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Sunday July 8th, 2018

This Sunday

Dear St Luke Community,

We will begin a four week series on Spiritual Practices. If I learned anything this past week on vacation it’s how very grateful I am for the spiritual practice of writing a sermon. While it was nice to be relieved of the pressure for a week, I noticed a downside. I wasn’t looking and listening as much for God’s voice, God’s presence and guidance. The birds didn’t sound quite as sweet and the trees didn't dance quite as elegantly as they normally do. And that’s ok. Maybe even spiritual practices need to be interrupted to develop an appreciation.

This Sunday we will look at what it means to have a spiritual desire to live with an ever growing experience of God. And all the ways we get in our own way of allowing that to happen. Psalm 139:1-18 is titled the Inescapable God and describes beautifully God’s desire to be in an intimate relationship with us. There are a million ways we get in the way of reciprocating the same desire. I have no idea how to foster desire other than through testimony. Listen to those who walk with God and over time you’ll want some of what they’ve got. I know I do. When we stop looking at the world divided up into the material and the spiritual and see God truly in all things, in all moments, that’s when the fun begins. And by fun, I mean meaning, tears, joy, laughter as all gifted.

There’s this one quote by Buechner that every Pastor uses at least once over the course of their call. I’ve used it twice. I’m hoping three times a charm. Here it is-

If I were called upon to state in a few words the essence of everything I was trying to say both as a novelist and as a preacher, it would be something like this: Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.

~ originally published in Now and Then and Listening to Your Life

See you Sunday,
Nicole

P.S. Birthday Blessings this Sunday

Prayers in Our Lives

Prayers for Mary and Frank Dill and their son George. George is doing much better at home now. The seizures have almost stopped completely and George is doing much better with excellent care.

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.

Greg Dowson will be undergoing hip surgery on Tuesday, July 3rd.  Please keep Greg and Sharon in your prayers.

Jean McKechnie is battling a pinch nerve in her neck and appreciates all your prayers.

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. 

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 .

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. 

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Sunday July 1, 2018

This Sunday

Dear St Luke Community,

The Rev David Slorpe will be in the pulpit this Sunday and I encourage you all to attend. By now you all know Dave, his warmth and the joy he pervades. Speaking of joy, Dave will be preaching on Galatians 5:16-25 which includes the fruits of the Spirit. In case you forgot what those are, they are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

His sermon title is Joy the World and will include some teachings from The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu.

I’m sure you will welcome Dave and Jan with your usual warmth. You are a joyful and welcoming congregation. I know this because the lovely retired clergyman who worshipped with us last Sunday went on and on in an email about the hospitality of the congregation.

Enjoy and I’ll see you on the 8th.

Yours in Christ,
Nicole

Reverend Dan White will be available for Pastoral care and support. Dan may be reached directly at 415-272-4207. If you need care on Saturday, June 30th or Sunday, July 1st, please call Deacon Jan Smith who will contact the Pastor available for emergency care, Lora East.

Prayers in Our Lives

Prayers for Mary and Frank Dill and their son George who is experiencing health challenges. Mary and Frank have returned early from their trip to be closer.
 
Prayers of resurrection for Joanne’s father-in-law, Pete Trifoso, who passed on June 22nd. Pete would have been 94 on July 4th.

Becky V has made it through hip surgery and is healing as expected and recovering her mobility by working with a physical therapist.  

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.

Greg Dowson will be undergoing hip surgery on Tuesday, July 3rd.  Please keep Greg and Sharon in your prayers.

Jean McKechnie is battling a pinched nerve in her neck and appreciates all your prayers.

Prayers of gratitude that Dan White and family are enjoying respite from treatments and getting back to the more regular routines of life.

Prayers of gratitude for Dee Cunningham’s return home after rehab. Cal is thrilled and said she is expected to make a full recovery.

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.

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 .

St. Luke Men’s Group ~ Future Men’s Group meetings: July 24th at the Bischoff’s, September 4th at TBD, November 6th at the Lenser’s. 

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. 

Posted by Nicole Trotter with

Sunday June 24, 2018

This Sunday

Dear St Luke Community,

As a Pastor, the most common question I’m asked when things fall apart is “why is God doing this?” The book of Job asks the same question and this Sunday we will hear what God has to say to Job.

Spoiler Alert; God doesn't say anything that is very satisfying for those in the midst of suffering. There is no neatly tied up package with a bow. There is no one verse allowing us to walk away satisfied. God answers Job with a series of rhetorical questions regarding creation. Job 38:1-11

Last Fall we explored this topic with Dr. Gregory Love form SFTS. If you recall, it left us asking more questions. Do we understand God as omnipotent? Is there a random chaos in our life that God has no control over? Or does God have control over that as well? We may never know.

Theologian Barbara Brown Taylor says it this way-
“Job’s question was about justice. God’s answer is about omnipotence, and as far as I know, that is the only answer human beings have ever gotten about why things happen the way they do. God only knows. And none of us is God.”

We will explore all of this and more on Sunday as we worship the God who comes out of the whirlwind (38:1) to meet us where we are.

See you Sunday,
Nicole

P.S. I will be on vacation from Wednesday, June 27th until July 5th. Reverend David Slorpe will be in the pulpit on July 1st and Reverend Dan White will be available for Pastoral care and support. Dan may be reached directly at 415-272-4207. If you need care on Saturday, June 30th or Sunday, July 1st, please call Deacon Jan Smith who will contact the Pastor available for emergency care. 

Prayers in Our Lives

Prayers for Mary Dill’s son George who has been experiencing seizures. Mary and Frank will be returning from their trip early to be with George as doctors try to determine the cause. 

Becky V has made it through hip surgery and is healing as expected and recovering her mobility by working with a physical therapist.  

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.

Greg Dowson will be undergoing hip surgery on Tuesday, July 3rd.  Please keep Greg and Sharon in your prayers.

Jean McKechnie is battling a pinched nerve in her neck and appreciates all your prayers.

Prayers of gratitude that Dan White and family are enjoying respite from treatments and getting back to the more regular routines of life.

Prayers of gratitude for Dee Cunningham’s return home after rehab. Cal is thrilled and said she is expected to make a full recovery.

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.

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 .

St. Luke Men’s Group ~ Future Men’s Group meetings: July 24th at the Bischoff’s, September 4th at TBD, November 6th at the Lenser’s. 

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. 

Posted by Nicole Trotter with

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