Sunday Notice Sheet


Sunday 10th December 2017

Second Sunday of Advent



Holy Communion (CW)

Advent+: There’s something about Mary

Readings: Isaiah 40:1-11 pp723; Luke 1: 26-38 p1026

Leader: Dave Middlebrook (Vicar) Speaker: Adrian Smith (Associate Minister)



Holy Communion

Advent+: There’s something about Mary

Reading: Luke 1: 26-38 p1026

Leader: Dave Middlebrook Speaker: Adrian Smith

11.00am Holy Communion

and Admission of Children to Communion

Advent+: There’s something about Mary

Reading: Luke 1: 26-38 p1026

Leader: Dave Middlebrook Speaker: Adrian Smith



Mince Pies & Carol Singing

The Gift That Started It All

Reading: Luke 2:1-20 (dramatised)

Leader & Speaker: Dave Middlebrook


8.00pm ChristiansAcrossWatford One Hour   YMCA
Tuesday 12th  
9.30am Holy Communion (BCP)
8.00pm FOCUS Monthly Prayer Chapel – all welcome
Thursday 14th  
8.00pm Hour of Prayer Chapel – all welcome
Friday 15th  
10.00am Hour of Prayer Chapel – all welcome
Saturday 16th  
10.30am Carol Singing outside Cassiobury Shops
6.00pm Urban Saints Christmas Party

Sunday  17th December  – Third Sunday of Advent

8.00am Morning Prayer (BCP) as 9.15am
9.15am Holy Communion Zechariah’s Song
11.00am The All-in Thing The Waiting Is Over – The King Is Here!
6.30pm Carol Service
8.00pm ChristiansAcrossWatford One Hour Chapel Of Glory @ Garston Community Church


Carol Singers welcome for: St. Anthony’s Care Home, December 10th – 2.30pm and the St Luke’s Carol Service, December 17th 6.30pm. Rehearsals will take place on: Dec 14th at 7.30pm, Dec 17th at 4.30pm. Some of the carols will be in harmony, some in unison. Please join! Any questions please contact Andrew Cheale, 01923 673101.

Seekers, Climbers and Crèche Leaders are needed for next term. Please prayerfully consider if this could be you and talk to Jenny. Thank you.

YMCA Gift Bags. Each year we give out Christmas gift bags to each of our residents with a card. It’s a time when people can feel particularly lonely, and this small token can make a big difference. Would you like to help us in creating or sponsoring some bags? To donate please go to

Traidcraft  Christmas  –  Gifts, Cards & Hampers are available for sale on the Stall.

St. Luke’s 80th Anniversary Christmas Tree Festival. Open for the last time today 2.00pm-4.00pm. Bring your friends and family to see the Bible brought to life on trees!

St Luke’s Church Christmas Fayre. Thank you for all those who have contributed in anyway. All proceeds will be going to The Peace Hospice.

Carol Singing outside the Cassiobury Estate Shops. Saturday 16th December 10.30 am – 11.30am. Please do come along – whether you can sing or not doesn’t matter – come for the hour, or less if you don’t have as much time. It is a great way to witness, a simple way to proclaim Christ through the words of well-known carols, and also good to invite people to services. The reception is always positive and sometimes people walking past join in. Afterwards those who are able to stay can go to the Rhubarb or the Essex Arms for a drink and to warm up. Please do encourage your family and friends to come! More information from Dave Middlebrook.

St. Luke’s Christmas Light Club – please register children aged 5-10yrs for the club on Dec 20th 3-7pm. This will include games, craft, drama, cooking, prayer, singing and a Christmas dinner. To register your children or volunteer as part of the team please contact Jenny on 01923 246161 or

Nativity Actors needed. Please contact Dave Middlebrook if you would like to take part in these services on Christmas Eve. (242208 or

Photos. After the 9.15am and 11am morning services on Sunday December 17th, John and Edna Williamson will be photographing church members and families, in the gathering area, as we form a new ‘church family photo album’. Another date in early 2018 may be necessary to complete the process.



O Lord, raise up, we pray, your power and come among us, and with great might succour us; that whereas, through our sins and wickedness we are grievously hindered in running the race that is set before us, your bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, to whom with you and the Holy Spirit, be honour and glory, now and for ever.

 Suggestions for prayer this week

“Let us pray for the world, for the church, and let us thank God for his goodness”

The World: Our parish and our neighbours.

The Church: Christians around the world who are persecuted or face opposition. The children who are being admitted to communion today.

Partners in Mission: Former members of St Luke’s who have gone into full time Christian ministry.

Community Involvement: Relationship building with other communities and people of other faiths. Watford and Three Rivers Refugee Partnership.

Regular Ministry: The ministry of welcome in the Gathering Area: coffee times, books, displays and conversation; our witness and welcome to all. Frontline ministry in Retirement.

Deanery Cycle of Prayer: The Deanery of Watford and its Synod and Chapter. Churches Together.

Groups at St Luke’s: Saturday Groups: The Coffee Shop, Urban Saints.

Members of St Luke’s: In particular, this week, those whose surnames begin with letters T – Z (take a look at the directory).

Those with on-going needs.

Those who are sick.

Those in mourning: .

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