Join us for a special concert at St. Luke Lutheran Church at 5pm on August 25. This wonderful quartet will sing hymns for a wonderful evening of music. We will also experience Russell Wilson on our gorgeous newly acquired piano. Click the link to see The Millers flyer.
A powerful message and call to prayer from the Massachusetts Council of Churches:
MCC statement on the Boston Marathon Bombing
“Behold, I will bring health and healing to the city; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth.” ~ Jeremiah 33:6
Our hearts are heavy in Massachusetts. On a great day of civic pride and joy, our city of Boston was scarred by violence. We grieve for those who have died. Bodies made to run and cheer were wounded. Our eyes are burned with images of terror in the very streets where we walk. Attend to us, Great Physician. We do not yet know why this has happened. Preserve us from quick judgments, O Lord. Give us wisdom in the days ahead. Reveal to us peace and truth. We sing the African-American spiritual “guide my feet, while I run this race, for I don’t want to run this race in vain.” In this time of uncertainty and fear, we cling to the sure promises of our God that we do not go on in vain.
Even as we grieve, we will remain steadfast in charity, defiant in hope, and constant in prayer. We are grateful for the prayers and support from across the country and the globe. Please continue to pray for the victims. Pray for our first responders, our elected officials, and the media who work with such trauma and return home to their own families. Pray for those without permanent homes who live in our public parks, displaced by this violence in our city. Pray for the marathoners, tourists and visitors far from home.
The Massachusetts Council of Churches joins our prayers with citizens throughout the Commonwealth. In the words of the prophet Jeremiah, may our God indeed bring health and healing to the city.
The Rev. Laura E. Everett
Massachusetts Council of Churches
Join us for a breakfast full of laughs, joy, conversation, and of course egg casserole!! Breakfast will be from 8:30-9:45 am on Sunday, March 31.
Our worship service will be at 10am. We will have Holy Communion, hear the story of Christ’s resurrection, sing Easter Hymns, rejoice with our children during the Children’s Message, and hear a sermon from Pastor Kate.
For more information about visiting our church and FAQ’s, click here.
AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST
“Toward A More Inclusive Church”
Presenter: The Rev. Timothy Waltonen
• Bible Study
• Small Group Discussions
• Personal Growth through Presentations and Discussions
• Great Atmosphere and Food
When: April 5-7, 2013
Where: Roslyn Episcopal Conference and Retreat Center
8727 River Road
More information and registration form: http://www.vasynod.org/ministries/men-in-mission/
The St Luke Lutheran Church building was hopping tonight!Here’s a glimpse of one moment of ministry in God’s name:
In the upstairs classrooms, St. Luke Church had a planning session with many new, creative ideas for the next three years. Downstairs, in the kitchen, church volunteers pulled donated pork and heated up rolls for dinner. In the classrooms and out in the trailer, more volunteers handed out mattresses and sheets for the Warming shelter. In the sanctuary, the Culpeper Hispanic 7th Day Adventist Church, a congregation that shares our building, held worship and praise. And across the street, the St Luke School parking lot was packed for their dinner and raffle. Wow!
Thanks be to God for the many ways we are being a part of the body of Christ, sharing God’s love, and serving all people!
The Warming Shelter at St Luke Lutheran Church has returned to their regular schedule from 5:30 pm until 7 am. This is a nightly emergency shelter organized by the Culpeper County Ministerial Association. The church is located at 1200 Old Rixeyville Road- please come to the rear door labeled “Social Hall”.
There is a pickup at the bus station behind St Stephen Episcopal Church at 5pm each day. For questions please call the church at (540) 812-4950 or 540 825 8358 or visit http://www.stlukesculpeper.org
Pets, alcohol, weapons and any other illegal substances are not allowed in the shelter. Dinner is provided at 6:30pm and breakfast is provided at 6:30am. The shelter is entirely staffed and funded by volunteers from the churches of Culpeper. Thanks be to God!
(Unfortunately Angela Stevens has had a family emergency and will not be able to join us. We pray for her and hope she can visit us at another time. Thankfully we have found a replacement and thank Kyle for coming at short notice.)
Kyle Remnant, trombone soloist, will be performing at St. Luke Lutheran Church on Feb. 12- Shrove Tuesday- at 7pm. Join us in the Sanctuary for a wonderful evening!
Kyle Remnant is a Master’s student studying Trombone Performance at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. His Brethren faith is not only at the core of his music, but it has also led him to spread the message of peace and love. Kyle is a member of the Bridgewater Church of the Brethren and a graduate of Bridgewater College.
For more info,click here for the poster: Kyle Remnant Poster
Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of Newtown, Connecticut, especially those who have lost a child. Let us pray for God’s peace to be present with them even the midst of this terrible tragedy.
We will have a moment of prayer for these families during our Blue Christmas Service this evening (Dec. 16, 5pm).
- For prayers of intercession from the ELCA, click here
- And here is another poignant prayer by a Jesuit priest
- And a prayer that incorporates many scriptures of lament.
- For some advice from Mr. Rogers and LaVar Burton (Reading Rainbow) about talking with children about death, listen to this radio story.
- For more about talking with children about what they see and hear on the media, this is another good resource.
Let light perpetual shine upon them, O God, our hope and our salvation.