Children of all ages are always welcome in church, as we believe their noise and presence enlivens our worship. After receiving communion, children (and parents, if they wish) are invited to leave the church with our teachers and attend a special Children’s Chapel service in the Parish Hall, which includes prayer, bible stories and crafts. Participation in this ministry is optional.
Christian faith is not is not a relationship with ideas, but with a person - Jesus Christ. To understand what it means to be a Christian, we must strive to understand ever more deeply what it means to be in relationship with him. In the ancient church, this ongoing spiritual initiation was known as mystagogy - initiation into the mysteries of the life and death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
This Lent, you are invited to take this spiritual journey with us. Our parish mystagogy has three parts.
I. Reading Together. Our Lenten book is entitled, The Apostle's Creed: A Guide to the Ancient Catechism, by Anglican theologian Ben Myers. There are copies available at the church and this book is also easily available online. We will announce the chapters we are reading together each week.
II. Discussing and Praying Together. This upcoming Wednesday, our 5:45 Contemplative Practice Group will begin a study, linked with our Lenten book, on the Christian mysteries. This study will be interactive and experiential, as well as intellectual. All are invited to attend and join us for silent prayer in the sanctuary after each session.
III. Worshipping Together. The spiritual realities unveiled in worship are the heart of Christian mystagogy. Please strive to attend our Lenten worship services and the full panoply of our Holy Week services. You will not regret it!
Join us on the five Sundays during Lent, beginning Sunday, March 10 at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Each Sunday, the homily message will focus on the meaning behind some of our favorite hymns.
March 10: “How Great Thou Art”
March 17: “What Wondrous Love is This”
March 24: “Take My Life and Let It Be”
March 31: “Amazing Grace”
April 7: “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”
Please join us for Holy Week and Easter Services at St. Luke’s and deepen your experience of this sacred time of year:
Sunday, April 14 at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. - Palm Sunday Services
Monday, April 15 at 7 p.m. - Holy Monday Service
Tuesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. - Holy Tuesday Service
Wednesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. - Holy Wednesday Service
Thursday, April 18 at 7 p.m. - Maundy Thursday Service
Friday, April 19 at 7 p.m. - Good Friday Service
Saturday, April 20 at 7 p.m. - Easter Vigil
Easter Sunday, April 21 at 7:30 a.m. 9: 00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. - Easter Services
Wednesdays Evenings at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
Please join us on Wednesday evenings at 5:45 p.m. in the Parish Hall as we discuss spirituality and contemplative practices, followed by the Candlelight Centering Prayer service at 7:00 p.m. in the St. Luke’s sanctuary. You are welcome to attend one or both of these events.
All St. Luke's parishioners and their guests are cordially invited to our Faith & Fellowship Monthly Breakfast, held on the third Saturday of each month at 8:00 am, Nancy's Cafe, 356 Elm Ave. Auburn 95603 (Across from Save Mart). We always have a lively conversation, including a discussion of the day's scripture reading in Forward Day by Day. Get your Saturday morning "groove" going with this fantabulous group of folks!
Our next meeting is on Saturday, March 16 at 8:00 AM.
We begin the penitential season of Lent on Wednesday, March 6, otherwise known as Ash Wednesday. On this day, we have our foreheads marked with ashes to remind us that we have come from ashes (dust) and to ashes we shall return. During Lent, we reflect on how we can be better disciples of Jesus Christ in our lives.
We invite you to join us for Ash Wednesday Services at 7 a.m., Noon, or 7 p.m.
Join us for our annual Shrove Tuesday Mardi Gras Pancake Supper at St. Luke’s on Tuesday, March 5 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the St. Luke’s Parish Hall. Dinner tickets are $8 for adults, and $4 for children.
50/50 ($$$) tickets for the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Festival are now available! On Sunday, please see Sue Webb after the 8 a.m. service and Shirley Johnson after the 10 a.m. service. The tickets sell for $1 each OR 6 for $5.00. The winner will split the proceeds 50/50 with St. Luke's and will be announced at the end of the evening March 5th. Tickets will also be available on the day of the event. You need not be present to win. Thank you for your support!
