Visiting St. Luke's
Built on the foundation of God’s radical and transformative love, our faith is most fully expressed in the life, death, and Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. In our Baptismal Covenant, we promise to “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.” Our theology is inclusive and built upon the idea that our community is made richer through diversity and genuine dialogue. We also believe that faith is not simply a set of thoughts, but rather is our participation in the Good News of God in Christ by the power of the Spirit. We are a people of hope, always praying that God’s Kingdom might more fully come on earth as it is in heaven.
St. Luke’s is a parish in good standing in the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, which is a part of The Episcopal Church, a part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. There are a number of riches and resources that are available to us as a congregation by being members of a larger denomination. We are blessed to be supported by our Bishop and Diocesan staff and other parishes of the Diocese.
As an Episcopal congregation, we are blessed with the depth of Episcopal liturgy and Anglican theology. Our church is a branch of the Christian faith that goes back to the Christianity practiced on the British Isles as far back as the 200s. The theology that has shaped us is Incarnational (we are called to be disciples in the world, which was called "good" upon being created by God) and grounded in Scripture, Reason, and Tradition. Our theology also places value in the via media (Latin for “middle way”), meaning that we place greater emphasis on living in relationship to the Truth (God) than on merely defining it.
We read the Bible as Holy Scripture, inspired by God, as it tells the story of God's relationship with Creation and Israel, and points us towards Jesus, the fullest revelation of God. Our doctrine and worship is set forth in the Book of Common Prayer. Sacraments are integral to our understanding of the world. In these holy acts and sacred moments of life, we find God’s sustaining grace in the world around us. Holy Eucharist is central to our identity and weekly worship. We celebrate our unity in Christ while honoring our differences, always putting the work of love before uniformity of opinion. We strive to live out the Baptismal Covenant by loving our neighbors as ourselves, respecting the dignity of every person, and continuing in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayer.
The Five Marks of Mission in the Anglican Communion are:
To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
To teach, baptize and nurture new believers
To respond to human need by loving service
To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation
To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.