EDS E N D L OR W E H T RCH U 8.22.2021 H C E TH EEDS N D L R WO E H T H C R U H THE C EDS E N D L OR W E H T RCH U H C E TH EDS E N D L OR W E H T RCH U H C E S D TH E E N D THIS WEEKEND THE WORL ALTAR FLOWERS RCbyH U H C Altar flowers are given the Chancel Choir in celebration of worshipping E TH through music.
BAPTISM Samuel Christopher Medeiros – parents Jeannie and Chris Medeiros CONNECTIONS BOOKSTORE OPEN SUNDAYS • 9AM - NOON CONNECTION CENTERS OUTSIDE THE SANCTUARY & ROBERTSON CHAPEL Stop by the Connection Centers to get your questions answered, sign up for groups, serving opportunities, and events, and learn about ways to connect here. RESTLESS CHILD AREA GATHERING AREA (LEFT OF SANCTUARY) & CENTRAL PASSAGE Enjoy our live services in these spaces if your child needs a break during worship. DONUTS & COFFEE FELLOWSHIP HALL After service come meet new people while enjoying coffee and donuts. This week’s featured ministry: Boy Scout Troop 56 will be selling popcorn as a fundraiser.
Condolences to the family and friends of Vic Wallisa. Condolences to Terri (Brad) Fuson on the death of her brother, Tim Snedeker.
I LOVE MY CITY AUGUST 28• 10AM - 2PM Over 200 of you are already signed up for I Love My City on Saturday, August 28. However, we still have 200 volunteer spots left to fill! This year, we’re partnering with five local community projects including Dove House, SAWS, Fletcher Place, Million Meal Movement, Indianapolis Parks & Rec, Crooked Creek Food Pantry. Be sure to sign up and get your I Love My City t-shirts at stlukesumc.com/city. Then join us next Saturday at 9AM for our I LOVE MY CITY KICK-OFF! We’ll be led in worship by our band, enjoy breakfast treats from Chef Joseph, and sent out to serve with a message from our own Senior Pastor, Rob Fuquay. Then, we’ll be deployed around Indianapolis to LOVE our city!
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FUNERAL PLANNING CLASSES WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25 • 11AM IN THE TENT • 6PM ON ZOOM This class takes on a topic that many think about as they get older, but seldom know how to get started. This class helps you understand and plan your Christian service of death and resurrection. Join us in person or online this summer for the next class. Signup at stlukesumc.com/group-finder. MIDDLE SCHOOL FUZE WKND FRIDAY, AUGUST 27 – SUNDAY, AUGUST 29 We’re kicking off the school year with FUZE WKND, our annual in-town retreat where we fuse together 5th-12th grade for worship and teaching. This year’s theme is FUZE WKND: Welcome to Wonderland. No matter where you are when it comes to God, this event is for you. Through all kinds of activities and intentional relationship time, we will explore what it means to live a life of wonder and awe. Join us for this exciting weekend that you won’t forget! Signup at stlukesumc.com/students. EXPLORING MEMBERSHIP CLASS SUNDAY, AUGUST 29 • 12:15PM • THE LODGE Mark your calendars for our next Exploring Membership Class on Sunday, August 29 at 12:15PM in the Lodge. This class will help you learn more about who we are, our beliefs, our mission, the United Methodist Church, and the process for formally joining St. Luke’s. You’ll also get to hear the story of our church and discuss what it means to be a member of this local congregation through serving, growing in your faith journey, moving toward generosity, and more. Lunch will be provided. Please sign up at stlukesumc.com/events and note childcare needs on the registration. BOOK LAUNCH: THE PEACEMAKERS PATH: MULTIFAITH REFLECTIONS TO DEEPEN YOUR SPIRITUALITY SUNDAY, AUGUST 29 • 4-5:30PM • ROBERSTON CHAPEL MCome celebrate the book launching of The Peacemakers Path: Multifaith Reflections to Deepen Your Spirituality by Rev. Jerry Zehr. Learn how to use the wisdom of many faith traditions to deepen your own. Many leaders in the multifaith community (including Betty Brandt) have prayers included in the book. Jerry will talk about the book and answer questions followed by a reception and book signing. No registration is needed, just show up.
