Most of us are ordinary people, who live our lives in rather ordinary ways. In many senses, Christmas is the most ordinary of events. The family puts up a tree, exchanges gifts in various ways, gets together with friends and relatives, comes to church to praise God. In a cave long ago, a baby is born. It happens every day. Of course, he was no ordinary baby, but he came to be with ordinary people. He was one of us.
Too often, we want Christmas somehow to be extraordinary, to show up as spectacular in some way. Perhaps instead, we should hope for an ordinary Christmas this year, but make sure we don’t miss the divine in the midst of our plain ole’ regular Christmas season.
CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP
Traditional | Sanctuary
3 and 4:15 p.m. Family Worship with Contemporary Band
6 p.m. Candlelight Worship with St. Cecilia Choir
8 p.m. Candlelight Worship with Pure Sound Youth Choir
11 p.m. Candlelight Worship with Chancel Choir
Contemporary | Fellowship Hall
4:30 p.m. Family Worship with Contemporary Band
6:15 p.m. Candlelight Worship with Contemporary Band
Holy Communion will be celebrated
All services will be LiveStreamed
Nursery for ages 2 months-Pre-K available 5:30-9 p.m.
6:30 p.m. Joy to the World Family Worship
10 p.m. Candlelight Worship
Nursery is open 6-8 p.m. for children age 4 and younger.
The Story Houston
Modern candlelight services at 3, 4:30 and 6 p.m.
Childcare is available.
On Sunday, December 15 at 8:30, 9:45 and 11 a.m., St. Luke’s United Methodist Church welcomes renowned composer Howard Goodall as he conducts the world premiere of his Christmas Cantata, a seven-movement work compiled by the composer for the choirs of St. Luke’s.
Join us for a showing of The Star: The Story of the First Christmas at a Family Movie Night on Sunday, December 15 at 5 p.m. Snack on popcorn and hot cocoa while enjoying this animated family favorite on Fellowship Hall’s big screen. Be sure to invite friends for an evening of holiday fun!
Remember and cherish your loved one in a special worship service on Wednesday, December 18 at 7 p.m. in the Chapel where we will renew our hope in Emmanuel. Please email Rev. Thomas Harper if you would like to have a picture of your loved one displayed during the service.
Enjoy an intimate evening of Christmas music featuring Credo, St. Luke’s Chamber Choir, under the direction of Ryan Jones on Friday, December 20 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Chapel.