Take that next step on your Journey!
We have a variety of spiritual growth opportunities at St. Luke’s, and we invite you to join us!
· Alternate Thursday evenings
· Leader: Frank Morgan
The Thursday Night Bible Study Group is currently studying the Psalms and using the book Answering God: the Psalms as Tools for Prayer by Eugene Peterson. Please contact Frank Morgan with any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org/703-360-0807). We hope you can join us on alternate Thursdays at 7:30 pm in St. Luke's Library to begin discussing the book. Please check the Calendar for dates.
· Twice a month meetings
· Leader: George Omohundro
· Format: Group discussions
Like millions of her millennial peers, Rachel Held Evans didn't want to go to church anymore. The hypocrisy, the politics -- church culture seemed so far removed from Jesus. Yet, despite her cynicism and misgivings, something kept drawing her back to Church. And so she set out on a journey to understand Church and to find her place in it. Centered around seven sacraments, Evans' quest takes readers through a liturgical year with stories about baptism, communion, confirmation, confession, marriage, vocation, and death that are funny, heartbreaking, and sharply honest. A memoir about making do and taking risks, about the messiness of community and the power of grace, Searching for Sunday is about overcoming cynicism to find hope and, somewhere in between, Church.
A few excerpts to whet your appetite, from the Confession section of the book:
“I’m a Christian because Christianity names and addresses sin. It acknowledges the reality that the evil we observe in the world is also present within ourselves. It tells the truth about the human condition – that we are not okay . . . We come [to church] with our materialism, our pride, our petty grievances against our neighbors, our hypocritical disdain for those judgmental people in the church next door. We come with our fear of death, our desperation to be loved, our troubled marriages, our persistent doubts, our preoccupation with status and image. We come with our addictions – to substances, to work, to affirmation, to control, to food. We come with our differences, be they political, theological, racial or socioeconomic. We come in search of sanctuary, a safe place to shed the masks and exhale. We come to air our dirty laundry before God and everybody because when we do it together we don’t have to be afraid. . . Imagine if every church became a place where everyone is safe, but no one is comfortable. Imagine if every church became a place where we told one another the truth. We might just create sanctuary.”
Join us as we read and discuss Searching for Sunday. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday January 22, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the St. Luke’s library (we decided not to have a December meeting.) The book is available in paperback through your favorite online bookseller, modestly priced, with used copies available. It’s a quick read, so we’ll discuss the whole book at the January meeting. Also, please bring nominations for the next book. Please email George Omohundro at email@example.com with any questions. We hope to have you with us.