God blessed Abram so that he would be a blessing to all nations. (Genesis 12:1-3).
Paul went so far as to say, “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.” (Romans 12:14)
Imagine what the world would be like if we truly lived out this calling …
Blessed to be a Blessing!
In the weeks ahead we will be reminded of the gift of blessing.
August 30 – Blessing Vicar Stephanie Luedtke
Stephanie joined the St. Luke’s Staff as our Director of Faith Formation. Through the years her responsibilities have changed, often meeting the needs of the congregation. This year is another change as she transitions from Deacon to Vicar. Vicar is a title for a candidate doing an internship for ordained pastoral ministry. While serving as Deacon here at St. Luke’s Stephanie felt a calling and returned to seminary. In completing her internship she will be ready to be called Pastor Stephanie Luedtke.
September 6 – Blessing of the Animals
Many of us have been blessed by our pets. Have your pet join you online or at Drive In Worship.
September 13 – Being a Blessing as we celebrate God’s Work our hands
There will be a variety of opportunities during and after worship. For some believe the best way to celebrate is cleaning up our grounds. Bring a rake, lawn bags, and work gloves. More info coming.
September 20 – Blessings handed down generation to generation
Table graces, bedtime prayers, gratitude journals, and daily devotions are just a few ways to share God’s blessings.
September 27 – Help bless the St. Luke’s Students preparing to affirm their baptism
The Service of the Cross is another step in faith to follow Jesus (Matthew 16:24)
So at the end of worship when you receive the Benediction…
The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord’s face shine on you with grace and mercy.
The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.
…your mission begins for the week using your words and acts of service to share the blessings of God through Christ. Amen.
Pastor Rob Norris-Weber