Weekly News

Sunday 24th September 2023

Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity/ Alpha Sunday

8:30am Prayer meeting On Zoom
Family Communion
Romans: The Crux of Salvation
In the Church and Online
Reading: Romans 3:21-31
Leading and Presiding: Rev Michael Norman
Preaching: Dave Clarke (Reader)
Breathing the Oxygen of Peace
In the Church
Readings: 1 Kings 19: 1–13, John 20.19-23
Leading: Rev Michael Norman
Preaching: Bill Miller (Lay Leader of Worship)

Coming Up This Week

Tuesday 26th   
10amHoly Communion in the Church
6:15-7:30pmUrban Saints
7:45-9pmK2 Youth
8pmFOCUS Prayer on zoom
Wednesday 27th   
8:30amStaff Meeting
7:45pmChildren and Youth team meeting
8pmCassiobury and Nearby Community Choir in the Church
Thursday 28th   
9:30-11amToddlers in the Hall
6:15-7:30pmBASE Youth in the Hall
7:30pmAlpha in the Lounge
Friday 29th  
10-11amHour of Prayer in the Chapel
1:30pmFriday Club in the Lounge
Saturday 30th  
8:30-10amBreakfast Club in the Hall
Sunday 1st OctoberSeventeenth Sunday after Trinity / Harvest Sunday
8:30amPre-Service Prayer meeting on Zoom
10:30amFamily Service in Church and online
5:30pmEncounter in the Church
Other events happening through the week organised by external groups


PCC Vacancies: we have an urgent need for a PCC Secretary and a Church GDPR Officer. Please chat to Susan or John W about what these roles involve.

Water Quiz raised £106 for Water Aid – thanks for the donations. The winner was Mrs Leedham, closely followed by the Millers and Susan H. Pam has answer sheets/answers if not sent by SAE.

New Quiz for Open Doors coming soon.

Job opportunity: Watford Foodbank is recruiting a Manager in a new full-time salaried role to start in January 2024. The position is located at our warehouse off Imperial Way, North Watford. For more details see watford.foodbank.org.uk/jobs.

Community Banner – we are starting a banner for the gathering area and need fabric leaves decorated by individuals – see Pam/Wendy D or Edna for the specifications. All can take part – children too.

ACTORS needed for Sunday morning plays on the book of Esther in Jan/Feb 2024.  Children/youth will get priority, then adults. Helpers with costumes etc also needed. See Pam N.

Dates for your Diaries:

28th – Alpha meal – please be prayerfully considering bringing someone along.

1st October – Harvest Services. We will be supporting Watford Foodbank, New Hope and Tearfund.

6th – A remembrance service for those who have lost babies or young children in collaboration with West Herts NHS. Helpers would be appreciated.

7th/8th – Weekend at home (Saturday at Restore Hope) with Greg Downes. There is a sign-up sheet for those who are expressing an interest in the Gathering Area.

28th – Face 2 Face Concert
31st – Light Party

Weekend at home 7th/8th October

Come and spend time with all the Church Family and hear Greg Downes speak on how to reach out to friends, neighbours, colleagues and classmates about your faith.

Greg Downes is an international evangelist and director of Kingfisher Ministries.

Saturday 7th – 9:30am to 4:30pm

at Restore Hope Latimer, with a bring-your-own picnic lunch (themes probably more suitable for adults). Come for all or as much as you are able.

Please do sign up to let us know you are planning to come.

Sunday 8th – including bring and share lunch for all the church family at St Luke’s followed by an afternoon family session.



O Lord, we beseech you mercifully to hear the prayers

of your people who call upon you;

and grant that they may both perceive and know

what things they ought to do,

and also may have grace and power

faithfully to fulfil them;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, 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. Let us encourage one another to go deeper into prayer and to persevere.

Immediate needs: Libya; Morocco; Ukraine; those struggling with rising costs; the repercussions of climate change and current extreme weather.

World Watch List: Christians in Egypt (35th highest area of religious persecution)

Deanery Cycle of Prayer: All Saints, Oxhey and St Matthew’s, Oxhey.

Those with on-going needs.

St Luke’s family in need.

Our wider family and friends in need: those we know and love.

Those in mourning: all those we know mourning loved ones at this time.

Giving Thanks: answers to prayer this week.

Please update the office regarding any prayer needs or answered prayer.

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