26 07, 2019

The broken pieces of life

2019-07-26T08:56:28-05:00July 26th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on 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 job they count on goes away. Their marriages fail and friendships falter. Children struggle and parents disappoint. Money gets scarce and pressures rise. Sometimes, God, these problems are "circumstances," out of their control. Sometimes, they contributed to the problem. And God, you know there have been times in my own [...]

19 07, 2019

Apollo 11 Lunar Landing, by Ed Smith

2019-07-19T09:40:43-05:00July 19th, 2019|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on 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 as a jet-qualified large multi-engine aircraft pilot, I had hoped to be engaged in the new US Supersonic Transport program. However that program was beset upon with both technical and political improbabilities. I had also applied for a research pilot job opening at the NASA Lewis Research Center in Cleveland [...]

19 07, 2019

Can’t we just all get along?

2019-07-19T09:27:43-05:00July 19th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Can’t we just all get along?

A PERSONAL PRAYER God of all times and all people in all places, You know how I hate conflict and tension. I suspect there are some people who love a good fight - sort of "bring it on." But not me, God. I just want us all to get along. Is that just an unreasonable expectation, God? I read your scripture to call for "shalom," peace with justice, everything in harmony. You tell me that if I come to the altar with gifts, and my brother or sister has something against me, I should leave my gift at [...]

12 07, 2019

Theatre Kids, by Tina Throckmorton

2019-07-12T10:16:12-05:00July 12th, 2019|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Theatre Kids, by Tina Throckmorton

St. Luke’s is committed to children, and St. Luke’s is committed to theatre, music and fine arts. When all these elements combine, my heart SINGS.    Our 11:00 congregation this morning will be treated to a selection from “Life of the Party,” our 7th annual Children’s Music Ministries’ summer musical. This 30-minute production was performed on Friday night by a great group of 35 first through fifth graders after only a week of rehearsals. Julie Osterman, Noralyn Carpenter, Megan Kessler and I are very proud of them! It has been my immense privilege to be involved in many [...]

12 07, 2019

A Fresh Start

2019-07-12T09:25:40-05:00July 12th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on A Fresh Start

A PERSONAL PRAYER God - Father, Son, Holy Spirit, I remember the first time I made a commitment to following you, and offered you my life in response to your amazing grace. I felt so empowered, so full of life. I felt that nothing could bring me down. It was like I was getting married - I was going to follow you for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health. In my mind, I knew there would be good times and bad times, but I thought we could handle them all together, you [...]

5 07, 2019

Pot-stirrers

2019-07-05T11:55:51-05:00July 5th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Pot-stirrers

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, Let's stir the pot. Let's shake things up. Let's turn over some temple-tables. Let's make something happen. OK, I know you have been doing that all along, but let's you and I do it together (meaning I will join in this time). God, I thank you today for all those pot-stirrers and thing-shaker-uppers, and temple-table-turners who have been your agents to accomplish your purposes. It takes courage to do that. I thank you for those who come up with the strategies for change. I thank you for those who bear the brunt of social ridicule and [...]

28 06, 2019

A Way Out

2019-06-28T09:16:53-05:00June 28th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on A Way Out

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, I have discovered that most folks don't like to talk about sin much. Actually, I don't like to talk about sin much. But sin is real. It is "crouching at the door." Sometimes, I find myself stuck in a pattern of living and thinking that I know miss the mark. Like St. Paul, I want to do good, but the very thing I want to avoid is the thing I find myself doing. I won't detail it all here where others can read the list - but you know what it is God, and [...]

21 06, 2019

Welcome to Our New Members, by Rebecca Alsup

2019-06-21T09:30:24-05:00June 21st, 2019|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Welcome to Our New Members, by Rebecca Alsup

Click edit button to change this text. One of the best aspects of my role in Connecting Ministries is getting to know the people who join St. Luke’s and hearing their stories. I love to learn about their hopes for membership and what has led them here. Below are some of the things our newest members have shared over the past few months: “We wanted to find a church family.  We recently had our first child, and I’d like her to have a solid foundation, as I did growing up.” “I want to raise my son in a [...]

21 06, 2019

All In, Baby

2019-06-21T09:02:59-05:00June 21st, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on All In, Baby

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, There are times I think I have it figured out. Things make sense. If I do A, then B will happen. And since I want B to happen, I will do A. I can move down the road confidently toward my goals and my preferred future. But there are other times when I am not sure what I should do. Things don't seem to make sense. Doing A doesn't lead to B like I thought it would. I feel confused, conflicted, uncertain. These are times that I fall on my knees and turn to [...]

7 06, 2019

Choices

2019-06-07T09:59:32-05:00June 7th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Choices

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, Today, I will make lots of choices, and I need your help. In every moment, and in every opportunity, I pray that... I will choose joy over anxiety and fear. I will choose compassion over apathy and self-centeredness. I will choose positivity over cynicism. I will choose action over complacency. I will choose growth over stagnation. I am not at the mercy of my circumstances, God. I can choose how to respond to whatever comes my way. So today, God, I will let your light shine, and will not put it under a bushel. Like a candle [...]