Palm Sunday, which falls on March 25 this year, marks the beginning of Holy Week. At St. Luke's our Holy Week observance consists of three days: Holy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. These services intimately recollect Jesus' journey to the Cross of Christ. By participating in any or all of these services, we too make this journey with Jesus.
Easter and the resurrection of Jesus Christ can be fully appreciated by approaching it through Holy Week. I encourage you to plan your schedule in advance to ensure your participation in these special worship experiences. ~ Fr. Abshire Read More
Last week I announced that The Right Reverend Robert J. O'Neill would be visiting St. Luke's on Sunday, March 18. The heading was "The Bishop is Coming, the Bishop is Coming!"
Well, no sooner did that communiqué go out, than I received a call from the Bishop's office informing me that an unexpected scheduling conflict had arisen – an out-of-town funeral – and so the Bishop would not be able to visit on March 18.
News flash: "The Bishop is NOT coming ... until Easter."
We've rescheduled Bishop Rob's visit for Easter Day, April 1. He will be our celebrant and preacher at the 11:00 service (please note: on Easter there are only two services: 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.). This rescheduling may work out for the better, because the previous date coincided with Spring Break when many families are out of town. And, of course, we have full attendance on Easter.
Stay tuned for more details.
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The Right Reverend Robert J. O'Neill will visit St. Luke's on Sunday, March 18 at the 10:30 service. There will be a Pot Luck reception in the Parish Hall, immediately following the service.
Because his visit comes in the Season of Lent, there will be no confirmations.
As many of you know, Bishop Rob has announced his retirement. This will be his final visit to St. Luke's. And so, this will be our local opportunity to thank him for his faithful ministry and to learn more about the Diocese of Colorado search process for our next Bishop.
Regardless, of which service you normally attend, please plan to join us for the 11:30 reception.
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On Sunday we prayed for the community of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in the wake of yet another mass shooting. This is the deadliest school shooting since the Sandy Hook Elementary five years ago. Many of you will remember the compelling presentation Sandy Hook mother, Scarlett Lewis, gave at St. Luke's in the fall of 2015. I highly recommend Scarlett's book, Nurturing, Healing, Love: A Mother's Journey of Hope & Forgiveness. Also, see the good work her non-profit is doing at the website, Jessie Lewis Choose Love Movement. Read More
This Sunday we begin our journey through the Season of Lent. For five weeks we will have the opportunity to do something different -- to break out of the easy habits and comfort zones that keep us unaware of God's Presence and Purpose in our lives. Read More
This past weekend I joined fifteen hundred concerned citizens, activists and political leaders in New Orleans for a conference to explore ways to get untoward money out of politics and get people to transcend their divisions to work together for the common good.
So focused was I on the event, I complete forgot about Mardi Gras. Of course, Mardi Gras day is the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, but in New Orleans, parades, balls and revelry begin several weeks prior... Read More
Our 2018 Annual Meeting took place this past Sunday, after being delayed a week by a snow storm. We had a good turn out, spirits were high in the face of our financial challenges, and the chili dishes were fantastic! Read More
Due to the Winter Storm Warning this weekend and the icy conditions, we postponed the Annual Meeting to take place the following Sunday, January 28.
The schedule will remain the same: 9:00am one worship service, 10:00am meeting in the Parish Hall, 10:45am chili potluck lunch and mini ministry fair. Read More
NOTE: Postponed to 1/28 due to storm warning.
This Sunday, the faith community of St. Luke's will come together for our 2018 annual gathering.
There will be one Holy Communion service at 9:00am and then we will move into the Parish Hall for the annual meeting. Read More
St. Luke's is facing a dual challenge--not uncommon to many Episcopal Churches--of financially downsizing and spiritually prioritizing.
The silver lining that accompanies our challenge is that we have no choice but to discern and focus on our most important ministries, the ones which are key to realizing God's purpose for our church. Read More
Happy 2018! As we head into the Feast of Epiphany, there is a tradition of chalking the door of one's home on January 6th to show that "we are called to make room for God and God's blessing." Read More
"Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us."
This is the spirit of Christmas: venturing forth to discover what God has given for the benefit of all. Read More
Advent can be overshadowed by so many things—few of which deal with the birth of the holy child Jesus. Even something clearly focused on Christmas like a children’s pageant can add to seasonal stress. Read More
Several years ago a few pastors were lamenting how they’d come to the end of an Advent season exhausted and sensing they’d missed it again: the awe-inducing, soul-satisfying mystery of the incarnation.... Read More
It is with a mixture of joy and sadness that I let you know that I have accepted a call to serve as Missioner for Faith Formation in the Office of the Bishop for the Episcopal Church in Colorado. Read More
Advent is a sacred season of preparation for Christians, a time of expectant waiting in preparation for the celebration of the Feast of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. John the Baptist, a voice crying in the wilderness, called the people to return to God in faithfulness, to be ready to receive the gift of God in Jesus. Read More
I remembered Don saying many times that "Everything we have belongs to God; He just lets us keep some of it." Whatever happened to our bank account after that first check was written, we’d deal with, but the first check belonged to God through St. Luke’s. He believed how you dealt with giving was a good indicator of your relationship with The Giver. - Marcia Piermattei Read More
Jesus commanded us to "let the children come" and I am pleased to announce that the Vestry voted at its last meeting to renew its commitment to our preschool. The St. Luke’s Preschool is in its 51st year, and is thus one of the oldest preschools in Fort Collins. Read More
In the two Feasts of All Saints and All Souls, we remember those faithful people who have gone before us: saints from throughout history who have inspired us, and departed loved ones who have shaped our lives. Read More
I am pleased to announce that Monday evening, October 16, 2017, our Vestry voted to become officially a Believe Out Loud Church. We now join 34 other Episcopal churches across Colorado, and 11 other faith communities in Fort Collins, who intentionally welcome LGBT people. Read More