When we come together to worship, we hold to the beauty and Anglican tradition of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States. Our tradition is founded upon the affirmation that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior, and we look forward to the teaching of the Gospel and the preaching each week. As a congregation, we celebrate each other’s uniqueness: young and old, married and single, black and white, straight and gay, cradle Episcopalians to expectant confirmands. We come from a multitude of zip codes in metro Atlanta. We honor and share our individual stories bound together by our liturgy that defines who we are, what we believe, and how we are to live as Anglican Christians.
Lay people play many important roles in worship at St Luke’s. There are nearly 80 lay volunteers participating in services each week. Women and men ring the bells, prepare the altar, read the Scriptures, arrange the flowers, light the candles, serve communion, lead prayers with the hurting, operate the audio and video feeds, and facilitate the movement of the liturgy – while fully supporting the priests as they share the Gospel, preach, and celebrate the Eucharist. Young people serve as Acolytes who assist those serving communion and help parishioners up and down the stairs from the altar.
Traditional liturgy (sometimes with a St Luke’s twist) is an integral part of our otherwise progressive congregation. On occasion, we step outside of tradition with a “Mass on the Grass” in our park, or liturgical dancers, or the special blessings given for pregnancies, book bags, and pets. But our parishioners particularly value the familiarity of the long- established Episcopal liturgy. We are privileged to pray together under the exquisite and historic stained-glass windows and the watchful eye of the Good Shepherd as so many in our pews have done before us.
St. Luke's is committed to keeping our community safe as we move away from pandemic precautions. Beginning Sunday, March 13, masks are optional indoors at St. Luke's. The staff and choir are all vaccinated and boosted. We believe most of our community is as well. Many of us will continue to wear masks. Some will not. If you have any symptoms that might worry others, please do …Read More »
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“Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body the Church. The bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble.
—The Book of Common Prayer, page 299.
The Sacrament of Baptism is initiation into the Church, a public celebration where candidates make solemn vows to live as followers of Christ.
Holy Baptism is offered to infants so they can share…Read More »
“In the course of their Christian development, those baptized at an early age are expected, when they are ready and have been duly prepared, to make a mature public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism and to receive the laying on of hands by the bishop.”
—The Book of Common Prayer, page 412.
In the early days of Christianity, Bapti…Read More »
“Holy Matrimony is Christian marriage, in which two persons enter into a life-long union, make their vows before God and the Church, and receive the grace and blessing go God to help them fulfill their vows.”
The Book of Common Prayer, page 861.
Christian marriage is a solemn and pulbic covenant. In the Episcopal Church, it is required that at least one of the parties must be a bap…Read More »
“The liturgy for the dead is an Easter liturgy. It finds all its meaning in the resurrection.”
The Book of Common Prayer, page 507.
The death of anyone associated with St. Luke’s should be reported to the church as soon as possible. The date and other funeral arrangements should be made in consultation with the clergy and not announced until a priest has given approval. To reach ou…Read More »