TAYO ROCKSON EVENT: THE IMPORTANCE OF AN EXPANDED WORLDVIEW SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 • 6:30-8PM • IN-PERSON: ROBERSTON CHAPEL | ONLINE: FACEBOOK & YOUTUBE Tayo Rockson is a cultural translator, storyteller, and activist. He empowers the next set of global leaders by helping people communicate across cultures with impact. His recent book, Use Your Difference to Make a Difference, contains indispensable knowledge and practical skills needed to transcend barriers, bridge cultures, and cultivate strong relationships with anyone, anywhere. You can learn more about him at tayorockson.com. Join us for this special discussion on why inclusion and diversity make us better! He’ll even follow up with a special Q & A after the event. Sign up at stlukesumc.com/events. STEPS GROUPS LAUNCHING SEPTEMBER 12 • IN-PERSON: & ONLINE Are you looking to connect with others at St. Luke’s and grow in your faith? One of the best ways to do that this fall is to join a Steps Group. Steps is a 6-week small group experience that will help you see your own faith story, understand how we live out our Christian faith at St. Luke’s, and find ways to grow in your faith in this church community. You discover answers to questions like: Who is Jesus? Why is my faith important? What is biblical justice? And more! There are groups for all ages and stages of life, and there are online and in-person options. Learn more and sign up at stlukesumc.com/group-finder.
DIVORCE CARE MONDAYS, SEPTEMBER 13 - DECEMBER 6 • E213 While divorce is always hard, many are facing additional obstacles due to the impact of the pandemic that makes this season of life even more difficult. St. Luke’s wants you to know that you are not alone. We will offer DivorceCare in person this fall with no registration fee. You can purchase a workbook through DivorceCare directly for $15 plus shipping (order by contacting DivorceCare at 800-489-7778). Signup at stlukesumc.com/group-finder. GRIEFSHARE WEDNESDAYS, SEPTEMBER 15 - DECEMBER 8 Do you dread lonely days and nights? Wonder what to do with your loved one’s belongings? Feel like your brain is in a fog? Unsure of how you’ll go on? Join us for GriefShare, a 13-week study that lets you find help and healing for the hurt of losing a loved one. Signup at stlukesumc.com/group-finder. MORE SUPPORT GROUPS Are you looking for support groups on topics like grief, cancer, depression, infancy loss, single parenting, and more? Visit stlukesumc.com/group-finder to sign up for and get details about a group that will walk alongside you and care for you in your greatest time of need. NEED PRAYER? Submit your prayer request at stlukesumc.com/prayer.
TRADITIONAL ORDER OF WORSHIP Preludes | Michael Conley, piano Welcome and Call to Worship | Rev. Rob Fuquay Leader: The God who calls us to worship here today invites us to be a church that the world needs. As our world becomes more and more hostile. All: Let us be a church that models civility.
Leader: Even as we acknowledge our own words and actions that have caused damage and led to hurt and exclusion. All: Let us be a church that models civility.
Leader: As we come together in worship, may we be filled with the love, hope, and peace that God longs for us to share with all. All: Let us be a church that models civility.
Opening Hymn | O Church of God, United #547 Baptism | Samuel C. Medeiros | Rev. Rob Fuquay and Rev. Eric Burton-Krieger Anthem | Let Your Light Shine – Craig Courtney | Chancel Choir; Dr. Jeff Rogers, director Prayer Time and the Lord’s Prayer | Rev. Eric Burton-Krieger 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 forever. Amen. Announcements Call for Offering Offertory Song | Praise the One Who Makes Us One – Tom Trenney | Chancel Choir Scripture Reading | Acts 5:34-42 | Ellen Hostetler Message | Rev. Rob Fuquay Prayer of Confession/Assurance of Pardon
ALL: Gracious God, whether we admit it or not, we have failed at times to model the civility we want to see in others. When confronted with differences, especially when those differences are passionately expressed, we have found it easier to unfriend rather seek relationship. When confronted with disturbing statements and attitudes we have sometimes remained silent instead of speaking up. Because of someone’s words or actions we have assumed the worst about them rather than seeking understanding. We at times cling to our rightness rather than yielding the possibility that we could be wrong. Forgive us, O God, by the blood of Him who endured the cross unjustly yet spoke words of forgiveness instead, and hear us as we silently confess other ways we have fallen short. Let us hear and believe the good news that in the name of Jesus Christ we are forgiven, and by His forgiveness we can go out to be the church and let our light shine. Amen.
LEADER: Hear the good news: Through God’s love, we are forgiven! As forgiven people, we are called to go out as the church and let our light shine to glorify God. Amen. Closing Hymn | Help Us Accept Each Other #560 | (sung to The Church’s One Foundation) Benediction | Rev. Rob Fuquay Postlude | Michael Conley, organ