Summer Worship
Begins Sunday, June 8th. 


There will be one worship service on Sunday mornings at 9:30a.m. with Children's Church and No Sunday School.  Schedule runs from June 8th through August 10th. We resume with an 8:30 and 10:30 worship service, 9:30a.m. Sunday School on August 17th.


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Worship at Saint Luke

At Saint Luke LC, worship is the central activity of our community’s life together. It is worship that forms and shapes all that God’s people believe and do. Yet we also refer to the word liturgy, which means literally “work of the people”, as describing all of the activity of God’s people. Used interchangeably, worship and liturgy define the two-way exchange of the Triune God saving, forgiving, loving, healing, and guiding, and God’s people responding in faith with praise, lament, thanksgiving, and service.

As Lutheran Christians, we believe worship and liturgy to be the Holy Spirit gathering all people around Word and Sacrament. When we say “Word” we do not mean strictly the Bible; we believe the Word is God’s own self-disclosure, and is active and living. The Bible is the sole story to which we refer to hear and read how the Word is acting in history – through the Father who established a relationship with the people of Israel, is ultimately made flesh and blood in Jesus Christ, and comes from the Holy Spirit, who leads the church to proclaim in word and deed that life in Christ is our ultimate goal. We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God, and our life together is normed by our fidelity to the biblical witness. By “Sacrament”, we understand that God’s Word provides all people with a means to his unconditional grace – Holy Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. With these means of grace, we believe and trust that God is real, loving, and merciful. The foundations of the Sacraments are rooted in the Bible as God’s command to do them, and trust in them as His unconditional promises. This is why we believe worship and liturgy are centered on remembering them and living them out as the means to offer the world the love and salvation of God.

Saint Luke LC observes a liturgical calendar – a pattern of holy seasons and days that are shaped by a common, three-year cycle of biblical readings called a lectionary. The liturgical calendar reminds us that because God claims us as his people, our whole reality of time and space are sacred. Thus, the calendar and the lectionary create a sense of holiness as we worship and live out daily our Christians lives. The major seasons we celebrate through the calendar are: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter and Ordinary Time. During the seasons, the lectionary readings shape the worship experience with powerful biblical themes and imagery. Also, throughout the calendar we celebrate particular events in Jesus’ life, as well as commemorate certain saints and apostles who followed him and gave their lives for the sake sharing the good news of Christ’s death and resurrection. It is important to stress that we do not employ the liturgical calendar for the sake of promoting a kind of rigid ritualism; every season and daily commemoration is meant to point back to the good news of Jesus Christ crucified and risen, and we live out these holy seasons and days as a way to joyfully grow in faith and learn to serve our risen Lord Jesus.

The best way to describe our weekly worship style is that we believe worship is a two-way participatory experience. On one hand, God is interacting with us via the Word and Sacraments – forgiving, loving, healing, and saving. On the other hand, we interact with God via sacrifice and thanksgiving – praying, singing, praising, thanking, petitioning, and serving. Our worship is ordered in such a way as to highlight this reality, and the pattern by which we worship is saturated with biblical language and imagery. What’s more, at Saint Luke LC we believe that a participating experience means using rites and rituals that invoke all the five senses. We partake of the Lord’s Supper weekly so as to “taste and see that the Lord is good”; we “sing joyfully to the Lord”, using a wide repertoire of hymns and chant; we use attire, vestments, and architecture to display brilliant symbols and colors so as to give glory to the resurrected Christ; we process, stand, sit and kneel, using movement and posture to give meaning and discipline in responding to God’s grace.

It should be noted with this description of worship that at Saint Luke LC, our worship style seems to stand in contrast to what many might call “contemporary” or “praise” worship, which we see taking place in much of American Christianity. We are thankful to God that many Christians are growing in Christ by means of a praise-worship style, but we also believe that the word “contemporary” is often an inadequate  way of describing what a worship style really is, and may come uncomfortably close to suggesting that something other than praise worship doesn’t give right praise and glory to God. In addition, “ritual” is sometimes used to infer a negative meaning towards a worship style, but the reality is that all churches follow worship rituals of some shape or form. Our conviction at Saint Luke LC is that while our style of worship employs many of the rituals, sights and sounds of classical Christianity, when we make the effort to describe our rituals and liturgical patterns thoughtfully and theologically, this style endures as a very powerful and healthy way to worship, grow in faith, and participate in the life of the risen Christ. For this reason, we believe our worship style is as truly contemporary as any one might find, and speaks the Gospel powerfully to our modern yet hurting and broken world.

We give thanks to God should you decide to join us for prayer and worship, and we pray that what you experience with us will inspire and nourish your faith in Jesus Christ.