St. Luke's United Methodist Church


4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road
Orlando, FL 32819
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A Note from Pastor Jenn-December 22, 2021

Posted on December 21, 2021 at 11:41 am in .

It’s almost here!!  Christmas is almost here!
We pray you have your lists checked, cookies baked, lights prepped and guest room open, because Love is about to be born and move into OUR neighborhoods! (read John 1 from The Message)

We have moved through God’s words from Genesis to Luke seeing how nothing can stop God’s story of Love, Joy, Hope and Peace from being delivered, and here we are waiting as Mary and Joseph make their journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem to be taxed.

They will be looking for a place to stay, for she is ready to give birth at any moment. The Messiah, Savior of the World is ready  – love, joy, hope and peace will be ready to be delivered at any moment…

Is your heart ready?  The ultimate question of this advent series is will you follow in the obedient footsteps of these women and make room in your heart for God to write the story of Jesus?

We hope you will join us for our Christmas Pre/eve celebrations.  All services will be in the sanctuary. There will be candles, carols, a message, and a chance to consider how much room in your heart you have for this miraculous story of new life to come and be born not just for you, but through you.

Worship on December 23: 
6:00 p.m. Led by our Children’s Choir
7:15 p.m.  Led by our Sanctuary Choir
8:30 p.m. Led by our Contemporary praise team

We will have an immuno-compromised, mask-only setting in the youth center with livestream for the 7:15 and 8:30 services.

Worship on December 24 
4:00 p.m.   Children’s Nativity Pageant with our Wee Singers (masks required for ages 2+)
5:30 p.m. Led by our Contemporary praise team
7:00 p.m. Led by our Contemporary praise team
8:30 p.m. Led by our Sanctuary Choir
10:00 p.m. Led by our Sanctuary Choir
11:15 p.m. Communion service led by our Ensemble

We have continued to monitor the situation with COVID and the new Omicron variant.  Orange County has been identified by the CDC as an area of high transmission and while the positivity rate is still less than our benchmark of 10%, the infection numbers have grown in quantity rapidly. Orange County officials are encouraging that all people attending large indoor gatherings SHOULD wear masks for the safety of everyone according to CDC guidelines that STRONGLY RECOMMEND masks at indoor gatherings in areas of HIGH TRANSMISSION.  

Whatever service you attend, online or in person, we pray you will come with open hearts to welcome one another and our community with open hearts.  Please help us welcome everyone by coming about 15 minutes before worship to help with traffic flow.

Our hope is St. Lukers would consider attending December 23 and then serving as the hands and feet of Jesus on December 24 for our community neighbors and families.  If you would like to serve as an usher, greeter or parking lot attendant please sign up here to show true St. Luke’s Hospitality and Christ’s love in this powerful way:  SIGN UP HERE 

Worship on December 26 will be combined at 9:15 in the Sanctuary and Online as we ring in the first day of Christmastide.  Come as you are for an unplugged time of carols, poetry and sharing.   

It’s beginning to look and feel a lot like Christmas
We can’t wait to spend this delivery moment with you!
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