Welcome Visitors!

“Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” – Romans 15:7

We welcome you to Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church, a congregation of the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona. Visitors and guests are always welcome at St Luke’s.  Through our website, you will have a pretty good idea of who we are and what we do as followers of Jesus Christ. You can find our Sundays bulletins, listen to our past sermons and to special anthems performed by our great choir. You will also discover St Luke’s many ways to serve the Lord by serving those around us.

We are a blend of traditional worship and contemporary ideas, where everyone is free to question, doubt and wrestle with great issues of life and faith, as a part of a loving, inclusive community.

When you visit us for worship, please stop at our Welcome Table. You can’t miss it, because it’s probably the first thing you will notice when entering the wooden doors of our building. First-time visitors will receive a symbolic gift from us: a bread of love. You will be invited to put your name in our guest book.

We worship following the order of service found in the 1979 version of The Book of Common Prayer. But no worries, to make our services more “user-friendly” we are using bulletins.

After the 10:00 am service you are invited to join us for a time of fellowship in our Parish Hall. Just follow the flow!

All are welcome, and we can’t wait to meet you and to journey with you in the service of the Lord and our neighbors.

To help you, let us give you a brief description of our different services.

Wednesday 10:00 am Holy Eucharist, with Healing, in Crowell Chapel

This is a quiet and spoken service with communion. Because few people attend this service, the homily is very often a time where people are invited to share their thoughts or comments about the readings or what the Spirit leads them to share. The heart of the service is a healing prayer with anointing and laying on the hands. The service is usually about 50  to 60 minutes long.

Saturday 5:30 pm Holy Eucharist, Rite II, in Crowell Chapel

This is an early Sunday Service. It includes the same collects and reading to be used the next day. This is a quiet and spoken service. This service has a sermon and communion each week and is usually about 50 to 60 minutes long.

Sunday 8:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II, in Crowell Chapel

This is a simple service with organ music and three hymns (at the beginning, before the proclamation of the Gospel, and at the end). “Rite II” refers to the use of regular, everyday language in our worship. This service has a sermon and communion each week and is usually about 60 minutes long. For special occasions, like Easter morning, we welcome the choir and we worship in the Church.

1st Sunday of the month 9:15 am, Kid’s Eucharist, in the Meditation Room

This is a “kid’s friendly” service for children and their parents. The order of service is simplified but follows the great lines of an Episcopal service: reading, prayers, communion.  The “sermon” is usually done by Father Jim with the help of one of his puppets. The songs are aimed at the children and are often the ones we used during our Summer Vacation Bible School. This service is 30 minutes long.

Sunday 10:00 am Holy Eucharist with Choir, Rite II, in the Church

This is a more formal service (although you do not have to dress formally to participate!) This service has a sermon and music, including congregational singing of hymns, our great choir, organ, and other instruments on occasion. Parts of the worship service are sung, rather than spoken. On the second Sunday of the month, we especially look forward to and plan for the presence and active participation of our youth. This service has a sermon and communion each week, usually 65 to 75 minutes long.

Non-Eucharistic Services

Thursday 9:00 am Celtic Morning Prayer, in Crowell Chapel

This is a quiet and spoken service following the Order of Service from the Northumbria Community, a Celtic Scottish religious community. The Psalm and the reading are usually those from the following Sunday. On occasion, other sources may be used. St Luke’s Staff pray this office with regularity, presenting to the Lord the needs of St Luke’s families, all are welcome to join us.

Second and Fourth Friday of the month, 9:00 am Centering Prayer, in the Meditation Room.

Centering prayer is a time of silent prayer with a group of fellow contemplatives. This group is open to all. After the silent prayer, there is discussion around a book or a video about prayer and spirituality.