THIS WEEK AT ST. LUKE’S
Live streaming and zoom gatherings from St. Luke’s.
Please join us on our Facebook page for the streaming of the services.
**(Note: if you are NOT a Facebook member, when you click on the link it will ask you to sign in or create an account, which you can ignore and just scroll down the page a bit till you see the service.)
Click here for a copy of the Book of Common Prayer!
Daily Office: Morning and Evening Prayer – Morning Prayer at 9 AM; Evening Prayer at 5PM are live-streamed on Sunday; Tuesday through Saturday.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 16 – Evening Prayer livestreamed from St. Luke’s at 5PM. A full service leaflet for the Saturday Evening Prayer service may be found by clicking below:
SUNDAY, JANUARY 17 – The Second Sunday after the Epiphany
Children’s’ Christian Education and Formation
Sunday School, 9:30 AM – We use Godly Play a Montessori –based curriculum. Please email Mother Barnes at email@example.com to register and receive Zoom log-on information.
Children’s Christian Education Materials
See our Children and Youth page for more offerings including resources for talking with kids about the challenging issues of our time.
MONDAY, JANUARY 18 – 12PM
MLK Community Day Event: The Unarmed Truth featuring John Amaechi, OBE
In celebration and continuance of the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., The Greater Scranton MLK Commission will host a live webinar given by psychologist, international speaker and bestselling author Dr. John Amaechi, OBE, on Monday, January 18, 2021, at 12:00pm. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.
In his acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize on December 10, 1964, Dr. King spoke of his resolve to end racial and social injustice to bring peace not only to our nation but to all nations. He said, “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.”
The GSMLKC will host The Unarmed Truth: A Conversation with Dr. John Amaechi, OBE, delving into unarmed truth in an effort to inspire and move our community towards equitable justice, and unconditional love.
“Be prepared to be inspired and transformed as Dr. Amaechi challenges the beliefs and behaviors that prevent us from being our best selves and community, and offers personal insights and tools to create hope and individual growth,” says GSMLKC publicist, Jennifer Pennington, who brought Dr. Amaechi to The University of Scranton as an organizational speaker in 2012.
Currently a respected organizational psychologist, researcher and CEO of APS Ltd., Amaechi graduated from Penn State University and was the first Briton to become a professional player in the NBA. He serves as a non-executive director of a £2.4bn healthcare organization, in addition to being a board advisor for several FTSE100 organizations in the financial, legal and professional services, technology, publishing, engineering and retail sectors, and CEO of his company APS Ltd. In 2019, John was recognized as one of HR’s most influential thinkers by HR Magazine.
Amaechi leads a team of psychologists, behavioral scientists and experienced business strategists that design and deliver evidence-based advisory interventions to service clients with people challenges that impact organizational performance. As a highly sought after trainer and executive coach, Amaechi is contracted to “understand and unpick complex people challenges through advisory services driven by analytics, motivational presentations, workshops and masterclasses, executive coaching and digital learning.”
Information on John Amaechi may be found at www.amaechiperformance.com
Questions, contact Jennifer Pennington at 570-903-9450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please consider making a donation to support this and future GSMLKC community programs. All sponsors will be listed on a graphic before the upcoming event. Any donation is greatly appreciated! Donations and sponsorship support educational programming and efforts of the Greater Scranton MLK Commission.
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7PM – GREATER SCRANTON MLK WEEKEND – Scranton Area Ministerium Interfaith Service.
Service will be live-streamed on the Scranton Area Ministerium page at 7PM. To view the service, click here:
TUESDAY, JANUARY 19
THURSDAY, JANUARY 21
♦SUNDAY, JANUARY 31, 2021
Notice of Annual Meeting & Vestry Elections via ZOOM.
The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 31, 2021, starting with the 10:00 a.m. liturgy
This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Annual meeting will be held exclusively by Zoom. Many of us are familiar with Zoom at this point. If however, you have never used it, here is a helpful video to guide you through joining a Zoom gathering for the first time: https://youtu.be/9isp3qPeQ0E If you need assistance with using Zoom or joining the meeting, a Vestry member can assist you .
At the Annual meeting, Vestry, parish officers, and organizations/committee reports will be presented, along with the 2021 budget. Three new vestry members will be elected at this time; two lay delegates for Diocesan Convention will be elected.
At the 2016 Diocesan Convention, new Canons where approved that provide for uniform by-laws for all parishes of the Diocese. The guidelines for Annual Parish Meetings stipulate that in every Parish, the Annual Parish Meeting shall be held in January at a time and place designated by the Vestry. Lay Members in good standing of the Parish who are physically present, who are at least 18 years of age, who are regular attendants at the services of the parish, and who are regular contributors for the six months preceding the meeting to the support of the Parish, shall be entitled to vote at all Parish Meetings. A quorum for the transaction of business in the Annual Parish Meeting shall consist of 25% of the persons entitled to vote if they were present or 25 persons entitled to vote, whichever is less. The qualifications of persons to serve on the Vestry shall be the same as the qualifications to vote at the Annual Parish Meeting as set out above. Each Annual Parish Meeting shall elect persons to serve on the Vestry replacing those members whose term in office has ended. Additional nominations may be made from the floor of the Annual Parish Meeting.
