Worship


Worship is the joyous response of the Christian community to God’s redeeming love.

Worship is the center of our life as a Christian community. In keeping with the Presbyterian tradition, worship at St. Luke’s is a celebration of God’s generous love for all people. Encountering that love, worship moves us to praise and thanksgiving, gives us the courage to face our failings, comforts us in our human weakness, challenges our assumptions, and prompts us to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.

Our Sunday worship service begins at 9:30 A.M. and contains a full liturgy. Communion is celebrated on the last Sunday of each month. Our Jazz Combo provides a lively style of music on the first Sunday of the month; the liturgy is slightly changed at this service and the hymns are in a more modern style, providing a refreshing change of pace for the congregation. Special worship services are held on several occasions throughout the year such as Good Friday or Christmas Eve.

Because we believe that our response to God’s love should be active rather than passive, our liturgy includes congregational participation as a vital component. Its design enables those who worship to join the pastor and choir in all areas of worship: from the singing of hymns, to a time of sharing of joys and concerns, to the numerous sung and spoken responses throughout the service.

The celebration of the two sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper unites the Presbyterian Church (USA) with other Protestant Christians.

Baptism is the ritual of entrance into the community of faith — the church. It is an embodiment of God’s love and acceptance, and symbolizes a commitment to participate in the joint ministry of Christ’s disciples. The Presbyterian Church believes that children are important members in the community of faith, so we baptize children and recognize their gifts and contributions as baptized members of God’s family. They, too, are publicly declared members of this community, and their parents commit to involving them in the life of the church so that as a congregation we can support and help in their nurture.

The Lord’s Supper is the central celebration of the church. It is our grateful response to God’s gracious initiative. The bread and juice are symbols of God’s self-giving love embodied in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. It is a meal that at once manifests three fundamental areas of the Christian faith: it is a remembrance, an immediate experience, and an anticipation. It is a remembrance of the self-giving love of Jesus Christ for us and for our salvation; in this sense, it is a recollection of the Last Supper. It is also a resurrection meal, a celebration of the vividness of God’s presence in the risen Christ through the community of the church. Thirdly, it is a meal of anticipation for we celebrate not only the Last Supper and the resurrection but also the coming again of our Lord. Since the Lord’s Supper is a meal instituted by our Lord and not by the Presbyterian Church, anyone who confesses Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is welcome to our celebrations of it.

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