This Sunday - Guitar sunday
Dear St Luke Community,
We enter our second week on practicing our faith. If you missed last week and would like to listen or read you can do so by clicking this link: http://www.stlukepres.org/resources/sermons/inescapable-you/
This Sunday I will sit down for a dialogue sermon with my favorite yoga teacher to talk about the practice of Yoga as it relates to the practice of our faith life. Language so often gets in our way of understanding other traditions and I’m hoping that this dialogue will help us to learn more of how we can bridge the gap between what so many in Marin call the “spiritual but not religious.”
At the end of each class Heather ends the class by saying this…”lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu.” Translated it means, May all beings everywhere be happy and free of suffering, and may the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and freedom for all.’
That’s a tall order, but it’s at the very core of our faith as followers of Jesus Christ. We are called not just to practice being spiritual beings in church or in a yoga studio, but to take the benefits of that practice into the world. Love God, Love others. It’s that simple but never simplistic.
Our scripture focus reflects these thoughts-
Psalm 119:73-80 (The Message)
Ephesians 4:2-5, 29-32 (NRSV)
John 13:34-35 (NRSV)
We will have a full band for guitar Sunday with lots of great music, so I encourage everyone to record the World Cup Final should it go into overtime. :)
See you Sunday,
Prayers in Our Lives
Prayers for Paula Tuttle who has a lung infection and is being treated at home.
Continued prayers for Mary and Frank Dill’s son George who is doing much better. The seizures have slowed down significantly and George is back home.
Prayers of resurrection for Joanne’s father-in-law, Pete Trifoso, who passed on June 22nd. Pete would have been 94 on July 4th.
Continued prayers for Claudionei’s friends and coworkers-
Matheus Castro -3 yrs. old who is currently doing well and beginning to speak again. Bruce Campbell - friend coworker going treatment for a blood cancer which will severely compromise his immune system.
Prayers of healing for Greg Dowson. The surgery was successful and he is at home resting and undergoing physical therapy.
Prayers for Jean McKechnie who is continuing to struggle from a pinched nerve.
Prayers of gratitude that Dan White and family are enjoying respite from treatments and getting back to the more regular routines of life.
Prayers for Samantha Tuttle’s dad, Ebb, as he continues health challenges.
Announcements & Upcoming Events
All are welcome to attend
Summer Sermon Series ~ Practicing Faith-July 8th-29th
Over these four Sundays, Rev Trotter will explore spiritual practices that deepen our relationship with God. Worshipping God each Sunday is only one part of what we do as disciples of Jesus Christ. God has given us every moment and aspect of our lives to grow in deeper relationship with God.
Some practices have a long history in the religions of the world. Others are as ordinary as the things we do in daily life.
Pulling from the following books in conjunction with supporting scripture, we will explore a different individual and congregational practice each Sunday.
An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith, Barbara Brown Taylor
The Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, Robert Schnase
No need to purchase the books.
St. Luke Men’s Group ~
Next Meeting: Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 6 PM
Where: Home of John Bischoff, 1 Bracken Court, San Rafael, CA,
Please bring your thirst and appetite for drinks, dinner, and good discussion. Following dinner, John Bischoff will provide you with an update on progress relating to addressing CA Water Shortage Issues.
Please RSVP directly to John at
or to Joanne at the office at
Future Men’s Group meetings: September 4th at TBD, November 6th at the Lenser’s.
Grateful Gatherings ~ Saturday, October 6th, 8:00 AM to Noon
501 (c) 3 non-profit, that provides new or gently used furniture and household goods to people transitioning out of homelessness and poverty. Visit https://gratefulgatherings.org/ for a list of needs. Bring donations to St. Luke on Saturday, Oct. 6th between 8:30 am and 10:30 am. Your donations are tax-deductible: we provide tax receipts. For questions email:
Save The Date
St Luke Annual Fundraiser ~ Sunday, October 7th at 6:00 PM
This year, wear your beads and bangles to St. Luke’s Annual Fundraiser Dinner celebrating New Orleans with Zydeco fillet mignon, shrimp jambalaya, and pecan pie. Not to be missed and invite your friends now!
All are welcome to attend
Bible Study Series ~ Will resume in September.
St. Luke Women’s Association ~ Will resume in September, then every other month on the second Thursday of that month at 1:00 PM.
Women's Spirituality Group ~ Will resume in September.
Pizza and Theology ~ Taking July and August off
Will resume in September on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM, at Creekside Pizza, San Anselmo. Please email Nicole