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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|0 Comments

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 [...]

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

31 12, 2019

Special Edition: Forty Days of Joy!

2019-12-31T10:55:14-06:00December 31st, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Special Edition: Forty Days of Joy!

A PERSONAL PRAYER Gracious and Loving God, Today, I am filled with joy. I am so grateful that on Sunday morning, you finally healed my mom, taking her to be in your presence. Her confusion and anxiety are replaced by perfect peace, her pain and isolation have now disappeared. Before, she saw you only through a glass dimly. Now she sees you face to face. She has fought the good fight. She has finished the race and received the crown of righteousness you have for her. How can one be sad, grieve, and be joyous all at the [...]

20 12, 2019

The end game of salvation!

2019-12-20T09:07:55-06:00December 20th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on The end game of salvation!

A PERSONAL PRAYER God of love, I have been waiting, longing for you to save me. Yes, you entered my life with your grace a long time ago, and began that process of salvation. I responded to that grace as a youth, and knew that my sins were and are forgiven, and that I am loved and accepted just as I am. I guess I thought that is what salvation was really all about. But as the days and years have passed, I see that there is so much more to salvation than that. I am praying for [...]

13 12, 2019

Christmas Festival this week!

2019-12-13T09:10:39-06:00December 13th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Christmas Festival this week!

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, There are so many broken hearts who need to know your saving love. During the Christmas season, the hurt and emptiness from loss, from betrayal, from loneliness can be overwhelming. I pray today for those who grieve, for those who have lost the ability to experience great joy or great pain, for those who live each day with overwhelming anger, for those who smile on the outside but weep in their souls. God, come and save them and heal their hearts. In the name of the coming Christ Child, I pray, Amen. SOME THOUGHTS [...]