St. Luke's Presbyterian Church
The Wednesday Word
July 6, 2016

July 10, 2016
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Rev. W. Scott Harbison 
Sunday School
Classes for all ages 
10:00 a.m.

Fellowship & Refreshments
11:00 a.m.
Head Usher 
Tom Rajan
Michael Kuznicki


Randall Bardin
Keaton Cooper
Killian   Cooper
Melissa Cooper
Catherine Jacoby
Ellis Jacoby
Pansy Meyer
Iris O'Dell



James Braly
The Belvin Family
Rev. Dr. Bill Wade
Liz Moreno
Michael Kuznicki
Ruth Heidelberger's father and mother
Gloria Reece
Del Kaufhold
Katie Gaspard
Melissa Cooper 
Anne Nicholson
Jonah, Bill Wade's  grandson.
Jayne Manry's sister, Patricia
Liz Bell Harding
Dot Cowan
Marge Biggs
Jewel Molten
Ann Dragoo  

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Rev. Harbiso
Recreate Your Spirit
Psalm 119:105

Every time I do chapel at Olivia's school I hear children recite this verse as they prepare for their chapel service. When put to music
Psalm 119:105 is a wonderful camp song that can give even the most challenged singers the courage to make a joyful noise to the Lord. It's a neat little verse:
Your word lights my way.
Your word keeps me on my path

Often times we need a place to turn when life is confusing, scary,and doubtful. In scripture we can find answers to those confusing, scary, doubtful times. With God leading our heart, we can find what we need in scripture. There are places we can turn to in mourning, places we can find answers, and definitely places where God speaks to the quiet part of our heart that oftentime needs healing.

Scripture can also remind us of the call that God places in our lives. It is where we literally meet God's word made incarnate in Jesus Christ.  

Summer is full of activities to recreate us. My challenge for you this summer is that while you recreate your body, you recreate your spirit by reading scripture as often as you can. May it be as much a blessing to you as it is to me. 

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Rev. Harbison's Summer Class meets tonight!
Pastor's Summer Class 2016
Rev. Harbison's Summer Class meets tonight at 6 p.m. The grup will cover a different "question" topic each week such as: "The Question of Life", "The Question of Resurrection", "The Question of Gun Control", and "The Question of War". Each Wednesday evening class begins with a questionnaire about the topic. This is a class for everyone and provides opportunity for some lively conversation. Childcare will be provided by Cassie and Olivia Harbison.

Marvin attends AGO National Convention 

The National Convention of the American Guild of Organists was held here in Houston June 19-23 with over 1,200 people attending. This was my first national AGO convention, and it was an incredible, inspiring, and uplifting experience! Since I am always playing on Sundays, I don't get to see and hear many of the great organs in our city. The convention gave me the opportunity to enjoy concerts, workshops, and worship services all over the city along with fellow musicians from around the country.

The American Guild of Organists is the national professional association serving the organ and choral music fields. The Guild serves approximately 17,000 members in more than 300 chapters throughout the United States and abroad. The mission of the AGO is to foster a thriving community of musicians who share their knowledge and inspire passion for the organ. Founded in 1896 as both an educational and service organization, the Guild seeks to set and maintain high musical standards and to promote under-standing and appreciation of all aspects of organ and choral music.

I want to say a big "thank-you" to Scott for allowing me to take time away from the office, and to our choir for re-arranging their schedules to accommodate the convention schedule. I am so grateful for this wonderful opportunity!

News from Star of Hope

Nathaniel has four children and they are the joy of his life. Because of ongoing health issues and a family break-up he and his children were evicted from their apartment. Thanks to the support of the Jump Start program at Star of Hope, Nathaniel and his children now have beds, dishes, furniture, and clothes in their new home. Here's what Nathaniel had to say: "These are nice people here. They really helped me out. They feel like part of your family. I've never been a person to ask for help. I try to do it myself. But everybody needs help sometimes ...".
You can read about the work and mission of Star of Hope and more of Nathaniel's story in the latest issue of The Light.

Don't Miss This! 

1.  Astros VS Oakland A's 
     Sunday, July 10 @ 1:10 p.m.
2.  CCSC Back to School volunteer opportunities
     July 30; August 5 & 6   More information? Click HERE!
3.  Volunteer at Star of Hope and help with lunch service
     Sunday, July 17  (Sign up sheet in the Narthex)

A Closing Prayer

God, you are wrapped in mystery, shrouded with light, unseen, but ever with us.  Yet, you care for us -
keeping us safe, protecting us, and answering us when we call.  It is easy to cling to our bank accounts, and place our trust in our possessions, but they are not what really matters.  You are the true riches in our lives. Open our hearts to one another and to the needs of the world, that we may share your abundance, and find true life in your love.  Our hope is in you, source of goodness and life. Amen. 
                                                                         by Mary Petrina Boyd, from The Abingdon Worship Annual

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