St. Luke’s Fall CommUNITY Festival and Family Races

St. Luke’s will host its second annual Fall CommUNITY Festival this year on *Saturday, October 13, from 12 PM – 3 PM. New this year will be our first-ever Family Races, a relay-style race where family teams of two (2) will have an opportunity to compete for a chance to win a prize. Each family may enter one (1) team, and teams will compete according to the age of the youngest member. Races will be held by age-group which are as follows: 5-7, 8-11, 12-15, and adult. Entrants aged 16 or older are invited to compete in the adult category, or may accompany a younger team member in the youngest member’s age bracket.

*Please visit our website, Facebook or call 636-386-5634 for any weather-related updates if necessary.

To enter the race, please register online, or call Julie Nguyen at 636-386-5634.

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Come To The Table: Accepting the Invitation

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church introduced a unique event designed to be a relaxing, family friendly Christian learning experience. Come to the Table is a scripture based bible study revolving around Christian Contemporary music. With dinner provided, the evening offers a laid back setting for the family to relax, enjoy a meal, and also feed the spirit with a short bible study, and open discussion.

Our first event was held on Wednesday evening, September 12th, and featured the Sidewalk Prophets song “Come To The Table”. We reflected on the song, relaying it to the scripture passage 2 Corinthians Chapter 5 verses 14-21. The song urges us to be ambassadors of Christ through reconciliation. Christ offers all people under heaven to share a place at the table with Him, no matter the circumstances, or situations we are in. And, He offers this reconciliation unconditionally. Christ died for us on the cross in order that we can be reconciled to the Father. He hopes we accept the invitation.

The lesson emphasized the part of the song where it teaches us about Grace. The song says, “We all start on the outside…the outside looking in. This is where Grace begins.” We all need the Grace God offers through Christ’s sacrifice, and there is no better metaphor for representing this than a table. God wants us to accept the invitation offered through Grace by coming to the table with all others under Heaven and sit beside Jesus. By accepting the invitation, we essentially extend reconciliation to those with whom we share the table. People of all backgrounds, and with every human circumstance come to the table with us, and we enter into a communal relationship with them…loving them as ourselves. And, we become Christ’s ambassadors of reconciliation through this communal relationship. Our discussion at “the table” was a true reflection of this lesson, as we touched on everything from the differences between Judaism and Christianity, to whether cats and dogs get to go to Heaven. While different ages, races, gender and opinions were represented, all accepted the invitation to commune, converse, and to hear the Word of the Lord.

Come to the Table offers families a relaxed environment, where they can come and be served, and not be burdened with cooking and cleaning. Designed to serve the community, we want to be ambassadors of Christ, with a heart of compassion, understanding, and a welcoming spirit. We want to feed both the body and the spirit through dinner and scripture using contemporary Christian music.

So please accept our invitation to come spend an evening with us. That Sin and Shame that you brought with you, you can leave them at the door, and let Mercy draw you near. The event will be hosted once monthly. God’s love is unending, and He gives it to us freely each and every day. We need to turn that around and share that love with our neighbors. We can offer a meal and friendship to the community, allowing us to reflect the light of Christ to the world. Help us to reflect that light as often as you can by becoming an ambassador just like we hope to become. Stay tuned for more information on the next Come to the Table event!

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Never forget – 17 years after 9/11

It has been 17 years since the Twin Towers, the United States, and people everywhere who embrace democracy were attacked. Each year since then, memorials, ceremonies, and various events occur to mark the tragedy, and to remember and honor those who gave their lives on that day. The phrase “Never forget” has become the mantra for 9/11, and really mostly circulates each year on 9/11. So, what does that phrase really mean? What do we, as individuals, mean when we say we will “never forget?” How many of us in this country, and in this world, go each day remembering the events on 9/11, and the people who were directly impacted? And what would those who did lose their lives – if they were present today to talk to us – ask us to do in order to remember them?

Perhaps, more than simply vowing we will “never forget,” more than changing our FB images and icons or tweeting #Neverforget, we ought to show that we will never forget, maybe by being kinder to one another. EVERYDAY. Before we react out of fear or hatred, we take the time to listen, learn and understand the one who is different from us. EVERYDAY. Before we decide to angrily respond via Facebook,Twitter, etc., we should thoughtfully consider our words and whether they are shaming, judgmental, bullying, or designed to tear someone down. We should do this EVERYDAY. We should lift each other up. EVERYDAY. This is what we are taught in last week’s sermon, and we see that even Jesus had to learn to see past his own biases to do what’s right – everyday. These changes we can make in ourselves seem an appropriate and more effective way to show those victims of 9/11 that their sacrifices were not made in vain, and that we will truly never forget. Everyday.

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