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3 04, 2020

Hosanna! Save us!

2020-04-03T10:08:48-05:00April 3rd, 2020|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, Give me a word today, to say to others around me. Give me a word of gratitude, to share with the paramedics and firefighters and law officers, doctors and nurses and technicians, care-givers and grocery store employees and pharmacists, delivery drivers and restaurant takeout waitstaff and sanitation workers... all those people whose contact with the public cannot be eliminated because we depend on them. Give me a word of encouragement, for those who are weary and tired, who are afraid and anxious about the future. To the parents at home juggling work, and those [...]

27 03, 2020

The Temptations (of Christ, not the vocal group)

2020-03-27T09:51:15-05:00March 27th, 2020|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYER OK, God, I feel like I am running in circles, but staying in the same place. You know about all the phone calls, the ZOOM conferences, the worries about church and congregational health and finances and the future. You know I am praying more than ever, for my own family, for those who are sick, for the healthcare workers on the front line, for families with kids trying to do work and childcare from home, for our older adults stuck at home, for those who live paycheck to paycheck, for those who lead businesses and [...]

20 03, 2020

A Personal Prayer from Dr. Tom Pace

2020-03-20T14:37:59-05:00March 20th, 2020|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|2 Comments

Dear God, This morning, in my study time, I read these words in your Scripture. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may overflow in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13) So that is what I am praying for today. I am praying for you to speak to the anxious places of my heart and fill me with hope and joy and peace that it overflows into every personal interaction I have with my close family, and every virtual or distance interaction I have [...]

13 03, 2020

Join us online!

2020-03-20T13:02:04-05:00March 13th, 2020|Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Join us online!

Dear St. Luke's Family, After conversations with health officials in the medical center and city regarding COVID-19, St. Luke's will move to Livestream only worship for the next two weeks, March 15 and March 22. At that point, we will reevaluate, and make decisions about moving forward. Both contemporary and traditional services will be Livestreamed at their usual times. We hope you will register your attendance on the site, and participate as fully as you can in the worship. https://www.stlukesmethodist.org/livestream/. Sunday School classes will not meet. Unless there is another notice, all other groups, ministries, or services will not meet [...]

6 03, 2020

Coronavirus, and more

2020-03-06T09:45:15-06:00March 6th, 2020|Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Coronavirus, and more

Dear St. Luke's Family, As cases of the coronavirus begin to be present in the Houston area, it is even more important that we all take precautions to ensure our health and safety. At St. Luke's, we take this situation very seriously, and we encourage you to follow the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and other public health leaders to take the following steps: Please stay home if you are feeling ill. Any sneezing and coughing will raise the concerns of others. Remember that in worship, there may be people who are of higher risk than you are. [...]

28 02, 2020

A Fearless Moral Inventory

2020-02-28T09:03:10-06:00February 28th, 2020|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on A Fearless Moral Inventory

A PERSONAL PRAYER Dear God, Father, Son, Holy Spirit, The twelve steps teach that there comes a time to take a "fearless moral inventory" of my life. Lent is that time. A "moral inventory," because there is a need to be specific, to recognize that in my preoccupation with my own needs and wants, my own agenda and desires, I have hurt other people, and my sin separates me from you. God, you know they aren't intentional, these shortcomings. Mostly, they are just failures: Failures of self-discipline. Failures of generosity. Failures of understanding. Most of all, failures to [...]

21 02, 2020

Boundaries

2020-02-21T13:34:27-06:00February 21st, 2020|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Boundaries

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, I need to learn some things. I need to learn when to say no, and when to say yes. I need to be clear about what I am responsible for, and what I am not responsible for. I want to know how to help others without being a "fixer." I need to understand when it is ok to say "Sorry. It's not my problem." How do I know when it is time to intercede for someone else and when it is none of my business? I watch people struggle, sometimes people I love, and [...]

14 02, 2020

Rage and Delight

2020-02-14T09:11:02-06:00February 14th, 2020|Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Rage and Delight

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, There are moments. There are moments it feels like there is something inside me that takes me over. It is anger. Rage. Fury. The frustration just bubbles inside me. And then, small things trigger me and I lash out. I often lash out and say ugly things to the people I love the most. Sometimes it is at those who are defenseless. I don't know what to do with this anger. I know anger is a natural emotion, but why do I use it and say and do hurtful things? I hear your son tell me [...]

7 02, 2020

We are all parents…

2020-02-07T09:00:48-06:00February 7th, 2020|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on We are all parents…

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, It is the greatest joy in the world to be a parent. Looking back, I remember mostly good times when our kids were smaller, speckled with a few hard ones. I have regrets about how I parented, and I can openly confess those to you now. I talked about faith at church but didn't speak much about it at home. I either withdrew from conflict or screamed and yelled. I taught my kids virtually nothing about money, or sex, or drugs and alcohol, or any of those important things they should know about. And [...]

31 01, 2020

A New Take on Forgiveness

2020-01-31T09:14:49-06:00January 31st, 2020|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on A New Take on Forgiveness

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, So many things seem to rob me of joy. Fear about the future. Anxiety about meeting other people's expectations. Frustration and anger and disillusionment that others don't meet my expectations. Wounds I have received. Regret about things I have done or left undone. Sins I have committed against you. Expectations of myself, and disappointment that I don't meet them. So many things I just need to let go of. I just need to let it go. Letting it go isn't easy, God. How can I do it? But you have let go of my [...]