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Please send prayer requests to Erin . I will publish them in the service prayers of the people, and here.
Thanksgivings and prayers for this coming week:

Birthdays: Connor Smith, Scott Nelson, Liz Orrick, Cathy Adcock, Sahara Freed

Anniversaries: Andy and Kim Hawekotte, Lance and Jamie Baker, Stephen and Melanie Haakinson

Prayers: Peggy, Terry Macholan and Sharon Kryger, Jeanette, Pam, Rinda, David Rickard, Wendy Hanny & her son Kenner, Betty Hill, Bob

Long Term Prayer List: John Mabry, Joe Engle, Diane Taylor, Clarine Black


Send prayer requests to Erin Rhian: erin@standrewsomaha.org
We continue to examine the best way forward to provide public worship again. The goal is tentatively mid-August but that may change depending on what happens with Covid-19 infection rates. Services will most likely be held outdoors to start. More to follow at a later date.

In other news, I am pleased to announce that Mother LaClaire Atkins will be rejoining us starting on Monday, July 27th. She is currently visiting her family in South Carolina. - Father John
This Sunday's complete service can be found here.

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REFLECTIONS FROM THE PEW BY DAN SITZMAN July 26
 
Caenorhabditis elegans,  commonly known as a roundworm, is a transparent nematode. It would take 25  C. elegans  lined up end-to-end to span 1 inch. One would think that something so small would not be able to help researchers understand humans who can speak multiple languages, play instruments or build space ships. But like humans,  C. elegans  experience hunger, get sick, experience stress and adverse conditions. Dr. Cori Bargmann, an award-winning neurobiologist and currently the Head of Science for the Chan Zuckerburg Initiative, leads teams working to conquer all diseases by the year 2100. She explains that because the 302 neurons in the transparent  C. elegans  brain are visible, researchers can identify, with a modification by using a fluorescent protein, when a cell becomes active. “Being a simple animal is not simple and [it] can do complicated things that we can tease apart and understand.” Being able to identify small answers to simple questions, a cascade of questions can lead to realizations about activations of individual cells in humans and resulting behaviors.
 
Again this Sunday, the Gospel from Matthew includes more parables from Jesus. As Fr. John noted in his sermon last week, Jesus spoke in parables that people could relate to, but that does not mean that the message was simple. 
I find it interesting that the Gospel passage concludes with the crowd answering with a simple “Yes” in response to Jesus asking if they understood. Like the neurons in a simple nematode, there is much to be teased apart to better understand. Our understanding of God’s love changes with the joyful, mundane and trying events in our own lives. Our understanding of others’ lives and perspectives depend on each of us setting aside buzzwords, stereotypes, and tropes, to listen, to learn, and to grow as a loving servant to God and to every member of our community.
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