Advent and Christmas at St. Luke’s
‘Tis the Season
There is something special about the Advent and Christmas season. Sure, it is sentimental, and sometimes feels commercial. And no, the reality of the holiday experience does not always match the hype that surrounds us. But the birth of God as an innocent, poor, powerless infant – the divine breaking into the world in the most ordinary circumstance—reminds us of what really matters.
During these four weeks of Advent, our sermon series will uncover the basis in scripture for the positive attitude often awakened within us. Warm feelings, however, are not enough, and we will also discuss how we can turn them from sentiment to action. Join us for ‘Tis the Season as we look together at simplicity, togetherness, generosity, and worship. Let’s take hold of this season as a time to put our priorities in order.
Special Worship Services
Rejoice! A Contemporary Christmas Service | December 9 | 8:45 a.m. | Fellowship Hall
This service is jam-packed with seasonal songs from our marvelous band and guest musicians. Join us for breakfast tacos and coffee starting at 8:15 a.m.
Christmas Festival | December 16 | 8:30, 9:45 and 11 a.m. | Sanctuary
St. Luke’s Chancel Choir presents a festival of inspirational Christmas music in our traditional worship services, featuring a full orchestra.
Join us for Christmas Eve
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 a contemporary band. Holy Communion served at 4:15 p.m.
6, 8 and 11 p.m. | Traditional Candlelight Services with Holy Communion| Sanctuary
Join us as we usher in the birth of the Messiah in traditional services filled with candle light and beautiful choral music. Dr. Tom Pace will give a message of hope and joy and Holy Communion will be served.
6 p.m. Music led by St. Cecilia Women’s Choir
8 p.m. Pure Sound Youth Choir will present Vivaldi’s Gloria.
11 p.m. Music led by Chancel Choir
Childcare is available at 5:30 – 9 p.m. for ages 2 months–PreK.
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4:30 p.m. | Family Worship | Fellowship Hall
St. Luke’s children enact a live nativity at this Contemporary service. Holy Communion will be served.
6:15 p.m. | Contemporary Service with candlelight | Fellowship Hall
Experience a contemporary candlelight service with carols, Holy Communion and a message from Dr. Tom Pace.
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 age 4 and younger.
The Story Houston
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.
3 p.m.*| Modern candlelight service
5 p.m.*| Modern candlelight service
7 p.m.* | Modern candlelight service
*Childcare is available for children age 4 and younger
Special Events for Advent and Christmas
Experience the Advent Walk | December 2-24
Refocus on what the season means! Visit the bell banners around the Ellipse. Each station has an activity to draw your mind away from the busyness of the world and toward the celebration of the nativity.
Friday, December 7 | Conspirare Christmas | 7:30 p.m. | Sanctuary
This enchanted musical journey reinvents the traditional holiday concert with an eloquent collage of musical genres curated by Conspirare Artistic Director Craig Hella Johnson. This year, beloved Austin Blues artist Ruthie Foster and Singer/Songwriter Matt Alber take the stage with Grammy award–winning Conspirare. Tickets here. Invite a Friend
Saturday, December 8 | Saturday Serve | Wrap Party | choose from 3 shifts:
9-11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. or 2-4 p.m.
Volunteers are needed to help wrap and organize over 800 gifts that St. Luke’s members have purchased for children whose fathers are part of the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP). Register here.
Sunday, December 9 | Rejoice! A Contemporary Christmas Service | 8:45 a.m. Fellowship Hall
This special Contemporary Worship service is jam-packed with seasonal songs from our marvelous band and guest musicians and a powerful message from Dr. Tom Pace. Join us for breakfast tacos and coffee starting at 8:15 a.m. Worship begins at 8:45 a.m. We hope you will come, worship and be uplifted as we celebrate the Advent season. Invite a Friend
Sunday, December 9 | Las Posadas | Children’s Sunday School hour
Mary and Joseph (played by a St. Luke’s family), accompanied by children, reenact their search for shelter. The Sunday School hour ends with the breaking of a piñata.
Sunday, December 9 | Nick Finnegan Counseling Center Open House | 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | 2714 Joanel
Join us in celebration of our 10th year and come for an exclusive peek into our newly expanded counseling center! We are a short walk from St. Luke’s and everyone is invited to visit before or after worship to see our new spaces, meet our directors and enjoy some light refreshments.
Sunday, December 9 | Rob Landes Annual Family Christmas Concert and Family Cocoa Party | 4 p.m.
Come for a concert and Sing-A-Long with Rob on the piano and Children’s Choirs. Stay for a Christmas party hosted by Children’s Ministries in the Fellowship Hall. Oh, by the way… Santa will be there! Invite a Friend
December 9 | Student Sunday Night Live Progressive Dinner | 5:30 – 8:30 pm | Student Building/Area Homes
We’ll divide into High School and Middle School and head out to nearby homes for appetizers, then another stop for the main course. Everyone comes together at the Student Building for wassail and dessert, topped off with Christmas carols. Remember to wear your craziest Christmas costume! This is a great event for friends to attend!
Thursday, December 13 | Sr. Adults Program and Luncheon: Jim and Grace Roman | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Chapel
Get into the Christmas spirit as Jim Roman, Associate Organist at St. Luke’s, and his very talented wife, Grace, share beautiful holiday music with us. Buffet lunch ($10) following the program in the Hines Baker Room. Advance registration required.
Friday, December 14 | Christmas in the Chapel | preformances at 6 and 8 p.m.
An intimate evening of Christmas music featuring St. Luke’s chamber choir – Credo – under the direction of Ryan Jones.
Saturday, December 15 | Saturday Serve | Harvey Restoration
The work is not done, so neither are we! Sign up to help the Harvey Restoration Team install drywall and insulation into homes affected by Hurricane Harvey. Location information will be sent to all volunteers the week prior. No experience necessary. All supplies provided. Register here.
Sunday, December 16 | Christmas Festival | 8:30, 9:45 and 11 a.m. Sanctuary
St. Luke’s Chancel Choir presents a festival of inspirational Christmas music in our traditional worship services, featuring a full orchestra. The morning includes glorious carol singing for the congregation, so there is truly something for everyone. Join us at traditional worship and bring your
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Wednesday, December 19 | Christmas Remembered | 7 p.m. | Chapel
For many, the loss of a loved one means that the holidays are a difficult time. Come remember and cherish your loved one in a special worship service where we renew our hope in Emmanuel. If you would like to have a picture of your loved one displayed during the service, contact Rev. Thomas Harper: email@example.com. Invite a Friend
Christmas Offering 2018
Equipping Children ~ Transforming Families
An Early Childhood Education Project at St. Luke’s Gethsemane
Don’t you see that children are God’s best gift? Psalm 127:3
The psalmist goes on to say that our children are like “the arrows of warrior.” We believe that children are our best tool for opening the doors of transformation for families in the community around St. Luke’s Gethsemane Mission.
Because of this, we will open a pre-school to provide quality education for three and four year old children in our parish in southwest Houston. The school will also be the platform for equipping families in parenting education, financial and English language literacy, and advocating and supporting children as they move into HISD or charter schools.
Make a gift
- Online by clicking the “Give” button below
- In special Christmas Offering envelopes found in the pews
- By including “Christmas Offering” on your check