Worship

As an Episcopal church, St. Luke’s’ worship is rooted in the liturgy of the Book of Common Prayer.  The foundation of our community life is the celebration of Holy Eucharist (communion) every Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

Here are a few things you can expect when you worship at St. Luke’s:

  • A casual atmosphere.  Some people will be in their Sunday best, hats and all.  Some will be in jeans.  Most will be comfortable being themselves.
  • To hear a sermon that’s usually about as long as the scripture passages that are read before it (about 10 minutes each).  And, speaking of the sermon, you can expect to hear more wonderings than answers, more observations than dictates.  The sermon is a conversation about how and where we see God in the world.  Preaching at St. Luke’s is grounded in holy scripture and focused on the lives we live today.  You may hear the clergy preach.  Or you may hear lay members of the community.  The gospel is interpreted by many voices.  You can check out some recent sermons here.
  • For children and adults to be welcomed.  If your kids come with you to St. Luke’s, they are welcome to sit with you in a pew or to sit with you in the children’s area in the sanctuary.  Newborns through 3-year-olds are welcome in the staffed nursery and 3- through 10-year-olds are welcome to go to Godly Play.  Middle schoolers are welcome to go to a Sunday morning class.  You know your kids best.  You can decide where they, and you, will be most comfortable.
  • Alternatives.  At communion, wine and grape juice are both available.  Wheat bread and gluten-free wafers are both available.
  • To see a misstep in the service, or a typo in the bulletin.  For someone to greet you with less than a joyful welcome.  To hear (God forbid!) a sermon that tempts you to sleep.  We’re human, darn it, and we don’t always get it right.  Come back next week, though, and you may have a different experience.
  • Excellent quality music.  The piano is the main instrument in worship, and it is often joined by voice, guitar, drums, and other instruments.  Some music is instrumental.  Some is sung by a small group.  Much is sung by the whole congregation.  Music is ancient and contemporary, from other nations and from our own.
  • Not to be embarrassed.  As a visitor, you won’t be asked to introduce yourself to the whole congregation.  But St. Luke’s is a small community, so folks will recognize you as a visitor and will introduce themselves to you.  In a friendly way.
  • St. Luke's Episcopal ChurchTo see people of all ages in worship.
  • To have the collection plate passed through the pews.  This is an important time for the members of the St. Luke’s community to share their offerings.  As a visitor, please feel free either to pass the plate right along or to put something into it.  You won’t be alone if you pass the plate.  And we’ll still talk to you at coffee hour.
  • To be invited to coffee hour after the service.  We know.  It can be tough to walk into a crowd of new people who all know each other.  You can expect that someone will invite you down to coffee hour, and introduce you to some folks while you’re there.
  • To meet people who don’t have it all figured out.

 

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