July & August: God is Present to Us in Every Season

Sundays in July and August

God is Present to Us in Every Moment of Our Lives

July 23, 2017 Church Picnic

The third sermon in the series on Learning from Death is Dreams, Humor, and Courage. This sermon will honor the memory of my mother as I prepare for her memorial service on Tuesday, July 25th. Our reading this morning describes Jacob’s dreams and connection with the Spirit.

After the service today, the congregation gathers in Gladwyne Park for our annual summer picnic – with great food, conversation under the trees, Frisbee golf, horseshoes, and sweet times. It’s never too hot in Gladwyne Park and only serious rain would push us indoors. So plan to come.

Read: Genesis 28:10-19a; Romans 8:12-25


July 30, 2017

To conclude the Learning from Death sermon series, my sermon The Last Word will tell you about my mother’s last word(s) and her last days. I hope this sermon series is not too indulgent in my personal memories and that the congregation will also learn from the spiritual, musical, and scriptural connections I made during my last days with her.

Read: Proverbs 31: 10-31; Matthew 6: 31-34, 2 Peter 3: 11-15


August 6, 2017 Holy Communion

If the Learning from Death sermon series has not been too focused on my family up this point, my plan is to talk a little more about my mother’s Scottish ancestry. In a sermon titled The Name of the Room is Remember, I’d like to remember Archibald Johnston, Lord of Warriston. How does our ancestry form us in ways of which we may be unaware?

Marcell Bellinger will be our guest pianist this morning and next Sunday. There will be no communion offering this morning.

Read: Genesis 32:22-31; Matthew 14:13-21


August 13, 2017

We read this morning of Peter’s attempt to walk on the water at Jesus’ request. As we enjoy the warm days of summer, the sermon Walking on the Water wonders how we try God’s patience. Do we get on God’s last nerve more when we arrogantly take on what only the divine can accomplish, or when we don’t even try?

Read: Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28; Matthew 14:22-33


August 20, 2017

Rev. Hal Taussig will preach this morning. Pastor Hal, retired pastor and professor, led our church retreat this spring, so it will be good to have a chance to listen to him preach.

Read: Genesis 45:1-15; Matthew 15: 10-28


August 27, 2017       Great Day of Singing

Joanne Miles is serving as a part time deacon at St. Luke during 2017-18, starting at the beginning of the summer. She will lead our annual Great Day of Singing along with Matthew Phillips-English

Read: Exodus 1:8-2:10; Matthew 16:13-20

September 3, 2017        Labor Day weekend, Holy Communion

Sharon Vandegrift will preach and lead communion this Sunday.

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, Aug. 20th, 10 am: 

Rev. Hal Taussig preaching  

Sunday, Aug. 27th, 10 am: Great Day of Singing, Rev. Joanne Miles presiding

Sunday, Sept. 3, 10 am: Rev. Sharon Vandegrift leading Holy Communion

Labor Day weekend

Sat., Sept. 9th, 9 am – 3 pm: Bryn Mawr Day – Fair across from Ludington

Sunday, Sept. 10: Welcome Back Sunday,

                               Celebration of the Creator, Land Sunday

Grandparents Day

Registration for Children’s Celebration

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

Sunday, Sept. 17, Celebration of Creation, Wilderness Sunday

Sunday, Sept. 24, 10 am: Bring a Friend to Church Sunday

11:30 Welcome Back Luncheon (potluck after church)

Celebration of Creation, River Sunday

Sunday, Oct. 1st 10 am World Communion Sunday


Sunday, Oct. 15th, Laity Sunday/Children’s Sabbath


Saturday, Oct. 14th, 9 am Charge Conference Union UMC Havertown


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


Sunday, Nov. 12th, 10 am Stewardship Sunday


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)