15 09, 2017

I want to be a body builder

2017-09-15T09:18:27-05:00September 15th, 2017|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYERFather, Son, Holy Spirit…As Trinity, you are a family in and of yourself. You exist as a relationship, and you tell us that we were created to be in relationship with you and with one another. I want to do that well. I want to be a part of a healthy family, a thriving workplace, a strong neighborhood, a Spirit-filled church. I want to have loving and supportive friendships. But it isn’t easy, God. Sometimes, other people drive me crazy. They don’t always act the way I would want them to. And I confess that sometimes, I get drawn into [...]

8 09, 2017

Back to Houston, by Elizabeth Huff

2017-09-08T11:57:07-05:00September 8th, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|1 Comment

Houston holds a special place in my heart. It’s where my husband and I bought our first home; it’s where my daughter was born and I became a mother; it’s where I have the best kind of friends – those who are like family. So, when we moved from Houston to Louisiana in January 2017, I couldn’t bring myself to say a proper goodbye to a place that meant so much to me. As Hurricane Harvey poured over the Houston area for days, I knew that I shouldn’t just sit back and watch the devastation on every TV [...]

8 09, 2017

Rekindle your fire

2017-09-08T11:49:27-05:00September 8th, 2017|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

Friends, It has been quite a week at St. Luke’s church. Volunteer mucking teams have been out helping families, both from St. Luke’s and our neighbors. Our student ministry was a huge part of that effort, as the youth made the week a “mission trip at home.” Red Cross volunteers continued to sleep in the Fellowship Hall at night, and our folks provided great hospitality. Countless volunteers provided meals and laundry service. The Sharpstown and Gulfton communities gathered at our Gethsemane campus each day for a free meal, provided by our folks in conjunction with our Connect Community [...]

1 09, 2017

Being the Church, by Rev. David Horton

2017-09-01T13:05:48-05:00September 1st, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|2 Comments

I didn’t know there was such a thing as the Houston Professional Firefighter’s Association, but now I do. The President of the Association called the main St. Luke’s number on Sunday morning and, because services were cancelled, had to leave a message. He was inside Station 51, which is next door to the Gethsemane Campus and one of the busiest stations in Houston on a normal day, but of course Sunday, August 27 was not a normal day. He said there were 20-25 people who had been evacuated from their Sharpstown and Gulfton homes and apartments by the [...]

1 09, 2017

Anxious To See You

2017-09-01T12:51:09-05:00September 1st, 2017|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

St. Luke’s Family, Beginning today, we will have 250 Red Cross workers sleeping at the church for a few days. We will do our best to show them the spirit of love in our church and whole city. I am amazed at all that I see God doing right here in our midst. In the midst of such difficult times, the goodness that is at the center of each of us, the “image of God” in which every one of us is created, shines through. Christian or non-Christian, atheist or agnostic or just plain confused – all of us [...]

30 08, 2017

Overwhelmed

2017-08-30T16:16:21-05:00August 30th, 2017|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

For some, it is a literal term. Waters come pouring in and they can’t stop them. They watch the damage to home and possessions. Some wonder where they will live and, oh my, how they will pay for it. It's almost too much, as it seems the worst is over, and then the waters move from central city to the suburbs, with downstream flooding still in the future. It is just so much. For most, it is emotionally overwhelming. Some remain afraid of what is to come when the rivers continue to rise. For those of us without [...]

30 08, 2017

Update on Storm Response

2017-08-30T16:20:45-05:00August 30th, 2017|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

Dear St. Luke’s family, I want you to know that we at St. Luke’s continue to pray for you, and strive to do whatever we can to be of help and support.  Let me share just a few components of what we are doing to respond to this crisis. 1)     We aim at helping one another. We are gathering the names and situations of those in need. Please send those to Dr. Linda Christians or any of our pastors or staff, and they will forward to Linda. Most importantly, just do it.  Our mission is to put our faith to work in [...]

25 08, 2017

A Stephen Ministry Testimony

2017-08-25T09:40:02-05:00August 25th, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

On a warm, summer day in the recent past, I experienced one of the most traumatic events in my life. The events of that day resulted in several subsequent occurrences that led to my eventual rock bottom. In a matter of a few months, I lost my professional license, lucrative business, marriage, daily duties as a father of a precious little girl, millions in potential career earnings, and reputation. I often describe these incidents as my descent into Dante’s Inferno. Struggling with the thought of suicide and suffering in the agonizing realm of depression, I turned to my [...]

24 08, 2017

Storms, Worship Info, and Hospitality

2017-08-24T14:04:56-05:00August 24th, 2017|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

Friends, as the rainstorm approaches, please watch our website for information about worship on Sunday… A PERSONAL PRAYER Gracious God,The storm approaches, and deluge and floods threaten. We find ourselves anxious about safety, about possessions, about comfort, about those we love. Pour over us with your love, and take away our anxiety, and put our trust in you. We pray for all who are affected by this storm, and that you might show us how to respond, putting our faith to work in love. (Galatians 5:6)God, turn our attention to others. Help us to put aside our own needs, that [...]

23 08, 2017

Beyond the Welcome Mat

2017-08-23T15:40:11-05:00August 23rd, 2017|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

We've talking about hospitality at St. Luke’s – Open Hearts and Open Doors. Hospitality means so much more than a nice table setting or a welcome mat. It is a deep desire to connect with others. It is a focus on the other person rather than ourselves. It is a willingness to be inconvenienced, or even put one’s self at risk, to meet another’s needs. It is a desire for there to be no “us” and “them,” but only an “us.” It is a willingness to let others into our private space, and more importantly, a willingness to [...]