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Leave taking and welcoming…all on one Sunday in January

This past Sunday, the 1st Sunday after the Epiphany…when we remember the Baptism of Jesus…we said farewell to a family in our Faith Community taking leave to begin life in another city.  We gave thanks for their lives among us…their creative ideas and ministry beyond our doors…remembered important moments in their Faith life among us as well.  This recognition happened at the 8 a.m. Service.

At the 10 a.m. Service, through Baptism, we welcomed into the Household of God, a young girl and her father, along with his wife and her mother…who have come to find a place of welcome at St. Luke’s since August this past year.

This cycle of welcoming and leave taking is part of our life as a Faith Community.  We are enriched…and blessed by those who, for a season, intentionally decide to make St. Luke’s their Community of Faith…giving of their gifts of time and skills and financial resources.  It gives us a reason to rejoice and give thanks.  It is also sad when those we have come to know as a brother or sister in Christ…leave our community…because of a new job…a transition into retirement or transitions.

We have just concluded our Fall Growing in Faith Together (GIFT) Process…which met on Tuesday evenings from 7 – 8:30 p.m.  It was a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the scriptures…learn about the Christian Faith and the particular manner through which Episcopalians {Anglicans} live out the Christian Faith…formed by our common reflection on Scripture and regular s use of the Book of Common Prayer.  If anyone is interested, I would be happy to convene a Spring GIFT Process.  Ask Joon Uhm, Jane and John Jacobs, Jean Currie and Diane O’Mara about the GIFT Process if you’d like more information. I encourage you to share a comment or two on this BLOG site if you wish!


Every blessing,



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  1. Linda P.
    January 15, 2011 at 3:30 am

    The ebb and flow of a community in faith is a beautiful thing to feel a part of. In our travels of 16 years time, Mark and I have ‘come to’ St. Luke’s three times, and ‘left’ twice. Wherever we were, however, we somehow always felt a part of St. Luke’s; and, after all that time, we are still being welcomed in. The ‘for a season’ concept somehow dovetails with ‘always.’ I think we, together with our boys, will always feel a part of St. Luke’s, come what may. Much as they will be missed, the Sundts and Duane Pulford will also be always woven into the fabric that is St. Luke’s. As for the baptisms of Joon and Sarah last week, that was a most special time for us all. What a rare treat to see a father and daughter together receive this sacrament — an unforgettable moment in all our spiritual lives.

  2. Robin
    January 13, 2011 at 4:09 am

    Very nice entry Doug. We have discovered another of your gifts…blogging.

  3. Kay B.
    January 12, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Very well done! The swath of the beautiful Lloyd windows is perfect. The whatever-it-is-called on the top, something like a letterhead, is not passive but very active and alive. Like St. Luke’s! Thanks Doug, Betsy, Jane and whomever else gave their talents to its formation. Good Job!

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