The Messenger Grace-St. Luke’s
Episcopal Church Volume 61, No. 1
What’s Inside Rector’s Forum • Spring Sports Women’s Retreat • School News Outreach Ministry • 39ers Third Thursday • EYC First Friday Fellowship Pastoral Care Corner
Sunday Service Times
8 am Holy Eucharist 8:45 am Breakfast 9:30 am Christian Education (Sept.–May) 10:30 am Holy Eucharist 5:30 pm Holy Eucharist Nursery available for all services except the 5:30 pm service.
8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday–Friday
The Rev. Richard Lawson, Rector The Rev. Gayle McCarty, Associate Rector Fr. Joseph Wallace-Williams, Associate Rector Christi Authement, Activities & Athletics Dir. Beulah Boone, Sexton Beth Claybrook, Financial Assistant Wesley Emerson, Organist/Choirmaster Sharon Campbell, Nursery Director Connie Johns, Membership & Newcomers Eva Loftin, Assistant Nursery Director Lucy Owens, Communications Director Harriet Roberts, Christian Education Director Debbie Smith, Music Associate Linda Stine, Finance & Administration Mary Margaret Winn, Youth Minister
Grant Adams, Antoinette Cheney, Juan Fuentes, Edith Heller, Sidney Hickey, Allison King, Hal Medling, Donna Sanders, Cynthia Saatkamp, King Self, Josh Shipley, Bruce Williams, Betsy Wilson, Ken Woodmansee and Hal Wright.
Vestry and Executive Committee
The vestry meets the third Tuesday of each month in Trezevant Hall. The Executive Committee meets the Friday before vestry at 7:45 a.m. in the Peete Conference Room. These meetings are open to the parish. Vestry members are also available to convey matters of importance from parishioners to the vestry. Watch your eNews and eMessenger for the links to the vestry minutes. To be added to the eNews/eMessenger distribution lists, contact Lucy Owens, firstname.lastname@example.org. Vestry email: email@example.com
The deadline for the February issue of The Messenger is 9 am, January 15! Contact Lucy at 2727425 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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Inside This Issue 20-30@GSL.................................................... 4 39ers............................................................. 4 Altar Flowers................................................ 11 Athletics......................................................... 6 Bygone Days................................................ 11 Calendar Highlights........................................ 12 Christian Education..................................... 9-10 EYC News....................................................... 6 Fifth Sunday................................................. 12 First Friday Fellowship...................................... 4 Food Pantry Sunday......................................... 5 From the Rector.............................................. 3 Looking Towards Sunday................................ 11 Member News............................................... 11 Memorials/Honoraria...................................... 11 Needlework Guild............................................ 5 Outreach Ministries.......................................... 7 Pastoral Care Corner........................................ 6 Rector’s Forum................................................ 3 School News................................................... 8 Third Thursday................................................ 4 Women’s Retreat............................................. 5 On the cover: Photo from La Posada. View other pictures from this annual GSL tradition by visiting http://www.flickr. com/photos/gracestlukes. Special thanks goes to the event photographer, Susan Clement.
