All Are Welcome!
PRAYER "And pray in the spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests." (Ephesians 6:18)
RESPECT "Honor everyone. Love the family of believers. Fear God." (1 Peter 2:17)
HOSPITALITY "Whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me." (John 13:20)
SERVICE "For even the son of man did not come to be served, but to serve." (Mark 10:45)
Recent happenings at St. Luke’s have turned my thoughts to the Core Values that we as a congregation embraced a few years ago. Most of the items tackled by the Congregational Development effort have been completed and made standard operating practice. The strategic plan and the development goals were centered on four core values. We are still striving to meet our four core values and hopefully keep them at the forefront of all we do.
There are many reasons that someone’s funeral or memorial service is being held here at St. Luke’s – they may in the past have been active members but with age and health issues have not been able to attend regularly, they may have moved here late in life after being active Episcopalians somewhere else, their family may have a connection to the Episcopal church here or somewhere else. If someone’s funeral or memorial is scheduled here, St. Luke’s has a long tradition of offering hospitality to the family. This act of Hospitality is done under the auspices of the Omega Guild. Every member of St. Luke’s by virtue of their membership is a member of the Omega Guild – to help serve the bereaved at the end of Life (omega).
We need to remember the core values of Service and Hospitality when asked to help with a funeral service or with the meal/reception that follows. We may not have personally known the deceased or know the family – but out of Respect, in the spirit of Service and Hospitality, we offer our facilities and refreshment. Having personally been the recipient of this ministry twice, I know what a blessing it is to a family. Thanks to Jo Clifford and Fran Blankenship for leading these Omega Guild offerings.
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