelbein, because it reveals only what John is NOT. His role is to bear witness to Jesus, to proclaim the good news of his pending arrival, not to save the people of Israel or free them from their oppressors. Like John, we are called to share the good news of God’s love with each other. And in doing so, we can kindle the spirit that helps bring about God’s kingdom on Earth.

See John 1:6-8,19-28.

I’m Baptised — Now What?

December 10, 2023

Rev. Beth Bingham shares her experience ministering to homeless people who struggled with mental illness and addiction. After a joyous and touching baptism, one woman asked, “What should I do now?” John the Baptist answered this same question by calling people to turn and live differently in this world. The waters of baptism are not a trickle, but a powerful force. Not a one-time event, but an ongoing realignment that can last a lifetime. And advent is a time to prepare, so that we can say to God, “I’m ready.”

See Mark 1:1-8.

Advent Is a Season to Wake Up, and to Focus

December 3, 2023

Because we believe God will come again, Advent is a season to prepare, to be alert and awake, says Rev. Colleen Schiefelbein. It’s a time to change our habits and our paths, and make that extra effort to reach out to someone in need. We also must tune out some of the distractions of the season so we can focus on what it’s really about: living our lives in a way that reflects Jesus’s example, and renewing our relationship with God.

See Mark 13:24-37.

Sheep, Goats and a Wellness Check

November 26, 2023

Throughout the Gospels we see that Jesus is the good shepherd who heals everyone who asks — even some who don’t ask — and never turns anyone away. So why does today’s reading focus on separation of sheep vs. goats, sending us to heaven or hell? Rev. Colleen Schiefelbein describes it as a wellness check for how we’re living our lives, and meeting our neighbors’ needs. Jesus is calling us to act as one, and to share God’s love with each other.

See Matthew 25:31-46.

Like St. Andrew, We Said “Yes” to God’s Call

November 19, 2023

As we celebrate the feast of St. Andrew and our annual ingathering from the stewardship campaign, Rev. Beth Bingham points out that it’s a time of discernment, discovery and reflection. We look at our past, present and future not only as a church, but also as individuals, in response to God’s calling. We give from a place of abundance, not obligation. Like St. Andrew, we are here because we said “Yes.” And we get the pleasure and the privilege of co-creating with God the kind of world God has envisioned for us.

See Matthew 4:18-22.

Not Judging, But Sharing Our Lamp Oil

November 12, 2023

Rev. Beth Bingham notes that Jesus told parables to help us ask the right questions, to challenge our stereotypes. In today’s parable, rather than judging who is worthy of the banquet, we could ask why didn’t the five bridesmaids with extra oil offer some to the five whose oil had run out? Or at least advocate for them to be allowed into the banquet later? Seen through this lens, the instruction in the parable to “keep awake” means to stay aware of the needs of others, and of God’s presence in all of us.

See Matthew 25:1-13.

We Are Already — And Not Yet — Saints

November 5, 2023

Bishop Dabney Smith notes the paradox in today’s reading from 1 John, which says we are children of God now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. That is, we know we already belong to God, but still don’t know what we will become. We are sanctified — set apart for God’s purpose, which we might not discern yet. It’s a process, a journey toward holiness that defines what it means to be a Christian.

See 1 John 3:1-3.

Love, Belonging and the Greatest Commandment

October 29, 2023

Rev. Colleen Schiefelbein explores the Gospel story in which Jesus names the greatest commandments: to love God with all our heart, soul and mind, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. How can we do this if we don’t love ourselves? Only when we view ourselves as children of God, worthy of God’s love, can we more readily shine the light of God’s love onto others.

See Matthew 22:34-46.

What of Ours Belongs to God?

October 22, 2023

Rev. Beth Bingham digs deep into Jesus’s answer, “Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.” Just as Caesar’s image was stamped on the coin, God’s image is stamped on us. So what belongs to God is all of us. And the tribute we owe to God is the way we choose to live our lives every day, in our families, our communities, our churches, reflecting God’s image in the world around us, and letting go of the parts of us that don’t.

See Matthew 22:15-22.

We Are Tenants, Not Owners

October 8, 2023

Rev. Dorota Wright-Pruski looks at the parable of the landowner’s vineyard and the tenants through the lens of giving, receiving, and our own prosperity. All that we view as “earned and ours” is actually a gift from God, who gives us everything, including forgiveness, grace and salvation. In return, God invites and challenges us to give everything for each other.

See Matthew 21:33-46.

Nobody’s First or Last in the Kingdom of Heaven

September 24, 2023

Parishioner Mary Lynn Rynkiewicz looks at today’s Gospel story of the landowner who pays the same daily wage to workers regardless of how many hours they worked. Those not hired until late in the day were probably feeling a little lost, worthless, and left behind, while those who worked the full day were expecting a greater reward. But God’s economy is not based on competition. Like the landowner, God equally welcomes, values and treasures every one of us. No person is last or least in the kingdom of heaven.

See Matthew 20:1-16.

Look at Jesus’s Call Through the “We” Lens

September 3, 2023

Rev. Dorota Wright-Pruski notes that it’s natural to look at events and challenges through the “me” lens: how does this affect me? What should I do? But when Jesus calls us to take up His cross and follow Him, we don’t have to respond as individuals. As a church community, local and worldwide, we can accept this challenge and celebrate the eternal rewards that it brings us.

See Matthew 16:21-28.

Why Do We Love Easter So Much?

April 9, 2023

Visiting Rev. Rosemari Sullivan notes that no matter what is going on in our world and in our lives, Easter is a day that we let hope break through. Weeping outside the empty tomb, Mary Magdalene didn’t recognize Jesus at first. How often do we not recognize the presence of God in our lives? The essence of Easter joy is to experience hope and light and grace amidst our darkness and confusion, and we are called to be that same hope and light and grace for others.

See John 20:1-18

A Year in the Life of St. Andrew’s: 2020

Jan. 31, 2021

Presented at the St. Andrew’s Parish Annual Meeting, this video looks back on the challenges and celebrations of our parish during a difficult year. Permission to reprint, podcast, and / or stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE with license # M-400520. All rights reserved.

Christmas Greetings from St. Andrew’s

Dec. 25, 2020

Families from St. Andrew’s share their holiday greetings virtually in a heartwarming montage of photos and videos.

Permission to reprint, podcast, and / or stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE with license #M-400520. All rights reserved.

Silent Night

Dec. 24, 2020

Families from St. Andrew’s lend their voices to a virtual ensemble performance of “Silent Night.”

Speaking in Tongues: The Pentecost

May 31, 2020

In this reading of Acts 2: 1-21, members of St. Andrew’s contribute their talents in terms of foreign languages and artwork.

“Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether”

May 31, 2020

A combined choral presentation featuring the choirs of Holy Cross in Dunn Loring, VA; St. Andrew’s in Arlington, VA; and St. Andrew’s in Burke, VA.

Permission to reprint, podcast, and / or stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE with license #M-400520. All rights reserved.