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Support Groups at GSL Meeting from 12:20–12:40 AA meetings: Tuesdays, 6:30 pm Narcotics Anonymous: Sundays, 8 pm Al Anon: Thursdays, 10:30 am Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous: Mondays & Thursdays, 8 pm
From the Rector: Rector’s Forum in Spring of 2014 I love the Rector’s Forum at GSL for so many reasons. We have had some wonderful speakers and intriguing topics in recent years, but I am more excited about our spring program than any we have had. From theological reflections on race to Rabbi Greenstein’s return, this series promises to be engaging. Please bring a friend or neighbor to any one of these forums. I believe each forum offers an opportunity for us to invite someone who may be looking for a Christian community such as ours, an Episcopal Church that engages our minds and our hearts. -Richard Lawson
RECTOR’S FORUM: Spring 2014 with the Reverend Richard Lawson
This photo is a portion of the Evening and Morning Angels in the Tiffany Windows in Trezevant Hall at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Jan. 5
“The Unheard: Reflections on Race & the Church” with Fr. Joseph
Jan. 12 “Yet With a Steady Beat” with the Rev. Dr. Harold T. Lewis. The Rev. Dr. Harold T. Lewis was rector of Calvary Church, Pittsburgh, for 16 years and was named rector emeritus upon his retirement. He holds a Ph.D. in theology from the University of Birmingham (England) and is the author of Christian Social Witness. Jan. 19 “Black Liberation Theology: Three Generations of Wonderment and Awe” with Br. Reginald Martin Crenshaw, OHC. Br. Reginald, a member of the Order of the Holy Cross, has a Doctorate from Columbia University in Religion and Education. His areas of expertise: American and African American Religious History and Theologies of Liberation. Jan. 26 “Rest” with Lauren Winner. Lauren Winner is the Assistant Professor of Christian Spirituality at Duke Divinity School. She is the author of many books, including Mudhouse Sabbath and Girl Meets God. Feb. 2 “Food” with Fred Bahnson. Fred Bahnson is director of the Food, Faith, & Religious Leadership Initiative at Wake Forest University School of Divinity. He is the author of Soil & Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith. Feb. 9 “Money” with the Reverend Corky Carlisle. Corky Carlisle is an Episcopal priest currently serving as the Interim Rector of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Auburn, Alabama. Corky travels the country talking about stewardship. Although he is not a published author, he is a storyteller who engages people at the level of the mind and heart. Feb. 16 “Home” with the Reverend Katherine Bush. Katherine Bush is the chaplain at St. Mary’s School in Memphis. She is also published in the critically acclaimed commentary Feasting on the Word.
Feb. 23 “Work” with the Reverend Sam Portaro. Sam Portaro is an Episcopal priest, having served many years as the Episcopal chaplain to the University of Chicago. He has published many books, including Brightest and Best: A Companion to Lesser Feasts and Fasts and Transforming Vocation. Mar. 2 “‘Giving Up or Taking On?’ Some Ideas for Lent” with the Reverend Richard Lawson Mar. 9 Spring Break/No Class Mar. 16 “Holiness: A Way of Hospitality not Hostility” with Dr. Peter Gathje. Dr. Gathje is the Associate Dean at Memphis Theological Seminary. A recurring theme in the Bible is the call to “Be holy as God is holy.” What does this mean? How do we become holy in a way that is welcoming and hospitable rather than self-righteous and hostile? Each Sunday we will explore a different dimension of holiness. Mar. 23 “Holiness: A Way of Hospitality not Hostility” with Dr. Peter Gathje Mar. 30 “Holiness: A Way of Hospitality not Hostility” with Dr. Peter Gathje Apr. 6 “Holiness: A Way of Hospitality not Hostility” with Dr. Peter Gathje Apr. 13 “An Introduction to Holy Week” with Father Joseph Apr. 20 Easter Sunday/NO CLASS Apr. 27 “The Voice of War, The Voice of Peace” with Rabbi Micah Greenstein. Micah Greenstein is the Senior Rabbi at Temple Israel in Memphis. May 4 “The Prophetic and Poetic Voice of God” with Rabbi Micah Greenstein May 11 “The Voice Between the Lines: Midrash” with Rabbi Micah Greenstein The Messenger | January 2014 | 3
First Friday Fellowship goes to Wise Acre Brewing (2783 Broad) On Jan. 3 at 6:30 pm, FFF will meet at Wise Acre Brewing for “food truck fare” and drinks. RSVP for the event and get all the details on the FFF Facebook page at facebook.com/ GSLFirstFridayFellowship. You can also email Kim Norris (email@example.com) for more information. FFF is a place where parishioners and friends can connect for fun and fellowship, mix and mingle, and enjoy lively conversation. (If you receive this notice before Dec. 27, there is still time to make arrangements for childcare with Sharon Campbell, sharon@ gracestlukes.org.)
