Rector's Rhetoric - July 2015
What a fantastic Centennial Weekend! And we were extremely fortunate to get a weather reprieve so that everything stayed reasonably dry! Leading up to the weekend, so many of our members and vestry pitched in to beautify the gardens, the church interior, get the soggy ceiling tiles replaced, the music and video recordings ready, food prepared, etc..., so that the church looked absolutely amazing. Much thanks to the Centennial Committee for all their hard work over the preceding months. We’re grateful to the A/V department at East Central University and all their help in getting our DVD’s produced on time and to those members who said “yes” to the interviews. The sermon on Sunday was my way of saying “thank you” to the countless faithful souls, many of them known only through historical documents and/or the memories of others, and how much they have meant in bringing us to this point in our history. It was so great to have Father Otto Anderson, Father Edgar Wallace, Ann Armstrong, and Ann Ghostbear with us, representing the faithful clergy and their families who have contributed so much to the mission and ministry of St. Luke’s. A special thanks to Starla Raley for her organ accompaniment and making the Sunday liturgy so special.
But we’re not through yet, and we know that. Our aim is to be a beacon of light for generations to come. We look forward to the next hundred years with enduring hope and the strong conviction that God will be with us in everything that we say and do, every crisis, every opportunity that we’re given for celebrating joy, creating peace, and working for justice. We will continue the holy work of reaching out to those who need God and provide a community of faith to shelter and support them. It’s the commitment that we make in our Baptismal Covenant, knowing who we are and who we belong to. So let us commend one another to this important work, so that in 2115 those who open the time capsule we’ve left on their behalf can again give thanks as we have, knowing that we’re all part of one family, a communion of Saints that knows no end.