Should you have any questions or concerns about the Annual Meeting or how to attend by Zoom, please speak with Mother Barnes, Priest-in-Charge, or Mickey Baccoli, Senior Warden.
OTHER EVENTS AND SERVICES
From Many, One: Conversations Across Difference
Inspired by the Latin phrase on the U.S. seal – E Pluribus (“from many”) Unum (“one”) – the campaign is designed to offer a faithful perspective and time-tested practice for knitting deeply divided communities into a diverse, more perfect union. In a cultural moment shadowed by pandemic, fractious politics, and deep division within families, communities, and nations, Episcopalians can partner in simple ways to celebrate difference, listen with deep curiosity, and promote healing.
“I have never been more profoundly aware of the need for passionate and practical commitment to the way of unselfish, sacrificial love that Jesus taught,” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said. “Conversations with others across difference is not just a nice thing to do. It is a spiritual practice of love in action. It’s how we reknit the fabric of our democracy and the human family of God.”
Listening, adapting, and leading in tense cultural times is deep in the Church’s DNA.
“From Many, One” is designed to be simple and transformative. It is geared toward individual people talking to other individuals, although congregations may join, too. Participants are encouraged to follow these steps:
“We hope people understand this is only scratching the surface of the practice and learning that we’re called toward,” said Rev. Melanie Mullen, the church’s director of Reconciliation, Justice and Creation Care, one of the departments that collaborated to shape the campaign. “Our goal is to point people toward partner efforts that meet you where you are: for more simple conversation, further learning, deeper reckoning and/or action. More than that, we hope people see this as part of a life-long commitment to creating beloved community.”
For more information on the “From Many, One: Conversations Across Difference” campaign, contact the Rev. Canon Dr. Stephanie Spellers, canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Creation Care, email@example.com or 212-716-6086, or Sarah Alphin, associate for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Creation Care, firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-716-6102.
Mark opens with words from the prophet Isaiah: “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,” and indeed the gospel itself serves as a messenger for the life and ministry of Jesus. Written around 65-75 CE, Mark proclaims the good news that Jesus is the messiah and Son of God.
We’re excited for this journey through Mark. Make plans now to join Forward Movement and partner organizations from across the Episcopal Church to encounter the risen Lord through the Gospel of Mark.
Follow the Gospel of Mark with reflections from noted leaders from around the world. If you’d like to enrich your Good Book Club experience by reading A Journey with Mark, we encourage you to order now.
Past events and services
MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2020
7pm Interfaith “Longest Night” Service
This service is designed especially for those who have experienced loss, especially in this pandemic year, or find the holidays difficult. This years’ service will be an interfaith service offered by the Scranton Area Ministerium and will be live-streamed.
A service leaflet is available by clicking here.
New St. Luke’s Newsletter: Our latest edition of the St. Luke’s Newsletter is hot off the press. Click here to see the January 2021 edition.
Toys for Tots: The St. Luke’s Sunday School class wishes to thank everyone who donated to the Toys for Tots collection this year. We appreciate your generosity and joining us helping to make Christmas more joyful for children in need. A special thanks to Carla Rogalewicz for her assistance with this endeavor.
Prayers and Litanies and Devotional Resources
A National Service for Healing and Wholeness – Live from Washington National Cathedral – Sunday, November 1, 2020, 4-5:30PM
Click here for a copy of the Service Leaflet.
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry led a live-streamed prayer service from Washington National Cathedral, Holding on to Hope: A National Service for Healing and Wholeness, on All Saints Sunday, November 1, at 4:00-5:30 p.m. EST. In the midst of a pandemic, racial reckoning, and a historic election, the live-streamed service gathered Americans for prayer, song, lament, hope, and a call to love God and neighbor. The event was simulcast in English and Spanish.
Resources on Race and Racism
“Can you yearn enough for Church; can you yearn enough for Jesus.”
Bishop Kevin expresses his support of Kelly Brown Douglas, Stephanie Spellers, and Winnie Varghese, and encourages everyone in the diocese to read their message, “Speaking of Freedom,” and reflect upon this moment.
Here is their written statement.
In this video they read the statement and discuss.
Please, I urge you to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest. This is a call to the Church, to us Episcopalians, to BE CHURCH.
And a good article from Psychology Today – The Psychology of Rioting: The Language of the Unheard.
Here’s an Ascension and Pentecost at Home resource compiled by Rev. Beth Hoffman Reed and Rev. Peter Pearson for seasonal devotion.