6 06, 2017

What will they take with them?

2017-06-06T16:45:35-05:00 June 6th, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

A few Sundays ago, St. Luke's confirmed 70 students. It has been amazing to journey with these young people and their families over the past three years. But what is next for them? In four short years these students will graduate and likely leave St. Luke's.  The question for us is "what will they take with them?" Our hope is for them to leave with a rich love for Christ and an eagerness to serve. Wherever they live in five years, we want them to be prepared to plug into a new community of faith. So how do [...]

2 06, 2017

Burning and Yearning: The Pentecost Through the Cross and Flame

2017-06-02T10:13:26-05:00 June 2nd, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

Here’s a familiar symbol: the Cross and Flame emblem, a powerful reminder of who and Whose we are as United Methodists. The history and significance of the Cross and Flame emblem are as rich and diverse as The United Methodist Church. The insignia’s birth quickly followed the union of two denominations in 1968: The Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church. It is rich in meaning and relates The United Methodist church to God through Christ (the cross) and the Holy Spirit (the flame). The flame is a reminder of Pentecost when witnesses were unified by the [...]

2 06, 2017

Power!

2017-06-02T09:53:42-05:00 June 2nd, 2017|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYERHoly Spirit,Wow, you were so present in that worship service this week at our United Methodist Annual Conference. I could feel you warm my soul and lift my heart. I felt connected to those around me. A packed house full of brothers and sisters in Christ, singing loudly and enthusiastically the hymns of the church. Great preaching, challenging us to be servants. I was motivated. Is that who you are, Holy Spirit? A really strong motivational force in our lives? A good feeling all over, convincing me of your presence? I confess that sometimes I reduce you to something as simple as a strong [...]