16 06, 2017

Dear Caroline

2017-06-16T09:11:16-05:00June 16th, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

Dear Caroline, Today you’re the size of a small pumpkin, like the ones you, your mom, and I will paint funny faces on and put on the doorstep the day before Halloween. We’ll have a good time, the four of us. Yes, I’m counting the cat. Today is also Father’s Day. I guess this is my first Father’s Day as a father. You should know I have mixed feelings about this, because it means your arrival is coming within the month, and I’m not ready. Sure, we have all the gadgets and carriers to bring you home, and your [...]

16 06, 2017

Being a Dad

2017-06-16T09:07:09-05:00June 16th, 2017|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, I try to be a good dad. You know that. I am so grateful that I have such wonderful children. Thank you so much for that gift and that privilege. You know that fatherhood has been such an important part of my identity, of my sense of mission. It is the one thing that absolutely nobody else could do for me. Once you’re in, you can’t quit. So I do the best I can. And sometimes, it seems like enough. And sometimes, I know I fall short. Way short.  I see why you chose parenting as the image you chose for the relationship [...]

15 06, 2017

Six Different Angles

2017-06-15T09:16:25-05:00June 15th, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

Children’s Ministries' purpose is to build a spiritual foundation in each child that will last a lifetime. The two most important components of the Sunday School hour are building faith-filled relationships with the children and sharing the Bible story. The Children’s Ministry team writes our own curriculum and uses a variety of activities to bring clarity to the scripture and strengthen its impact on children's lives. ••• "My hope and prayer is that this will be a place that they will remember fondly as they grow older. I know that I will." – Jill Young, 5th grade Sunday [...]

9 06, 2017

In for Testing

2017-06-09T10:35:34-05:00June 9th, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

It’s never easy to hear, “We are going to need to do a biopsy of that lesion on your spine,” but it happened to me. Alarm bells rang in my head as I tried to stay positive having been told that the doctors were only “ruling out” the scary diagnoses. Instructions to report to the oncology wing of the hospital only reinforced the fear that had engulfed me. While I knew that God was with me, my husband beside me, and mom on the way from Houston, the trembles of anxiety were real. When she arrived the day [...]

9 06, 2017

I Saved You!

2017-06-09T10:20:56-05:00June 9th, 2017|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, I am not all that good at “obedience.” I prefer “alignment” or “collaboration” or “negotiation,” or some other word that allows me to feel like I am in charge. But sometimes, it helps me to know what you expect of me as your follower.  God, in your love and grace, you saved the people of Israel from bondage in Egypt, you set them apart as your covenant people, special to you, not like any other people. They were set apart to be a blessing to the world. And the way they would demonstrate that special status [...]

6 06, 2017

What will they take with them?

2017-06-06T16:45:35-05:00June 6th, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

A few Sundays ago, St. Luke's confirmed 70 students. It has been amazing to journey with these young people and their families over the past three years. But what is next for them? In four short years these students will graduate and likely leave St. Luke's.  The question for us is "what will they take with them?" Our hope is for them to leave with a rich love for Christ and an eagerness to serve. Wherever they live in five years, we want them to be prepared to plug into a new community of faith. So how do [...]

2 06, 2017

Burning and Yearning: The Pentecost Through the Cross and Flame

2017-06-02T10:13:26-05:00June 2nd, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

Here’s a familiar symbol: the Cross and Flame emblem, a powerful reminder of who and Whose we are as United Methodists. The history and significance of the Cross and Flame emblem are as rich and diverse as The United Methodist Church. The insignia’s birth quickly followed the union of two denominations in 1968: The Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church. It is rich in meaning and relates The United Methodist church to God through Christ (the cross) and the Holy Spirit (the flame). The flame is a reminder of Pentecost when witnesses were unified by the [...]

2 06, 2017

Power!

2017-06-02T09:53:42-05:00June 2nd, 2017|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYERHoly Spirit,Wow, you were so present in that worship service this week at our United Methodist Annual Conference. I could feel you warm my soul and lift my heart. I felt connected to those around me. A packed house full of brothers and sisters in Christ, singing loudly and enthusiastically the hymns of the church. Great preaching, challenging us to be servants. I was motivated. Is that who you are, Holy Spirit? A really strong motivational force in our lives? A good feeling all over, convincing me of your presence? I confess that sometimes I reduce you to something as simple as a strong [...]

26 05, 2017

Where Two or Three are Gathered

2017-05-26T09:45:17-05:00May 26th, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

Eclectic lights burn bright over colorful chairs in a lawn that was once empty. There is laughter and conversation. A mid-century church parlor is transformed with the smells of coffee and fresh pastries as people sit at new laptops and sound out unfamiliar words. Across the room, a couple of students are studying for the GED. In these spaces, community is happening and hope is alive. The Gethsemane campus has taken two existing spaces and transformed them into new gathering areas for young adults in the Sharpstown and Gulfton neighborhoods. Amy Kelley, Gethsemane’s Director of Family Ministries, said [...]

26 05, 2017

Breaking the Chains of Guilt

2017-05-26T08:52:18-05:00May 26th, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

The Bible I received in my early adolescence sits on my desk. I often use it as a point of reference when I need to quickly look up a verse or two. Recently, I opened it up to Romans for some extra context for my daily devotional, but instead of a closer look into Paul’s letter I got a look into the Christian I was between the ages of 12 and 18. Reading the notes I wrote and the verses I highlighted years ago was much like going through an old photo album and finding your most awkward [...]