Weekly news

Sunday 24th January 2021

Third Sunday of Epiphany

8.30am Pre-Service Prayer on Zoom  

9.45am Children’s and Youth meetings on Zoom  

10.30am Morning Service The Life You’ve Always Wanted
Training vs Trying: The truth about Spiritual Disciplines  
via YouTube
Readings: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, Matthew 4:18-22, Luke 18:9-14
Leader and Speaker: Michael Norman (Vicar)  
5 minutes after the end of the service Coffee and Chat via Zoom  

7.00pm Evening Service From Why to Worship – Wait
via Facebook and YouTube
Readings: Habakkuk 2:1-20 and Habakkuk 1:12-17 
Leader and Speaker: Jeremy Hogarth (Assistant Music Leader)  
Followed by Coffee and Chat via Zoom at 7:45pm  

Coming Up This Week

Tuesday 26th       
8:00pmFOCUS Prayer on Zoom
Thursday 28th           
9.45amToddlers on Zoom
12-1pmChurch open for Private Prayer
6.30-7.15pmRISE on Zoom
7.45-8.30pmRock Solid on Zoom
Friday 29th 
10am-11amHour of Prayer via Zoom
  
Sunday 31st       Fourth Sunday of Epiphany
8.30amPre-Service Prayer on Zoom
10.30amMorning Service on YouTube
7.00pmHoly Communion on Facebook and YouTube
  
  
For more information and log-in details please contact the following:
Prayer, Services & Zoom Coffee office@stlukeswatford.org
Children’s Groups children@stlukeswatford.org
Urban Saints susan-miller@ntlworld.com
Youth Groups nabrookes@yahoo.co.uk
Heroes/Church Gardens office@stlukeswatford.org

News

The Church is closed and all services will be online. If you are unable to access the services or would like the details, please contact the office.

The office is operating on a part-time basis. The staff team are working from home as much as possible, so answerphone messages may take a little longer to be answered. Please bear with us.

AV Team. We are looking for more volunteers. If you are interested in knowing more or would like to be trained in using the AV equipment, please speak to Tim.

Private Prayer. We are open for private prayer on Thursdays 12pm-1pm. Please sign in, sanitise and follow social distancing guidelines, and please do not come if you are isolating or showing any symptoms of Covid-19. Stay safe. If you would like to volunteer to help with stewarding this, please contact the office.

Life Groups. The Life Groups are mostly following either the morning or evening sermon series, and are a fabulous opportunity for fellowship and connection with others in the church. If you are not in a life group and are interested, please contact the office – we can link you up with a life group and would love to do so.

Please save your stamps from all your Christmas post for the Leprosy Mission. Trim a generous amount of envelope around the stamp and put in the Leprosy Mission box on the small table behind the door to the church in the Gathering area. Thank you. Or, put all the stamps in one envelope, label it “stamps” and pop it through the church letterbox.

St Luke’s Covid-19 Emergency Fund. We have some money in the fund, and we are looking to support Covid-related needs. For example, we might be able to offer some support to a family in need of a device to support learning at home. If you know of anyone who might benefit from this fund, or would like some support, please let the office know.

Notices. If you have any notices that we are missing, please let us know- we are happy to receive announcements for Sundays of birthdays or other special occasions, and we are very happy to receive prayer requests and prayer updates. Please make sure you have permission before sharing personal information.

Services coming up

DateMorning theme    The Life You’ve Always WantedEvening theme  From Why to Worship
January 31st  Morning Service An unhurried lifeHoly Communion Woe! (Habakkuk 2:6-20)
February 7thFamily Communion Appropriate smallness: The practice of ServanthoodEvening Service Watch! (Habakkuk 3:1-15)
February 14thMorning Service Life beyond regret: the practice of confessionEvening Communion Worship! (Habakkuk 3:16-19)
February 17th (Ash Wednesday)10am Holy Communion Life with a Well-ordered heart: developing your own “rule of life” 

Prayer

COLLECT

Almighty God,

whose Son revealed in signs and miracles

the wonder of your saving presence:

renew your people with your heavenly grace,

and in all our weakness

sustain us by your mighty power;

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.

The World: Watford Borough Council, our local councillors and Mayor Peter Taylor.

The Church: Christian mission agencies in Britain and abroad

Partners in Mission: Ruth G in Malawi. Drs Sujai & Lavanya in India.

Community Involvement: The Peace Hospice & Peace Children’s Centre; Watford General Hospital; Psychiatric Care Services including Kingfisher Court and Colne House.

Deanery Cycle of Prayer: St John’s, Watford and the Watford and Three Rivers Refugee Project.

Regular Ministry: The Pastoral, Prayer and Healing Ministry at St Luke’s. Prayer Ministry. For members of St Luke’s involved in any aspect of health care. Frontline ministry in Health Care.

Groups at St Luke’s: Thursday Groups: The Toddler Group, Toddler Service, Brownies, Rock Solid & Rise

Members of St Luke’s: In particular, this week, those whose surnames begin with letters L-P (take a look at the directory).

Those with on-going needs.

Those who are in need.

Those in mourning.

Please update the office regarding those we are praying for and any prayer needs.

For your Information:

If you are new to St Luke’s Church (online too!) – welcome.

Please email your details to office@stlukeswatford.org and we will email back a welcome form for you to complete.

St Luke’s Church Office 01923 246161

Vicar’s Messages by email. Please send your email details to the Church Office at office@stlukeswatford.org if you would like to receive them.