22 12, 2017

Nutcrackers, by Kathleen Ownby

2017-12-22T10:04:29-06:00 December 22nd, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

There are two types of nutcrackers… those that crack nuts and those that do not. I collect nutcrackers that are usually carved of wood in the shapes of soldiers, knights, kings or other professions and are not functional for cracking nuts. Since at least the 15th century, carving nutcrackers in rural forested German towns became an industry that often provided the only income. Nutcrackers became popular in the United States after World War II due to the first production of the Nutcracker Ballet in 1940 and to soldiers talking about the carved “dolls” when they returned home from [...]

15 12, 2017

The Music Box, by Sid Davis

2017-12-15T10:11:43-06:00 December 15th, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

A dear friend and mentor, Craig Hella Johnson, describes choosing music for a day like today as listening to “knockings” that happen deep inside. That is a very accurate picture of how certain selections seem to float to the top as the Christmas Festival takes shape in my head. Some results of those quiet voices need no explanation, but for a few, it might help to crack the door just a bit in order for us all to understand what we are hearing, and why. We begin this morning with an antique music box -— the 19th century [...]

8 12, 2017

God Bless Us, Everyone!

2017-12-08T10:05:50-06:00 December 8th, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

Charles Dickens said it best in A Christmas Carol when he gave Timothy Cratchit the line, “God bless us, everyone!” Seen through the eyes of Tiny Tim, Christmas is a time of blessings and miracles. As children, we anticipate the coming of Christmas mostly because of the expectation of gifts, and of relatives, food and fun. As we grow older, and hopefully wiser, we see the true meaning of Christmas as a time of anticipation of the coming of Christ as well as gifts, relatives, food and fun! For the past 20 years, I have played an annual [...]

1 12, 2017

Expect Love, by Rev. Eric Huffman

2017-12-01T14:36:27-06:00 December 1st, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

Love is patient, love is kind, it isn’t jealous, it doesn’t brag, it isn’t arrogant, it isn’t rude, it doesn’t seek its own advantage, it isn’t irritable, it doesn’t keep a record of complaints, it isn’t happy with injustice, but it is happy with the truth.  Love puts up with all things, trusts in all things, hopes for all things, endures all things. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 On June 5, 1999, my wife and I stood trembling inside a church. We were getting married at the age of 20. Half the people there thought we were [...]

1 12, 2017

Expect Wonder, by Rev. David Horton

2017-12-01T14:33:53-06:00 December 1st, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. Luke 2:20 It’s better to be a shepherd than an angel. You remember the angels. They’re the glowing, larger-than-life mysteries who showed up in the middle of the night and scared a bunch of shepherds out of their pajamas. In a second, they formed the best choir that anyone ever heard. They sang, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace!” They had news to share, news that would spread across the earth, news that would [...]

1 12, 2017

Expect Transformation, by Rev. Katie Montgomery Mears

2017-12-01T14:30:00-06:00 December 1st, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

Long lay the world in sin and error pining, Till he appeared and the soul felt its worth. The thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. These lyrics from my favorite Christmas hymn, O Holy Night, feel especially poignant this year. The world feels so full of sin and so, so weary. Shootings, wildfires, hurricanes, and earthquakes have delivered devastation to a countless number of communities and families this year. I’ll admit, there are days when it feels like a dream I cannot wake up from—so real and yet so [...]

1 12, 2017

Expect Goodness, by Rev. Bill Denham

2017-12-01T14:27:34-06:00 December 1st, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

Come back in time with me. Hear Burl Ives singing, “He sees you when you’re sleeping. He knows when you’re awake. He knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake.” I was probably five years old when I first heard this song. I was in a department store, Christmas shopping with my mother. The words struck home because I really wanted Santa to bring me an electric train for Christmas—a Lionel train with a switchbox to make the train go forward and backward and “smoke tablets.” You dropped those white aspirin-like tablets in [...]

1 12, 2017

Expect Goodness through Kindness, by Henry Quillin

2017-12-01T10:38:36-06:00 December 1st, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

My name is Henry Quillin. I am 14 years old, and I was lucky enough to be a part of delivering poinsettias to our Friends at Home members last year with Student Ministries. We delivered to the folks living in long-term care facilities. Since some of the senior members of St. Luke’s are unable to come to the Sunday services, my group and I drove to where our Friends at Home lived and gave them beautiful poinsettias so that they would know that they are loved by St. Luke’s. Though it is such a simple act of kindness, [...]

22 11, 2017

Harvey Update

2017-11-22T08:36:45-06:00 November 22nd, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

St. Luke’s continues to partner with families in the Houston area as we work together to rebuild our community! Last week, a team served with a family living on the west side of Houston, in the Energy Corridor.This family requested help spreading topsoil in their front yard. The homeowner said, “This may seem like a strange request with the many priorities we have (mold remediation, plumbing, electrical and structural damages to name a few) but driving up to our home and walking through a yard of clay speckled with glass and broken tile is so difficult.” This sweet family—including [...]

17 11, 2017

Finding a Church, by Kelley Mohr Rodriguez

2017-11-17T08:53:31-06:00 November 17th, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

In February 2015, I decided it was time to find a church for my family. I grew up in Houston and spent my childhood very involved in my neighborhood Methodist church. I participated in about everything it had to offer from Sunday School to choir and being an acolyte. My parents instilled in me and my siblings a solid foundation to start our journey with Jesus. In college and most of my young adult life, I remained spiritual but sporadically attended church. I was building a career, moving to different cities and just got busy. That all changed [...]