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A Note from Steve MacKinnon and Josh O’Dell-November 17, 2022

Posted on November 17, 2022 at 9:18 am in .

Dear St. Lukers,

It’s the most wonderful time of the year when St. Luke’s campus is filled with light, wonder, joy, and music! As we prepare our hearts, spaces, worship, and special events for Christmas time, please consider introducing some of your friends and neighbors to the magic that is the Advent season at St. Luke’s!

Our Youth Theatre actors have been auditioning, rehearsing, and making magic since September…all in preparation for our upcoming production of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Jr.! Seats are quickly selling out, so get your tickets secured for an adorable evening of the well-known classic that generations have come to make a Christmas tradition. Now you, too can experience this story of acceptance, friendship, and family LIVE on stage, telling a story steeped in St Luke’s core values.

All of your favorites will be there, from the lovable Misfit Dentist Hermey-the-Elf, Sam the Singing Snowman, the wackiest prospector in the North, Yukon Cornelius, a Charlie-In-The-Box, the Bumble that Bounces, and everyone’s favorite unlikely hero, Rudolph! Come cheer on these characters as they are so wonderfully brought to life by our very own young performers who range from 3rd through 8th grade. There are still some tickets available for the performances December 2, 3, and 4…so come see for yourself why he went down in historyyyyy! Click here to reserve your seats today!

Then, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as we prepare for our annual Christmas Concerts on December 10 (5:30 and 7:30 p.m. performances) and December 11 (5:30 p.m. performance). The sounds of Christmas carols old and new fill the hallways near our Choir Room as all of our vocal choirs, orchestra, dance ensemble, and handbell choir wait in excitement to present I’ll Be Home for Christmas! This year’s theme speaks to that feeling of nostalgia as we reflect on what it really means to come home for the holidays. For so many of us we remember going to our grandparents’ house to find a table spread with food, a tree overflowing with presents, and loving hugs from family far and near, and we hope you feel a bit of that same feeling at this year’s Concert. Tickets are going fast, so click here to reserve your seats!

Whatever Christmas means to you, we at St. Luke’s want you to know how much you mean to each of us. We are all family here, and the table is not complete without you. We find it so fitting that God chose a star to announce the birth of the Messiah, as if to say to the whole world, “Come on everybody, join us in Bethlehem!” We want you join us at His manger this Christmas as we remember what it means to come home. There is nothing quite like a Sanctuary filled with people singing Christmas carols to the King of Kings!

Wherever the season takes you, we hope it is filled with the joy of coming home, sharing these experiences with those you love, and keeping Christ at the center of your spirit!

Many blessings,

Steve MacKinnon & Josh O’Dell

Steve MacKinnon, St. Luke’s Senior Artistic Director

Josh O’Dell, St. Luke’s Senior Director of Traditional Music and Liturgy

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