39ers Meeting January 10 The 39ers welcome the New Year of 2014 with a kickoff for a refreshing New Year full of great expectations. We will meet as usual at 11:30 am for wine and cheese and great conversation of our Christmas blessings and wonderful memories made. A light lunch will be served at noon for only $6.00. The program, following lunch, will be our own Dan Conaway. He will give a talk on the stained glass windows that are in Trezevant, followed by a preview discussion of his book, I’m a Memphian. This is a not to miss program. All are welcome. Reservation to Lucy by noon on Wednesday, Jan. 8, to lucy@ gracestlukes.org or 272 -7425. Happy New Year!
Connecting for Fellowship, Food, Fun, and God!
All 20-30@GSL activities resume in Feburary: the 1st Sunday of the month lunch, the Bible Study and “this round’s on Me.” Contact Fr. Joseph Wallace-Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more info. 4 | www.gracestlukes.org
Claudia Haltom is January Third Thursday Program
Claudia Haltom served for 17 years as a Memphis juvenile court judge handling a host of juvenile matters, as well as paternity cases, child support, and custody cases. In this role, she witnessed the distressing abuse, neglect, abandonment, and delinquency experienced by far too many of Memphis’ children. Today, however, Claudia is doing something about what she perceives to be a leading cause of those problems: unplanned pregnancy. She and others at A STEP AHEAD Foundation are encouraging young women to plan out their lives and pregnancies through education and access to reversible long-term contraception. So mark your calendars and make your reservations to join us on Thursday evening, Jan. 16, to hear about A STEP AHEAD’s potential for positive change to the educational, economic, and health outcomes for women and children in Memphis. Third Thursday dinners are designed to include empty nesters and anyone else who wants to spend a fun evening with others. If you haven’t been to a Third Thursday event before, now is a good time to join us and to expand your GSL friendships. Come socialize over drinks and appetizers beginning at 6:30 pm in Trezevant Hall. Dinner is at 7:00, and the speaker follows. You’ll be home by 8:30 having had a wonderful time for a most reasonable fee. Made your dinner reservations no later than Tuesday, Jan. 14, by calling Lucy Owens at the church office (272-7425) or by email at email@example.com. In keeping with church policy, your reservation is your agreement to pay. You can pay in advance online at www.gracestlukes.org/ events/third-thursday.
GSL Women’s Retreat 2014 “Of All That Is, Seen and Unseen …” These words from the Nicene Creed remind us to pay attention not only to all that our eyes see, but also to all those bits and pieces of our daily lives which, because of busyness, clutter, distraction, anxieties, worries, and fears, we no longer see. We will gather together in an intentional contemplative container of space and time to practice seeing all that is—seen and unseen—for it may very well be that God is resting quietly there, in these “unseen” corners of our daily lives, hidden in plain view. The retreat will be led by Ellen Gabardi. Ellen has completed a 2-year training from Shalem, a contemplative spiritual formation institute in Washington DC, in leading groups and retreats. She has also completed an additional 2-year training in spiritual direction from The Center for Ministry at Millsaps College. February 28 - March 2, 2014 St. Columba Retreat Center Join us as we renew … refresh … and relax … with old and new friends in a beautiful setting !
. Register in Trezevant Hall on February 2 or 9, or go to the GSL website (www.gracestlukes.org/events/womens-retreat/) and print out your registration form (available soon). Single or double occupancy available. Please call Michelle Charbonnet at 831-6170 with your questions.
Food Pantry Collection The last Sunday of the month (Jan. 26) is Food Pantry Sunday! The youth of GSL sponsor a food basket to collect items for the GSL Food Pantry. Donation baskets will be available at the rear entrance of the church and west vestibule entrance by the sacristy. Needlework Guild Do you enjoy needlework or would you like to learn? Is your passion knitting, crossstitch, embroidery, crewel embroidery, needlepoint, quilting, smocking or tatting? If it is, grab your sewing things, or pick out a project and make plans to join other ladies (and ladies in training) on Saturday, Jan. 4, from 4–8 pm. Please bring a sack supper. You need to be 10 or older and want to spend some time visiting and stitching. There will be plenty of opportunity to share what you have made and admire what others have created. We will share skills and enjoy being together in Trezevant Hall. If you need help selecting a project, with knowing what to bring, or if you would like to reserve a table for your larger project, please contact Harriet Roberts, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Kim White, email@example.com. Beginners are welcome!
