Christmas 2021

Christmas at St. Luke's

For unto us a child is born. Isaiah 9:6

Each year the Sanctuary and Chapel are filled with poinsettias that are dedicated to friends and family members at St. Luke's. Here are those recognitions.

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES

FAMILY SERVICE @ 3PM | SANCTUARY & ONLINE
TRADITIONAL CANDLELIGHT @ 5PM, 7PM, 9PM | SANCTUARY & ONLINE
CONTEMPORARY CANDLELIGHT @ 5PM, 7PM | ROBERTSON CHAPEL & ONLINE
CANDLELIGHT COMMUNION @ 11PM | ROBERTSON CHAPEL

Christmas Eve, one of the most special nights of the year, is always a time to worship and reflect on the story of Jesus’ birth. This year, we find hope through the story and music of Christmas and rejoice in Christ. Due to COVID and restrictions per service, we will be strongly encouraging reservations for the service you're attending due to capacity limitations. When you register (for online or in-person), you'll even receive our EXCLUSIVE ADVENT GUIDE AND ON-DEMAND ACCESS TO THE 2021 CHRISTMAS CONCERT! If you're registering a group, just fill out one form and mark how many people are attending with you. 

Christmas Missions

Christmas is a special time of year, but can also be painful, sad, and filled with stress. Sometimes it can be difficult to find joy in a season when you're facing hardships. St. Luke's is providing services and outreach to families in need this holiday and season, and we want you to be a part of this extraordinary effort.

Even when Christmas is hard, we have faith in a bright future because of the true meaning of Christmas. Join us in sharing this joy with our community and beyond.

When you read the Christmas story do you ever wonder if angels are real? Every year, we come together to be angels for others by sponsoring and supporting hundreds of children and their families with Christmas gifts and household items. There are three ways you can help:

  1. Sponsor a child. Please drop off all your gifts at St.Luke’s outside your worship space or at the main office December 5-12.
  2. Join one of our wrapping and sorting shifts December 12-17. 
  3. Give a donation to Angel Tree.

A core belief of our faith is to “love our neighbors as ourselves.” As thousands of refugees from Afghanistan became our new neighbors in the fall of 2021- we recognized an opportunity to put our faith in action. We invite you to join us in partnering with Exodus Refugee as we sponsor Afghan families who fled to the United States-many with just the clothing on their backs. The funding we raise will help to provide housing, transportation, furniture, food, and other basic needs as Afghan refugees make Indiana home. Please give today as we love our neighbors as ourselves.  

Saturday, December 18 from 9:30-11:30AM in the Fellowship Hall

Are you looking for a fun way to celebrate Christmas AND love the community around you? Operation Cookie Drop is the answer! Your entire family is invited to decorate cookies and deliver them to those you love and want to love on this holiday season. Boxes, gift tags, and all the sprinkles you need will be provided, we just need YOU to help us spread the joy. If your family is participating in Angel Tree, this would be a delicious way to add some extra love.

Longest Night

DECEMBER 21 @ 7PM

Navigating the Christmas season during grief can be hard. In the last 18 months, many individuals have felt the sense of loss, the loss of normalcy, if not some other loss. Join us for a service of hope on the day each year that we have the least hours of sunlight, the longest night.

This service symbolizes a move out of the darkness and is for anyone who has had a loss of any kind at any time in their life. Grief is a journey, that no one can put an end date on for another person. Let us be a part of your journey, your journey of hope into lightness. This service will be in-person as well as streamed online here.

Other Special Christmas Happenings

Download these amazing Family Advent Activity Kits!

Below you'll find the 2021 Advent Guide. The pages in this guide can be used for personal or communal reflection. We’ve suggested pairing your reading with the lighting of Advent candles in your home. Creating an Advent wreath at home to light can be as simple or elaborate as you prefer. In its simplest form, you need five candles - one in the middle (the Christ Candle), and four surrounding it. Light the number of candles surrounding the Christ Candle each week, and on Christmas Eve, light the final center candle. As you journey further into Advent, watch how the light grows. Consider the light that Jesus’ birth brought to the world and the light that your life has the potential to be to the people and places around you.

Wednesday, December 15 at 7PM

Come celebrate the season at the JoySwing Christmas Classics Concert, a jazzy musical tribute to Jesus. The JoySwing Jazz Orchestra will provide a lively setting for praising the coming of the savior. The concert is offered free of charge but a free-will offering in support of St. Luke's charitable partners will be taken. The concert is presented as an in-person event and will be livestreamed. No registration is needed.

Via Zoom, Wednesday, December 1-22 from 6:15-7:30PM

In "Light of the World: A Beginner’s Guide to Advent," author, professor, and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine explores the biblical texts surrounding the story of the birth of Jesus. Join her as she traces the Christmas narrative through the stories of Zechariah and Elizabeth, Mary, the journey to Bethlehem, and the visit from the Magi. These stories open conversations around connections of the Gospel stories to the Old Testament, the role of women in first-century Jewish culture, the importance of Mary’s visitation and the revolutionary implications of Mary’s Magnificat, the census and the stable, and the star of Bethlehem and the flight to Egypt. Please register to receive the zoom link.

This year, we are going all out with a combined youth overnighter! This awesome event will be a fantastic time for 5th-12th grade students to celebrate the end of finals and the beginning of winter break. There will be worship, teaching, a midnight trampoline park session, wild games, and all sorts of fun ways for students to connect with one another. Make sure your students invite their friends for this epic night. Signup here.

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December 31 at 5PM in Fellowship Hall

Usher in the New Year with a time of remembering 2021 and looking forward to 2022. Perhaps choose a word for 2022 and contemplate how that word will be evidenced in your life as you walk. If you have never walked a labyrinth, someone will be present to introduce you to the practice. Vaccination required. No need to register, just show up! 

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