Worship has always been at the center of our life.
St. Luke's was one of the first Episcopal Churches in the United States to embrace the Anglo-Catholic revival in the mid-nineteenth century. This commitment to liturgy, rooted in strong congregational participation, has been continuous for over 150 years.
SUNDAY WORSHIP SCHEDULE
Said Eucharist, Rite I – 8:00 am
Choral Eucharist, Rite II – 9:15 am
Choral Eucharist, Rite II – 11:15 am
A Service of Healing follows the 10:30 am service.
Weekly Services: Monday thru Thursday | Said Eucharist - 6:15 pm in the Chapel
Friday | Said Eucharist - 12:15pm in the Chapel
The Worship Service
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.
Please join us for Coffee Hour after the 10:30 am service during the summer months. There will be friendly faces for meet and greet. Should you wish to speak to a clergy person you will find one there.