Dear St. Lukers,
As most of you know, this Sunday is known as “Super Sunday.” A day that some will gather with family, friends, and even strangers to watch the Super Bowl (of course, some are tuned in solely for the commercials). This championship game has become more than just a game: it’s a tradition. It’s another opportunity to gather together, fellowship, cheer, laugh, eat, and experience something with others. This Sunday, we will be with dear friends for a party, hosted by one of my covenant group brothers.
When it comes to the Super Bowl, there’s another tradition: Tom Brady and the Patriots. For the second straight year and third time in four years, they are once again playing for a championship title. What’s remarkable about this, is the fact that Tom Brady wasn’t supposed to have five Super Bowl rings, with the chance at a sixth. He was a sixth-round draft pick that only received the chance to play because the starter (Drew Bledsoe) suffered an injury. Ever since then, Tom Brady has significantly impacted the NFL, helping to lead a dynasty. Even if the Patriots lose on Sunday, he is already hailed as the GOAT (Greatest of All Time). He went from being a backup quarterback to one of the greatest players ever, all while being himself… authentically himself.
This Sunday, we continue our Impact-Or series with Authenticity. Join Pastor Jad and me as we look at Luke 8:1-3 and how Mary Magdalene was healed and freed. Together, we’ll see how Mary impacted the world when she became the first evangelist to share the good news of Jesus’ Resurrection. She went from being demon-possessed to one of the greatest impactors of all time. Truly, Mary’s healing allowed her to be her true, authentic self. Someone able and willing to offer her time, efforts, and gifts in support of the Lord and the Kingdom. Her story reminds us that Jesus comes to free us and enable us to be who we authentically are in Christ.
Again, this Sunday morning, we will be with dear friends, as we worship together, gather around the Table, and celebrate Holy Communion with the Lord.
See you Sunday, because it’s not St. Luke’s or Super without U,