A Word from the Clergy:
Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. 3He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. – Hebrews 1:1-3
We will look back on the Year of our Lord 2020 with a combination of amazement and loathing. Amazement, that we made it through to 2021. Loathing, knowing that as of today, over 1,500,000 of our neighbors, friends, and family around the world did not, and 2021 will likely see much more suffering and death before things begin to change for the better. When that better day comes, we will most surely look back and ask ourselves, “How was it we made it through those difficult and challenging days?”
There are many ways one could answer that question, but for followers of Christ, we must first recognize that it is God who sustains us, in Christ, through this and ever trial. If not for God’s abiding presence, we would most surely find ourselves wandering lost and bewildered. Yet, because, as the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews puts it, “He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, (and) he sustains all things…”
This, my friends, is what the mystery of the Incarnation is all about, the awareness of God’s sustaining love, in the Son, given to the world to save us from sin, sickness, and death. There is not anything in this world, not COVID-19, not hell itself, that can separate us from the love that abides and sustains, the love that, as the lovely Christmas hymn, by Christina Rossetti goes, “came down at Christmas.”
Love came down at Christmas
Love all lovely, love divine
Love was born at Christmas
Star and angels gave the sign
May we all know the love born at Christmas. May it fill our hearts and sustain us all our days.
The Rev. C. Earl Mahan, Rector
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TUESDAYS – for an Evening
of Prayer & Worship
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Join us for a time of prayer and worship, along with Bible study, topical conversations, and from time to time, special guests. We hope to see you all on Zoom Church!
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Circle of Concern Donations/Shopping List
The food donations are taken to the Circle of Concern, a food pantry located in Valley Park. Needed are: Boxed Cereal, Dry Pasta, Pasta Sauce, Canned Pasta, Peanut Butter, Jelly/Jam, Canned Chicken, Canned Tuna, Macaroni & Cheese“Dinner” Helpers Dry Potatoes/Dry Beans/Dry Rice, Canned Fruit, Canned Vegetables, Baking staples.
Fresh produce from home and community gardens is welcomed!
Circle of Concern also accepts Personal Hygiene items: Shampoo, Hair Conditioner, Lotion, Razors, Deodorant, Bar Soap, Body Wash, Size 5 & 6 diapers, Baby Wipes, Feminine Hygiene Products
Please place your donations in the red plastic container in the Narthex. Thank you.
DIRECTIONAL NOTE: If you use GPS or any similar mapping system, in many instances, Brightfield Trail is not recognized as a street option. Additionally, most systems will indicate the destination has been reached at Goddard School. St. Luke’s is located directly across the street from Goddard.
From Big Bend: Continue north on Sulphur Spring Road approximately 50 or so yards beyond Goddard and turn left onto Brightfield Trail. St. Luke’s will be located immediately to the left.
From Manchester: If you have arrived at Goddard (or Big Bend), you have gone too far. From the Goddard parking lot, make a right back onto Sulphur Spring Road, and make a left approximately 50 yards onto Brightfield Trail. St. Luke’s will be located immediately to the left.
We invite you to join us for Sunday worship, meet our friendly congregation, and share in the glory of our Lord.
444 Brightfield Trail
Manchester, MO 63021
Phone: (636) 227-1227
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – 9:30 – 2:30 PM
Father Earl Mahan’s Office Hours:
Monday & Tuesdays – Church of The Good Shepherd
9:30 – 3:00 PM
Wednesday & Thursdays – St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
9:30 – 3:00 PM