Fresco of an angel playing the lute
by Melozzo da Forli (1438–1494) b. Italy
Church Service Sunday, December 13
Join us this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. for Holy Eucharist on Facebook Live.You may download the service bulletin for Sunday, December 13 and use it during the liturgy. The bulletin will include music for our hymns as well. See you there!
Join us on Zoom every Sunday at 11:30 a.m. for Virtual Coffee Hour, to catch up on each others’ lives and share stories. All are welcome!
A few days remain to purchase gift cards for our neighbors in need at Santa Maria Urban Ministry, Canterbury Bridge Chaplaincy at San Jose State University, and the St. Luke’s Food Pantry Program. Please be generous! Here is what these organizations need:
For SMUM - $25 gift cards for Target, Walmart, or Old Navy.
For Canterbury Bridge/SJSU - $10-20 gift cards for Subway, OR $50 gift cards for the Grocery Outlet (This store is located at 1665 Foxworthy Ave, San Jose, or cards can be ordered from groceryoutlet.com).
For the Pantry - $20 gift cards for Pizza My Heart.
The deadline for us to bring the gift cards to the organizations is December 15.
In order to drop off your cards safely, please place them in a plain envelope and drop them through the mail slot outside our parish office. If you cannot bring your cards to St. Luke's, call or text Leigh-Anne Marcellin at 703-554-3543 and she will pick them up at your home.
Thank you in advance for your support. This has been a difficult year, so let's bring as much joy and hope as we possibly can to our neighbors in need this Christmas.
Cantors at Sunday Services
On certain Sundays for the remainder of the year, our talented singers will be leading the hymns and providing an Offertory solo piece for our virtual services! All music will be safely and individually pre-recorded on video a week ahead of time.
December 13th (Lessons & Carols): Janet Souza, Susie Fleming, Kirk Young, Marilyn Everett
December: 24th (Christmas Eve): Young String Trio, Janet Souza, Susie Fleming, Kirk Young, Marilyn Everett
December 25th (Christmas Day): Young String Trio, Janet Souza, Susie Fleming, Kirk Young, Marilyn Everett
Seasonal Music from Chichester Cathedral
Though no choir can ever match ours at St. Luke's, we thought you might enjoy listening to Lessons & Carols from various online cathedral services. We hope to include one link each week, but cannot vouch for how long these links will be live. So, do watch soon!
This week we direct you to Chichester Cathedral, England, for their “Advent Procession” from Sunday, 6 December, a glorious service. CLICK HERE.
Then, just scroll down a bit on their website and click on the gold-colored video titled, “Advent Procession.” You can follow along with their service bulletin HERE. Do note that the service starts in total darkness, so there’s nothing wrong with the video. Enjoy!
The “O” Antiphons
The O Antiphons, so called because they all begin with the exhortation "O," are part of the Divine Office. These prayers are sung or said on the seven days before the Vigil of the Nativity, December 17–23. A collection of phrases from Biblical texts, largely the wisdom and prophetic books, they are believed to have been composed by a cantor of the 7th or 8th century. The Antiphons became truly popular during the Middle Ages. They speak of man's desire and longing for God, a longing which has existed throughout the history of God's people from the beginning of time through Abraham, Moses and David, fulfilled on the night when Emmanuel (God with us) was born.
On these seven days, consider taking 5 minutes to pray with the antiphon of the day and sit in silence before God. You can find them HERE.
Teaching Tuesdays Recordings Now Available!
Perhaps what’s been missing in your life is a terrific church history series offered by a humble, wise professor who’s taught the subject for over 40 years! The Very Rev. Bill Stafford, our very own St. Luke’s treasure, has ennobled our CoVid lockdown with scholarly talks on various topics, from Teresa of Avila to Henry VIII. You can watch the whole series by clicking on this link to our video recordings. Learn lots, and enjoy!
Bible Study Recordings Now Available!
We know you’ve felt that something was missing in your life and are here to provide! Our Thursday Bible study gatherings have been great scholarly fun, and lucky for you we’ve recorded them all! Learn about the Gospel of Mark by clicking on this linkto our recordings, and enjoy!
