Fall 2021

A diversity of Sunday and weekday formation programs and events will be offered to support faith journeys and discipleship growth. In addition to offerings by the parish clergy and lay ministers, guest speakers will be from the Memphis community and beyond. For a schedule of events with virtual access details, subscribe to the eNews and visit www.gracestlukes.org/discover/adult-formation.

Most Sunday morning formation offerings will be in person AND livestream via the GSL websiteFacebook Live and YouTube.

Video and audio recordings of past classes may be found at www.gracestlukes.org/forum-videos/ and https://www.gracestlukes.org/forum-audio.

Life at GSL–Fall 2021 Guide of Worship, Christian Formation, Connecting & More

October 17


Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost, Commemoration: St. Luke the Evangelist, Fall 2021 Every Member Canvass Campaign Launch, 9:30 a.m.

In commemoration of our patron, Saint Luke the Evangelist (October 18 feast day), worship services and the 9:30 a.m. Parish Hall Forum will assist our celebration. Expect highlights about the time, talent, and financial resources of every member for life at GSL to thrive, 2022 Annual Fund pledge drive, estate planning and The Cornerstone Society planned giving ministry at GSL, and more about God’s abundance. 

October 24

Laura White And Shannon Tucker

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost & Wellness and Recovery Sunday, 9:30 a.m.

Celebrating Awareness and Spiritual Practices with Shannon Tucker and Laura White. Christians and all people are called to strive for wellness of mind, body, and spirit, which includes paying attention to any addictions that may be occurring in our lives or the lives of others. Join Diocese of West Tennessee Recovery Commission Co-Chairs Shannon Tucker and Laura White at the 9:30 a.m. Parish Hall Forum for a conversation about the gambit of addictions that can affect one’s life. Awareness and spiritual practices can be powerful and assist with a healthier future. Mr. Tucker also will preach at the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. services. 

October 31

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Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost, 9:30 a.m.

Why I Stopped Watching The News with Journalist David Waters. Have you gotten tired of the news? For a timely conversation about what we might do with being tired of the news, join David Waters, longtime newspaper reporter, columnist, and University of Memphis Associate Director of the Institute for Public Service Reporting. Waters suggests we may need to either wean ourselves from or think about the news in a different way. The news often gets in the way of our humanity, dividing, polarizing, and even angering us. People of faith are called to talk about what to do about and with the news.

November 7

All Saints’ Sunday, Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost, 9:30 a.m.

Special program, speaker, or fellowship time to be announced. 

November 14

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Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost, 9:30 a.m. 

Faith and Citizenship in the 21st Century: Part One. What does it mean to be a person of faith in an era of political polarization?  Join Rhodes College history professor Tim Huebner as he discusses how Christians have historically viewed their relationship to the American political order, including how the often complex relationships between faith, patriotism, and politics have evolved over time.  In exploring this history, we will consider some of the ways that people of faith can heed the biblical call to justice and engage the great issues of our day, without demonizing those who disagree with us.  

November 21

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Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King, 9:30 a.m

Faith and Citizenship in the 21st Century: Part Two. Rhodes College history professor Tim Huebner continues to reflect on the question “What does it mean to be a person of faith in an era of political polarization?” Huebner reminds that people of faith can heed the biblical call to justice and engage the great issues of our day, without demonizing those who disagree with us.

November 28

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First Sunday of Advent, 9:30 a.m. and after 10:30 service

Advent Wreath-Making for All Ages and families. Kick off your observance of the Advent season by making a wreath in Trezevant Hall. Spend time with family and parishioners as we prepare for the Christmas Season! Please bring your own clippers and/or scissors and we will provide greenery and the rest. There will be designated areas to sit or stand and work. Advanced sign-up for one of two sessions would be helpful for supply-gathering: visit tinyurl.com/GSLAdventWreaths2021.

December 5

Second Sunday of Advent, 9:30 a.m.

Annual Meeting of the Parish. All members and newcomers are encouraged to attend the Annual Meeting of the Parish via Zoom or in person. This one-hour occasion will undertake key business matters, including the election of the Vestry Class of 2024, parish life highlights since the last annual meeting, collection of 2022 annual fund pledges for the finance committee and vestry meetings to adopt a 2022 operating budget before January, and state-of-the-parish remarks from the Senior Warden and the Rector. Details including virtual access, agenda, vestry nominee biographical statements, and the voting process will be maintained at gracestlukes.org/annualmeeting2021.

December 12

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Third Sunday of Advent, 9:30 a.m.

The Wideness of Music at GSL with Dr. Patrick Scott & Guests. For several decades “music at GSL” commonly has either referenced or been limited to offerings during Sunday morning worship: organ voluntaries, hymns, psalm-chanting, anthems, spirituals, guest instrumentalists, and the choirs (GSL Choir for adult volunteers and staff singers and St. Cecilia and Canterbury for children). Today, we are blessed with a wideness of music that’s worth celebrating. Our expansion includes cello, flute, guitar, jazz, piano, and more at the Sunday 5:00 contemplative service, seasonal services of choral evensong, concerts and recitals, Belvedere Music Festival (by Luna Nova Music), and the Fall 2021 welcome of the Memphis Boy, Girl, and Chamber Choirs to GSL following a 33-year-home at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Don’t miss this session with Dr. Patrick Scott and guest instrumentalists to reflect on the extraordinary music being offered through life at GSL for the parish and Memphis region. 

