December 2017 – Living in Anticipation

December, 2017 -

We Live and Worship With

Anticipation of Real Peace 


December 17, 2017   Third Sunday of Advent, Cantata

The St. Luke choir has been practicing for over a month already for this year’s Christmas Cantata, Little Lion, Little Lamb by Heather Sorenson. The Cantata presents familiar and new Christmas songs in beautiful and fun settings. It’s a great way to connect with true Christmas Spirit.

In the afternoon, St. Luke will provide desserts for the Grace Cafe at Arch St. Church, Broad and Arch Sts. Plan to be there at 4:30 pm if you want to help serve food to folks in need. 4:30 is when the Grace Cafe staff instructs servers on their tasks. You may also wish to attend worship in the Arch St. sanctuary upstairs at 5 pm, in which Sarah Dennis has been playing the piano.

Read: Psalm 126


December 24, 2017   Fourth Sunday of Advent, Christmas Pageant

This year the fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve are on the same day. The morning celebration at 10 am features the Children’s Christmas Pageant. The sermon is titled Morning, Noon, and Night, referring both to the multiple celebrations and to the time signature of Mary’s Magnificat. Mary’s song of praise about the birth of her son celebrates the present and the future, this birth of wonder, which hails a time of peace that we still feel is somehow here, but not yet here.

Read: Luke 1:47-55, Luke 1:26-38


December 24, 2017, 7:30 pm Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve is a service full of tradition – singing Joy to the World and Silent Night by candlelight, the passing of light from person to person symbolizing the spread of the love of Christ throughout the community and the world. These traditions make the evening special and are the culmination of weeks of preparation and anticipation. We welcome the sacred birth of Emmanuel, God with Us, with singing and praise, thanksgiving and hope.

We invite you to consider a gift to God through the church this evening – a gift comparable to the gift you give to your family. The church will make sure that 100% of the gifts we receive on Christmas Eve go to the needs of people recovering from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. We are beginning to plan a trip to the island for early in the New Year to help with the recovery.

Read: Psalm 98, John 1:1-14


December 31, 2017  First Sunday after Christmas Day,  New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve used to be, and for some still is, a time to attend church, a time to give the coming year to God. With New Year’s Eve falling on a Sunday this year, we have the opportunity to look forward to 2018 together in the morning and still watch the ball drop in the evening. The sermon this morning, Restoration: A New Year, proclaims the way the birth of Christ give us a new beginning, just as it did for Anna and Simeon in the first century. We open ourselves this Sunday to the the unexpected and the life-giving possibilities of this new time.

Read: Isaiah 61:10-62:3, Luke 2:22-40

Sundays in May

Sundays in May

Month of May: Mothers, Musicale, & Memorials

May 6, 2012 Holy Communion

Our confirmation trip to Ellis Island sparked a lot of thoughts for me about where we come from – the heritage of generations of faithful and courageous people who immigrated or were brought to this country. The last two sermons in the series Growing Up Christian in the 21st Century will reflect on that heritage.  This week’s sermon, Living Into Our Heritage, is about how we live out the expectations of our ancestors in a rapidly changing world. Do we stay connected to the legacy of their care for the community or do become cut off from them?

The Men’s LIFE group meets this morning at 8 am.  The Journey Class meets after church. The Holy Communion offering this morning goes to “Imagine No Malaria” the conference initiative to end malaria worldwide. The Central District goal is to raise $30,000.  St. Luke is pledging $1,000 toward that goal.

Read: Psalm 22:25-31; John 15:1-8

May 13, 2012 Mothers’ Day

On Mothers’ Day this year we sing some old favorite songs like “It is Well with My Soul,” and we will sing at least one song that we have never sung before. The sermon, Growing Up Christian in the 21st Century: Sing a New Song, uses Psalm 98’s phrase “Sing to the Lord a new song,” as the opportunity to think about what we need to keep the same in worship and what vehicles of expression of the Gospel may vary for new generations.

The Confirmation Class will meet after church today (if mothers allow it.)

Read: Psalm 98, John 15:9-17

May 20, 2012 Spring Musicale

Growing Up Christian in the 21st Century: Who Are You Becoming?, is the last sermon in this series. Today is Ascension Sunday, the last Sunday of Easter, the day that celebrates the final ascension of the Risen Christ. This may not be a prominent holy day in the church, but in the context of this sermon series, this day may symbolize the time when the teacher leaves the student on their own and the student has to face the future with only his or her own resources. When the next generation has to lead the church, where will we go?

After the service today, we will share food in Lurwick Hall and enjoy the fun musical offerings of the Spring Musicale.

Read: Acts 1:1-11; John 17:6-19

May 27, 2012    Day of Pentecost, Memorial Day

Melaina Trice will preach a Pentecost message this morning, while Pastor David leads the memorial service for his father in law. Pentecost is the day when the church catches fire, the Holy Spirit enters the lives of the disciples, and people begin to understand each other in all kinds of new ways.

Read: Psalm 104:24-34, 35b, Acts 2: 1-21

Sundays in December

December 4, 2011            Second Sunday of Advent   
The theme for our Advent reflections this year will be Occupy Hope. The title, of course, echoes the surprising Occupy Wall Street movement. Though the sermon series is not meant to glorify that movement, it recognizes that the conversation in our country is changing because of these people who are claiming to speak for “the 99%.” Where do we place our hope? How do we live into hope in this season as we prepare for the coming of the Prince of Peace? We share Holy Communion this morning as part of our Advent preparation.
The Men’s LIFE group meets this morning at 8 am and the Journey class meets after church.
Read: Isaiah 40:1-11, Mark 1:1-8

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Calendar & Special Events 2017-18

Sunday, Dec. 17, 10 am Choir Cantata,

             Little Lion, Little Lamb

Sunday, Dec. 24, 10 am Fourth Sunday of Advent service

Children’s Pageant, sermon: “Morning, Noon, and Night”

           7:30 pm: Christmas Eve service

Sunday, Dec. 31, First Sunday of Christmas/ New Year’s Eve,

                Restoration: A New Year


St. Luke United Methodist Church
568 Montgomery Ave (at Pennswood Ave.)
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010


Sunday, Jan. 7th, 10 am: Installation of Officers Sunday

               National Choir Appreciation Sunday

Saturday, Jan. 20th, 9 am to 3 pm, Winter Planning Retreat (St. Luke)


Friday-Saturday, Feb 2nd-3rd: Spiritual Retreat at St. Rafaela’s


Sunday, Feb. 11th, 11:30 am Souper Bowl/Mardi Gras Luncheon

                 Potluck Soup luncheon

Wednesday, Feb 14th, 7:30 pm Ash Wednesday Service


Tuesday, Feb 27th, 6:30 pm Lenten Potluck & Bible study


Sunday, Mar. 11th, 10 am Lenten Choir Service– St. Luke Choir


Sunday, March 25th   Passion/Palm Sunday

children lead the procession

Thursday, March 29th, 7:30 pm Holy Thursday Service

Last Supper Commemoration

Friday, March 30th, 1 pm  Good Friday service

4 pm Good Friday vigil


Sunday, April 1st, 6:30 am Easter Sunrise Celebration

Breakfast after service 10 am Easter Celebration

11:15 am Easter Egg Hunt


Sat., May 5th, 9 am-12 pm Main Line Children’s Festival

Family Weekend


Sunday, May 20th, 10 am   Pentecost and Spring Musicale Event  Potluck Luncheon , Lurwick Hall


Sunday, June 10th, 10 am Children’s Sunday 

Pizza lunch 


Sunday, July 15th: 11:30 am: Church Picnic at Gladwyne Park

(Tentative date)