Cathedral Church of St. Luke

Third Sunday of Advent

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God willing and the People consenting

The Right Reverend Gregory Orrin Brewer

Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida

will ordain

Robert Talmadge Griffith


The Sacred Order of Priests

in Christ’s One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church

Sunday, December 16, 2018

at 4:00 in the afternoon

Church of the Holy Spirit

601 S Highland Ave

Apopka, FL 32703

Your Prayers and Presence are Requested

Clergy: Red Stoles

Reception to Follow

Stewardship Update

It’s not too late to make a pledge for financial giving in 2019! Please visit our website make a pledge online, or pick up a pledge card from the narthex.

2019 Pledges Received (to Date): 138 Units, $637,924

2018 Pledges Received (Total): 191 Units, $764,780

Christmas Greens and Music

By Cathedral tradition, any and all members are invited to make donations to the greens and poinsettias which decorate the building for Christmas and to the special music offered. These donations, in whatever amount, may be memorials or thanksgivings. If you are giving a memorial, please give the person(s) first and last names, i.e. Robert and Jane Smith, not Mr. and Mrs. Smith. These donations must be received in the Cathedral Office by end of day Monday, December 17 in order for names to be printed in the Christmas bulletin.

Christmas Eve Pageant Rehearsal

This Sunday after the 10:15 service

We would love to have your child/grandchild participate in the Cathedral Christmas Eve pageant during the 4 p.m. worship service. Practice will take place this Sunday after church. A quick lunch will be provided in the Children’s Church room before practice in the Cathedral. We will finish by 1:15 p.m. Actors are expected to arrive in the Children’s Church room no later than 3:30 p.m. December 24. If your child will be participating, contact Susie Dunlap at or 407-849-0680.

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Tonight at 6 p.m.

Men of the Cathedral, you are cordially invited to an evening of conversation and fellowship in the Dean’s Courtyard tonight from 6pm-10pm. Drinks and light snacks will be provided. You are welcome to bring your tobacco pipe or favorite cigar!

Dean’s Hour

This Sunday, at 9 a.m. in the Great Hall

Join us in the Great Hall this Sunday as Dean Kidd leads part one of a two part series on Paul’s Psalms of thanksgiving for Christ’s incarnation (part two on Dec. 30). A special Dean’s Hour Sunday, December 23 for inquiring minds wanting to know ‘What’s up with the Capital Campaign?’

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Christmas Lessons & Carols

Sunday, Dec. 16th, 6pm

130 North Magnolia Avenue

Orlando, FL

Enjoy one of Orlando’s favorite programs by the Cathedral Choristers with the Orlando Boys and Girls Choir and their alums, based on Lessons and Carols from King’s College, Cambridge UK. Holiday reception afterward. Sponsored by Dr. Matt Gay. Free childcare will be available. To schedule free childcare contact Sonya at Free childcare will be available. To schedule free childcare contact Sonya at

Silent Night

This year the world celebrates the 200th anniversary of the Austrian carol “Silent Night” which was composed on Christmas Eve in 1818. At this Sunday’s Lessons and Carols, our youth choirs will sing it in German (its original language), and you’ll hear its famous story and learn about its surprising connection with our diocese!

Winter Wednesday Night Class

Beginning January 16

Dean Kidd will lead a class on Volume 2 of the Immerse Bible called Beginnings, which is available for purchase in the Cathedral Bookstore.

Cathedral Office Volunteers Needed

The Cathedral office is in need of volunteers to work at the front desk during the week, answering phones and doing other light administrative tasks. We have an opening on Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon, and occasional needs on other days and times during the week. If you’re interested, please contact Anne Michels at or 407-849-0680 x214.

Yams, Turkey, Cranberry Salad, Bluebags

While we’re shopping for our Christmas meal, let’s help spread joy and hope by filling a blue bag for families in need. The Christian Service Center has provided bags (helpful shopping list included) which, once filled, will be distributed through their Love Pantry school network, and through the Family & Emergency Services pantries. Blue Bags are available in the narthex. Return by December 18 for Christmas.

Blankets for the Homeless

Even in Orlando nights can be chilly in December and January. The Cathedral collects blankets to distribute to the homeless downtown. Bring donated or purchased blankets to the Great Hall. If you prefer, you may also write a check made out to “The Cathedral Church of St. Luke” to support the ministry ($5 per blanket, please put “blanket” in the memo). Contact Bill Jones at for more information. So far, Bill has delivered 94 blankets to the Salvation Army!

Cathedral Women's Retreat

April 26-28, 2019

Save the date! The Cathedral Women’s Retreat will be held April 26-28, 2019 at the Holiday Inn Resort Daytona Beach Oceanfront. We are excited that our very own practicing counselors Mindy Bales and the Rev. Canon Josh Bales will be leading us this year. Please join us for fellowship, spiritual enrichment, music, and fun. More details will follow.

Because we bear the name of St Luke, the Beloved Physician...

  • Attend healing Eucharist, this and every Thursday night at the Cathedral (in partnership with Inheritance House), 6:00 p.m.

  • Be aware that Inheritance House (1220 E Concord St, Orlando, FL 32803, 407-647-8925) is open every week, Mon. thru Fri., for prayer, whether drop-in or by-appointment.

  • Be mindful that the Cathedral offers Eucharist every weekday at 12:05 p.m. (with an emphasis on healing on Wednesday).

The Inheritance House

The Cathedral welcomes a new ministry partner! The Inheritance House is an interdenominational Christian Healing Ministry in the downtown Orlando area, offering a variety of activities that are available to the local and online community. For more information, visit their website at

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Cathedral Church of St. Luke

The Cathedral is located in the central district of downtown Orlando, on the Southwest corner of Magnolia Avenue and Jefferson Street.

PARKING: On Sunday mornings, parking is available at no charge in the surface lot at the corner of Washington and Magnolia. Downtown street meters are free all day on Sundays.

Additionally, we are designating all parking spaces in the Jefferson Street parking lot (the small lot behind the church building) as “Limited Mobility” or “Handicapped" for Sunday services. That includes the Dean’s space and the 2 clergy spaces. We are asking everyone able to do so to park in the Washington Street lot or in the Region’s Bank garage.

Parking is available for Sunday services in the Regions Bank garage located on the northeast corner of Orange Ave. and Washington Street: Enter the up-ramp on Washington and receive an Entrance ticket. At the Cathedral, pick up an Exit ticket from an usher. Then using those two tickets, exit the garage free of charge. The small parking lot behind the Cathedral on Jefferson street is reserved for handicapped and those with limited mobility. During the week (Monday through Friday) from 9 am until 5 pm, the Washington Street lot has ten designated spaces available at no charge for visitors to the Cathedral.

Readings From the Revised Common Lectionary

Zephaniah 3:14-20 | Philippians 4:4-7 | Luke 3:7-18 | Canticle 9

The Collect

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

Published Thursday, December 13, 2018