Events Are In Sequence - Please Scroll Down
Freedom Run 2008
This is the fifth year Fr. Andrew,a retired Air force Chaplain, has been invited to give the invocation at the Illinois Freedom Run. This program is sponsored by an Illinois Motorcycle club dedicated to support Middle Eastern War Veterans. The club organized and raised the funds for the Middle Eastern War monument in Marseilles Illinois. Each year since 2003 as many as 30,000 motorcyclist gather in Joliet Illinois and travel down Interstate 80 to Marseilles to participate in the memorial program. Many of the families of the fallen men and women come to the memorial. Each name is read by organizers and family members.
Fr. Andrew is giving the invocation praying for those killed in action, for the a just end to the war and for the grieving families.
Let us bow our heads is prayer
The earth is the Lord’s and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein. For You founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters. Again we pray at this beautiful place along this river with sadness. May those who volunteered to protect us from those who are bent on terrorizing innocent men, women and children receive the honor which they justly deserve. How long, O Lord, will we suffer this war? How long will we be adding more names to this wall? How long will we see the tears of those who lost loved ones? We pray for peace in Afghanistan and Iraq. We pray for a just end to hostilities so the people of these lands can live with the freedom we take so much for granted. The names added this year are far less. Is this the beginning of the end? Will we joyfully celebrate victory next year? You know the future and can intervene in the affairs of mankind.
We call upon You Lord to be with the families who have suffered the loss of their brother, sister, father and mother, consol them so their burden is lighter. Accept the new souls of those who sacrificed their lives into the mansions of the righteous for You have prepared a place for them and for us in Your heavenly Kingdom. We pray in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen
Master send Your Holy Spirit upon us as we depart and protect us as we travel the highway of life. Bring us safely home so we can fulfill all of our petitions which are for the well being of our troops, the remembrance of our fallen heroes and their families and for this war to end. May the love of God the Father and the grace of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. Go in Peace. Amen.
Quad Parish Picnic And Liturgy
Archbishop Job arrives for the 8th annual Liturgy and Quad Parish Picnic. He is being welcomed by Luba, picnic chair person and by Fr. Myron the appointed leader of the South Chicago OCA clergy. The parishes represented are St. Panteleimon in Summit, Sts. Peter & Paul in Burr Ridge, Archangel Michael Church in Burbank and St. Luke.
Master Bless. Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Liturgy begins with Priests and deacons gather around the Archbishop.
The combined choirs of the represented parishes sing the Liturgy under the direction of Cantor John. He has been directing the combined choirs for the past 7 years.
Fr. Andrew greets the record number of participants in the days festivities and invites them to enjoy the good food and fun. This year over 200 adults and children attended.
Archbishop Job blesses the food with the singing of the Lords prayer. Shortly after this the heavens opened with at deluge which forced everyone to huddle close together to stay dry under the pavilion. Because of the rain the picnic ended about 3 PM. Although everyone was wet and the children could not play games they still have a wonderful time and are already talking about next years event. This was a picnic to remember.
Parish Planning Meeting
Joe Kormos, OCA Midwest Diocese Parish Health Facilitator, leads the discussion on how to manage the steady growth of St. Luke parish for both near and long-term.
Aristea, Peter, Lana, and Deacon Daniel are among the more than 30 parishioners who attended and contributed a wide range of viable ideas and options for managing church growth.
Parishioners also participated in the “brainstorming.” Ken leads a discussion on ways to manage short term growth, which focused on immediate steps that can be taken in the interim.
All good thinking requires good sustenance. Here, Fr. Andrew Harrison blesses the food and drinks of thy servants in the middle of the 4-hour planning and brainstorming session.
Church School Awards
After the end of the church school session for the year, the children were recognized for all their labors.
The teachers received a end of year thanks for all of their help and dedication to St. Luke's Education Program.
Children's Sermon For June
Fr. Andrew told the story of the loaves and fishes and asked the children why this is a true story. They said because it came from the bible. Then Fr. Andrew held up a talking action figure of Jesus. The figure told the same story. Father asked the children if they would believe the story if they only heard it from the figure. Most of the children said no. He then spoke about how this could be sacrilegious because it makes Jesus into a toy. We should not do this to anything that is sacred.