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24 01, 2020

The real joy of life

2020-01-24T09:04:20-06:00January 24th, 2020|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on The real joy of life

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, Helping you to grow your Kingdom is hard work. Sometimes, I am weary. Sometimes, I am discouraged. But you told me that if I gave myself fully to your mission, I would find joy, and that is what I have discovered. There is so much joy in putting my shoulder to the wheel to do something that matters. There is so much joy in seeing the fruit of your Spirit, the impact of the movement of your people in the world. There is so much joy in finding others who care deeply about the [...]

23 01, 2020

St. Luke’s is My Family by Tine Purvis

2020-01-23T15:38:34-06:00January 23rd, 2020|75|Comments Off on St. Luke’s is My Family by Tine Purvis

On January 4, 2015, we walked into St. Luke’s as members who had just lost their twins at 25 weeks. We were lost souls and didn't know what to do next. The grief was raw, but that day we felt God was showing us a sign we needed to go to church. During the service we opened our hymnals and sang, This is a Day of New Beginnings. Then I knew I was in the right place at the right time. We didn't always sign in when we went to church, but that day we did sign in and left [...]

17 01, 2020

The Joy of Running, by Rob Dulaney

2020-01-17T10:58:14-06:00January 17th, 2020|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on The Joy of Running, by Rob Dulaney

Nine years ago Dr. Pace mentioning in a sermon that two long-time St. Luke’s members, Bob Eury and Jack Browder, had run over 30 consecutive Houston marathons. (Jack holds the record for the most consecutive marathons run under 4 hours). At the time I remember thinking that running 26 miles was sheer insanity. I often told people that the only time I would run was if somebody was chasing me. However, inspired by those two men and many other runners, I decided to give running a try. I tried a half-mile at first, then built up to three [...]

17 01, 2020

Missing the moments

2020-01-17T09:00:15-06:00January 17th, 2020|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Missing the moments

A PERSONAL PRAYER Gift-giving God, You pour into my life so many blessings that I just miss. You design for me moments that are beautiful and holy, but I fail to experience them in their fullness. Sometimes, I remain too concerned with what seem to be "matters of consequence." Sometimes, I am too lazy to pursue opportunities or dreams. Sometimes, I am riddled with guilt or anxiety or fear, and these steal my joy. But you have put me into a garden of delight, with "every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food," and [...]

13 01, 2020

Thank You for My Church, by Cindy Pierce

2020-01-23T09:39:56-06:00January 13th, 2020|75, All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Thank You for My Church, by Cindy Pierce

This note was given to the Pierces on the 50th anniversary of St. Luke's founding by their grandson Allen Pierce, age 6. In 1945, my mother and father-in-law, Betty R. Pierce (96) and the late George F. Pierce, Jr. were a young married couple in their twenties with a child and one on the way.  George’s uncle, Bishop A. Frank Smith, invited them to the organizational meetings for a “new church in the west of Houston." George said, “He wanted me to be involved in the beginning stages of this new church that he knew was going [...]

13 01, 2020

What is your story? – Catherine Washington

2020-01-29T16:02:04-06:00January 13th, 2020|75|Comments Off on What is your story? – Catherine Washington

When I was asked to share a story in worship, I really thought it would be an easy task to think of one because so many of my stories come from here. I was baptized here, confirmed here, I sang in Pure Sound, my husband and I were married here and we are now raising our 2 children here. But milestones are not a story...  

10 01, 2020

Rejoice Always!

2020-01-10T08:45:56-06:00January 10th, 2020|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Rejoice Always!

A PERSONAL PRAYER God of Love, It seems that in my spirit, there are two songs playing, both demanding my attention, both wanting me to sing along. One song is full of discord, anxiety, worry. It is a song with many voices, the voices of expectations at work, the challenges of relationships, the nitty-gritty demands of getting from one day to the next. It is the song of a world that is in turmoil, of fussing and fighting, of regrets about the past and fears about tomorrow. But the other voice, God, is your voice. It is a [...]

7 01, 2020

The Randy Smith Class – Miriam Slemmons

2020-01-29T16:03:30-06:00January 7th, 2020|75|Comments Off on The Randy Smith Class – Miriam Slemmons

The Randy Smith Bible Class was formed in 1972 by Wm. Randolph Smith, his wife, Ann Pickett Smith, Clyde and Jody Jackson, Faerie Marston and Miriam S. Slemmons after they had attended a retreat at Laity Lodge, established by the Howard E. Butt Foundation on the Frio River north of Leakey, Texas. Dr. J. Kenneth Shamblin, St. Luke’s Senior Pastor at the time, was concerned about a layperson teaching the Bible, but graciously consented to the class’ founding and Randy as its first teacher. Randy’s father was Bishop A. Frank Smith, but Randy had chosen to become an [...]

7 01, 2020

Memories of St. Luke’s – Jeff Hoover

2020-01-23T09:41:29-06:00January 7th, 2020|75, All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Memories of St. Luke’s – Jeff Hoover

Although my memory isn’t especially clear on this, this clipping from an early 1954 Houston Chronicle article shows that my sister, my cousin, and I (among others age 6) “took attendance honors” for the Carol Choir of St. Luke’s. Eighteen months later, my family moved away from Houston. My next St. Luke’s memory was in 1965 while visiting Rice University as a college option. My family sat in the balcony and I was in awe of the amazing church service. The choir procession and the music really caught my attention. I also remember being unable to figure out [...]

2 01, 2020

The Impact St. Luke’s Has Had On My Life – Joanne Mueller

2020-01-23T13:31:31-06:00January 2nd, 2020|75, All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on The Impact St. Luke’s Has Had On My Life – Joanne Mueller

You can’t imagine the impact St. Luke’s has had on my life. Sixty-six years ago, when Carl and I came to St. Luke’s with our infant son in 1954, I was 23 years old, and St. Luke’s was a neighborhood church.  Friends of ours were members and invited us to the church. We loved it and stayed. I dove right in and taught kindergarten Sunday School, and Jan and Debbie Agee were two of my students. I sang in the Chancel Choir for years when Bob Bennett was the Choirmaster. I grew in my faith and my knowledge [...]