Basics in Luther and Lutheranism

Four consecutive Tuesdays, September 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2016 | 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Online webinar- to be viewed together in Room 302 at St. Luke Lutheran Church.  Please let Pastor Kate Costa know you plan to attend.

Presenter: The Rev. Dr. Timothy Wengert, Ministerium of Pennsylvania Emeritus Professor of Church History, LTSP

About the course:

With the approach of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Lutherans and others may want to know what the big deal was – and is – about Martin Luther’s theology.  This course will provide an overview of Martin Luther’s (and Lutheranism’s) basic teachings, including:

  • Justification by Faith Alone
  • Distinguishing Law and Gospel
  • The Theology of the Cross
  • The Word and Sacraments
  • The Event Called ChurchChristian Vocations in the World

– See more at: https://ltsp.edu/basics-in-luther#sthash.Yjxqzv35.dpuf

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Mark your hands for Sept. 11: God’s Work, Our Hands Day

“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. The date for the 2016 dedicated day of service is Sunday, Sept. 11. Mark your calendars today!

This year’s dedicated day of service will also mark the 15-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2011, terrorist attacks on the United States.

As you continue to share God’s love with your neighbors, whether it is preparing and delivering meals to people and families rendered homeless or cleaning your neighborhood parks, consider thanking and holding in prayer the emergency responders in your area as part of your service.

“The world can be a dangerous place. But there are some who, when disaster strikes, run toward the danger. These are the first responders, firefighters, police and EMTs, who live out their baptismal vocation in service to their communities in times of intense need. They do God’s work with their hands.”
– ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton

Service activities offer an opportunity for us to explore one of our most basic convictions as Lutherans: that all of life in Jesus Christ – every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life – flows freely from a living, daring confidence in God’s grace.

More information about this special day of service will come soon!

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Outdoor Service at Mountain Run Lake Park- Sunday, June 26

Mark your Calendar for the Outdoor Service!
On Sunday, June 26, 2016 we will have service at Mountain Run Lake Park instead of at the St. Luke building.  Please bring a dish to share for the picnic afterward.  Well behaved dogs on leashes welcome.  See you there!

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Car Seat Safety Event

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by | June 6, 2016 · 10:20 pm

VBS Registration is Open!

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VBS is coming!  Save the date for June 5-9!

We are excited to discover God’s love together!  Mark your calendar now to spend the week exploring God’s word through games, service, crafts and more!

Who: Kids aged 3-current 5th graders (older youth can sign up to help)
What: A great week of VBS!
Where: St. Luke Lutheran Church
When: Sunday, June 5 to Thursday June 9, 5:30-8:30 pm (beginning with a kid-friendly dinner)
How: Click here to register as a participant or Click here to register as a volunteer

Why: Fun, exciting, and engaging ways to hear about God’s love!

This year St. Stephen Episcopal Church and St. Luke Lutheran Church will be partnering for a wonderful week of VBS!

Click here to register as a participant

Click here to register as a volunteer

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Heat Shelter Video

Check out this new great video that shows the wonderful work being done through our partner, at St. Luke, to the glory of God.

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Sermon for Maundy Thursday

Pastor Kate Costa

St. Luke Lutheran Church

March 24, 2016

John 13:1-17, 31b-35

 

As I was walking on the treadmill at the gym this week, contemplating the richness of the Gospel of John while the steps on my Fitbit crept up, a woman with a towel knelt at the front of the machine next to me, spraying, wiping, spraying again.  She was remarkably efficient with that towel, a craft well honed.  Her actions were fine tuned through the repetition of doing it again and again, hundreds of times a day.

 

I might not have noticed her, except the words of John echoed in my ears, “Jesus…got up from the table, took off his outer robe and tied a towel around himself.  Then he poured water into a basin and began to wipe the disciples feet, and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around his waist.”

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Lutheran Adults Fun and Fellowship

LAFF LUNCH and YOGA BUNCH – April 12 at 12 noon will be at the BBQ Exchange in Gordonsville.   If you would like to share a ride, meet at St. Luke’s at 11:00.  Sign-up sheet on fellowship bulletin board (across from Gathering Room).

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Join us for Holy Week and Easter

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by | March 9, 2016 · 9:57 am

Lenten Evening Activities Canceled for 2/24

There is a watch for some dangerous storms this afternoon and evening.  Due to the timing (peaking between 4-7pm) and the severity (potential for tornadoes and hail), we have decided to cancel this evening’s activities.

Please stay safe and take this opportunity to pray at home with your family.

Here is a simple service to do by yourself or with your household.  Take turns to read to each other.

Gathering:

We begin in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Prayer:

Eternal lover of our wayward race,
we praise you for your ever-open door.
You open your arms to accept us
even before we turn to meet your welcome; you invite us to forgiveness even before our hearts are softened to repentance.
Hold before us the image of our humanity made new, that we may live in Jesus Christ, the model and the pioneer of your new creation. Amen.

 

1 Corinthians 13:12

For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.

Psalm 36:1-2, 7-9

Transgression speaks to the wicked
deep in their hearts;
there is no fear of God
before their eyes.
For they flatter themselves in their own eyes
that their iniquity cannot be found out and hated.
How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house,
and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.

Mark 8:22-25

Jesus Cures a Blind Man at Bethsaida

They came to Bethsaida. Some people brought a blind man to him and begged him to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village; and when he had put saliva on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, ‘Can you see anything?’ And the man looked up and said, ‘I can see people, but they look like trees, walking.’Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he looked intently and his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.

 

Discussion: 

Why do you think that the man couldn’t see clearly at first?  What was different the second time?

When have you felt like you couldn’t see clearly in your life?  What did it feel like to be lost?

Who in your life needs healing this week?  How can we pray for each other?

Prayers of the People: 

Take turns praying for one another, sharing the concerns that have already been lifted up.

Final Blessing: 

May God bless you this week, that you may see clearly.  Amen.

Dismissal: 

Go in peace, serve the Lord.  Thanks be to God. 

(You may share a sign of peace with one another to end the service)

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