Worship is the heart of Christian faith and practice. At St. Luke's, we have four distinctive worship ministries for lay persons: Acolytes (who assist at the altar), Lectors (who proclaim the Scripture and lead prayer), and Ushers (who welcome worshippers and help oversee communion and the collection) and Welcomers (who are available to greet people after worship and help newcomers make connections). In early March, we will be holding a worship ministry workshop on two separate days: Sunday, March 3 at 12:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 9th at 10:00 a.m. This workshop will focus on the spirituality of worship and practical liturgical training for worship ministers.
If you currently participate in one of these ministries, please attend one of these events!
If you would like to participate in one of these ministries, please attend one of these events!
If you are merely curious about worship ministries, but do not necessarily want to commit in 2019, please attend one of these events!
RSVP to Bill Gausewitz, our Worship Ministry Coordinator, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Abbot Wangyal will be offering a public teaching on Samatha or Single-Pointed Meditation, which is a daily practice aimed at clarifying, stabilizing, and calming thoughts. There will be a Q&A after the teaching and all are invited to remain for an hour-long service of silent prayer by candlelight in the sanctuary of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.
Donations to support the Gaden Shartse Monastery are greatly appreciated. Suggested Donation: $10.00 to $20.00 as able.
All are welcome to attend regardless of ability to donate.
Parishioner Karen Tomlin will be offering an interactive, six-week introduction to Anglican poetry as prayer. She writes, "As Episcopalians, we have inherited a rich tradition of spiritual literature. Writers from Caedmon to Malcolm Guite offer us a variety of poems, some of which “are either themselves prayers, or elicit responses akin to prayer” (Murray Bodo, OFM). Join us downstairs at 9:10 a.m. starting Sunday, February 10th.
Join us Sunday, January 6 at 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM for the Feast of the Epiphany at St. Luke's Episcopal in Auburn!
We will be blessing the chalk for the Epiphany House Blessing:
Instructions for the Epiphany Home Blessing:
As you leave St. Luke’s this Sunday, January 6, you will be given a piece of blessed chalk. This is an old Epiphany tradition. The following line should be written on the lintel above the front door of your home (on the street door, if a house, on the front door of your apartment otherwise) with the chalk you take home. It contains the first letters of each of the Magi’s names, written between the year:
20 † G † M † B † 19
Once you are finished, this prayer is said:
O Lord, Holy Father Almighty, everlasting God, we beseech thee to hear us: and vouchsafe to send thy holy Angel from heaven, to guard, cherish, protect, and visit, and evermore defend all that dwell in this house. I call upon thy Saints Gaspar, Melchior and Balthasar, to protect my family and my home from every harm and danger, and I place this mark over my door to remain as a constant reminder to us, and all who enter here, that my house is truly a house of the Lord. O God make the door of my house the gateway to thine Eternal Kingdom. All this we ask through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord. Amen.
The leftover chalk may be used or buried in the ground. Please don’t throw it in the trash!
St. Luke’s will be offering three services on Christmas Eve:
3:00 PM Children’s Service with Children’s Homily
6:00 PM Holy Eucharist Service
10:00 PM Holy Eucharist Service
Please join us for the singing of Christmas carols beginning 30 minutes before the 6:00 PM and 10:00PM Services.
Come and sing Christmas Carols at Auburn Ravine Terrace!
On Sunday, December 23, you are invited to spread holiday cheer by singing Christmas Carols at the Auburn Ravine Terrace Vesper Service. Please join us at Noon in the St. Luke’s parish hall where we will practice caroling with David Judd, Linda Franklin and Michael Haynes supplying music for us. Snacks will also be provided. At 1:30 p.m. we will carpool to Auburn Ravine Terrace, where the Vesper service begins at 2:00 p.m. After the service, we will continue caroling around the facility. Please join us and make a joyful noise to the Lord with members of St. Luke’s Church.
Questions: Call the Office - (530) 885-2316 or Deacon Patty Park - (916) 652-6576.
The Blessed Virgin Mary as an Icon of Prayer
This December, we will meet on Wednesday evenings at 5:45 p.m. to explore the relationship of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Christian practices of prayer and contemplation. If you wish, please bring images, statues, rosaries, prayer cards or other devotional items related to St. Mary for inclusion in an advent altar in our downstairs classroom.
