October 2017 – Autumn Reminds Us: We Belong to God

October 2017 -

Autumn Reminds Us: 

We Belong to God 

October 1, 2017 World Communion Sunday

During the beautiful fall month of October, we will pay extra attention to the varieties of ways we belong to God. This Sunday we celebrate World Communion Sunday with a ‘Five Loaves Litany’ to honor cultures from all over the world and their unique forms of bread. (We will also have a gluten free option for those who need it.) The sermon, Under Whose Authority? uses the Matthew reading to think about what kind of authority we recognize, and the differences we have among cultural groups.

Saturday, Sept. 30, at 9 am, Fred and Jon invite anyone who can help to come plant two trees in the front lawn of the church. On Sunday, the Men’s LIFE group will meet for breakfast at 8 am. We have our regular communion celebration at 10 am with the communion offering going to the World Communion Scholarship Fund of the United Methodist Church. After the morning celebration, we will have a Blessing of the Animals, and a Blessing of the Trees. Let Pastor David know if you plan to bring an animal to be blessed.

Some members are walking in the “Out of the Darkness” walk, a suicide prevention and awareness walk, beginning at 8:30 am this Sunday. If you would like to donate or walk, please contact Mindy Reutter. Here’s the link to donate: https://afsp.donordrive.com/team/stluke_and_friends

  Read: Exodus 17:1-7; Matthew 21:23-32


October 8, 2017 Fall Harvest Celebration – Outdoor Worship

Ever since I went to college in Vermont, I’ve considered the second weekend in October to be the most beautiful weekend of the year. The leaves are at their peak up there, just beginning to turn down here. We will recognize the particular beauty of that weekend with a fall harvest celebration service in the playground yard behind Lurwick Hall. We will set up chairs out there and enjoy worship under the clouds, if they are not dropping anything on us.

The sermon, God’s Upward Call, reflects on Paul’s advice to people of Philippi as they struggle to incorporate Jewish and Gentile members into one community. We will be conscious of our connection with Jewish brothers and sisters celebrating Sukkoth in booths outside of their homes and synagogues all through this week. This is also Indigenous People/Columbus Day Weekend. The Parents LIFE group will meet after church. In the evening, St. Luke folks will serve food at the Grace Cafe at Arch St. UMC. Come at 4:30 pm to be trained as a server.

Read: Psalm 19;  Philippians 3:4b-14


October 15, 2017 Laity Sunday

On Laity Sunday we celebrate the ministry of the laity, the ministry of all God’s people in the church. A couple of people have spoken to me in the past year about their willingness to speak to the church on this Sunday, but we don’t have them confirmed yet for this Sunday. So the sermon on God’s Upward Call for the Laity is yet to be determined, and much anticipated.

The United Methodist Church is inviting us to a new special offering this year for the Volunteers in Mission program. Since Deacon Tom Lank, runs this program for Eastern PA our of our building, we will take this offering to support this important work.

Read: Exodus 32:1-14; Matthew 22:1-14


October 22, 2017

“Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s.” Every now and then I hear Jesus quoted and I cringe. This is one of those quotes, taken out of context often and used to say something very much different than he intended. Because the passage is so often misused, we as Christians need to be clear about what it really means, how Jesus’ clever response to a tricky question may help us confess what gets in our way of thinking well about the question “What Belongs to God?”

This passage arrives in our lectionary every three years during stewardship season. Do you think that was a conscious choice? Along with the story of the widow’s mite, it’s a passage on which many ill-conceived stewardship sermons have been preached. The fact that we begin our stewardship campaign this week, therefore, does not mean they necessarily need to be closely related.

Read: Exodus 33:12-23, Matthew 22:15-22

October 29, 2017

The theme for this month’s sermon series is God’s claim on every part of our lives, how we belong to God. We continue that theme this morning with the sermon “All Your Heart. Jesus instructs his disciples and followers to love God with all our soul, heart and mind, with all our passion, prayer, and intelligence, as the Message puts it. As we come to understand that every part of us belongs to God, how can we put all that we are in service to that Creative Source?

On this fifth Sunday of the month, we ask the young people to help lead our worship of the Living God.

Read: Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17, Matthew 22:34-46

Sundays in May

Sundays in May

Month of May: Mothers, Musicale, & Memorials

May 6, 2012 Holy Communion

Our confirmation trip to Ellis Island sparked a lot of thoughts for me about where we come from – the heritage of generations of faithful and courageous people who immigrated or were brought to this country. The last two sermons in the series Growing Up Christian in the 21st Century will reflect on that heritage.  This week’s sermon, Living Into Our Heritage, is about how we live out the expectations of our ancestors in a rapidly changing world. Do we stay connected to the legacy of their care for the community or do become cut off from them?

The Men’s LIFE group meets this morning at 8 am.  The Journey Class meets after church. The Holy Communion offering this morning goes to “Imagine No Malaria” the conference initiative to end malaria worldwide. The Central District goal is to raise $30,000.  St. Luke is pledging $1,000 toward that goal.

