Arise, shine; for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

For darkness shall cover the earth,
and thick darkness the peoples;

but the Lord will arise upon you,
and his glory will appear over you.

Then you shall see and be radiant;
your heart shall thrill and rejoice.

These words the Prophet Isaiah spoke to the people of Israel when they had been experiencing deep darkness for a very long time and were beginning to see the hope of new life and possibility for their nation. We are living through a time of darkness, with sickness, grief, and isolation due to the pandemic; racism and inequity continuing to oppress so many of us; and polarization dividing us more than ever. In this difficult winter, we invite you to celebrate that God is With Us in the person of Jesus, who brings us good news of the nearness of God’s kingdom and invites us to turn from the darkness of our broken world toward the abundance of light, peace, love, justice, and hope that leads to abundant and joyful life for all people. 

We have discerned that it is still not safe for our community to gather in-person, so this is a place where we can welcome old and new friends to share our joy of the light of Christ. Explore the site, follow the links, and let us know if you would like to join us for online or small group gatherings or just talk to our priest as we remain together during this time of separation.

May God Bless you as we move into this new year with confidence in Christ.


The Rev. Steve Godfrey

Worship Resources:

St. Andrew's:

Download the Sunday Worship Program for small group or individual prayer.

Join Zoom Worship, Sunday at 10:00. Click here to request registration and Zoom meeting information.

Other Resources:

Worshiping With Children

Music for Prayer at Home (some ads)

Diocese of Iowa video worship links & COVID-19 resources

National Cathedral Online Worship

More information and COVID-19 resources

       including for children, AA, & mental health

Black Lives Matter and Beloved Community Initiative


Due to the increasing positivity rate of Covid-19 cases the church is NOT generally open to meetings. If you have a special need to use the church building for any kind of small group meeting please contact Kathie Danielson, Senior Warden.

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Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church

5720 Urbandale Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50310

(515) 255-2101

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