Sunday Morning Worship: 9am & 11am
Holy Communion every Sunday
Worship is the heartbeat that feeds our life together as a community. Here we learn about God's radical welcome extended to all people. We listen to the stories that have nurtured and shaped our faith. We share a meal that makes God present to us at a table wide enough for everyone to find a place. We are sent out into the world to love and serve our neighbors.
Our worship is traditional in the sense that it takes its shape and purpose from the traditions that Christians, and in particular Lutherans, have followed for centuries. At the same time, it is contemporary in the sense that our words, our songs and our prayers reflect the many cultures and concerns that surround us - both locally and globally.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I have to introduce myself?
Relax and be yourself - you won't be asked to stand and say your name. Since St. Luke's is a small, growing community, you can expect to be greeted warmly when you walk in the door. After every service, there is an opportunity to meet others over coffee/hot chocolate and snacks.
Are kids welcome? Is there a daycare during the service?
Children are certainly welcome at St. Luke's. As we move into our new worship space there will be a "cry room" for infants and a quiet play area for children kindergarten aged and younger, both of which require parental supervision. We do not provide childcare during worship but encourage families to worship together.
What should I wear?
People come to St. Luke's from all walks of life, and you can see it in the way they dress. God accepts you as you are, not as you're dressed.
What happens at a typical worship service?
Worship at St. Luke's follows a pattern as we celebrate the story of God's love for all creation (including us!). Each week we take time to gather, we listen to God's Word, we share a small meal of bread and wine/grape juice, and we are sent out for service in the world.
How do I know what's going to happen during the service?
You'll be given a worship guide when you walk in. The bulletin will tell you everything you need to know, with little explanations in the margins about why we do certain things in worship.
When do I stand or sit? Do I have to stand?
The worship leader will invite you to stand and sit throughout the service. You can also tell by looking for the asterisk (*) that indicates that you may stand, as you are able.
Will I have to sing in worship?
St. Luke's has a strong tradition of singing hymns in worship. You are invited to join in singing when you feel comfortable.
Do I have to put money in the offering plate?
You don't have to give anything. Offering is a chance to give from your abundance. It's a way to acknowledge the many gifts that God has given us. If you do share a gift, you can be sure it will be used for God's work in the neighborhood and shared with brothers and sisters in need across the nation and around the world.
Do I have to be Lutheran to take communion?
At St. Luke's, anyone who desires to encounter the real presence of God is welcome to come forward for communion. You don't have to be a member, you don't have to even be Lutheran.
What do I do at communion?
You will receive a piece of bread and can either dip the bread into wine/grape juice or you can drink directly from the wine or grape juice cup. When you have received food and drink, you may return to your seat.
What if I have other questions?
You can ask anyone at the service, or you may also send an e-mail to Pastor Erik Christensen, firstname.lastname@example.org, any time.