12 06, 2016

Seeds Do Sprout by Sid Davis

2017-03-28T14:57:05-05:00June 12th, 2016|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|1 Comment

There are stories that have a place in my memory like a painting in a gallery, and this one has earned a place of prominence. I tell parents and singers as often as I can that through our youth choir, Pure Sound, we are building a soundtrack in their heads, so when life gets hard—and it will, if it hasn’t already—this music and theology will help them through tough times. Years ago, Phillip Storey graduated a year early from Episcopal High School and went to spend a year with a family in South America where he could hone his Spanish [...]

5 06, 2016

How Far Can Your Dollar Go?

2017-03-28T14:57:09-05:00June 5th, 2016|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

A single dollar doesn’t get you much today. You can’t even buy a cup of coffee or a gallon of gas with a buck. But when all our singles are combined, we have some buying power. During the month of June, St. Luke’s will revive one of our traditions and dedicate the $1 bills from the offering to benefit a community partner. “Good for a Guitar” is a 10-week summer program for 6-12 grade students attending the youth program at Wesley Community Center. In 2015, 16 students completed the inaugural program that teaches guitar fundamentals to students without access to affordable instruction. Research shows that there are many [...]

29 05, 2016

How God Can Use Any Platform to Glorify His Name

2017-03-28T14:57:17-05:00May 29th, 2016|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

Candace Payne went mega-viral overnight as the “Chewbacca Mask” lady who had us all keeling over in uncontrollable laughter. In five days, it became the most popular video on the Facebook live platform. In case you’re not one of the 150 million people who’s witnessed this hysterical masterpiece, allow me to indulge you: Google “Chewbacca mask lady.” https://youtu.be/Ji1XFQa2Bhs Here is the best part—Candace is not just another funny lady looking to use her 10 minutes of fame to gain more popularity for herself. She has a higher purpose: to serve God. America’s latest Internet sensation is also a worship [...]

22 05, 2016

When Music Leads to Flourishing

2017-03-28T14:57:20-05:00May 22nd, 2016|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

Yellowstone Academy’s mission is to provide a high quality faith-based education exclusively to students from economically disadvantaged families that will prepare them for academic success in high school, college, and beyond. It is a Houston community where every child, regardless of their economic means, receives an education that cultivates their intellect, nourishes their spirit, and empowers them to create a fulfilling future. Their community flourishes when the teachers are able to realize the potential of all children. Barney Smith, co-founder of British a capella group, Voces8, one of the most versatile and best loved vocal ensembles has experienced Yellowstone [...]

15 05, 2016

Pick Me! Pick Me!

2017-03-28T14:57:24-05:00May 15th, 2016|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

By Monica Griffin In a small town, word gets around quickly—especially hard news. I had just finished performing in the musical Annie, and the man who played FDR to my Grace was diagnosed with leukemia. It was the first time that I knew someone who had a devastating illness whom I could potentially help. I signed up with the stem cell marrow registry. Due to the lack of a match, approximately 70% of all patients needing stem cell and bone marrow transplants must find a donor who is outside of their family. And such is the case now [...]

8 05, 2016

So God Made A Mother

2017-03-28T14:57:27-05:00May 8th, 2016|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

So God Made a Mother Inspired by Paul Harvey’s 1978 ‘So God Made a Farmer’ Speech And on the sixth day, God looked down on Adam in his planned paradise and said, “I need a nurturer.” So God made a mother. God said, “I need someone who feels deeply and loves fiercely, whose tears flow just as abundantly as their laughter, whose heart is as warm as their ability to guide and set limits is strong. I need someone whose influence on those that they nurture is eternal.” So God made a mother. God said “I need someone who [...]

1 05, 2016

The Class of 2016

2017-03-28T14:57:32-05:00May 1st, 2016|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

by Katie Garoni How have four years gone by so quickly? Let’s start by saying I am not ready for them to go. It has truly been an honor and a pleasure to spend the last four years with such an amazing group of young high school women, who take time out of their insanely busy lives to sit down and just be with us for a few hours each week. Though some of them might have been prompted by their parents to attend in the beginning, these students are the ones who made the decision, the effort and [...]

24 04, 2016

Thou Art With Me

2017-03-28T14:57:35-05:00April 24th, 2016|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. 1 Corinthians 13:12 by Susan Dunwoody Sitting in the doctor’s office with my husband and children, together we received the diagnosis. Ovarian cancer. The room stood still as I went from being in perfect health to the shock of cancer. I was shaken to the depth of my soul. I said to the Lord, “Are you sure you have the right person here? Are you [...]

17 04, 2016

All the Good, All the Bad

2017-03-28T14:57:37-05:00April 17th, 2016|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

by Andrew Howard, Class of 2018 I was waiting for my prayers to be answered. I was praying for a sign from God to help me really know that, without a doubt, he was real. And that day came during Fall Retreat when God shot me with all the truth of all the ways that he had been in my life. Maybe he made me to talk to people who really need his grace and forgiveness. I run track—barefoot, and when asked why, I say that God created us naked and that is our best form. Everyone has God [...]

10 04, 2016

He Restores My Soul

2017-03-28T14:57:40-05:00April 10th, 2016|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

by Reverend Bill Denham Every hospital visit is unique. Different rooms, patients, medical issues, outcomes. One of the things that some special lay men and women do is volunteer to visit hospitalized persons in the Medical Center. These volunteers enter the hospital room knowing that they represent not only St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, but also the healing hands and voice of Jesus the Christ. Before entering a hospital room the volunteer washes his/her hands and, more often than not, offers up a silent prayer, asking God to be with them in this visit. These men and women [...]