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Sunday July 29, 2018

This Sunday - 

Dear St Luke Community,

This Sunday concludes the four week series on practices, although this won’t be the last time you’ll hear me talk about them. There are countless faith practices available to us but perhaps none greater than prayer, depending on how you understand prayer. It’s easy for us to think about prayer as something daunting. How shall I pray? Should I kneel or fold my hands? Should I use words of petition or intercession and what do
those words mean anyway? Barbara Brown Taylor address these questions in her chapter on The Practice of Being Present to God. In it, she quotes Brother David, an Austrian Benedictine monk who distinguishes between prayers and prayer. Prayers are good… but prayer is waking up to the presence of God no matter where you are or what
you are doing.

This week I had a taste of what that can mean when I tasted a friend’s freshly made blackberry jam. The color, smell, and taste became a prayer of the simplest kind. The bushes in her backyard, her hands that picked them, the mason jar that popped as she opened it, the smell of summer as I inhaled it, and the sheer joy I felt when I tasted it, all became a prayer. A prayer of gratitude I suppose, for life’s simplest but greatest gifts.

Frederick Buechner says this;
Whatever else it may be or may not be, prayer is at least talking to yourself, and that’s in itself not always a bad idea. Talk to yourself about your own life, about what you’ve done and what you’ve failed to do...talk to yourself about what matters most to you, because if you don’t you may forget what matters most to you.

See you Sunday,
Nicole

PS-We will welcome Jillian Robinson and her Fair Trade Booth after worship to show our support for Pedal for Protein; the Presbytery’s annual event that raised over $40k last year to combat hunger in Marin and Sonoma counties. Please come ready to do some early Christmas shopping for jewelry, scarves, fair trade chocolates and coffee.

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Sunday July 22, 2018

This Sunday 

Dear St Luke Community,

Recently I came across an article in the Christian Century Magazine titled, Practicing for the Society We Want, by Stephanie Paulsell. In the article, she reminds us that beliefs don’t guarantee behavior. We are seeing that in our society more than ever. We hear about a lot of beliefs from all sides of any given argument, but in the process of expressing beliefs, it seems people have forgotten how to behave in ways that reflect the kind of society we wish to live in. Private practices help us to cultivate and shape our public life as we carry the fruits of those practices into community.

In the article Paulsell cites the author, Timothy Snyder when she writes;

During the purges in Eastern Europe or Nazi Germany, a greeting or a handshake meant a great deal. Such gestures made those who were vulnerable to the violence of the regime feel safer. But when their neighbors averted their eyes when they met or crossed the street to avoid them, those same people felt more fearful. And with good reason. People who are isolated in society are much easier for authoritarian regimes to harm than those who are held, seen, and remembered in community. Making eye contact and exchanging greetings are practices by which we recognize each other’s humanity and knit each other into a shared life.

Barbara Brown Taylor, in her book, An Altar in the World, dedicates an entire chapter to “Encountering Others.” And in the book Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, “Radical Hospitality” is at the top of the list.

We are a warm group of people within our church walls and neighborhood, but to be radical while encountering strangers is what Jesus taught and can often feel counter-intuitive.

We will explore what it means to practice loving the Stranger, encountering others and extending radical hospitality within our private lives, in order to cultivate the kind of society we all hope for.

See You Sunday,
Nicole

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 healing for Greg Dowson. The surgery was successful and he is at home resting and undergoing physical therapy.

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 FaithBarbara 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, 
415-456-7906
                   

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!

Continuing Events

All are welcome to attend

Bible Study Series ~ Will resume in September.

St. Luke Womens 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 .

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Sunday July 15, 2018

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,
Nicole

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 FaithBarbara 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, 
415-456-7906
                   

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!

Continuing Events

All are welcome to attend

Bible Study Series ~ Will resume in September.

St. Luke Womens 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 .

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