Dear People of St. Luke's,
We find ourselves well into autumn-there is renewed activity in our lives, at school, work, and home. And there is renewed activity at St. Luke's! The new church programming year is underway and we find ourselves in a period of activity, excitement and hope. On October 1st we closed one chapter in the history of our faith community with the retirement of Fr. Grant Barber and on the following Sunday welcomed our Bridge Priest, the Reverend Billie Mae Gordon. As a community we will now begin a period of self-reflection as we formally communicate who we are, what we hold true, and our hopes for the future to the Diocese in anticipation of calling a new Priest-In-Charge during the first half of 2018.
As we reflect on our lives both individually and collectively we hope that you, like us find yourselves full of gratitude. Gratitude for the blessings, the grace we have been given that is apparent to us even in the most challenging moments of our lives. Like us, you may increasingly find yourselves having a hard time overcoming the belief that we have earned everything we have. This awareness that we don't travel this journey alone has been a helpful reminder that God is the ultimate giver.
On October 22nd-we celebrated St. Luke and who we are as a community. Celebrating and remembering who we are, from where we have come, and giving thanks for those, all of you who have, and continue to give time, talent and treasure to our community
On this day we also kicked off our 2018 Stewardship Campaign- Building the Bridge. Giving generously for what has been given generously to us....and building a bridge from our collective past to our collective future that is the community of St. Luke's and its mission to serve the community of Scituate and beyond.
We have found that in our own journey that when we give generously we release the grip of fear and attitude of scarcity that often reside in our heart and mind; an attitude that is reinforced by a culture that tells us "there is not enough." Scripture tells us that everything that is good comes from God. Each time we take a step in faith, we can trust in God's provision.
Pledge forms have been mailed and are also available in the pews. Please fill one out and place it in the Sunday offering the next time you are in church.
On behalf of the Vestry, thank you for your generosity and faithfulness in taking the next step in discipleship, the next step in our community that is St. Luke's. We are grateful to continue our exploration of God's generosity with you.
Chris McKerrow and Paul Antenore