Preparing for Holy Week

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

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Rescheduling the Bishop's Visit for Easter

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.

~ Fr. Abshire

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The Bishop is Coming, the Bishop is Coming!

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.   

~ Fr. Abshire

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School Shooting and New Politics

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.

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Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday

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...

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