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Worship On Sunday or Any Day

I was born on a Sunday. My parents and siblings would often remind me that since childhood I looked forward to Sunday more than any other day of the week. Today, my patient wife Ellie reminds me that nothing has changed since childhood! 

Not only do I love Sunday, I love sharing the experience of it with others who might be present for worship and whatever else comes with the day. The same is true for any day when church related events are offered. The sheer energy, community, and beauty of the holy faces of God in others remind me of the endless blessings that come with sacred gatherings of the human family. All sorts and conditions of beloved children of God, each with a different approach to the spiritual journey, come together as pilgrims to share a common love for God in Christ Jesus. 

In Episcopal ceremonies of baptism and confirmation, we vow to keep the faith by “continuing in the apostles' teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of the bread, and in the prayers.” Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our corporate ways of “being church” have changed drastically. Still, the faith community of Grace-St. Luke’s has been resilient and remained fairly connected through worship, formation, pastoral care, service, music, and special events of our common life. Now, we are blessed with indoor, outdoor, and virtual offerings to support our walks with Christ, and I suspect more people will assemble in person as “lifting” at GSL gradually occurs.  

Now that summertime is here, I invite all households to explore www.gracestlukes.org/worship, pick a weekly service or event to attend and share in the corporate Christian community, and spread the word among the countless souls who have yet to join life at GSL. We are rich with weekly occasions to gather indoors, outdoors, and virtually for the worship of and fellowship in God. Each experience is enriched by the holy presence of each person, because each person is a beloved member of the human family. 

God’s Church will become stronger and can better assist with transforming the world whenever its members engage in worship and more on Sunday or any day of the week. 

Summertime and eternal blessings as we gather, 

Ollie 

The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector
901.252.6320 | orencher [at] gracestlukes [dot] org

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