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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,

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. 


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. 

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