When our Discerning Vision team met this month, I asked them to do this Guided Imagery meditation to invite God and their own imagination offer a vision of the future St. Luke’s. --- Get into a very comfortable and relaxed position. Focus your awareness on your breathing. Breathe in easily and effortlessly. Then breathe out. … Continue reading Future of St. Luke’s Guided Imagery
Announcements and activities for the period June 18 to June 25, 2021.
by the Rev'd Dr. Helen Svoboda-Barber Our Gospel stories today are some of the parables Jesus tells about the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is like a tiny mustard seed, planted in the dirt, that becomes a scrubby, gangly big bush --a home for the birds. That is the Kingdom of God. As … Continue reading Nothing Special and the Kingdom of God | June 13, 2021
I’ve talked a lot about how St. Luke’s is working hard to be intentional about who we will become moving out of this pandemic. What do we hold on to? What do we set down? What new practices will we pick up? This summer, St. Luke’s will be offering this same sort of thoughtful reflection … Continue reading Set Your Intentions: Short Family Retreat Days
Announcements and activities for the period June 11 to June 18, 2021.
Rev. Laura Thornton Today we have this little parable inside a story inside another story in Mark’s gospel. Jesus has been teaching and healing and casting out demons. And very quickly, word spreads and crowds appear wherever he goes. Jesus’ family comes to restrain him, take him home, protect him, they think he has lost … Continue reading In a Crowded House With Jesus | June 6, 2021
Yes! Magazine is a wonderful collection of feel-good news. This week, an article from them passed through my feed, We Have to Get Ready for the Good Things to Come. I immediately thought, “Exactly! This is what our Discerning Vision team is helping St. Luke’s to do: to prepare ourselves to be ready for the … Continue reading Getting Ready for the Good Things to Come
Announcements and activities for the period June 4 to June 11, 2021.
Rev. Dr. Helen Svoboda-Barber My seminary experience was full of learning and possibilities and tools. I only remember two or three admonitions to avoid some things, and I’m failing at avoiding everything I’ve been told to avoid. Our Pastoral Studies Professor Charlie Cook repeatedly told us, “Don’t poll the congregation. Just don’t poll the congregation.” … Continue reading The Trinity of Love | May 30, 2021
Clergy have been talking about how we hold people who are in very different places. Some are ready to get back and frustrated that things are so slow. Others are grieving very real losses that they have had to hold alone for far too long. Enfleshed, a Facebook page I follow, shared that they had … Continue reading A Poem to Share