November 2019 Letter

The First Disciple


St. Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was born in the Galilean village of Bethsaida (which means fish house). Originally a disciple of St. John the Baptist, Andrew then became the first of Jesus’ disciples (John 1:35-40). His name regularly appears in the Gospels near the top of the lists of the Twelve.


It was Andrew who first introduced his brother Simon to Jesus (John 1:41-42). He was, in a real sense, the first “home” missionary as well as the first “foreign” missionary in the early Christian Church. Andrew and Peter could not have been more different. Peter was excitable and impulsive, ready to walk on water if Jesus asked him to. Andrew was more quiet and reserved.


Tradition says Andrew was martyred by crucifixion on a cross in the form of an X. In 357 AD, his body is said to have been taken to the Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople and later removed to the cathedral of Amalfi in Italy. Centuries later, Andrew became the patron saint of Scotland. St. Andrew’s Day determines the beginning of the Western Church Year, since the First Sunday in Advent is always the nearest to St. Andrew’s Day, which is celebrated on November 30th.


Almighty God, by Your grace the apostle Andrew obeyed the call of Your Son to be a disciple. Grant us also to follow the same Lord Jesus Christ in heart and life, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


November Blessings!


Pastor David A. Feddern