NEWS OF BYGONE DAYS 50 years ago (1963): The Parish Dinner was a complete sell-out (275 were served dinner, and about 25 requests for reservations had to be declined), and more than 300 parishioners attended the Parish Meeting itself on Tuesday evening... The Vestry has adopted unanimously the 1964 budget of the Church in the sum of $112,730.90, the largest in history. 25 years ago (1988): A suggested New Year’s resolution- “I WILL CALL THE CHURCH OFFICE AND MAKE MY MEAL RESERVATION.” This simple act would help us greatly in the planning of meals! Thank you for your help.
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EYC News and Events
Pastoral Care Corner
GSL EYC has many exciting events during the month of January. Remember to get all forms turned in on time and that friends are always welcome!!
As we begin a new calendar year, we yearn for a fresh start. To that end, I offer this short but far from simple prayer for us all.
Feast of Lights It is once again time for the annual Feast of Lights! To celebrate Epiphany, the youth of the Diocese of West Tennessee are invited to St. Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday, Jan. 5, at 4 pm. There will be a youth event, an Epiphany service, and the burning of the greens (if you like fire and the smell of Christmas, you will love this part!). All those in grades 6-12 are invited to one of the most popular DYC events of the year!
As the new year dawns upon us We seek your forgiveness for the sins of the past. May our one resolution for this coming year Be to walk with you from the first day to the last. Fill each day with a new awareness of your presence And make us a blessing to those around us. Joyce Blakney Duerr, from Graces. Prayers and Poems for Everyday Meals and Special Occasions -the Reverend Gayle McCarty
Grizzlies Game GSL ❤s the Grizzlies! All youth in grades 6-12 are invited to a Memphis Grizzlies game on Sunday, Jan. 12. We will have a short gathering at the church beforehand at 3:45 pm, then carpool to the game at 4:15. If you would like to attend the game, please turn in a permission form (online or in church office) and payment by Sunday, January 5. Go Grizz!
Youth Ski Trip It’s getting close! From Jan. 17–19, the Diocese of West Tennessee is taking a ski trip to Hidden Valley, MO. All youth in grades 6-12 are invited to ski or snowboard with friends old and new over the long weekend. Forms and payment are due to Mary Margaret no later than Sunday, Jan. 5. All necessary information and forms can be found on the youth page of the GSL website. (www.gracestlukes.org/youth-group)
Newsweek On Sunday, Jan. 26, EYC will take a look at important current events and news stories (both good and bad). We will explore how these stories affect us and where we can find God in them. We will meet at our regular times, with dinner for all at 6 pm. This is also the final Sunday of the month, so don’t forget to bring a friend and Can Up! If you have questions, contact Mary Margaret (marymargaret@ gracestlukes.org) or stop by her office in the church. 6 | www.gracestlukes.org
Church Athletics Spring Soccer GSL Church sponsors spring soccer for JK–4th grades. It is a 6 game “mini-season” with games starting April 1–May 18. The mini-season is designed to enable the players to continue to develop skills they learned in the fall. We strive to keep the teams together from the fall and do not have assessments. By design there is a Parent Liaison who heads-up this program. The Parent Liaison will be announced as soon as possible. If you are interested in coaching or helping with spring soccer, please email Christi at Christi@gracestlukes.org. Spring soccer registration is January 1–31 and can be accessed through the GSL Church website at www.gracestlukes.org/ youth-sports/spring-soccer/, beginning Jan 1. Please refer to the website listed above for ALL information regarding spring soccer. Registration does fill up quickly, so please register sooner than later! Sincerely, Christi
Angels Among Us
Guided Hands and Hearts—GSL Crossmen Deliver Thanksgiving Baskets By Ed Hord Recently the Crossmen of Grace-St. Luke’s joined together to participate in two activities that helped bring the holiday to those who otherwise may have had very little or none. Thanks to Lance Martin, a fellow Crossmen, and the relationship he has built with Feed the Needy of Memphis, GSL received 25 Thanksgiving baskets to deliver. Each basket consisted of two large boxes of food items needed to create a holiday meal with plenty for leftovers. Additionally, GSL was provided with an abundant supply of holiday food items for the GSL Food Pantry. On Monday, November 25, the Crossmen traveled together to the Memphis Business Depot and picked up food pantry items consisting of onions, potatoes, sugar, flour, various canned vegetables, cakes mixes, and many other pantry staples. The food pantry staff was overwhelmed and worked hard to find space for everything. All were excited that these items would add to their ability to provide to those in need. On Tuesday, November 26, the Crossmen again traveled to the Memphis Business Depot and picked up the Thanksgiving baskets which were taken to the Caritas Village in the Binghampton neighborhood. From here, the men divided into teams and delivered the baskets to various families. Three GSL parishioner families were also recipients of Thanksgiving baskets. The experience as a whole made all mindful of ways we can contribute to the betterment of the community. Jim Moore commented that “it is very rewarding to give a little of my time to help another family enjoy Thanksgiving”. Greer Simonton, while noting the “disparity in our city,” was also “struck by the graciousness and thankfulness of those I met.” One young man even called him back to shake his hand. Once all of the deliveries were made, the Crossmen met back at the Caritas Village where director, Onie Johns, spoke about the mission of the community center in this inner-city neighborhood.
