August 10, 2014 | The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

by the Rev. Robert C. Laird

Growing up in Minnesota, I was involved as a musician in a youth program called Teens Encounter Christ, which is modeled on Cursillo.

On these weekends, I often heard the spiritual director of the weekend, a priest named Fr. Jim, tell the story of his Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) experience while he was in seminary.

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August 3, 2014 | The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost


by the Rev. Robert C. Laird

The Gospel today, with its story of feeding the multitudes, is the only miracle story that is included in each of the four Gospels.

This is truly significant; the Resurrected Jesus doesn’t even show up in all of the four Gospels (in case you’re wondering, Mark makes reference to Jesus’ resurrection in the short ending of his Gospel, but Jesus isn’t actually there.)

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The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost | July 27, 2014

by the Rev. Robert C. Laird

The rapid-fire, “rat-a-tat-tat” of the parables in today’s Gospel is truly impressive; Jesus comes up with five different parables in rapid succession.

We’re getting our money’s worth today with these parables, which, taken together, paint an extraordinary picture of the Kingdom of God the ideal that Jesus is always preaching, both as the promise which is to come, the product of a life of faith, but also the goal, the thing that we, the Church, the listeners gathered on the shore and the listeners here our comfortable parish are all straining to hear him describe from that boat, and work diligently to make real, here, now. Read more

Proper 11, Year A – July 20, 2014

I’m very familiar with weeds; they are the thing that I grow best!

In fact, I don’t have much experience with gardening or farming, nor do I have a great track record for growing things; cooking them, shopping for them, eating them, these are all another matter; but growing them is not my strong suit.

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Vicar’s Forum

Each week, the Vicar’s Forum is an opportunity to explore a part of the life of faith. Sometimes practical, sometimes philosophical, always challenging, the forum is an opportunity to connect your life on Sunday with your life the other six days each week.

This year, St. Luke’s is reading the entire Old Testament, straight through (and next year, we will read the New Testament straight through). We call it The Bible Project, and a lot of our Forum time will be spent on the Bible. Click here to learn more about The Bible Project, and to see our schedules.

You can see what is coming up this week in the Forum (and everything else happening on Sunday) by clicking here.