Help From NAMI
Frank Alioto is on the board of the Santa Clara Valley chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and reports that calls to their “Warm Line” (think “Hotline”) have tripled during COVID time. With the added stress of the holidays, please know that NAMI’s help line is there for you, free of charge, and can guide you to mental health resources for yourself or your loved ones. Please don’t be shy about reaching out for assistance!
The Warm Line number is 408-453-0400. Thank you to Frank and all the other NAMI volunteers.
Courtyard Donations a No-No
We give thanks to those generous enough to leave donations in our courtyard, but we cannot accept them without clearing them first with our Food Pantry coordinator. Please contact Jo Greiner before making any donations.
Fantasy of Lights
The annual Fantasy of Lights show runs December 4–30 this year. While somewhat changed due to circumstances, traffic patterns may be disrupted on University Avenue between Lark Ave & Blossom Hill Road. Please plan accordingly.
The OXymorons Book Club Presents: The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
Our St. Luke’s Book Club winter selection is a modern fiction classic, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize and a literary page-turner! Join us Tuesday, January 26, at 5:00 p.m., to discuss The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt. Order your copy and start reading now, as the book is 771 pages long. We recommend buying from your local bookstore, or from Bookshop.org. Zoom link coming in January … we know you’ll love this one!
We gather at 9:00 a.m. Monday–Saturday each week to recite Morning Prayer together. Tune in HERE starting at 8:55 a.m. See you in the morning!
Flowers at the altar are given
to the glory of God by Kelly Conway.
Our Church Finances
Thank you for keeping up with your pledge as you are able. In these times of economic uncertainty, we very much appreciate it, as our finances are not as solid in the short term as we would like. Rentals, offering plate donations, and non-pledgers’ checks are usual sources of revenue that have dried up.
If you already pledge via credit card or check, we hope you can continue to do so. If you do not, please consider donating via our church website donation page: http://stlukeslg.org/donate.
It’s best to mail checks directly to our treasurer, but know that even automated pledges mailed to our parish office are picked up weekly and processed.
We are still paying staff and intend to continue our online presence until we are reunited in our sanctuary once more. Thank you for your generosity and commitment!
PJ Hales. A former Saturday evening service-goer, PJ Hales has been living at Amberwood Gardens, San Jose, for a few years. Unfortunately, the facility suffered a recent coronavirus outbreak and PJ got the virus. But, thanks be to God, she has recovered and completed her time in quarantine! Please keep her in your prayers, as well as the staff and other clients at Amberwood. PJ’s son, Chad, says that she loves receiving cards in the mail, but that it’s nearly impossible to reach her via telephone. Please, if you have a moment, send her a note with your best wishes and prayers. Even if you don’t know her well, let her know her St. Luke’s friends remember her. The address is:
1601 Petersen Avenue
San Jose, CA 95129
There is no specific room number, as people are segregated in different locations during the CoVid outbreak, but this address should suffice. Thank you for your thoughtfulness!
Please contact Fr. Ricardo if you have any pastoral care needs, or if you just want to check in with him.
A skeleton crew of valiant and big-hearted volunteers is safely distributing food and other necessary items to our homeless clients on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. Though meals are now on a “grab-and-go” basis, our clients are being cared for and we are keeping in touch with them. If you think you can help in some way, contact Jo Greiner, our coordinator. You can also donate to the Pantry through our church website, as noted above.
COVID-19 Info From the Santa Clara Dept. of Health
For your own safety, and for the health and safety of your family and loved ones, please do stay informed of the latest health updates regarding the coronavirus. Here is a link to the Santa Clara Department of Health, which features regular updates.
December 14 Cheryl Lawrence
December 18 Leigh-Anne Marcellin
December 18 Aaron Willis
December 14 Paul and Suzanne Christensen
December 14 Peter & Kristine Tonnesen
Remember in Your Prayers
George Clifford Wilcox
Ace & Gayle Gilbert
David & Sarah H.
Anne Marie Herzberg
Pray for the Repose of the Soul of
Harold Budd (Mother Nayan’s cousin)
Janice Aron (Rabbi Melanie Aron’s mother) Robin Gay (Mary Beth Gay’s sister-in-law)
All who have died from the COVID-19 virus.
If you’d like to add anyone to our Prayer List, or make revisions to it, please contact Diann Reading at firstname.lastname@example.org.