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Sunday, November 8, 2020

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Dear St. Luke Community,

This Sunday is designated Stewardship Sunday. Wait! Before you roll your eyes or decide you’d rather go on a hike please read through. Stewardship Sunday is too often thought of as the Sunday that “they” (being the church or the committee) ask for money. Stewardship Sunday is so much more than that. 

First of all, whether you are a member or not, you are the church. There is no “they” or “them” in this equation. The church is made up of its people who show up on Sunday. Whether you are one of those who show up every Sunday or just once in a while, you are a living part of this living body of Christ. And like it or not, just by showing up, you assume a responsibility. But unlike many other responsibilities in your lives, this is one that is not a chore. It is a spiritual gift, because the more you invest in the spiritual care of this body the more you receive.

Our theme this year is Courage and Faith – Moving Forward Together.

There’s much that needs to take place to move forward together and my prayer is that you who are reading this will feel moved and called by God to participate in the process of moving forward.

The scripture this Sunday is perfect for moving forward (Matthew 25: 1-13). We’ll be reminded in this scripture about the importance of preparation. Now is the time to dig deep into the resources of your energy as a person of faith, connected to a larger body that is embarking on something new. 

In the parable that Jesus tells is the coming of a party. A party is what God’s kingdom looks like when people come together in faith: something to be celebrated, enjoyed and delighted in. But that doesn’t happen when you decide someone else can do the work. That only happens when you engage in the commitment of faith, the challenge of process, and the spiritual discernment of moving forward together.

It takes courage, faith and you.

See you Sunday,
Nicole

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Sunday, October 25, 2020

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Dear St. Luke Community,

My heartfelt and most sincere appreciation for the continued love you have all shown in your cards, emails, phone calls and backyard visits. My heart is filled with joy and sadness, gratitude and grief and so are yours as you’ve expressed them to me. The heart can carry all kinds of emotion that may seem intellectually contrary, but as anyone who is anyone knows, life is never black and white and often takes a turn we didn’t see coming.

Perhaps Moses knew this better than anyone, when at the end of his life, he was not allowed to enter into the Promised land (Deuteronomy 34:1-12). Sunday after Sunday we’ve followed Moses in the wilderness, witnessing him as a faithful servant of God’s, obeying God (not always perfectly), only to be denied entry for the remaining years of his life. There is nothing fair about it and our heart breaks for Moses as we look to God and ask on behalf of Moses, “Why not?” 

In this scripture Moses is the picture of unfulfilled dreams and disappointment. Many of us are feeling that way these days, some of you for personal reasons, and perhaps all of you collectively as a congregation. 

But also like Moses, you have seen God intimately and journeyed with God so closely that many of you have expressed versions of coming face to face with God in unexplained and undefinable ways. To be a servant of God’s is often like this –  contradictory in nature and as fulfilling as it can be frustrating.

But unlike Moses, you will not be separated from the community that you’ve traveled with this far. And the promises that God makes to you are fulfilled in Christ, the one we profess as our Lord and Savior. As you continue to journey ahead, my prayer is that you will do so as a body, one body, in Christ. All of God’s promises are already living among you, and they are not just a vision of some unknown future, but living among you in the hear and now, expressed in the ways you carry one another and love one another today and all days.

Yours in Christ,
Nicole

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Sunday, October 18, 2020

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Dear St Luke Community,

I want to thank so many of you for reaching out and expressing so graciously your well wishes and your heartfelt sadness. I continue to be humbled by your continued love. 

None of this is easy. Period. Not before and not now. Worship becomes more important than ever during times like these and I do hope you will come. God’s loving community first and foremost is a reflection of the steadfast love of God. In my opinion the sermon is never as important as the ways God’s people show up for one another.  And if there is one thing you can all say with certainty, it’s that this community knows how to do just that: show up for one another.

We will look to scripture for comfort and for guidance and I believe this Sunday, like so many others, the Word of God will provide just that.

Moses is asking God to show up, searching for reassurance and guidance just as we all are these days for endless reasons. (Exodus 33:12-23) And while God will not reveal God’s face in this anthropomorphic vision of God, we do know that God shows up, as God does again and again to say, you are not, nor have you ever been alone. 

Or in the words of Howard Thurman:

God is with me. 
Always there is the persistent need for some inner assurance,
some whisper in my heart, some stirring of the spirit 
within me-that renews, recreates and steadies.
Then whatever betides of light or shadow, I can look out on life with quiet eyes.


See you Sunday,
Nicole

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