June: Celebrating Diversity

Sundays in June

Celebrating the Diversity of the Church

Sunday, June 4th, 2017 Pentecost

This Sunday is one of the best Sundays of the year. Pentecost is a great celebration of diversity from the very beginning of the Christian church. This year, we are also celebrating it as Children’s Sunday, with a potluck luncheon after church in Lurwick Hall.

The day begins at 8 am with the Men’s LIFE group. The dear brothers of that group will share breakfast and prayer and also set up chairs and tables for our luncheon.

At the 10 am service, we are going to have prayers in Korean, Afrikaans, Sotho, Russian, French, German, Spanish, American Sign Language, and English. and we will celebrate people who’ve been members of the church for 50-60,70 and over 80 years! The sermon is “One Tongue, Many Languages.”

At the luncheon after church, the children will sing the grace and we will recognize the children one by one before we eat. The Main Line Children’s Festival is giving away $3,000 to different children’s groups, Methodist Home for Children, theVillage (Presbyterian Home for Children), ArtWell, Cookman Emerging Ministries, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church after school program, and WEPAC (West Philadelphia Alliance for Children. It’s going to be a great day.

Read: Numbers 11:24-30; Acts 2:1-2

 

Sunday, June 11, 2017 Confirmation Sunday

On Confirmation Sunday we welcome into membership Cecilia and Phillip Pagana and Presley and Holden Daggett. These young people have been preparing for membership for a year and a half, meeting with the pastor, learning about the vows of membership and about the church. Over Memorial Day weekend, we had a trip to New York to visit some churches and Ellis Island, thinking about our heritages and our cultures.

This Sunday we will think a little about what it means to have “Youth in Church.” Does the church belong to young people as well as to those of us who are older? St. Luke has done well at re-orienting toward a younger generation. Who know what changes would be in store if they decided to fully claim it?

Pastor David meets with the Parents’ LIFE group after church today.

At 4:30 pm St. Luke folks will help to serve chili and salad at the Grace Cafe of Arch St. UMC in Center City. The confirmation class is helping to make the chili with Anne Kybert. Talk to Anne if you would like to help make chili for 250 people.

Read: Genesis 1:1-2:4a, Matthew 28:16-20

 

Sunday, June 18, 2017 Fathers’ Day

Noah’s Flood Insurance is the message for Fathers’ Day. Genesis says that Noah was a good man, so God chooses Noah to survive the flood that destroys the world. In the flood that is coming, we may want to look at the story of Noah for advice. Is Noah’s flood insurance being good, being a good father for all of humankind? Is Noah’s flood insurance being prepared for the flood, listening when God says to build a boat? As the waters rise on our warming planet, what do you rely on for the best insurance protection?

We recognize the fathers in our service today, as we move towards understanding that all of us men are indispensable to our families – not meant to be sacrificed to war or work.

Ariel Gonsalez, Marilyn Arnott, and later Pastor David represent St. Luke today in the Gay Pride parade in Philadelphia. We send out blessings with them.

 

Sunday, June 25, 2017 Reconciling Congregation 2nd Anniversary 

To celebrate the second anniversary of being welcoming to LGBTQI people, Pastor David preaches a sermon, Can We Stay Together? reflecting on the conflict in the United Methodist Church which threatens to cause a schism in the next few years. If the church splits where would St. Luke go? How do we best advocate for inclusion of all people in God’s church and handle the range of beliefs and feelings in our community? Or maybe it’s best to split for a while since the divisions are so deep, causing LGBT folks so much continuing pain. This is a good Sunday to consider these questions and possibilities.

There will be a Church Council meeting after church today. Everyone is invited to stay to hear some of our plans for next fall and for the summer.

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