The Angel Tree benefiting the children of the Peacemakers Youth Ministry at Caritas Village was a huge success! Thank you for your generosity as volunteers and donors of gifts, books, and snacks. The children experienced a truly special party, complete with a visit from Santa Claus! Blessings to you all, Julia on behalf of Katie, Julia, Debbie & Gayle+, the Angel Tree Committee
Current Grant Cycle Recipients Church Health Center • MIFA • Samaritan Counseling Centers of the Mid-South, Inc. • West Tennessee Haiti Partnership • Alzheimer’s Day Services of Memphis • Caritas Community, Inc. • The Exchange Club Family Center • Girls, Inc. • Outreach Housing & Community • Voices of the South • Prison Stories
The name Caritas means “love for all people” which fits well with one of our faith’s central tenants of loving your neighbor as yourself and to respect the dignity of all people. While both days were cold and rainy, the spirit of Christ was definitely among us as we felt our hands and hearts being guided to do mighty works within our community. Afterwards, several stayed for lunch at the Caritas Café, and Arthur Nave felt that the day was a “wonderful opportunity” and that “the Bingburger was good too!” The Crossmen look forward to participating again next year and to finding other ways that we can make a difference in Memphis.
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School News By Thor Kvande
Happy New Year! GSL is back in session starting January 6 and we will be off to a busy start. Our first week back kicks off with Basketball Homecoming on Friday, Jan. 10. We will have FIVE games going on in the Anchor and Saints Gyms, plus the presentation of all of our 8th graders and their families. This is a special annual tradition for the graduating class and it will be an exciting night at GSL! We also have admissions testing going on every weekend, so please tell your friends with little ones to email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a tour and assessment. I want to extend a big thank-you to the clergy and staff of GSL for putting together a beautiful Christmas Chapel Lessons and Carols service for all of our students in December. We always look forward to that special service; it’s a great way to end the calendar year and send everyone off for the holidays.
Students from GSL’s Grace After Hours after-care program helped decorate the office Christmas tree.
There are several January events to which all parishioners are invited; see details below. I hope you will join us! Lisa Lassandrello 5K Remembrance Race Saturday, Jan. 25 at 9:00 am at St. Agnes Academy Benefiting GSL School, St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School, and Wings Cancer Foundation. This event is held in memory of long-time GSL administrative assistant Lisa Lassandrello, who worked at GSL for 19 years until her death in 2004 after a brave, year-long battle with cancer. Register today at www.racesonline.com if you’d like to join us and help celebrate her legacy at GSL. This is a fun family event. Run or walk, all are welcome! Book Swap January 28-30, McClure Hall Great deals on gently used books, videos and DVDs. Stop by during school hours and shop the Swap!
Junior kindergartners held a bake sale to raise funds to donate to an Exchange Club family in need at Christmas.
