Welcome to St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Houston.

We are one family in Jesus, putting faith to work in love with four faith communities offering traditional and contemporary worship.

This Livestream viewing page will air the three traditional worship services from the Sanctuary on the Westheimer Campus at 8:30, 9:45 & 11 a.m.

Traditional Worship
(Sanctuary)
8:30, 9:45 & 11 a.m.
3471 Westheimer Rd. Houston

Contemporary Worship Encounter
(Fellowship Hall)
8:45 a.m.
3471 Westheimer Rd. Houston

Modern Worship The Story Houston
(The Story Building)
9:40 & 11:05 a.m.
3471 Westheimer Rd. Houston

Gethsemane Worship
Traditional       Contemporary
9 a.m.                 11 a.m.
6856 Bellaire Blvd. Houston

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Lent and Easter at St. Luke’s

Services

Join us for Lenten and Easter Services…

Westheimer Campus

Ash Wednesday
March 1 | 7:30 a.m.   | Chapel

12 and 6:30 p.m.   | Imposition of Ashes | Sanctuary
Student Ministries Small Groups will attend the 6:30 p.m. service rather than meeting in host homes.

Maundy Thursday Communion
April 13 | 12 in the Chapel and 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Commemorate the Last Supper in one of two services on Thursday, April 13. Music & Fine Arts staff members present a chanted reading of the St. John Passion at 12 p.m. in the Chapel, followed by communion. The St. Cecilia Women’s Choir leads music at the evening communion service at 7 p.m.

Good Friday Service of the Tenebrae
April 14 | 7 p.m. | Sanctuary
Latin for “shadows” or “darkness,” the Tenebrae service features a gradual extinguishing of the light as we remember Christ’s Passion. The Chancel Choir provides musical leadership in this service.

Anticipation of Easter
Saturday, April 15 | 11 a.m. | Chapel
Organist Rob Landes and friends present this annual Holy Weekend musical offering.

Easter Sunday
April 16 | 8, 9, 10:05 & 11:10 a.m. Worship Services in the Sanctuary

 

Encounter

Easter Sunday
April 16 | 9:15 and 10:20 a.m. | Fellowship Hall

 

Gethsemane Campus

Ash Wednesday
7:30-9 a.m. | Ashes to Go
6:30 p.m. | Imposition of Ashes | Sanctuary

Good Friday
6:30 p.m. | Sanctuary

Holy Saturday Children’s Service
10 a.m. | Gethsemane
Designed for small children to engage in the meaning of Easter through hands-on arts and activities.

Easter Sunday | April 16
9 and 11:15 a.m.

Followed by a backyard cookout with hamburgers and hotdogs to celebrate our Risen Lord. The children will hunt for Easter Eggs on the playground.

The Story Houston

The Last Supper: A Holy Week Experience
Friday, April 13 | 7 p.m. | TSH Building

Easter Sunday | April 16
7 a.m. Sunrise Service | on the lawn
8:30, 9:40 and 11:05 a.m. | TSH Building

Events

Westheimer Campus

Lenten Music for Meditation and Reflection
Thursdays, March 2-April 6 | 12:05 p.m. | Chapel
Join us each Thursday in the Chapel during Lent as a selection of Houston’s finest musicians present 25-minute recitals designed for reflection and meditation. Guest musicians include London’s acclaimed choral ensemble, VOCES8, harpsichordist Molly Hammond, soprano Julia Fox accompanied by Rob Landes, guitarist John Edward Ross, violinist Konrad Rudowicz accompanied by Barbara Bamberg, and harpist Laura Witt.

Children’s Lenten Prayer Eggs
Sundays, March 5 – April 16
Sunday School children receive a plastic Easter egg containing the Lord’s Prayer and names of several children and volunteers in the ministry.  With the help of their parents, Pre K through fifth graders pray the Lord’s Prayer and pray for the children whose  names they receive. It is a beautiful way to encourage children to be prayerful for one another, and many memorize the Lord’s Prayer by the end of the Lenten season as well.

UMW Spiritual Growth Lenten Service welcomes Katie Montgomery Mears as Speaker
Tuesday, March 7, 10:30 a.m. | Chapel
As we begin this season of Lent and the journey to the cross, we look inward and take time for reflection, for prayer, and search for a deeper understanding of life as Christians. Please join us as we welcome our speaker, Katie Montgomery Mears, to this annual service of prayer, hymns and communion.

Following the service, there will be run in the Hines Baker Room. Please bring a dish to share during this time of fellowship. No reservations are necessary, and childcare is available by contacting StLukesMethodist.org/childcare-request-form.

Lenten Flower Delivery
Saturday, April 1, 1-4 p.m. and Sunday, April 2, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Student Ministries and Caring Ministries join together to deliver flowers to Friends at Home members who are no longer able to attend church regularly. On Sunday, the congregation is invited to pick up a plant and delivery it to a home-bound member.

Palm Sunday 
April 9 | All regular services
Family Picnic and Easter Egg Hunt
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Join us after worship on Palm Sunday for our annual family picnic and Easter Egg hunt on Blanton Field. Admission to the picnic includes: The BIG Egg Hunt, music from the Encounter Band, lunch from Skeeter’s and LOTS of children’s activities! Dress is outdoor casual. Bring a blanket to sit on the lawn and your Easter baskets! You can purchase discounted tickets online in advance, now! Online ticket sales will remain open through April 8. Cost is $10.50 per adult and $5.50 per child (ages 1-12 years) if purchased in advance, online and $15 per adult and $10 per child if purchased at the door, the day of the event.

