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The E-Pistle of Sunday, December 4th, 2022

Thank You For Joining Us Today

We are most grateful to welcome you to our Sunday worship. We wish you God's blessings and love for this day.


We hope that you can feel part of the Cathedral community wherever you are in your life's journey. Know that this is a place of welcome and love for all.


The church is so much more than a building or our Sunday services. At the core of the body of the church is each of you. God’s love and compassion which you carry out into the world from this place, is the living church.


Blessings to you.


Dean Shambaugh and the Cathedral Community.


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Sunday Morning Service Participants

Preacher and Celebrant: The Very Rev. Dr. Benjamin A. Shambaugh, Dean

Assisting: The Rev. Rebecca Grant, Deacon

Music Leader: Christian M. Clough 

Assisting Organist: Randall Mullin

The Cathedral Choir

Ushers: Peter Bingham, Melissa Coy, Mary Linneman, & Susan McCuller

Advent Wreath Prayer Leader: Matthew Okulski

Lector: Peter Bingham

Prayers Leader: James Hornor

The Healing Team: Mary Strnad and Oscar Mokeme

Live Streaming: Jack Swanton and Sam Allen  

Acolytes and Vergers; The Flower Guild; The Altar Guild

A Service of Lessons and Carols

This Evening|9:45am

Location: The Cathedral Nave

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Lessons and Carols Service Participants

Members of the Cathedral Choir

Georgia Bancroft • Onnie Benoist • Phoebe Blume • Ellise Camden • Linda Carleton

Joseph Colquhoun • Ray Davis Murdoch Curry • Lynn Dalheim • Joanne deKay

Curtis Maurand Mac McCabe • Jamie Moore • Suezan Moore • Parker Roberts

• William Salomon • Connie Schmalz Dan Schmalz • Gay Tucker • Kathy Watt • Stacie Webb • Stephen White


John Bancroft • Marlene Cordes • Ray Davis Murdoch Curry • Terry Foster • Chris Smith

Mary Linneman • Jon Radtke • David Vardeman • Christopher Worthley

Principal Organist Randall Mullin

Music Leader Christian M. Clough

Officiant The Very Rev. Dr. Benjamin Shambaugh

Assisting The Rev. Rebecca Grant

The Rev. Suzanne Roberts, M.D.

Vergers              David Savage, Maggie Gardener

Crucifer John Hennessey

Torch Bearers David Savage, Michael Thorne

Ushers Peter Bingham, Chester Bishop, Gus Goodwin, Gail Swanton

Happening at the Cathedral on Sunday

Childcare and Sunday School

Sunday Mornings|9:45am

Location: Upper Hall

Contact: Sarah Dowling

 Our Sunday school and nursery are both open today. Sunday school begins in the upper hall at 9:45, with children returning to their families at the sharing of the Peace. The nursery is open every Sunday from 9:45-11:30. Families are always welcome!

Learn More About Childcare and Sunday School at St. Luke's

A Christian Life of Faith:

Signs and Thresholds

Along the Way

Sunday Mornings| 9am-10am

Location: The Oratory

Contact: Dean Shambaugh

So much of what we do at St. Luke’s is designed to help others. What about nurturing and exploring our own spiritual lives? What about our questions and struggles of faith, our relationship (or not) with God? 

  • Lead by Dean Shambaugh
  • All are Welcome
Learn about how you can get involved with this group

The Cathedral Choir

Thursday Evenings |7pm-9pm   

Sunday Mornings|10 am Service

Location: The Cathedral Nave

Contact: Christian M. Clough

Each week we are blessed with the gift of music from the St. Luke's Cathedral Choir under the direction of our Canon for Liturgy and Music, Christian M. Clough. If you are interested in singing with our choir in future services, please contact Christian. 

Learn about how you can get involved with this group

Old Testament Roots of Jesus Study

Sunday Mornings|8:45am-9:45am

Location: The Chapter Room

Contact: The Rev. Dr. Bob Hanson 

The word “perfect” in Greek is teleios meaning complete in all its parts, fully developed, or having the “completeness” of the fully developed Christian character. In Matthew 5 and 25, Romans 12 and 13, and other sources, we are told to ..”become perfect” as your heavenly Father is perfect. Perfectness includes but is not limited to goodness. Then what is God’s confession? What behaviors then account for us being perfect? God’s changes in behavior were not announced to us mortals, but the authors of our scriptures recorded these many changes. This new definition of confession was still another way of telling us how to live in holiness or perfection. What was that way? It was the Shema, ie., to love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind and property, and then, from Deuteronomy, to love our neighbors as ourselves.  It was to recognize the wrongs we’ve done, confess our sins, right them, and to live accordingly. The act of becoming perfect is living the life Jesus modeled. God understands we will continue to sin. But the joy of being Christians is the deeply understood faith that if we confess, change the way we live, then we are forgiven to live the more perfect life once again. God’s confession then is that like Himself the struggle is to live the perfect or authentic life. Come and join us in this adventure.

Learn about how you can get involved with this group

Lila Bean Festive Holiday Pop- Up

Bake Sale

This Morning | 10:00 am-12:00pm

Location: Outside Community Kitchen

  • Enjoy scones, holidays cookies, cakes and pecan rolls!

Welcome to New Visitors

We are glad you are joining us today! We want to learn more about you! Please sign our register and give us your email address so we can contact you. Greeters at the door are available to answer any questions you might have about the Cathedral.

Any Additional Questions for us?

Please Visit our "I'm New" Page on our Website

Weekly Ministries

  • St. Elizabeth's Jubilee Center is offered every Tuesday from 8:30 am to 11 am.
  • The Food Pantry is open from 9 am to 11 am every Thursday.
  • Noon prayer is offered every Wednesday via Zoom.
  • The Tuesday 12:10 Eucharist gathers weekly in Emmanuel Chapel. Join via Zoom.
  • Contemplative Prayer is offered every Thursday at 4:30 pm via Zoom.
  • Compline is also offered weekly on Friday from 8-9pm on Zoom. For additional details contact Ray Murdoch Curry

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