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 6:30pm (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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All Men are Invited to the…

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Come for a great breakfast, fellowship, and a devotion on: Date TBA

The Next Contemporary Service…

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Date: on break for the summer

 

Recently from Pastor Andy’s Blog

Who are we?

There are two sayings that may help us look at the ministry and longevity of the church we have been called to worship. The first one is, “It’s as easy as riding a bike” and the second one is, “You can’t teach an old dog a new trick.” The sayings each speak to a different reality of human nature. When we claim that things are as easy as riding a bike, we can recall perhaps an earlier time in life, when we each learned to ride for the first time. A skill we all learn and a skill that is so imprinted into our brains that at any point in our life we could jump on a bicycle for a ride. Teaching an old dog a new trick then speaks to the actual task of trying to teach a dog some new activity later in life. It is possible but takes patience, time and a lot of dog treats.

I recently received a video link from the Great Rivers Presbytery Treasurer, Mr. Gary Davis, about an engineer who had some shop welders try to mess with his reality of riding a

bike and teaching an old dog a new trick. It seemed that the welders constructed a bike with a two gear system in the handle bars that reversed how you steer a bike and then challenged him to ride. Seems simple enough; just tell yourself that everything is opposite and ride away. The engineer found that the task was impossible and nothing like the old saying. This intrigued him enough to look into why this was so and he concluded that knowledge is not always understanding. He had the knowledge and the skill to ride a bike but not when certain parameters were changed. The engineer then sets out to relearn how to ride a bike where the steering was reversed. It took him 8 months to accomplish this task. He then challenged his 5 year old son to try to ride the mechanically altered bike and to his amazement the child learned in a few weeks.

So what does this discovery tell us and how it can help in church vitality? Well, perhaps the life of the church and the ministry we partake in is not as easy and as straight forward as we think it has always been. Perhaps we as the church need to learn or re-learn the things we have always done and claimed as important. Perhaps we are riding a bike that we learned to ride when we were young and now need to learn how to ride the one we have never seen before. Perhaps we are just old dogs and simply only have a set amount of tricks and we are not motivated to ever learn anything new. (Well, at least not without a lot of treat and rewards.) Knowledge does not always bring about understanding.

 

As we have read and studied the book of John these past several months, one of the primary theological insights has been that Jesus is revealing the true nature of God. A nature that has for centuries been one of judgement and wrath that Jesus is transforming to love and grace. The religious leaders of Jesus’ day and even the disciples continue to struggle with just what Jesus is teaching. They are the old dogs, who are not willing to learn a new trick unless there is great reward. Who are we? Are we willing to re-learn how to ride a bike, a gift we can have for eternity or are we simply relying on what knowledge we perceive to be correct yet lack true understanding?

 

John16:13 When the Spirit comes, it will guide you into all truth.

 

Blessings,

Pastor Andy

 

Link to video clip: http://viewpure.com/MFzDaBzBlL0?ref=bkmk