Dear St. Lukers,
Recently I was sitting at home at war with myself. I had taken up the great struggle of humanity that falls upon us every year around this time. The looming question that has haunted us since time immemorial. “Is it too early to listen to Christmas music?” On one hand, I’d be remiss if I fell to the temptation of breezing by autumn and taking for granted all of the gratitude, thankfulness, and turkey it brings. On the other hand, Stevie Wonder’s Christmas album transcends the seasonal music genre into simply being one of the greatest albums of all time! Why should I deprive myself of the joy that comes with listening to it? Then I remembered something that settled it all for me. Last week the United Methodist Women held their “Festival of Trees & More” event that raised over $13,000 for local and global missions and charities AND registration opened for St. Luke’s “TwELF Days of Christmas” drive-thru experience. My excitement around these events reminds me that it’s never too early to get into the Christmas spirit.
This Sunday we’ll be continuing our Love Wins sermon series with a focus on how love wins in Jesus. Through reflecting on memories and stories of those who came before us and raised us up in faith and in life, we are able to push forward during hard times and even pass the baton on to others until ultimately, we see love win. Read Hebrews 13:1-8 for this Sunday. The first verse says, “Keep loving each other like family.” Who do you need to keep loving like family, even when you may not always agree? How does this act of love help others know that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever? We’ll ponder and discuss such questions in online worship at 9:30 a.m., and on-campus worship at 11:15 a.m. this Sunday (register here for on-campus worship). We’ll also hear stories from St. Lukers in a special online Stewardship Thank You event this Sunday, November 22 at 6:30 p.m. on Facebook Live.
One of the things that fills me with hope is that this month, 16 people joined the St. Luke’s family by taking their partnership vows. Let’s pray for these individuals as they seek to live more deeply into their lives in Christ and calling to reveal the Kingdom of God.
Grace and peace,