We believe that everything we have, and everything we do, comes from God. We are “living liturgy” in today’s world. In thought, words, and deeds, we express and use the gifts God has given to us. We are different human beings; we don’t look alike. But we are made in the Image of God and we reflect God’s Presence because of it. We live, and move, and have our being, because the Holy Spirit is in us – daily nourishing and feeding us; sustaining us – so that we can give witness to all of creation.
Each of us has different strengths, and when combined and woven together, we are the fabric that clothes the naked. We are the bounty that feeds the hungry. We are the hands that hold one another and our neighbors and friends when they are hurting or alone and in need of company. And we are so very much more!
This is not the lesson the world teaches. We learn in school – data, information, history, formulas, languages, theories, how to play together, how to grow in understanding, how to build and construct. We are taught to think, hypothesize and theorize and solve problems. So what is the value of “church” in this world?
The Church is where we learn of God, the Divine Creator, the One who brought all things into being. Church is the place where we learn how to value what we know from teaching; how to make decisions, not just on the imperative, but how to include compassion and justice. Church is gathering of folks where, no matter what anyone has to contribute, they are welcome to feast at the Table. The bounty and blessings are endless.
“Church” is the people of God, the Body of Christ, the legacy of traditions for the hope of the future. “Church” is also the place where people gather to support one another, to rejoice, to grieve, to replenish empty hearts and bind up wounds to heal.
Donations to St. Luke’s each year--in the way of a pledge or a one-time gift--make it possible for the doors to stay open; the A/C and heat to keep worshipers comfortable; for people to feel welcomed; and for the soul to be refreshed. Donations are offered from the abundance we all have received from God’s gifts to us. Our resources – time, treasure and talent – each of these three makes it possible for us to share with one another, our friends, the neighbors around us, and the communities from which we come.
In all things, God is present, bringing us to wholeness and holiness; and a new generation of “Church” is being incorporated at St. Luke's in Haworth, a new and creative way of “Blending Traditions … Bridging Communities.”
THANKS BE TO GOD!
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