2308, 2019

Needing to be needed

A PERSONAL PRAYER Gracious God, I still remember the day I heard you call my name, asking me to follow you, telling me you had work for me to do. It seems I am always trying to figure out exactly what work I am supposed to be doing, [...]

1608, 2019

Where I Am Meant to Be, by Samuel Montano

I grew up in St. Luke’s, but I only knew two people. Eventually, as I got involved in Sunday Sing (Thanks, Jane Long!) and later in Student Ministries and Pure Sound, I began to make more and more friends. These friendships helped me through some rough times. I [...]

1608, 2019

A family where I belong

A PERSONAL PRAYER Ah, look at all the lonely people. Where do they all come from? Ah, look at all the lonely people. Where do they all belong?  God, I think that is what you are saying so much of the time. Sometimes, even I, who have a [...]

2607, 2019

More than a Hand Bell Choir, by Noralyn Carpenter

One of my favorite types of music-making groups is a bell choir. People who ring bells together bring with them a heightened sense of dedication to music, and to each other. If a singer is missing from a vocal group, other singers will still sing the same notes, [...]

2607, 2019

The broken pieces of life

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, sometimes life is marvelous and wonderful, and gratitude comes easy. But sometimes, life is difficult. Bad things happen. I've seen it in the lives of other people I care about. People they love die too young. They get cheated or swindled or robbed. The [...]

1907, 2019

Apollo 11 Lunar Landing, by Ed Smith

April 1963 The ad in Aviation Week indicated a need for experienced engineers at NASA’s newly-minted Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston. At this time I was employed by the FAA as an engineering test pilot and engineer in Oklahoma City. With my advanced aerospace engineering degree and experience [...]