Life at Grace-St. Luke’s presents a myriad of ways—old and new—to engage God and deepen connections. In a world full of endless choices and demands of how you and I might navigate our journeys as spiritual beings, let us begin the 2019th year of our Lord by committing our lives to intentional acts of engaging God and deepening connections.
Both within and beyond Grace-St. Luke’s sacred space in Midtown Memphis, the 2019th year of our Lord provides us with opportunities to grow and be transformed by what is offered through our ministries—worship, formation (education), service, fellowship, and seasonal offerings. Our intentional commitments to the mission of the Church is bound to enrich our engagement of God and human need to deepen connections with others who also are created in the image of God.
The Book of Common Prayer’s “outline of the faith commonly called the Catechism” explains that the mission of the Church is to restore all people to unity with God and each other; that the Church pursues its mission as it prays and worships, proclaims the Gospel, and promotes justice, peace, and love; and that the Church carries out its mission through the ministry of all its members.
I invite you and yours to engage the large and small group opportunities reflected on the GSL Winter-Spring 2019 Christian Formation schedule for adults, youth, and children. Our parish community will welcome various guest speakers to the Sunday Parish Hall Forum and other spaces, offer some new weekday and weeknight programs, and embark on human-family healing work opportunities as a result of December’s “Sacred Conversations: Reflecting on Race and Opportunities for Reconciliation” attended by more than forty parishioners. In addition to worship on Sunday mornings or evenings, the Wednesday 30-minute Holy Eucharist without music is appreciated, often as an alternative to the Sunday schedule. All parish life offerings are available to assist us on the journey of faith. In them and one another, may we find blessing and encouragement as we engage God and deepen connections through life at Grace-St. Luke’s.
Blessings and peace as we try,
The Rev. Ollie V. Rencher, Rector