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Welcome to St. Luke Union Church!

Sunday Worship Opportunities

All Are Welcome!

Education – Sunday 9:00 AM

*Worship – Sunday 10:30 AM *

Fellowship – Sunday 11:30 AM

Contemporary Worship– One Sunday a month at 5:00pm (see below for more specific info)

*Childcare available September- May (year round, the nursery is always open for parents to use when needed)

Mission Statement

We are an active, caring community proclaiming the Word of God. We seek to know God’s will as individuals and as a church, to be transformed by the Holy Spirit, to practice Christian discipleship, and to demonstrate Christ’s unconditional grace and love for all.


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Join us for VBS 2016!

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                           August 7th-11th, 2016                                        5:30pm-8:00pm @ First Presbyterian Church                              2000 E. College Avenue, Normal, IL

        Children 3yrs old-Entering 5th grade are invited to participate in               our Egypt VBS! To register your children, see the button at the             top of the page. This event is FREE! 

              Volunteers are wanted and needed!               Cat_LR                             Interested adults and students entering 6th grade or older, please use button on top of page to register. (Adult volunteers:   childcare is available for your children who are 6weeks-2yrs old)

We're partnering with First Presbyterian Church 
this year for a new and great experience! 

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All Men are Invited to the…

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Come for a great breakfast, fellowship, and a devotion on: Friday, July 1st & August 5th @7am-Shannon’s Restaurant

 

The Next Contemporary Service…

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Date: TBD

 

Recently from Pastor Andy’s Blog

The Act of Confession

Luke 6:37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”

 

During a children’s sermon several years ago I spoke about the act of saying, “I’m sorry.” when we have done something to someone that is not as God would wish. What was pointed out in this message was that when people say, “I’m sorry,” the proper response is, “I forgive you.” What is often said in a response to someone asking for forgiveness is that, “it’s alright,” and in this case forgiveness is not given.

 

Each Sunday morning, we in the Presbyterian Church, have a very important part of our worship service that is dedicated to asking for forgiveness and then the reassurance that we have received it.

 

This is the Prayer of Confession and the Declaration of Forgiveness, and as a pastor declaring you are all forgiven is a high point for me during each service.

 

Why do we go through this act each and every week? Well, we are called to confess because this sets the ground work for the act of confessing and provides for an act of grace, because forgiveness precedes repentance. This is to say that we receive God’s grace before our personal confession. It must be seen that true repentance does not cause grace to befall upon you, it is the fact that grace is at work already. When individuals in the setting of a worship service call and confess they are announcing God’s mercy for their broken lives. So if grace is given to us before

we confess, then why ever offer a Prayer of Confession? We partake in this prayer because it helps us to remember all that God has done for us through his son Jesus Christ. We are not worth the mercy shown to us by Jesus’ sacrifice but all we must do is confess our sin together with true repentance and humility. This is the true grace that God showers down upon us by the saving act of Christ through the Holy Spirit.

 

Confession humbly brings us before God. We do not confess primary acts of omission but rather the tragic brokenness of our human condition. Romans 7:10 “For I do not do the good I want, but evil I do not want is what I do.”

 

Peace,

Rev. Dr. Andrew Gifford

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