Worship Schedule for holy week

PALM SUNDAY April 14, 11:00 am Combined service with St. Clement’s Episcopal Church

Procession of Palms begins in Matthews-Palmer Park
(West 46th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues, closer to 10th Avenue). Following the Blessing, worshipers will process to Saint Luke’s for the Sunday of the Passion service.

MAUNDY THURSDAY April 18, 7:00 pm
Celebration of the Last Supper and Stripping of the Altar.
All Night Prayer Vigil begins at 9:00 pm and continues through the Good Friday service.

GOOD FRIDAY April 19, 1:00 pm
Good Friday Liturgy with the Adoration of the Holy Cross

HOLY SATURDAY: VIGIL OF EASTER April 20, 8:00 pm
Blessing of the Paschal Candle, Reading of Ancient Prophecies, Renewal of Baptismal Vows and First Celebration of Easter.
Music by Saint Luke’s Choir

EASTER DAY: RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD April 21, 11:00 am
Festival Sung Eucharist.  Music by Saint Luke’s Choir and Orchestra. Our Annual Easter Brunch will follow the service.

New Member Classes

You are invited to new member classes with Pastor Strasser every Saturday at 10 AM, beginning Saturday January 26.

Whether this is an initial connection being made by those new to Christianity, a re-connection for someone returning to faith, or when transferring from another congregation, you’re invited. This class is also an opportunity to ask questions about the Lutheran heritage and what it means to be a member of a church. Refreshments are served. Please Contact Us if you have any questions.

“For Auld Lang Syne”

Auld Lang Syne” was played in Times Square immediately following the dropping of the ball at midnight 12/31/18. This beloved Scottish song is played around the world at every New Year’s.

“For auld lang syne”, as it is sung in the first line of the chorus, might be loosely translated as “for the sake of old times.” It’s a song about endings and new beginnings. The song begins by posing a rhetorical question: Is it right that old times be forgotten? The answer is generally interpreted as a call to remember long-standing friendships. Hopefully you have reached out to some family and friends over Christmas break. Isn’t it enriching to connect with others who knew you back when?  We should not forget old times.
I think the song also acknowledges the inevitability of change, of new experiences and new people in our lives. Note briefly how much happened in your own life, just in 2018. Let’s start 2019 with an attitude of openness to what God will do in 2019.
Eternal God, You have placed us in a world of space and time, and through the events of our lives you bless us with your love. Grant that in the new year we may know your presence, see your love at work, and live in the light of the event that gives us joy forever—the coming of your Son, Jesus our Lord. Amen
Wishing You a Blessed, Healthy and Happy New Year
from Pastor Strasser

Christmas Worship Services

The Nativity of Our Lord Candlelight Service
Monday
December 24, 10:00 pm 

 

 

Christmas Day Holy Communion
Tuesday December 25, 11:00 am 

December Events at Saint Luke’s

We’ve packed December with lots of exciting things to do!  Read the full post; then join us and share in month of worship, reflection, and fellowship.

 

Advent Begins Sunday December 2
Holy Communion Services each Sunday at 11:00 am

Advent prepares us for the three comings of Christ: in the flesh in Bethlehem, in our hearts daily, and in glory at the end of time. Worship with us during this season and share in the ancient longing for the coming of the Messiah, and to be alert for his Second Coming.

Advent Vespers Begin Wednesday December 5,  7:00 pm  

You’re invited to a 30 minute candlelight service with chanting of beautiful melodies, sung prayers and reflection. Dinner and fellowship will follow in the Parish Lounge.  Pastor’s Homily will be as follows: Dec. 5   Saint Nicholas  – The purpose of gifts,   Dec 12   Saint Lucia – Letting go of what holds you,   Dec 19   Katarina von Bora Luther -The power of a partner

Christmas Worship Services

The Nativity of Our Lord Candlelight Service
Monday
December 24, 10:00 pm 

Celebrate The Nativity of Our Lord with our traditional Candlelight Eucharist service.  Music by the Saint Luke’s Christmas Choir and Saint Luke’s Trombones.

Christmas Day Holy Communion
Tuesday December 25, 11:00 am 

Our Christmas Day Holy Communion service is a quieter opportunity to reflect on the meaning of Christ’s birth.  Come and join in the continuing celebration.


“Raising Shillings, Raising Hope” 
Friday December 7, 6:30 pm
Richard Nesbit presents the annual Musical Benefit for his non-profit “Let’s Send These Kids to School” in our Sanctuary.   Piano Pre-concert at 6:30 pm., Benefit Performance at 7:00 pm., Wine and Food Reception in the Lounge at 8:00 pm.
Tickets & donations available at this link.  
“Hanging of the Greens” 
Saturday December 8, 10:00 am
Jolly elves are requested to help us “hang the greens” and decorate for Christmas.  We’ll be hanging wreaths and pine roping, and putting lights on the altar Christmas trees. Coffee and donuts will be provided.  Bring a friend – let’s make this a party!
A Christmas Carol Read-In Monday
December 10, 7:30 pm
Richard Sterne points the 2nd Monday Play Reading Series to the Holidays with the Second Annual Round-Table-Read-In of Charles Dickens’ own public performance version of this Christmas Classic in the Parish Lounge.  Refreshments, including a Smoking Bishop will be served. Come join the fun and fellowship. 
Caroling on the Church Steps 
Friday December 14, 6:00 pm 

We’ll put on our Dicken’s costumes – capes & skirts, cloaks, bonnets and top hats, and sing Christmas carols from our church steps.  Dress warmly – the provided costumes go over our winter wear.  Afterwards we’ll celebrate together in the Lounge with a party hosted by Susan Strasser.  Gifts will be given at the party to the children by special visitors.

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Worship Schedule for holy week

PALM SUNDAY April 14, 11:00 am Combined service with St. Clement’s Episcopal Church Procession of Palms begins in Matthews-Palmer Park(West 46th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues, closer to 10th Avenue). Following the Blessing, worshipers will process to Saint Luke’s for the Sunday of the Passion service. MAUNDY THURSDAY April 18, 7:00 pmCelebration of the … Continue reading Worship Schedule for holy week
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