Advent and Christmas at St. Luke’s


Christmas Offering

Advent 2017 Sermon Series

Advent 2017 Devotionals

Join us for Christmas Eve

Westheimer Campus

Christmas Eve

11 a.m. | Tradition Service | Sanctuary
Sunday School classes will not meet. Childcare is available for children 2 months–PreK

3 and 4:15 p.m.   | Family Christmas Eve | Sanctuary

What great times to bring the family to St Luke’s on Christmas Eve! See a nativity portrayed by St. Luke’s children, sing your favorite Christmas hymns with the Encounter Band. Holy Communion served at 4:15 p.m.

6 p.m. |  Traditional Candlelight Service with Holy Communion| Sanctuary

If early evening is your pleasure, the 6 p.m. traditional service in St. Luke’s Sanctuary is filled with candle light and music led by St. Cecilia Choir.  Dr. Tom Pace will give a message of hope and joy. Childcare is available for children 2 months–PreK.

8 p.m. |  Traditional Candlelight Service with Holy Communion | Sanctuary

If you prefer a service later in the evening, join us as we usher in the birth of the Messiah in a worship experience filled with candlelight and the amazing Pure Sound Youth Choir. Dr. Tom Pace will give a message of hope and joy.  Childcare is available for children 2 months–PreK

 11 p.m. Traditional Candlelight Service with Holy Communion | Sanctuary

Greet the arrival of the Christ child at this service filled with candlelight and Christmas carols led by the amazing Chancel Choir.  Dr. Tom Pace will give a message of hope and joy. Merry Christmas to all!

All Sanctuary services are LiveStreamed here.

Encounter (Westheimer)

Christmas Eve

 4:15 p.m.   | Worship with Encounter Band | Fellowship Hall

See St. Luke’s children enact a live nativity. Holy Communion will be served.

6 p.m. |  Contemporary Service with Encounter Band| Fellowship Hall

Come for an early evening candlelight service with Holy Communion.

Gethsemane Campus

Christmas Eve | 11 a.m. | Sanctuary

Nursery is open 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for children birth-4 years.

Christmas Eve | 6:30 p.m. | Sanctuary

Joy to the World! Join us for a family Christmas Eve service led by Pastor David Horton, as children bring the greatest story to life in a nativity play. Celebrate the birth of Jesus with favorite carols, an inspiring Christmas Eve message, and Silent Night by candlelight.

Nursery is open 6-8 p.m. for children birth-4 years.

The Story Houston

Christmas Eve

Celebrate Christmas Eve at The Story Houston with students and teachers, oil execs and temp workers, singles, marrieds, and single-agains, life-long Christians and skeptical agnostics, people who like garland and those who swear by tinsel. Experience a contemporary candlelight service with carols and a message from Rev. Eric Huffman.

8:30 a.m. | Carol singing in The Story Houston Building (3471 Westheimer)

11:05 a.m.* | Modern worship

5 p.m.*| Modern candlelight service

8 p.m.* | Modern candlelight service 

*Childcare is available for children 2 months–PreK

The Power of Expectancy

You were trying to decide whether or not to buy a black car. Black cars are beautiful when clean, but look pretty crummy when they are dirty. So you start looking at black cars all around you. You begin to notice that there are black cars everywhere. You realize you are surrounded by black cars! Expectation is the essence of the Advent Season. We wait expectantly for God to show up, to be born into the world, to become flesh and “move into the neighborhood.” We begin to watch for God everywhere, and what we discover is signs of his presence everywhere we look.

Sometimes, we head into the season expecting the wrong things. We expect stress, pressure, crowds of people, frenzied activity. If that is what you expect, then that is probably what you will find. On the other hand, the Bible points to a different way to look forward. It is characterized by a sense of expectancy and hope, trusting in the goodness of God.   

There is a best-selling book popular with families awaiting the birth of their first child. It is titled, “What to Expect When You Are Expecting.” As we Christians await the birth of Jesus, there are some things we can expect: Expect Goodness (December 3), Expect Transformation (December 10), Expect Wonder (December 17) and Expect Love (Christmas Eve). Let’s head into this season with the right attitude of Expectancy. The Lord of life is on his way. Something is awesome is going to happen.

Christmas Offering 2017

For the last 37 years, CCSC (Christian Community Service Center) has been St. Luke’s response to poverty in our local community. Born of a vision by St. Lukes and a handful of churches, today a coalition of 42 churches unite to serve at and support CCSC. St. Luke’s continues its partnership through financial provison, volunteer hours, serving on the board of directors and space for Emergency Services-Southwest and garden at our Gethsemane Campus.

The CCSC focus is trifold:

  1. Basic needs: Emergency food pantry, clothing and more
  2. Children: Vision care, Back to School drive and Jingle Bell Express
  3. Employment: JobNet-resource center supports clients in search of employment, and “Martha’s Way” a vocational program enabling women to start their own residential housekeeping business.

Located just blocks away from St. Luke’s at 3230 Mercer, CCSC’s Emergency Services-Central has always been cramped, but after flooding 3 times in the last 2 years, the last due to Hurricane Harvey, the structures must be replaced. St. Luke’s proudly stands on our legacy with CCSC and has committed the 2017 Christmas Offering to be directed to their building campaign.

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