Italian Dinner Hosted by the Eighth Grade Thursday, Jan. 30, 5:30–7:30 pm in Trezevant Hall This delicious dinner is an annual GSL tradition; proceeds help defray the cost of the eighth grade students’ year-end class trip. So please come by and enjoy the fun with your school family and friends. Takeout also available. Tickets on sale this month; call 278-0200 for info.
Fourth grader Mary Claire displays an enrichment sewing club project. Club members made more than 50 “On-the-Go Rollups” filled with toiletry items and donated them to GSL church for their various outreach ministries. Each rollup was tagged with the message, “Somebody loves you.” 8 | www.gracestlukes.org
In December, GSL was featured in ABC 24’s Cool School of the Week segment. Third grader Kylie nominated GSL for this great honor! Fifth graders Sophie and Colin were among students interviewed by anchor Rodney Dunigan.
The Lord’s Prayer by Harriet Roberts
Sunday Mornings, 9:30–10:15 am Adults on Sunday Mornings Rector’s Forum (Schedule on p. 3)
Facilitator: The Reverend Richard Lawson Location: Trezevant; All ages are welcome to attend Throughout the year, we will have various guests who help us to think and experience what God’s voice sounds like. To make a long story short: God speaks in different kinds of language in the Bible—from questions to demands to stories. Additionally, we will consider ways that we hear God’s voice in more surprising places, such as literature, movies, and even ordinary conversations with friends and strangers. Class presenters listed at www.gracestlukes.org/sunday-classes/.
Children and Youth Nursery
Birth–18 Months; Location: Church Nursery; Children may be picked up in the Nursery prior to Communion, or at the conclusion of the service. If you have any questions about our Nursery, please feel free to contact Sharon Campbell, our director of Nursery (email@example.com).
Little Lambs Pre-Atrium
19 Months to Young Threes; Location: Church Nursery
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd–Atrium I Pre-K, JK and SK; Location: Atrium I (green)
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd–Atrium II
First, Second, and Third Grade; Location: Atrium II (purple) The children remain in their Atria and continue their work until being picked up by parents for Eucharist.
‘Holy Men, Holy Women’
Fourth and Fifth Grade; Location: Room 212 Children will join their parents in Trezevant Hall at the conclusion of the Sunday school hour.
Journey to Adulthood Rite 13
6th–8th Grade; Location: Youth Space, Yellow Room
9th–12th Grade; Location: Youth Space, Red Room
Other Sunday Morning Offerings Children’s Activity Table (during adult coffee hour) Location: Room 212 or the Lobby of McClure Hall During coffee hour following the 10:30 am service
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen. BCP page 54 This past summer, because he runs cross country, our son— Matthew—needed to have an EKG as part of his required and routine sports physical at Christian Brothers High School. I scheduled one, Matthew had it, and we went home. I heard nothing. I called two weeks later on a Monday afternoon to get a copy of the tracing for the school. Our pediatrician had not hear anything and said that he would have to track down the tracing and the report. Tuesday morning—bright and early—I got a phone call on my cellphone asking me to bring Matthew in the next morning to see a pediatric cardiologist and have an echocardiogram. Having been a medical practice manager, that they wanted to see Matthew that fast made my own heart begin to beat in a not so healthy way. “What is wrong?” I asked as I simultaneously sat down in a chair no longer trusting my legs to function. “Well, the Doctor will talk to you about that tomorrow” said the appointment secretary. Um. No. I felt like I needed more information instantly. A lot more information, and even getting it tomorrow was simply not going to cut it. continued on p. 10 The Messenger | January 2014 | 9
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To make a long story short, I drove (quickly) over to Baptist East (with Linda Stine riding shotgun for support), collected the tracing, scanned it, faxed it to my best bud, Michael, who is a (very smart) physician in Boston, and I did the only thing I knew to do: I began to pray. Because I had the tracing, I read that the primary diagnosis was ‘bradycardia’ which is a slow heartbeat. This is totally to be expected and is normal for a runner. The secondary diagnosis was ‘right ventricular hypertrophy’ which is a problem. That finding was the one I knew they were concerned about, and which was the reason for all the fuss. I prayed. I called and talked to more friends who are doctors. I prayed some more. That evening, Matthew asked why he needed to have the test. “To make sure that everything in your body works the way it should” I said. In that moment, I was grateful for the years I spent riding spirited horses—some of whom had very bad manners. I had learned not to let them know I was terrified because it gave them a power that I neither wanted nor needed them to have. Because of the various conversations I had had that day, I did truly feel like things were going to be fine. And, Matthew had exhibited not one single cardiac symptom. But, then, I would begin to doubt, and my mind would race to terrible places. There was no point for Matthew to experience any of that reality. The next morning we went to the pediatric cardiologist and the technician did the test. I sat quietly in the corner on a stool and I prayed.
