As we celebrate Labor Day, we celebrate the work of the members of the church who deliver God's love in real and incarnate ways.
This Sunday Jane Flowers will be our Labor Day preacher. Jane is currently a member of the Vestry. Jane has served as Sunday School coordinator, Sunday School teacher, Youth Group leader, Fish Group coordinator. Her greatest gifts to the church include her remarkable children Savannah, Grant, and Juliette.
Please bring a symbol of your labor to church this Sunday and present it for a blessing at the altar. Anything will do - a kitchen pot, knitting needles, uniform, work gloves, technical manual, annual report, retired Blackberry.
The Apostle James writes in one of the lessons this Sunday, "If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, 'Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,' and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead."
Paul tells us not to boast in anything except the cross of Christ. But I will boast in the people of St. Luke's who devote their lives to serving God and their neighbors through both compensated and volunteer work as caregivers, homemakers, parents, civil servants, military servants, teachers, physicians, social workers, engineers, architects, lawyers, politicians, business men and women.
Rarely a day goes by that I do not see or hear of St. Luke's members preparing food for the hungry, visiting the sick, or in countless other ways helping those in need, for example providing school supplies for kindergartners. Nearly every week I receive a letter of thanks from some organization that has benefited from the generosity of the people of St. Luke's. Recent examples include the Covington Boys Home, the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, Rising Hope Mission Church, New Hope Housing, Good Shepherd Housing, and United Community Ministries.
God bless you to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world, in the Name of the Holy Trinity.