Cathedral Church of St. Luke

Third Sunday of Advent

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Sunday, December 24 (*Childcare available)

  • 8 a.m. - Advent IV Holy Eucharist
  • 5 p.m. - Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist & Children’s Christmas pageant*
  • 8 p.m. - Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist*
  • 10:30 p.m. - Choral Concert
  • 11 p.m. - Christmas Eve Midnight Mass

Monday, December 25

  • 10 a.m. - Holy Eucharist

Tuesday, December 26

  • Cathedral Office Closed - No noon Holy Eucharist

Upcoming Advent Dean's Hour

  • December 17: The Song of Zechariah (BCP 92) - Canon Josh Bales

Christmas Lesson and Carols

Sunday, December 17 at 6 p.m.

A favorite Orlando holiday program by the Orlando Boys Choir and Girls Choir (formerly “Deanery” Choirs) and our Men’s Choir together with the Cathedral Choristers. Beloved carols and the Christmas Story highlight this festive service based on the renowned Lessons and Carols from King’s College, Cambridge UK. Please join us at a festive reception afterward. Thank you to Dr. Matt Gay for sponsoring this program.

Homeless Memorial Service

Tuesday, December 19, 11 a.m.

First United Methodist Church in Orlando will join 125 cities across the nation by having a special memorial service to recognize and remember the lives of persons who have died this year in Central Florida after having experienced homelessness. In many cases, this service is the only commemoration of their life and their passing, providing the respect and honor the passing of any life deserves. Parking is available at the Orange County Administration garage (parking ticket will be validated as you enter the garage).

Christmas Eve Pageant

Sunday, December 24, 5 p.m.

We would love to have your child/grandchild participate in the Cathedral Christmas Eve pageant during the 5 p.m. worship service. Practice will take place Sunday, December 17, 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 4:30 p.m. December 24. If your child will be participating, contact Susie Dunlap at or 407-849-0680.

Christmas Gifts for the Missionaries

The Cathedral currently has five members who serve as Missionaries for Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ): Cy Todd, T.M.A. (serving in secure locations with StoryRunners, a ministry of Cru), Erin Dienst, and Abraham & Romila George. We would like to offer you an opportunity to support their ministries during the holidays. We recommend purchasing an Amazon Gift Card online that would be delivered to them via email which they could use anywhere in the world to purchase something needed or something fun for the holidays. To purchase a gift card, visit The email addresses for each of our Cru Missionaries are:

Mercado Rosas: The Rose Boutique

The Christmas tree in the Great Hall is filled with special ornaments each with a name of girl who lives at Our Little Roses in Honduras. Please take an ornament as a thank you gift from the Honduras Mission Team. We appreciate your kind and constant support. Along with a girl’s name, we’ve indicated her blouse size. When you’re out shopping this season or during the after Christmas sales, consider buying something special for your OLR girl (shirts and blouses are best). When our group visits the home this summer, we’re looking forward to creating a boutique, The Rose Boutique or Mercado Rosas, for the girls to enjoy a fun shopping experience. Donations are collected at the Yergey Library each Sunday and the deadline is not until June 2018. Thank you so much for your generous support, both for the girls and for those who care for them. Feliz Navidad!

Dave Ramsey Money Management Course

Financial Peace University (FPU) is a nine-lesson class on money management taught by America’s most trusted financial guru, Dave Ramsey. Dave and his teaching team will walk you through the basics of budgeting, dumping debt, planning for the future and much more.

The best way to jumpstart your financial journey and to see the most significant life-change is to join and experience the class with other people. Classes will meet for 90 minutes once a week for nine weeks and will be led by volunteer coordinators Bob and Elizabeth Stephens. The accountability and motivation you receive from discussing the lessons and meeting with people face-to-face is the key to changing your life!

Classes will begin on Wednesday, January 10th. You will be able to pick up your dinner in the Great Hall at 6:15 and eat with your classmates in the Activity Room in the Education Building. Babysitting will be available.

To join this class, please note on your Sunday connection card, call the Cathedral Office, or sign up online

The cost per “family unit” is $109. This cost includes: Participation in the class, member workbook, debt snowball tool and other resources, one year access to online videos, one year subscription to EveryDollarPlus (Dave’s online budgeting tool), the envelope system, and a lifetime of living debt free!

Blankets for the Homeless

Thank you to all who contributed to keeping the homeless of Orlando warm this winter season. Together, we've collected and raised enough money for 140 blankets!

Cathedral Chapter Meeting Minutes

The following summary of the Cathedral Chapter Meeting is presented in an effort for the Chapter to keep the congregation better informed about the business and issues that the Chapter works on for the betterment of our communal life.

The meeting was called to order on November 27th, at 6:05 p.m. by Dean Reggie Kidd.

The treasurer reported that the Cathedral is on track for meeting the budget goals for 2017. She expressed thanks to those who had sponsored the Fall Festival, and discussed the goal of having all who pledge receive a thank you note from a Chapter member.

Dean Kidd issued his report on the following topics:

  • He attended a seminar on security solutions for churches. He is still pursuing security solutions and will increase security for Christmas Eve.
  • Approximately 75 percent of those who pledged last year have already done so for next year. He will be reaching out to those who have not yet pledged.
  • The Cathedral has established a relationship with the Episcopal Church Foundation to lead us thru a discernment process regarding plans for the next ten years.

Canon Missioner Josh Bales reported that he is working on communication efforts to recruit and retain new members. To increase these outreach efforts, he requested that two volunteers per service be stationed at the welcome desk in the Narthex.

Canon Bales also reported that a number of people have expressed an interest in participating in small groups. He is in the process of configuring groups to maximize participation and effectiveness.

Youth, Family & Mission Rev Adam Young reported that on January 19 & 20, Jim Coffield from Reformed Theological Seminary will lead a Parenting Conference at the Cathedral and it will be open to any parents in the Greater Orlando area. There will be a minimal charge, but Father Young expressed his desire that the cost not be a barrier in a parent’s involvement. There will be VBS-like activities for children while their parents participate in the conference.

Administrator Anne Michels announced that she appeared before the state historic board in early November regarding the grant request to repair the stained-glass windows in the nave. The request was placed on the list to the Florida’s Secretary of State, which will be presented in the State Budget proposal at the next Legislative Session.

Junior Warden Cameron Gordon reported that electrical upgrade work authorized at the October meeting is in process. Other areas currently being evaluated include rain intrusion in the Chapter Building and downspout repair/replacement issues.

Senior Warden Chip Vanture reported that the Nominating Committee has generated a large list of potential Chapter nominees. These are names suggested who meet Canon law requirements. The committee will meet Wednesday, November 29 to finalize an “Ask” list.

Thank you from St. Mark's Church!

Fr. Tony Clark from St. Mark’s Church in Beaumont, TX sends his thanks to all those who contributed toward the Hurricane Harvey Relief and Recovery Fund. He says “These gifts will enable us to help members of our congregation and our neighbors in Southeast Texas during a very long period of recovery.” He sends his regards to all those at the Cathedral. If you wish to contact him, his email is

Hurricane Relief for the Caribbean and Puerto Rico

Many are still without power and the basic necessities due to the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean and Puerto Rico. If you are interested in helping the relief efforts for those hit the hardest in those areas, bins are available in the Great Hall to drop off donations of wipes, diapers, and other toiletries. If you prefer to make a monetary donation, visit the Diocesan website for more information.

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

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 | 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 | John 1:6-8,19-28 | Psalm 126

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 14, 2017