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3 07, 2020

The Cross

2020-07-02T15:49:38-05:00July 3rd, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYERGracious God,It is an amazing country in which I am blessed to live. I thank you for the privilege of being a part of it. I pray you would continue to bless our nation and guide our leaders and all of us to fully actualize the positive values of freedom and equity that underpin our national pride. I know your love knows no boundaries, and that the patriotism and love for country in other nations is just as noble as is mine. So I pray for all the peoples of your world that all the world's nations may thrive and [...]

18 06, 2020

June 18: In the Fruit of the Spirit By Cindy Donaldson, St. Luke’s member since 2012, Children’s Council Chair, Bible study co-leader, The Story prayer team

2020-06-23T10:17:41-05:00June 18th, 2020|All blogs, Daily Devotionals, Uncategorized|Comments Off on June 18: In the Fruit of the Spirit By Cindy Donaldson, St. Luke’s member since 2012, Children’s Council Chair, Bible study co-leader, The Story prayer team

Acts 2:2-4 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Reflection: How, when and where does God show up? [...]

15 06, 2020

June 15: Who Left Who? By Rev. Mike Tyson

2020-06-15T10:09:52-05:00June 15th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on June 15: Who Left Who? By Rev. Mike Tyson

1 Kings 18:30-39 (NRSV) 30 Then Elijah said to all the people, "Come closer to me"; and all the people came closer to him. First he repaired the altar of the LORD that had been thrown down;  31 Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the LORD came, saying, "Israel shall be your name";  32 with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD. Then he made a trench around the altar, large enough to contain two measures of seed.  33 [...]

13 06, 2020

June 13: Faith on the Roller Coaster, by Steve Lufburrow, Sunday School Teacher and St. Luke’s Member for 55 years

2020-06-15T10:00:15-05:00June 13th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on June 13: Faith on the Roller Coaster, by Steve Lufburrow, Sunday School Teacher and St. Luke’s Member for 55 years

Mark 5:36 Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, “Don’t be afraid, just believe.”  Reflection: As the son of a Methodist minister, I was always taught to be optimistic, hopeful, and believe. After all, that’s what our faith teaches. As I was reflecting on the scripture, I thought of a favorite experience when I was younger that I’d like to share. Have any of you ever been on a roller coaster? I love roller coasters, and my favorite was the Texas Cyclone at Astroworld. You would get in the car, strap in, safety bar down, and then you began [...]

8 05, 2020

Pass the love on (Mom’s Day)

2020-05-08T10:16:35-05:00May 8th, 2020|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Pass the love on (Mom’s Day)

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, I am so thankful today for all those who have loved me. Grandparents. Parents. In-laws. Amazing wife. Children. Friends. Teachers. Pastors. Youth counselors. Coaches. And I am so thankful for the ways they loved me. Peanut butter sandwiches and bean with bacon soup. Car rides. Words of encouragement. Tuition payments. Challenges, and hard conversations. Smiles in the hallway. Laughter. Hugs and kisses. Moments of forgiveness and forbearance. Each of them flow over me to shape me into who you want me to be. God, today I will have the opportunity to pass on that same love, [...]

28 06, 2019

Digging Deeper, by Kristin Tillman

2019-06-28T09:47:04-05:00June 28th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Digging Deeper, by Kristin Tillman

When I was asked to tell my story, I reflected back on the story I told some 20 plus years ago during the summer. I was asked to give my faith statement at the 11 o’clock service. While those beginning chapters of my story are still the same, a great deal has changed. I was a young stay-at-home mother with two children. I was raised in a home where we all went to church each Sunday, no questions asked. I attended youth group and church camps. I loved the Lord, but mostly my faith was my parent’s faith. I [...]

26 02, 2019

A Message from Tom Pace from the General Conference of the United Methodist Church

2019-02-26T18:54:50-06:00February 26th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace, Uncategorized|Comments Off on A Message from Tom Pace from the General Conference of the United Methodist Church

Friends, The called session of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church to deal with issues around same sex marriage and ordination is concluding. The body passed an amended version of the plan called “The Traditional Plan,” which continues the current United Methodist position that same sex weddings cannot be officiated by our clergy or in our churches, and self-avowed practicing LGBT men and women may not be ordained. It also adds increased accountability for bishops and boards of ministry in enforcing this covenant. However, many of the components to increase that accountability already have been ruled in violation [...]

22 02, 2019

A special called session of the General Conference of the United Methodist

2019-02-22T09:09:19-06:00February 22nd, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace, Uncategorized|Comments Off on A special called session of the General Conference of the United Methodist

A special called session of the General Conference of the United Methodist denomination will be meeting in St. Louis from Saturday, February 23 – Tuesday, February 26. The purpose of the session is to make decisions regarding whether United Methodist churches or clergy are permitted to hold or officiate at same-sex weddings, and whether Annual Conferences can ordain self-avowed, practicing homosexual men and women. Ordinarily, the General Conference of the church meets every four years, with lay and clergy delegates from Annual Conferences around the world. In the regular session of the General Conference in 2016, a special commission (The [...]

3 07, 2018

Small Things

2018-07-03T10:10:49-05:00July 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Small Things

The goal to raise $5,000 for this year’s Vacation Bible School service project seemed lofty, especially with the impact Hurricane Harvey had on the city. But small things make a big difference in the kingdom of God. In total, the campers raised $8,093.11, which bought 404 special beds with netting for children in Africa that help ward off mosquitos and the diseases they carry. Raising this money was not all about children emptying out the excess change they have in their piggy banks at home, though. Through supporting a meaningful cause at the largest children’s event of the [...]