AUTHENTIC SPIRITUAL GROWTH LOOKS LIKE HEALING
Spiritual growth, growing in your understanding of God and yourself, loving people and a safe place to question and explore what your faith means to you, is this what you are looking for? We are a small, community of Christians, nestled in the residential area of "old" Walnut Creek. We have a desire to make the love of God known in our community. We are surrounded by people who are searching for more in their lives. Many people are open to God, and are wondering how they can nurture their spiritual lives. We provide an environment where you and your children can grow in your spiritual lives.
We value honesty, genuine seeking, tolerance of others who think differently, loving open relationships, and an accepting environment that welcomes all people. The members and friends of St Luke's come from many different backgrounds. We have a history of being a church that seeks healing in all areas of our lives. We live in a broken world and we can find ourselves damaged by the harsh realities of life. Prayer for healing, whether it be emotional, physical or spiritual, is offered at every service. Spiritual growth is not always easy and without its own kind of peculiar pain. It is easy for us to get into the mind-set that Christianity is supposed to make us feel better.
Jesus did not come to make us feel better. Jesus came to heal us and transform us so that we can grow up into the kind of people God is calling us to be. Our faith is primarily a way (Jesus’ Way) of living and being in the world. As we follow Christ, as we open ourselves up to the transforming healing influences of the Spirit of God, we change. We become more of who we were created to be. The real you emerges. The ‘you’ that is not guided by fear, anxiety, control or any other negative energy.
When God cleans our emotional and spiritual wounds it’s painful. It’s painful to see our wounds. It’s painful to see our fears, our need to control, our insecurity of not being liked or accepted. It’s wearying to see our resentments, how past hurts influence us negatively, but these are the wounds that need to be cleaned so that we might be healed at a deeper level than we have previously experienced. God uses our pain and discomfort for spiritual growth. Richard Rohr, in his excellent book, Everything Belongs writes,
“If we are not willing to be lead through our fears and anxieties, we will never grow. We must always move from one level to a level we don’t completely understand yet. Every step of the ladder of moral development is taken in semi-darkness, by the light of faith. The greatest barrier to the next level of conscience or consciousness is our comfort and control at the one we are at now."
Lift up your heads and take heart when your spiritual/emotional life is in turmoil. God is doing a great work of healing. The wounds are being cleaned! Every Sunday morning we hope to provide a place where we can hear God and open ourselves to God's healing.
If you are looking for a place to worship, just curious, or simply enjoying the Bay area while on vacation, come join us this Sunday 9:00 AM
May the presence of Christ be with you! Pastor Glenda