Read: Psalm 22:25-31; John 15:1-8

May 13, 2012 Mothers’ Day

On Mothers’ Day this year we sing some old favorite songs like “It is Well with My Soul,” and we will sing at least one song that we have never sung before. The sermon, Growing Up Christian in the 21st Century: Sing a New Song, uses Psalm 98’s phrase “Sing to the Lord a new song,” as the opportunity to think about what we need to keep the same in worship and what vehicles of expression of the Gospel may vary for new generations.

The Confirmation Class will meet after church today (if mothers allow it.)

Read: Psalm 98, John 15:9-17

May 20, 2012 Spring Musicale

Growing Up Christian in the 21st Century: Who Are You Becoming?, is the last sermon in this series. Today is Ascension Sunday, the last Sunday of Easter, the day that celebrates the final ascension of the Risen Christ. This may not be a prominent holy day in the church, but in the context of this sermon series, this day may symbolize the time when the teacher leaves the student on their own and the student has to face the future with only his or her own resources. When the next generation has to lead the church, where will we go?

After the service today, we will share food in Lurwick Hall and enjoy the fun musical offerings of the Spring Musicale.

Read: Acts 1:1-11; John 17:6-19

May 27, 2012    Day of Pentecost, Memorial Day

Melaina Trice will preach a Pentecost message this morning, while Pastor David leads the memorial service for his father in law. Pentecost is the day when the church catches fire, the Holy Spirit enters the lives of the disciples, and people begin to understand each other in all kinds of new ways.

Read: Psalm 104:24-34, 35b, Acts 2: 1-21

Sundays in December

December 4, 2011            Second Sunday of Advent   
The theme for our Advent reflections this year will be Occupy Hope. The title, of course, echoes the surprising Occupy Wall Street movement. Though the sermon series is not meant to glorify that movement, it recognizes that the conversation in our country is changing because of these people who are claiming to speak for “the 99%.” Where do we place our hope? How do we live into hope in this season as we prepare for the coming of the Prince of Peace? We share Holy Communion this morning as part of our Advent preparation.
The Men’s LIFE group meets this morning at 8 am and the Journey class meets after church.
Read: Isaiah 40:1-11, Mark 1:1-8

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Calendar & Special Events 2017-18

Sunday, Oct. 22nd

         What Belongs to God?

joint sermon, preachers Pastor Joanne Miles and David Tatgenhorst

11:30 am Mission Committee meeting

Sunday, Oct. 29th,  All Your Heart

Sunday, Nov. 5th, 10 am All Saints’ Sunday

Sunday, Nov. 12th, 10 am Stewardship Sunday

St. Luke United Methodist Church
568 Montgomery Ave (at Pennswood Ave.)
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010


Sunday, Nov. 19th,10 am 141st Anniversary Celebration 

11:30 am Anniversary Luncheon Reception

Sunday, Dec. 3rd, 11:30 am:  Hanging of the Greens party

Sunday, Dec. 10th, 10 am Mitten Tree Sunday

Christmas Music Service, St. Luke Choir singing


Sunday, Dec. 17, 10 am Advent service with Children’s Pageant


Friday, Dec. 22nd, 7 pm Big Band Gospel Christmas Concert

Featuring Big Push


Saturday, Dec. 24, 7:30 pm: Christmas Eve service

Sunday, Jan. 7th, 10 am: Installation of Officers Sunday

National Choir Appreciation Sunday


Saturday, Jan. 13th: Winter Planning Retreat (St. Luke)(?)


Friday-Saturday, Feb 2nd-3rd: Spiritual Retreat at St. Rafaela’s


Sunday, Feb. 11th, 11:30 am Souper Bowl/Mardi Gras Luncheon

Potluck Soup luncheon

Wednesday, Feb 14th, 7:30 pm Ash Wednesday Service


Tuesday, Feb 27th, 6:30 pm Lenten Potluck & Bible study


Sunday, Mar. 11th, 10 am Lenten Choir Service– St. Luke Choir


Sunday, March 25th   Passion/Palm Sunday

children lead the procession

Thursday, March 29th, 7:30 pm Holy Thursday Service

Last Supper Commemoration

Friday, March 30th, 1 pm  Good Friday service

4 pm Good Friday vigil


Sunday, April 1st, 6:30 am Easter Sunrise Celebration

Breakfast after service 10 am Easter Celebration

11:15 am Easter Egg Hunt


Sat., May 5th, 9 am-12 pm Main Line Children’s Festival

Family Weekend


Sunday, May 20th, 10 am   Pentecost and Spring Musicale Event  Potluck Luncheon , Lurwick Hall


Sunday, June 10th, 10 am Children’s Sunday 

Pizza lunch 


Sunday, July 15th: 11:30 am: Church Picnic at Gladwyne Park

(Tentative date)