the Lord’s Prayer. But, in a moment or two, I found them again. With the test done, we retreated to the exam room and we waited for the physician. I prayed some more. “You heart is perfectly healthy” the cardiologist announced as he opened the door and came into the room. My prayer had been answered. I exhaled—it seemed—for the first time in 24 hours. Apparently, sometimes in runners the heart can actually rotate and the rotation of the heart, combined with the leanness of my boy, could have made the EKG leads measure not exactly what was expected or desired. It was thought that could have been the cause of the wonky secondary diagnosis. Moments later—as we waited to be checked out—I overheard a conversation between a nurse and a patient and the patient’s mother. They were also there that day for an appointment. It was clear to me that they were dealing with a lot and it seemed that their prayers had been overlooked. What about the prayers that had been said for that child? In that moment I was grateful, but I was distressed too. Clearly, not all of our earnest prayers have fabulous outcomes: I have a friend whose child is thankfully recovering from a bizarre pneumonia; but I also have a friend whose child’s recovery from a horrible car accident has been very, very slow and seemingly full of setbacks. I pray for both of them. I pray for both of them to know grace and peace. And, I pray for them to heal.
As we waited, I prayed the Lord’s Prayer over, and over again.
Obviously, sometimes one outcome will be better than another.
Sometimes, as I sat there, my fear completely overwhelmed me. My mind would be yanked away from the Lord’s Prayer and every unlikely worst case outcome would materialize in my thoughts. For a moment, I would not be able to find the words to the Lord’s Prayer, though I do know them by heart. At times, I was so fearful during the 30 minutes that the sweet (but poker-faced) technician used her wand on my baby boy’s neck and chest that I actually felt paralyzed. Sometimes I even lost the words to
There are times when prayer is all I have to offer. And, wrapping a specific family or person who aches in loving prayer is huge.
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I have learned that prayer is not about the outcome. Prayer, for me anyway, is about the process and about an intimacy with God. What does prayer mean to you? I wonder about these things.
Altar Gifts are offered in Loving Memory of January 5 Florence Boyce Battle, Walter Preston Battle, and James McGowin Rowland January 12 Robert Couch, Jr., Cecil R. Whitlock, Mary Ruth Whitlock, John Wesley Long, Florence Rose Long, Delbert Spurlock, Meacy Spurlock, James W. Whitlock, and Dorothy L. Whitlock January 19 Pat Reid, Bill Reid, Tannen Reid, Deborah Conn, Arliss Hederick Tuttle, James Charles Rowland January 26 John Ethridge McCall, Edith Washington Bailey, Ernest Eugene Bailey, Mary Chunn Wilkinson, Charles Locke Wilkinson, Edith Bailey Wilkinson, William Neilson Wilkinson, Ernest Bailey Wilkinson, Chunn Wilkinson Babendreer, James Sprague Washington, Ella Washington Schaefer, William Neilson Wilkinson, Jr., James Charles Rowland, and John Ethridge McCall
Memorials & Honoraria Given in Memory of John Peyton from Stephen & Chalmers Valentine Millicent Peyton from Stephen & Chalmers Valentin Peggy Rolfes from Nancy & Martin Edwards Katherine McCormick from Mattie Edwards Dorothy Lee Miller-Watt from Denise Taylor, Parrish & Lorraine Taylor, & Burson Taylor Snyder Ida Lynn Means from Mackie & Jane Gober Jimmy Woo from Mary Virginia Rogers George Partin from Mary Virginia Rogers Stewart Jones from Mary Virginia Rogers Mary & Ira Hall Cummings from Mary Anne Koeppel Fred Acuff from Walter D. Wills III, Nancy & Rodgers Menzies, Mary J. Miller, Mr. & Mrs. Sam Rembert III, Mr. & Mrs. Walker E. Morris, Jr., Stevenson