Maundy Thursday Communion
12 and 7 p.m. | Chapel
Commemorate the Last Supper in one of two services on Thursday, April 13. Music & Fine Arts staff members present a chanted reading of the St. John Passion at 12 p.m. in the Chapel, followed by Communion. The St. Cecilia Women’s Choir leads music at the evening communion service at 7 p.m.

Good Friday Tenebrae
April 14, 7 p.m. | Westheimer Sanctuary
Latin for “shadows” or “darkness,” the Tenebrae service features a gradual extinguishing of the light as we remember Christ’s Passion. The Chancel Choir provides music for this service.

Anticipation of Easter 
Saturday, April 15, 11 a.m. | Chapel
Organist Rob Landes and friends present this annual Holy Weekend musical offering.

Easter Sunday
Sunday, April 16
Traditional: 8, 9, 10:05, and 11:10 a.m. | Sanctuary
Encounter: 9:15 and 10:20 a.m. | Fellowship Hall

Gethsemane Campus

Service of Prayer and Healing
Wednesday, March 22, 6:30 p.m.
This special Lenten service offers a quiet space for reflection and simply sitting in the presence of God. There will be time for private and communal prayer, and healing through the anointing of oil.

Good Friday Service
Friday, April 14, 6:30 p.m.

Holy Saturday
Saturday, April 15, 10 a.m.
Join the Gethsemane campus on Holy Saturday for a Children’s Interactive Service.

Easter Sunday
Sunday, April 16, 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
We’re celebrating Easter Sunday with two morning worship services, immediately followed by a family picnic and an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids at 12:15 p.m.

The Story Houston

Maundy Thursday: The Last Supper, A Holy Week Experience
Thursday, April 13, 7 p.m.

Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 15, 10 a.m. – Noon
Bring the family to The Story Houston’s Easer Egg Hunt on Blanton Field.

Easter Sunday
Sunday, April 16, 7 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 11 a.m.
The Story Houston is celebrating Easter with four services. Join us on the lawn at 7 a.m. for our special sunrise worship service.

Easter Offering 2017

Easter Offering 2017 will be used to support the building of a new bedroom and bathroom in one of Methodist Children’s Home’s new group homes. MCH provides caring residential group care for up to 150 youth, ages 12-18, at two locations near Waco as well as services and support for foster families and grandparents serving as primary caregivers for their grandchildren. MCH offers hope to children, youth and families. Happy Easter!

“Christian outreach to God’s children in need is one of the most distinctive characteristics of Methodism and St. Luke’s.  As Jesus repeatedly taught, love God and love your neighbor.  St. Luke’s and Methodism offer many of us—especially those of us who are so disproportionately blessed—an opportunity (and an inspiration) to help our neighbors, especially the children, who may not be part of our well-heeled and insular personal communities.   Methodist Children’s Home does just that for kids and families in need throughout Texas and New Mexico .  Kathryn remembers from her childhood how her parents in Corpus Christi (like many other Methodists) would send Christmas offerings to MCH.  It has been incredibly rewarding for me to serve on the board of MCH (with the help of Charles Szalkowski’s nomination), which I currently have the great honor of chairing.”
–Hank Coleman

“For more than 125 years, Methodist Children’s Home has been caring for those of God’s children who have been orphaned, abandoned, neglected, abused, or simply estranged from their parents throughout Texas and New Mexico. Because of the generosity of generations of Methodist church members over the decades, there has grown up an endowment that means MCH can take care of those kids largely without regard to whether the state or their parents will pay. So, it finds itself caring for children who otherwise would fall between the cracks. It has been my privilege to help oversee the management of that endowment for almost 25 years — so even though I seldom have face-to-face contact with the boys and girls, from a distance I am able to help MCH to give them the loving attention they need. I am grateful that I have been given the opportunity to apply what I have learned from my profession and my education in this way.”
– Charles Szakowski

How Do We Fast?

    1. There are many people for whom fasting is not a healthy decision, for a variety of reasons. These people may choose to join in the practice by forgoing sugar or coffee or alcohol during this time.
    2. It is important to drink plenty of water during even a partial (until 3:00) fast. This will help fasting to be a healthy rather than unhealthy experience.  Some people choose to drink fruit juice in the mornings and vegetable juices in the afternoon so that they will have enough energy to function, while still dealing with the sense of hunger that is central to the fasting experience.
    3. Try not to talk much about your fast to those around you. It should be an experience of humility and joy, as Jesus commanded.
    4. Do not break you fast each day with a gluttonous feast. This is both spiritually counterproductive and physically unhealthy.
    5. During the times you would ordinarily eat, read your Bible and spend some time in prayer. During our fast this year, pray specifically for the Holy Spirit to move through our church, our families, and each person in our congregation.  Pray for the Holy Spirit to work in our city, country, and world.


10 Holy Habits to Practice During Lent

      1. Fast until 3 p.m. once a week.
      2. Join a weekly small group.
      3. Meditate over Psalm 84:11 first thing in the morning and right before bed.
      4. Ask someone close to you to be your Bible Buddy in Scripture reading.
      5. Volunteer for a local mission project.
      6. Write letters of gratitude and encouragement to your family, friends, and coworkers.
      7. Picture a person’s face and pray for them throughout the day.
      8. Instead of checking your social media feed, use that time for prayer.
      9. Practice journaling when you read Scripture.
      10. Disconnect from distractions and wind down from your day in solitude with the Lord.
      11. Use our Prayer Wall, and pray over a few people’s requests each day.

St. Luke’s Scripture + Shared app is a new avenue for people to study the Bible in community. Users can download the app and join a LIFT group or get a Bible Buddy and discuss weekly material available at their fingertips. Learn more and get the app here.