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Sunday, March 10, 2019

This Sunday 

Dear St. Luke Community,

This Sunday will be our first Sunday in our Lenten Season. This Lent I invite you to take time and listen to your life. We like to separate and compartmentalize our spiritual life from the rest of our life, as though to love God with all our heart, soul and strength means only on Sunday, or when we pray. But God asks for our whole heart, in all we do. This theme of “One Whole Life” is the lenten theme for the San Fransisco Theological Seminary’s Lenten Daily Devotions. As Chaplain Scott Clark writes;

Celtic spirituality leans into this deep sense of integrity and connectedness:  We live one whole life in the sense that everything we do is connected to everything we pray: "There is no separation of praying and living; praying and working flow into each other, so that life is to be punctuated by prayer, to become prayer."  We also live one whole life in the sense that we are connected to each other and all creation:  "Everyone sees themselves in relation to one another, and that extends beyond human beings to the wild creatures, the birds and the animals, the earth itself." (quotes from Esther de Waal, The Celtic Way of Prayer).

I invite you to follow the Seminary daily devotionals by signing up using this link.

This Sunday we will begin with unpacking what it means to trust that we are held and protected under the wings of God. (Psalm 91:1-4, 9-12) Jesus knew this protection most personally while tempted in the wilderness. (Luke 4:1-13) What are our temptations today? What threatens our ability to live out God’s love in our life and in the world? What breeds fear and insecurity? What false promises do we fall for when we know in our bones it’s not right, but maybe it’s easier? And how can we listen more acutely for God’s wings which promise to protect us from all those temptations that keep us from loving God with our whole self and whole life.

See You Sunday,


Upcoming Events & Announcements

All are welcome to attend

Acoustic Sunday ~ Sunday, March 17th 10:00 AM
On the 3rd Sunday of each month, join us for our acoustic guitar service, where we blend secular popular songs and modern hymns that are easy to sing.

Transgender Education for Faith Communities ~ March 24th after Worship in St. Luke Bayview Room 
We welcome Jordan Decker and the Rev D.r Janie Spahr. Jordan Decker is a nationally and internationally known speaker and educator on Trans Youth Suicide prevention and responsible for developing Trans Heart Line, a non-profit organization that educates and advocates for transgender humans in faith communities. Rev Dr. Janie Spahr created the Spahr Project to continue educating the church on the intersectionality of racism, sexism, heterosexism, ageism, as we move forward to advocate for justice and love. Creating safe and caring places for transgender people and their families in both church and society is one of the most pressing challenges and opportunities for the Christian faith, community life and church growth today. What does it mean to be transgender, cisgender, or gender fluid? What might it be like to have the experience of feeling as though God doesn’t love you because you feel you were born “wrong.” Come gain insights, language and understandings. Invite neighbors, family and friends.

During Worship that Sunday Janie Spahr will bring The Word as we worship God. I look forward to welcoming Janie back to the St Luke sanctuary.

For Janie and Jordan’s full bios, you may visit this event on our website.

Mill Street Meal Providers ~ Monday, April 1st 
GROUP B  - The first Monday of the month. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Stacy Bischoff at   or 415233-3406 for more information.

First Presbyterian SR April Mission April 7 – 13, 2019
We are invited to go along on First Pres. annual 2019 Mission trip. They are still working out the details but their tentative plans are below. April trip dates are April 7 – 13, 2019. We fly to the work site on Sunday, April 7, do home rebuilding Monday through Friday. We fly home on Saturday, April 13. We are looking at three sites in Texas that were devastated by Hurricane Harvey: Corpus Christi, Houston, or Rockport. The work assignments include putting up drywall, taping and mudding, tongue in groove flooring, framing, painting, and roofing. Construction experts guide volunteers every step.

Palm Sunday Service ~ Sunday, April 14th, 10:00 AM

Easter Sunday Service ~ Sunday, April 21st, 10:00 AM

Continuing Events

All are welcome to attend 

Bible Study ~ Wednesdays, 9:30 AM 

St Luke Choir Rehearsal ~ Wednesdays 7:00-8:30 PM in the Sanctuary  

Morning Women's Spirituality Group ~ Thursdays, 9:00 - 10:00 AM

Deacons Meeting ~ 2nd Tuesday or the month, Mar. 12th

Acoustic Sunday ~ Third Sunday of the month, March 17th, 10:00 AM

St. Luke Women’s Bridge Group ~ Monday, Mar. 18th & Tuesday, Mar. 26th, 10:30 AM

Pizza and Theology ~ 3rd Tuesday of the month, Mar. 19th, 6:30 PM, Creekside, SA

Session ~ 4th Tuesday of the month, March 26th 7:00 PM 

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