St. Luke’s has reopened for Worship indoors
Reservations are required
Make your reservation now at StLuke654@aol.com or call the Church Office at (914) 632-2116
by Thursday at noon for the following Sunday
The worship service will continue to be recorded and posted here
Sunday, October 25, 2020 – Help feed the hungry in our community.
Drop off non-perishible food between 11AM – 1PM.
Safe, parking lot drop off. Leave items in your trunk or back seat
and they will be taken out by our volunteers.
Like grace, the point was to pass it on. But it fell into the deep recesses of my briefcase, eventually forgotten.
Then this January as we approached Lent, I was looking for a wristband for all of us to wear through the 40 days of Lent. I showed several possibilities in a catalogue to a random few for their opinion and each time they chose the wristband that says, ―Believe‖.
Only last week did I realize the connection, as if a seed had been planted and forgotten. But somehow it made its way back to us, just in time for Lent – ―believe‖!
Point taken still for the times in which we live – our belief in God’s mercy and presence can outweigh our fears.
Another time Jesus is called to heal a boy. The father says, ―If you are able, help us.‖ Jesus replied, ―If you are able! —All things can be done for the one who believes.‖ The father cries out, ―I believe; help my unbelief!‖ (Mark 9:24) The child is healed through prayer.
One of the most honest cries in scripture and a prayer even today‖. I believe. Help my unbelief!‖ And God will do just that.
Of course, it’s in the encounter between the risen Lord and (―doubting‖) Thomas that his situation is like our own. Thomas physically touches the wounds of Jesus and then believes Christ is raised from the dead. Jesus replies, ―Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.‖ (John 20:29)
May these days of Lent lead us daily to believe.
Lent is the time to get out of the head/mind (where most of us spend too much time) and more into the heart. It’s time to let go of the baggage we carry, the sins and pains that weigh us down and keep us from Christ.
In Lent we ask God to take away our burdens, our sins, our struggles and to forgive us for all that we’ve done and left undone. God keeps all God’s promises despite our unbelief. Christ’s mercy and love are real.
Let the seed ―believe‖ be planted again. God will give the growth even when you don’t see it, or think it tucked away seemingly forgotten.
It is growing in you!
On our Lenten journey together,
Pastor Bill Damrow