Holy Week Worship Schedule – 2019

Join us for worship during Holy Week, the week leading up to Easter and the resurrection of our savior, Jesus Christ. This year, we are excited to join our worship partners from Church of the Good Shepherd to offer joint worship services, including Maundy Thursday at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church,where the washing of the feet occurs, as well as Holy Saturday Easter Vigil hosted by Church of the Good Shepherd. Each location will host its own Good Friday service, as well as Easter Sunday service.

Additionally, St. Luke’s will host its annual free Easter Egg hunt for children of all ages. This event concludes a season long period of reflection and preparation for the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

For more details about each day during Holy Week, visit our calendar for Holy Week events April 18-21.

Ash Wednesday, March 6, 7:00 pm (No Eucharist)
St. Luke’s – Preacher Pamela
COGS – Preacher Earl

Maundy Thursday, April 18, 7:00 pm
Joint service at St. Luke’s, Preacher Deacon Dayna, Celebrant Earl,
Deacon at the Altar Pamela

Good Friday, April 19, 12:00 Noon
COGS – Preacher Pamela
St. Luke’s – Preacher Earl

Holy Saturday Easter Vigil, April 20, 8:00 pm
Joint service at COGS, Celebrant Earl, Deacon Pamela

Easter Sunday, April 21, 10:00 am
St. Luke’s – Preacher Pamela, Celebrant Clive
COGS – Preacher Earl

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WELCOME PAMELA STUERKE

The parish partnership of St. Luke’s Church and Church of the Good Shepherd is pleased to welcome The Rev. Dr. Pamela Stuerke as our new part time clergy associate.  Pamela will be replacing Maria Evans who is concluding her time of service with us.  Maria’s last Sunday is Feb. 24th at St. Luke’s and March 3rd at Church of the Good Shepherd.  Pamela will be working with Father Earl and Rev. Maria over the next four Sundays, and will take her place in the clergy rotation between the two parishes, beginning March 10th.  Pamela is a transitional deacon, ordained this past December.  She is slated to be ordained to the priesthood in June.  As a transitional deacon, Pamela is not yet able to serve as Celebrant at the Sacrament of Holy Communion.  Therefore, during the time between March and June, before her ordination to the priesthood, supply priests will be present with Pamela on Sundays.  She will preach and the supply priest will celebrate the Eucharist.  “Welcome, Pamela!”

“Hello, dear people of Good Shepherd and St. Luke’s. 

I’ll be joining you in ministry on a part-time basis, initially as a transitional deacon, and as a priest after ordination this summer.  I’ll also be continuing in my role as an accounting professor at UMSL.  Last August, I completed the Theological Formation Program in the Episcopal School for Ministry, and St. Mark’s in St. Louis Hills is the parish that has sponsored me for ordination.

I’m looking forward to meeting you over the next several weeks, and to getting to know you.”


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Come to the Table Bible study progresses

The St. Luke’s “Come To The Table” event, which launched in September, continues to progress nicely. Each month we’ve chosen contemporary Christian songs with specific themes intended to re-enforce a particular scripture reading and Bible study. Each month’s song and lesson has built on previous Bible studies.

The first session used the song “Come To The Table,” by Sidewalk Prophets to emphasize that all are invited to a place beside Jesus at His holy table, and become heirs in His eternal kingdom. The scripture reading was from 2 Corinthians 5:14-21. In October, we used the song “The Well,” by Casting Crowns. This song invites everyone to accept the gift of salvation through the living water that Christ offers. The scripture reading was John 4:4-14 and Exodus Exodus 7:1-7. We discussed the times when Jesus offered the living water to both the Hebrews walking through the desert, and the woman at the well. The lesson here is that we all thirst for a water that only He can provide: the living water. Our November session examined the song “I Am New,” by Jason Gray, which tells us that once Christ gives us the living water, we are now made new and need to use the talents given to us by God to proclaim the good news of Christ. The scripture reading was from Romans chapter 7:4-7. Now that Jesus has completed His work on earth, we must come to faith in Him in order to be made new.