T. Waler, Mrs. Wilson Carruthers, Karl V. Erdman, Dr. & Mrs. G. R. Turner, Margaret & Bill Craddock, Sandy Frazier, Madelline Jehl, Jane M. Genette Twist, Parrish & Lorraine Taylor, Burson Taylor Snyder, Karen Harper, Mackie & Jane Gober, Ivy Koster, and Barney Rolfes Given in Honor of Bishop Henry Parsley from Edward & Ruthie Taylor Susan & Tom Stephenson from Jimpsie & Warren Ayres Mitch & Kelly Jo Graves from Wynn & Gwin Scott George & Alice Burrruss, Preston & Betsy Wilson, Ed & Patty Wiley, Tom & Beth Claybrook, and Merilyn Mangum from Bob & Corinne Adrian Richard & Katherine Lawson, Bob & Corinne Adrian, Preston & Betsy Wilson, Sonny & Nancy Golden from George & Alice Burruss Ginger Acuff, Elizabeth & Mary Grace Brewer, Caroline Gardiner, Sandra Ireland, Carolyn Wills & Janet Tate from Karen Harper Preston Willson & George Burruss from Mackie & Jane Gober
Looking Towards Sunday ~ January Revised Common Lectionary Track 1 Year A
Second Sunday after Christmas: January 5 Jeremiah 31:7-14 • Psalm 84:1-8 Ephesians 1:3-6,15-19a • Matthew 2:13-15,19-23 First Sunday after the Epiphany: January 12 Isaiah 42:1-9 • Psalm 29 Acts 10:34-43 • Matthew 3:13-17 Second Sunday after the Epiphany: January 19 Isaiah 49:1-7 • Psalm 40:1-12 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 • John 1:29-42 Third Sunday after the Epiphany: January 26 Isaiah 9:1-4 • Psalm 27:1, 5-13 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 • Matthew 4:12-23 gracestlukes.org/spirituality-and-worship/preparing-for-sunday/
Go to the link above to access Sunday lectionary readings online at your convenience, and then reflect and pray over them at any time. Also offered is an overview, scripture backgrounds, a reflection and prayer starter to enhance your worship experience.
Membership News Transfers Out Price Smith to Church of the Good Shepherd, Austin, Texas Deaths Fred Acuff, died 12-6-13, burial 12-11-13 David Sanford, died 12-9-13
Holy Baptism Scheduled Baptism is the entry point for The Episcopal Church for adults, children and infants. If you have not been baptized or would like to schedule a baptism, we are happy to make arrangements for you. The next date for baptism will be Jan. 12. For more information and to schedule a baptism, contact Connie Johns, 272-7425, ext. 22, or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Messenger | January 2014 | 11
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The Messenger of Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (USPS 778-900)-published monthly by Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1720 Peabody Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee 38104. Periodicals postage paid at Memphis, TN. POSTMASTER: send address changes to Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1720 Peabody Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104, (901) 272-7425, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Lucy Owens, Editor.
5th Sunday is December 29th!
Please join the Fellowship Committee for College Bowl Countdown on Sunday, Dec. 29, immediately following the 10:30 am service in Trezevant Hall. The menu will include dishes that we are sure will become fan favorites. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children for lunch. There will be supervised activities for the children.
January calendar: www.gracestlukes.org/uploads/files/january2013calendar.pdf Yearly Calendar: Go to www.gracestlukes.org/events/ and look for the Master Calendar icon on the left.
January 3 First Friday Fellowship January 3-4 Vestry Retreat January 4 Needlework Guild January 10 39ers January 12 Holy Baptism January 14 Finance Committee January 16 Third Thursday
January 17 Executive Committee January 17-19 EYC Ski Trip January 21 Vestry January 26 Rite 13 Liturgy Food Pantry Sunday Upcoming... February 28-March 2 Women’s Retreat