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6 10, 2017

Spiritual Coasting

2017-10-06T08:55:02-05:00 October 6th, 2017|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYER              God,You call me to run the good race, to finish strong, not to rest on my laurels. But I confess to you that sometimes I am just coasting. I pray the way I have always prayed. I worship the way I have always worshipped. I love others the way I have always loved. Too often, I simply take the path of least resistance. Forgive me, God. I know that real spiritual growth takes investment, and a willingness to be different today than I was yesterday, and different tomorrow than I am today. Worse yet, sometimes I even feel like I am [...]

4 10, 2017

Being in a LIFT Group, by Michael Shook

2017-10-16T16:11:31-05:00 October 4th, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

When I was asked to write a short statement on my experience of being in a LIFT group and studying Scripture+Shared with my group, I actually looked forward to telling the story. And then came Hurricane Harvey and the events of the last weeks have reinforced even more why small groups are so important at St. Luke’s.If you wanted the standard story, you would hear from me about theological learnings and the shaping of my own beliefs through studying and discussing the lessons with our group. You would hear from me about how, even as the “leader”, I learn [...]

4 10, 2017

Helping the Helpers, by Christy Parsons

2017-10-04T11:41:29-05:00 October 4th, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|1 Comment

Helpers came in many forms to rescue Texans in Harvey’s wake. In the beginning, they were Texans helping Texans, however, with the arrival of the Cajun Navy we quickly transitioned into Americans helping Americans. We all sat in horror as we watched our friends being rescued from their rooftops by Coast Guard helicopters and wept tears of joy as we watched caravans of police cars from across the country come in to relieve our exhausted first responders. It was a different type of caravan that descended on St Luke’s UMC. Red Cross volunteers from almost every state, including [...]

4 10, 2017

The Power of Fellowship, by Louise McEvoy

2017-10-04T11:25:31-05:00 October 4th, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

Robert and I are active members of the Fellowship Class. It is our Sunday morning home. Our class consists of families with children of all ages. We, like many other families at St. Luke's, are very involved in our children's activities and it makes non-Sunday gatherings quite a challenge at times. That is, until Harvey. As the roads dried up and the reality of the destruction set in, we all had one goal —to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Immediately. In addition, there are only so many days of cabin fever you can take when you [...]

4 10, 2017

Recovery Mode

2017-10-04T11:17:25-05:00 October 4th, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

When disaster strikes, the church responds, and when your church is located in the heart of some of the most diverse communities in one of the nation’s largest cities, it responds quickly. Gethsemane and their neighbors in Sharpstown and Gulfton are on higher ground, so flooding was not their main concern. But they did have another problem. Many of their congregation depends on hourly wages to make ends meet, and they couldn’t get to work. Add to that HISD shutting down for an additional week, and you see a pretty difficult financial situation. The Christian Community Service Center [...]

4 10, 2017

What Goes Around Comes Around, by Suzi Pitts

2017-10-04T11:12:02-05:00 October 4th, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,  who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.  For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 Hurricanes have a unique wind field. The primary circulation is the rotational part of the flow; it is purely circular. Harvey’s wide swath of destruction arrived as rain bands lashed around [...]

3 10, 2017

Seeing the Face of Jesus, by Rev. Bill Denham

2017-10-03T15:18:17-05:00 October 3rd, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

On the Sunday after Hurricane Harvey hit our city, all the church services at St. Luke’s were cancelled. The following Sunday our schedule was back to normal. But everything wasn’t really normal. There was a tangible sense of joy to be together, as a church family, back in God’s house. My participation in the three traditional services included receiving the collection plates from the ushers, usually filled with paper — paper bills and paper checks. However, in one service, in one plate, there was an anomaly. Sitting atop the plate was a zipped-up plastic sandwich bag. It was [...]

3 10, 2017

After the Storm

2017-10-03T15:09:10-05:00 October 3rd, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

Mumford and Sons have a song called After the Storm. It spoke to me as I listened to it today. Here is just a part…And after the storm,I run and run as the rains comeAnd I look up, I look up,on my knees and out of luck, I look up….And I took you by the handAnd we stood tall,And remembered our own land,What we lived for.And there will come a time, you'll see, with no more tears.And love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears.Get over your hill and see what you find there,With grace in your [...]

29 09, 2017

Starting Young: What $20 Can Do, by Bryan Fisher

2017-09-29T11:11:50-05:00 September 29th, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

I stepped into my 8th grade Sunday School class on a crisp, cool Sunday morning. Fresh from mowing lawns the day before, I was armed with cash in my wallet. At that time, most of the money I earned went to sodas, candy and CDs (this was the 80’s, iTunes was not invented then). When my Sunday School teacher, Carl, asked for donations to help feed a few families he was trying to support, I did not really think about it and immediately parted with $20 of my recently earned money. I had completely forgotten about that donation [...]

29 09, 2017

Simple question — are you satisfied?

2017-09-29T10:57:26-05:00 September 29th, 2017|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYER              God,You are the bread that sustains me on my journey. You are the river of life that revives me when I falter. You are the very breath that I breathe, that animates my body, mind and soul for the work to which you call me. When I taste your presence, it satisfies my hungry heart. And it makes me want more. More of you. More of your joy. More of your peace. More serving you. More loving my neighbor.  God, on those times when I forget what I am searching for, give me just a taste of you to remind me, so that [...]