There are more than a few pearls of wit and wisdom that have gone forth from the mouth of Pastor Erik Christensen over the years, and certainly quite a few that I was blessed to be present for during my time in Logan Square, but as I reflect on my time serving with the faithful
Below is a letter from Pastor Erik dated July 19, 2017 upon the occasion of his acceptance of a new call. Dear St. Luke’s, I am writing today to share with you the news that I have accepted a new call to serve as Pastor to the Community and Director of Worship at the Lutheran School of
Often, when I take a breath before my sermon, I recall the calm that first came over me when preaching at St. Luke’s sometime ago the first time I realized without a doubt this is what I am supposed to be doing.
“Holding hands, looking in the face of your neighbor and speaking the benediction describe a tradition that could only have emerged from a community deeply committed to and invested in each other.”
“Maybe most importantly, I learned that I could be a pastor while remaining who I am—that faith and real life can come together, both in church and in me.”
“Pastor Erik once told me it didn’t matter where we went, God would always be there making God’s self known in the people we serve. I realize the truth of these words every day.”
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But suffice it to say, my séjour with St. Luke’s is holy to me – not just as the place where I first ‘practiced’ being a pastor, but as a community which gave me full openness and full trust and full blessing – fully acknowledging my gifts to ministry, and fortifying my soul in ways that have sustained me through many a danger, toil, and snare.
Women in the Bible aren’t shy or retiring; they’re fierce and funny and demanding and relevant to twenty-first-century people.
Thank you to everyone who donated flowers for this year’s celebration of Pentecost at St. Luke’s. Your generosity provided us with many floral reminders of Holy Spirit’s presence in worship on Sunday. Flowers were given by: Cynthia Stengel with thanks for the Holy Spirit at work at St. Luke’s. Andrew Bailey in memory of Samuel