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Sunday, September 10, 2017

September 2017 - From our Rector

Sometimes it seems like my dreams are attempts at problem solving or working things out: the anxieties of the daytime that trouble my sleep. Recently I have had a recurring dream like this. In my dream I am, from the pulpit, warning of some crisis or danger. It feels like an earthquake or natural disaster of some sort. In the dream I say, “When it (disaster) comes, whenever it happens, come here to the church and we will pool our resources and our collective wisdom and together we will work it out”.

Perhaps your sleep has also been troubled if you watch the news or are troubled by any number of things happening in our country and in our world. At the same time my heart is glad and I feel confident that we are building authentic Christian community at St Luke’s. I witnessed this on our camping trip in July, when one of the children got hurt and everyone helped that family pack up their things in record time. I see this community forming in the new compline group that meets once a month for a meal and fellowship. And I see it in our ever growing programs like Choristers and the St Luke’s Preschool. When someone is in need the Meal Train is already activated before I even have a chance to suggest it. The beloved community Christ envisioned for his followers is becoming reality here.

The reason our church community is so important, is that together we strive to live out our Baptismal covenant in a world where kindness, decency, and respect can seem in short supply. We follow in the footsteps of Jesus who always responded to human need with compassion and healing. Here at St Luke’s, parents can know that the things they try to teach their children at home will be reinforced with good examples. And that children will be loved and cared for in a safe environment. In times like these it is so much more difficult to go it alone.

September 10, the Sunday after Labor Day, is our fall program year kickoff Sunday, We will have an all parish picnic, and ministry fair. At the ministry fair you will have a chance to see and learn more about all of the different ministries at St Luke’s. To take a step further in Christian community building as well as in your own spiritual growth, the Vestry of St Luke’s and I, would like to encourage every member to engage in one ministry. This is a wonderful way to get to know more people, and also a chance invest in this community. We hope that you will prayerfully consider what God is calling you to do. Sometimes it is good to think outside the box and try something unfamiliar, an avocation. For example, those who teach as a profession all week, may want to do something different at St Luke’s; and not be asked to teach Sunday school. The accountant may wish to choose something other than the finance committee at church. Of course you are welcome to choose any ministry - the important thing is that you become more deeply engaged in the mission of the church. If you are already serving in a ministry, think about what you could do to enhance your service. For example if you are a lector, perhaps you could prepare more, or seek out training in public speaking. If you serve on the altar guild perhaps you could take on more of a leadership role, or reserve a few minutes to pray alone in the church. Your ministry may be to take it upon yourself to befriend someone who is new to St Luke’s. The possibilities for discovering and enhancing your ministry are myriad.

I don’t have any idea if a natural disaster is coming, and I don’t think my dream is a premonition. But come to St Luke’s anyway and we will pool our re-sources and our collective wisdom and together we will work it out. We will work out God’s mission in the world in our time.

Under the heading: For our Country page 820 of the Book of Common Prayer, I take comfort in the final words of this prayer: “… that there may be justice and peace at home, and that we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail;”