What We Believe
The worship and teaching of St. Luke’s is rooted in the Anglo-Catholic tradition of the Episcopal Church. Anglo-Catholicism grew out of the Oxford Movement in England during the 1830s and 1840s and focuses on promoting and strengthening Catholic theology, liturgy, and devotional life within Episcopal parishes. This includes a firm dedication to active charity, service, and ministry to those on the margins of society. Among Episcopalians, this tradition is sometimes known as “High Church.”
At St. Luke’s, our worship and teaching are rooted in:
A HIGH VIEW OF GOD
We believe in one living, true, and eternal God, creator and sustainer of all that is seen and unseen, infinite in wisdom, compassion, beauty and goodness. Christian tradition reveals the Divine nature to us as the loving unity and co-equality of three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
A HIGH VIEW OF CHRIST
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that his life and teachings manifest the fullness of God's glory. By the power of the Holy Spirit, he was born of the Virgin Mary and took our human nature. By his dying and rising to life again, he sets us free from sin and calls us to life in his Kingdom.
A HIGH VIEW OF THE CREATION
We believe in the goodness of God’s creation. In worship, we celebrate the best of creation in speech, song, silence, art, flowers, and incense—and offer it back to God with grateful praise.
A HIGH VIEW OF THE CHURCH
We believe that the Church is part of the risen Christ and illuminated by the Holy Spirit. Our spirituality and worship is communal. We embrace our imperfections and inconsistencies, and those of our fellow human beings, as we open ourselves to God’s grace and mercy.
A HIGH VIEW OF THE SACRAMENTS
We believe that sacraments, outward and physical signs of our inward and spiritual grace, are an important part of life in Christ. They enable us to give our lives to God and our neighbor in faith, hope, and love. Our spirituality is sacramental, seeing a reflection of God’s loving purpose in every created thing.
A HIGH VIEW OF THE SCRIPTURES
We believe that the Holy Scriptures are the Word of God. The Scriptures call us into deeper contemplation of the mysteries of God and reveal God’s presence in creation and history to us. We read, sing, and pray the Scriptures in our worship, and we study them with the guidance of reason and Christian tradition.
A HIGH VIEW OF THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS
We believe in the communion of saints, the mystical fellowship of all faithful people. We pray for those who are no longer with us, and we ask friends, family, neighbors, saints, and angels to pray for us as well. Through prayer, we are connected by love to the fellowship of the whole Church.
A HIGH VIEW OF WORSHIP
We believe in the substance, beauty, and power of traditional Christian liturgy as handed down to us in the Book of Common Prayer. We joyfully participate in a long tradition of worship that continues the life of the ancient and undivided Church.
A HIGH VIEW OF SERVICE
We believe that Christian faith is always ordered to love, and that God’s grace transforms us: body, soul, and spirit. Inspired by Bishop Frank Weston’s memorable challenge, “You cannot claim to worship Jesus in the Tabernacle, if you do not pity Jesus in the slums,” we strive to offer service, work for justice and peace among all peoples, and empower those neglected or forgotten by society.
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