“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.”
Like the disciples being commissioned to leave their locked hideout, St. Luke’s Logan Square and Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries are heading out on new paths. You have seen, experienced, and touched things here that you will need to tell others who come after you, so they believe the story of St. Luke’s. We will need to find new ways to have fellowship with one another. We’ll continue in some of the old ways. I’ll continue to tell the story of this remarkable congregation as I travel– how you had faith in Pastor Erik, how you imagined a new way of being church together – how we invested in you and watched you grow.
We will be welcoming members of the ELM staff and board of directors this Sunday, along with friends and supporters, to our worship. Executive Director Amalia Vagts will preach. The Rev. Jen Rude will assist, and board member Margaret Moreland will be a reader within our service. We will be taking up a justice offering to support ELM’s on-going ministry as they continue to support and advocate for the full inclusion of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the life and ministry of the Lutheran church. There will be a light coffee hour reception in the narthex immediately following worship, and all who would like are invited to join Pastor Erik and our guests for an informal brunch at El Cid afterward.
St. Luke’s is proud to support our building partner, Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries. Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries works to expand ministry opportunities for publicly identified LGBTQ rostered leaders and seminarians who are changing the church through their ministry. Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries proudly presents “ELM Today”, a 6 minute video telling the stories of LGBTQ seminarians, pastors, and