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“If you believe and I believe and we together pray. The Holy Spirit must come down and set God’s people free; and set God’s people free, and set God’s people free. The Holy Spirit must come down and set God’s people free.” -Zimbabwean traditional, Wonder, Love, and Praise #806

At the last all-school chapel on May 16, we sang with gusto the above words of a well-known and favorite hymn of the school community. The image whereby “we together pray” is one that has stayed with me as I consider how we might spend summertime in life at GSL.  

Summertime affords time and space to choose many things. In this new season of parish life, I invite you and yours to consider radical commitments to weekly praying, learning, and playing through offerings scheduled by the clergy-staff team, vestry, and lay leaders at Grace-St. Luke’s. Just as God never takes a break from us, may we never take a break from God and what might be offered in the ways of worship, formation (learning), fellowship, and service in Jesus’ name.  

Summer Sundays include worship at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m., and the 5:30 p.m. service will feature guest instrumentalists; 8:45-9:25 a.m. breakfast; and weekly 9:30-10:15 a.m. intergenerational “Conversation with the Clergy” special topics and occasional guest speakers. During Vacation Bible School for children on Wednesday nights (June 5, 12, 26, July 10, 17), adult dinner and unique formation offerings are scheduled (5:30-7:45 p.m.). An open-to-all Contemplative Prayer Group will meet on Sundays, June 30, July 28, August 25, 9-9:30 a.m. in the Chapel.

Our youth will serve the Memphis community July 14-19 through a partnership with Memphis Youth Mission and other activities will be announced by our new Director of Youth Formation, Amzie Williams. By popular demand, Public Theology continues at Celtic Crossing on June 6, July 11, August 1, and September 5. Supper Club groups will gather for those who signed-up during the May registration period. Other occasional events will be announced to gather the parish community either at GSL or around Memphis at music venues, eateries, museums, and more. Indeed, praying, learning, and playing will be abundant at GSL during Sumer 2019 to enrich our lives and build community among us.

Let us use summertime to invite others to share in the abundance of this vibrant parish and to keep GSL at the center of our lives and places of being. Praying, learning, and playing are bound to bless us even more. Our Parish Vision is to be a thriving community of hope, belonging, and healing through worship, parish life, and service, and who rejoices in the love of Jesus to transform the world.

Godspeed and blessings as we try,
–The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector