Visiting St. Luke's

It is our joy to welcome you to St. Luke's Episcopal Church.

We offer a loving, supportive, and welcoming environment for people of all backgrounds and interests.

 

Regardless of where you are in your life and faith journey, your specific theological beliefs, what your clothes look like, how you identify yourself, or what your family situation is-

you are most welcome here. 

Please complete this Welcome Card if you'd like to be in touch with our clergy to learn more about the life of our church community.

Our worship services (often called "liturgies")  are centered around the celebration of the Holy Eucharist (sometimes referred to as "Communion"). We gather in the name of God, hear Scripture (reflected upon in a sermon), stand together and affirm our faith in the words of the Nicene Creed, offer prayers for ourselves and our world, confess our sins, and partake in Communion.

Worship follows the Book of Common Prayer: a book of liturgies, rubrics, and prayers. The first Book of Common Prayer was written in 1549 and the spirit of that first book still shapes our identity and guides us in our current worship.

These liturgies in the Episcopal tradition are intended to draw us into the grace, glory, and mystery of God. They provide a rich and deep experience of God's love for us, which was made known in Jesus Christ and is made present through the Holy Spirit. If you are not accustomed to worshiping in a Prayer Book tradition, our members and greeters would be more than happy to help you to participate in worship. 

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Sundays at 8am

Rite I uses more traditional language from our Prayer Book tradition. This 45-minute liturgy has a quiet and contemplative mood and includes the reading of Scripture, prayers, a sermon, and Holy Communion. There is no music at 8am. 

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Last Sunday of each month, 5:30pm

Evensong is the traditional liturgy of Evening Prayer from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer with sung service music and anthems. There is no sermon or Communion at this liturgy which lasts about 45 minutes. Often, the organ prelude begins around 5:15pm.

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Sundays at 10:30am

Rite II uses more modern language and congregational singing, as well as musical leadership by our choir and organist. This liturgy lasts about an hour and includes Scripture, prayers, a sermon, and Holy Communion. 

Childcare for infants- 4 years old is available beginning at 10am in the Nursery. Children's Church (4 yrs- 2nd grade) meets during the school year - children have their own worship opportunity and rejoin the congregation for Communion. Weekly Bulletins

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Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

Psalm 96:9 

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Second Sundays, 5:30pm

Join us for worship on the front lawn. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and join us for outdoor worship May-October. There is music, a sermon, and Holy Communion at outdoor worship. In the event of inclement weather, the liturgy will be canceled.

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Monday-Friday, 8am & 5:30pm

Based on the daily worship of monasteries, these traditional Prayer Book liturgies last about 20 minutes and include Scripture readings and prayers. Worship is led by members of St. Luke's and is held in our Chapel (entrance on Church Street). There is no music or Communion. On Wednesdays, in place of Evening Prayer, there is a Healing Eucharist - a 30-minute Communion liturgy led by a priest which includes a short sermon and optional prayers for healing and anointing with holy oil.

We hope that through our liturgies, you are able to give adoration to our Creator, to know of God’s love and redemption, to be inspired for mission, and be joined together with others in community. 

We will not ask you to stand up and be recognized as a guest when you worship, though we hope to meet you before or after worship. If you're just checking us out, it is our honor to have you with us and your presence is contribution enough. While all are welcome to give, we do not expect guests to contribute to the Sunday offering plate.

We hope that you find St. Luke's to be a place of abundant grace, beloved community, and intentional worship, but above all else, we hope that you encounter the loving, liberating, and life-giving grace of God. We invite you to learn more about St. Luke's Salisbury by browsing the many pages found in the menu bar above, including Our Identity, FAQs, Service and Formation, and Children's and Youth Ministry.

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