Appropriately for our December session, we had a Christmas theme. The song was “Joseph’s Lullaby,” by MercyMe, which is a lovely song that humanizes Jesus. It is easy for us to forget that Jesus started out as a human child who had very basic human needs: he cried, he soiled himself, he got hungry, he needed Mary and Joseph to care for him. He needed to be taught all the things that only a father can teach his son…how to be a man and respect each person and respect the fact that God loves them too. Joseph prays to God that for just a short time, he can be the earthly father of Jesus, and teach Him those things that earthly fathers need to teach their sons. The scripture reading was from Matthew 1:18-25, the nativity story describing Joseph’s struggle to accept Mary’s pregnancy and what it meant. After a dream, he accepts that Mary is the chosen vessel through which the savior of the world will be delivered.

Music can pierce the heart in a way that simple words cannot. Using the music to proclaim a message that is originated through biblical stories helps some to draw closer to Christ because it touches their hearts differently. Music can also transcend generations. There are so many songs that proclaim the good news of Christ to children and adults alike. Using music to deliver the message is important to Come To The Table. God is speaking through many mediums. If we can use music as one of those mediums to enforce the message through biblical study, then in the end, we are all that much closer to understanding the Good News of Christ’s promise of salvation by His sacrifice on the cross. As we look forward to 2019, we will continue along a path that tells the good news of the new and old testaments through the powers of music. We invite all to attend our next Come to the Table event on January 16th at 6 PM.

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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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St. Luke’s Hosts “Come To The Table” Community Event

St. Luke’s invites all our friends and neighbors to gather with us on Wednesday evening, September 12 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. Allow us to prepare dinner so you may enjoy time with your family, neighbors and new friends. After dinner, stick around as we explore the Bible through contemporary Christian music and conversation. Space is limited, and registration is required. Visit the event details for more information.

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Choosing the way of love

It’s easy today to get caught up in the negative portrayal of human beings by the media. It’s easy to become enraged, to question what the world is coming to, and to lose hope in humanity. It can also be as easy to refuse this version of our nation’s story. We can resist giving in to the trap of reducing another human being to their opposing viewpoint so that they are no longer human, but a lost cause to be eliminated from our society.

This is what St. Luke’s Episcopal Church believes. Last week, a handful of us decided we’d had enough of the bad, and felt that there was still a lot of good in this world. Love and light still exist in our country. We made signs and stood on the streets to remind passersby that we love them,  and they are worthy of being loved, regardless of where they stood on political issues, personal values, religious beliefs, or however they might have opposed us. We choose love. We wanted to remind everyone that we are all human beings first who are capable of love and being loved, and hopefully inspire others to choose love as well. Being the good Episcopalians, we also had free donuts and water to give away! Not many took us up on the donut offer (and maybe that’s a good thing?!?), but many showed their appreciation by waving, honking their car horns, or simply stopping to talk to us. We even had one lovely lady give us a monetary donation, and one who brought us cups of cold water. But what was most uplifting was support from the community in the form of participation. People reached out to ask how they could participate in a future event, or to learn how we did it so they could do something similar! Never did we imagine we would move so many people. We are sure glad we did!

In our sermon last week, Father Earl talked about how we must serve someone or something, but who or what we serve is up to us to decide. In the Gospel reading (Mark 6:14-29), we learned that being a disciple of Jesus is not always an easy path. At the same time, however, if we choose love, that can be a simple thing to do. It can come in many different forms, from a simple sign, a letter of appreciation, a small donation, or even a cup of cold water. When we choose to respond with love, we are reminded of the human being on the receiving end – our fellow brothers and sisters who are people capable of love and of being loved. What’s more, love is just as infectious as anger or hate. So why choose the latter? Most of us, if not all of us, can get behind love. Most of us, if not all of us, believe in love. Let’s choose the way of love. Let’s choose to respond with love. Let’s heal our broken relationships first by remembering that we are humans who want, need, and can love. And then, let us resolve our differences from the same place of love because love is the way.

 

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Life Line Screenings Health Screening Registration

St. Luke’s will once again host a public health screening with Life Line Screenings on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Last year’s event was so successful, and we received such positive feedback from the community. The screening is open to all residents in the area, and registration is required. Life Line Screening offers 5 health screenings at a reduced rate, which include:

  • Carotid artery/plaque screening
  • Heart rhythm screening
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening
  • Peripheral arterial disease screening
  • Osteoporosis risk assessment

The cost for ALL 5 screenings is $139. Some insurance companies may cover the cost of the screenings, so residents are advised to check with your insurance provider. Screenings are painless and non-invasive and results are provided via mail in approximately 21 days. For more information, or to register, please do one of the following:

  1. Call toll-free at 1-866-229-0469
  2. Visit www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle
  3. Text: the word “circle” to 797979
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