Welcome to Saint Luke in the Fields
We hope you will feel welcome the moment you step on to the block.
Please come through the open doors of our church during the week. Visit our public gardens and feel welcome to share worship time with us on Sunday's. When you join us on Sunday if there is any reason that you cannot negotiate the few steps into the church’s main entrance, please use the door at the end of the path at the side of the church which will be open; church and restrooms are wheelchair accessible. Throughout your visit, please ask for anything you need, St. Lukers are knowledgeable and glad to help you find your way.
Sunday Recorded Eucharist, Rite II shared online at 8:00am
Weekday Worship Schedule
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Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the garden is closed until further notice.
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The Church of St. Luke in the Fields
487 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
Welcome to St. Luke's!
The Church of St. Luke in the Fields is a lively, inclusive Episcopal Church located in the heart of New York City's Greenwich Village.
An Episcopal Church, and part of the world-wide Anglican Communion.
We are grounded in the rich Anglo-Catholic liturgical and musical tradition. We reflect the variety of peoples in our world: different genders, sexual orientations, all forms of families, all abilities and special needs, in every economic grouping, and from many cultures – all one in the body of Christ.
Wherever you are in your life with God - whether a hesitant searcher or a long-time churchgoer - we invite you to think of St. Luke's as your spiritual home.
As you enter on a Sunday morning, you will notice an atmosphere of reverence and preparation. Many are involved in setting up and leading worship, and a choir might be rehearsing. Others arrive early to spend time in quiet prayer. Our central focus is the altar, the holy table that faces the front doors, a table to which all are welcome.
On or near the altar there are candles to remind us that Christ is the "Light of the world.” On one side at the front of the church, there is a pulpit, or stand, for the “proclamation of the Word;” here the Scriptures are read and/or the sermon is preached. Restrooms are available by following the side aisle past the pulpit and through the door on your right.
You may sit anywhere you like; there are no reserved seats. Ushers will greet you, hand you a service bulletin, and if you wish will escort you to a pew. If you desire, they will answer your questions about the service. Find a place that is comfortable for you, and make sure that you can see the pulpit and the altar. In the pews you will find the Book of Common Prayer (a small black book with a cross on it), a Hymnal (a reddish colored book with hymns) and Wonder, Love and Praise (an alternative hymnal has a dark green soft cover). Most of the service is printed and explained in a bulletin, provided by an usher as you enter. Aside from the bulletin, the Hymnal is the resource used most often.
The principal service is the Holy Eucharist (Holy Communion). At 8:00 am, the service is said simply without music and with a short sermon (reflection). At later services on Sunday mornings or on other great Christian days such as Christmas, music and a sermon are customary. While some parts of the services are always the same, others change. Two or three Bible selections are read by members of the congregation. These passages and readers change each Sunday. So do the psalms. Certain of the prayers also change, in order to provide a variety. The bulletin has all the words, with descriptions, but never be embarrassed to ask your neighbor for help finding your way.
The service begins with praise (singing, prayer). The congregation hears the words of Scripture and is led in a period of reflection upon the meaning of Scripture and worship for our own time and understanding (the sermon). The congregation then stands to celebrate our faith in reciting the Nicene Creed, a collective statement that links us with Anglicans around the world and Christians throughout history. The Creed is followed by announcements that describe how we live our faith through special services of worship, acts of service, or courses of study. Our attempts to understand and live our faith are most successful when we ask for help, and the Prayers of the People do just that. Particular joys and concerns received by the clergy during the week are named, followed by the invitation for worshipers to name their own joys and concerns. You will hear individuals pray for people and communities out loud, while others whisper; many will pray silently before being led in the printed prayers. A prayer of confession recognizes that we all fall short of our own hopes and dreams, and we are absolved or reminded of God’s abundant forgiveness and confidence in our goodness.
The Passing of the Peace
Preparing for Holy Communion we recognize our neighbors, greeting one another with an outstretched hand or a brief hug, whether we are brand-new or longtime members, and rejoice in the community of worship where all are welcome and fed.
As the altar is prepared to receive the gifts of bread and wine, the ushers receive the congregation's offering – passing “plates” for gifts of money, some in envelopes and some without, cash and checks, all which supports the church’s ministry on the block and our contribution to the work of the Diocese (please see Giving for more information). All gifts are placed on the altar, sometimes incense is an added sign of our offering and gratitude for all God’s gifts.
The Eucharistic Prayer is both sung and said; the music you need is printed in the bulletin, or if you are not a singer you are welcome to listen or simply stretch your spoken words a bit longer in time with the rest. You will notice that Episcopalian variety continues as some kneel, some stand, some make the sign of the cross a lot, some never do. All are invited to come forward (though no one is required) to receive the bread and wine made holy, or a blessing the priest says while laying a gentle hand on your forehead. Ushers let people know how to come forward.
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After the 9:15 am and 11:15 am Services
Should you wish to know more about St. Luke’s, the Episcopal Church or how one becomes a member, a priest or church member will gladly answer your questions or you may fill out a Welcome Card that you can hand to an usher, a member of the clergy, or mail in or contact us at .