December 19

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Fourth Sunday of Advent, 9:30 a.m. 

Exploring the Spirituality, Ministry, and Impact of Archbishop Desmond Tutu with The Rev. Dr. Michael Battle. Join the Very Rev. Michael Battle, Ph.D., for a rich conversation about the life and worldwide transformational ministry of Desmond Tutu of South Africa. Battle is an Episcopal priest and the Professor of Church and Society and Director of the Desmond Tutu Center at General Theological Seminary of The Episcopal Church (Manhattan). Tutored, ordained, and married by Tutu, Battle has authored 11 books including Desmond Tutu: A Spiritual Biography of South Africa’s Confessor (2021) and leads PeaceBattle, an organization that helps with going beyond deadlock and irreconcilable difference to thrive. Father Battle also will preach during the 8:30, 10:30, and 5:00 services.

December 26 and January 2

December 26, First Sunday after Christmas, 9:30 a.m.

In-person and virtual formation offerings for adults, youth, and children are suspended and will resume on January 9.

Note: On this day, there will be one service of the Holy Eucharist at 10:30 a.m. The 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. services will resume on January 2.

January 2, Second Sunday after Christmas, 9:30 a.m.

In-person and virtual formation offerings for adults, youth, and children are suspended and will resume on January 9.

January 9, 2022

First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of our Lord

Special program, speaker, or fellowship time to be announced.

Past Fall 2021 Sunday Morning Formation Offerings

August 29

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Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, 9:15-9:45 a.m. View on YouTube here.

Cycling by Faith through the COVID-19 Pandemic with Brendan Housler. When the COVID-19 pandemic changed how we live, many religious and spiritual persons have relied even more on their faith for navigation. Many have started, renewed, and further committed to a variety of hobbies, habits, recreations, and professions. GSL member Brendan Housler, a full-time cycling coach, president of EVOQ.BIKE, and winner of several cycling awards, started cycling long before our current pandemic season. Tune-in for a 30-minute interview by Father Ollie Rencher of Brendan about his faith and how it continues to sustain his journey on the road of starts and stops, twists and turns, and accomplishments, and empowers him to stay the course.

September 12

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, 9:30 a.m.

Celebration Sunday: Rally Day to Launch Fall 2021 Worship, Formation, Ministry, Community Engagement, and Fellowship Opportunities. All persons are invited to drop in from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. and rally around our wide-ranging opportunities to engage worship, Christian formation (learning offerings for adults, youth, and children), in-reach (pastoral care, liturgical roles, small groups), community engagement (outreach, social justice), and fellowship. Many in-person and online Fall offerings coupled with parishioner engagement will guarantee a rich new season at GSL. This will be a perfect day to learn how to get involved, connect, and reconnect with others after a long time of physical distancing.

September 19

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Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, 9:30 a.m.

A Day of Poetry for the Soul with the Rev. Katherine M. Bush. GSL Member and St. Mary’s School Chaplain, the Rev. Katherine M. Bush will preach during the 8:30, 10:30, and 5:00 services. At the 9:30 a.m. Parish Hall Forum, Bush will share and invite reflection on poetry about where we’ve been, where we are, and where we might be going, and upholds, “Poetry reminds that we are not alone.” "Steady and Unsteady Poetry" used as reference for the class.

View on youTube here.

September 26

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Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, 9:30 a.m.

The Worldwide Impact of Memphis’ National Civil Rights Museum with President Russ Wigginton. Appointed August 1, 2021, Dr. Russell Wigginton brings significant energy, professional experience, educational and community leadership, and vision to the helm of NCRM, now celebrating 30 years. Wigginton will reflect on the worldwide impact being made through NCRM’s chronicling of the American civil rights movement, storytelling of the ongoing human rights struggle, and educating and serving as a catalyst to inspire action that creates positive social change. 

View on YouTube here.

October 3

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Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, 9:30 a.m.

Mobilizing Memphis: A Faith Conversation with Andy Nix. Studies show transportation is the key factor in social and economic mobility. Access to transportation determines where one can live, work, shop, and play. Social justice through transportation can make our city healthier, wealthier, and more accessible for all. Join GSL member and MyCityRides Executive Director & Lead Flyer Andy Nix to talk about how motor scooters can play a role in breaking the cycle of poverty. Community engagement initiatives improve the lives of our neighbors. Today, more than 325 “Flyers” in Memphis have scooter transportation through partnerships with local employers. 

View on YouTube here.

October 10


Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, 9:30 a.m.

A Window into Community Engagement at Grace-St. Luke’s. Established in 1940 as the merger of Grace and St. Luke’s congregations, GSL’s approach to community engagement naturally has varied across several decades. Today, our community engagement encompasses the ministries of outreach, social justice, and MICAH through the dedicated leadership of lay and ordained ministers and committees. All are invited to a vital conversation with the Rev. Laura F. Gettys and ministry area leaders about current programs and hopes for a faithful future in this aspect of parish life, including ways to get involved and serve.

You can view the video here.