The Contemplative Practices Study Group is followed by the Candlelight Centering Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. in the St. Luke’s sanctuary. You are welcome to attend one or both of these events.
Advent-Epiphany Bible Study on St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians
On Sunday, December 2nd we will begin a verse-by-verse study and discussion of the Letter to the Galatians. This fascinating epistle, written in a time of conflict, includes deep and abiding reflections on the relationship of grace and law and the meaning of faith in Jesus Christ. Please bring a personal Bible, preferably one you are willing to write in, and join us downstairs at 9:10 a.m.
Christmas in America is generally a season of unremitting cheer. As such, it makes little room for Advent, which asks us to reflect upon realities that are anything but calm, bright, gentle, or cheery. This year, we will look to Luke's Gospel and allow ourselves to be unsettled, provoked and perhaps even saddened by what we hear. Advent is a time of yearning and expectation, and only when we fully enter into this holy season can we discover what Christmas "cheer" is truly about.
Join us Sundays in Advent at 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM
Beginning on the Feast of All Saints, Thursday, November 1st, we will have the first meeting of the Anglican Spirituality Small Group Study at the home of Karen Tomlin and Don Richmond at 935 El Oro Drive (off Dairy and Incline in Auburn).
The only thing that you need to bring is a searching mind, an open heart, and a willingness to eat sundry goodies!
In the past, St. Luke's has tried three different Thanksgiving Day services. We've done an 8:00 a.m. Eucharist, a pre-Thanksgiving vigil, and a Thanksgiving evening Centering Prayer service. This year, Mthr. Jana will offer a 10:00 a.m. Eucharist with hymns on Thanksgiving Day. Please spread the word and join us!
Join family and friends, children and pets, on a 5K walk or 10K run through the beautiful streets of downtown Auburn. Start time is 9:00 AM at Central Square, High and Lincoln in Auburn. By 10:30, it’s all finished. So – before you give thanks, eat turkey dinner, watch football and relax with family, enjoy some exercise and community. Walk so that others may eat. Donations gleefully accepted – make checks payable to AIFC.
Emmy-nominated for Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary, Almost Sunrise looks at war through the lens of "moral injury" the damage done to one's conscience or moral compass when that person perpetrates, witnesses, or fails to prevent acts that transgress their own moral and ethical values. The film follows two Iraq veterans fearful of succumbing to the epidemic of veteran suicide, who embark on a 2,700-mile walk across America as a way to confront their inner pain and discover an unlikely treatment: the restorative power of silence and meditation. Congregation member Rachel Howard will offer a screening of this film, followed by a live Skype Q and A with Emmet Cullen, a veteran interviewed in the film.
Join us on Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM.
November 11: Baptism
November 18: Eucharist
November 25: The Gospel and Other Sacraments
November 11: Jesus, The Final Sacrifice (Hebrews 9: 23-28)
November 18: The New Living Way (Hebrews 10: 11-24)
November 25: The Feast of Christ the King (John 18:33-37)
Wednesday, October 31st
Please mark your calendars and plan on celebrating All Hallows’ Eve with St. Luke’s. Not only will we be participating in the downtown Trick-or-Treat by decorating our parking lot for a “Trunk-or-Treat” event (1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.), but we will also be celebrating a special All Hallows’ Eve service immediately after Trick-or-Treating ends (5:00 p.m.). Costumes are welcomed and encouraged. Please feel free to invite family and friends.
This year we will kick-off our annual stewardship campaign with a parish picnic on Sunday, October 7th at 12:00 p.m.! Our theme is “Fall Festival” and there will be no Coffee Hour at St. Luke’s on this day. Instead, we are inviting everyone to join us for a catered lunch, refreshments and fellowship at the Meadow Vista Park as we enjoy the beauty of the season and spend time together as a parish family.
If you would like more information, or to offer a helping hand, please speak to Susan Barnsdale.
When: October 7th at 12:00 p.m. Where: Meadow Vista Park (1101 Meadow Vista Road, Meadow Vista) What: Fall Festival Parish Picnic!
Sunday, September 30, in conjunction with Bethlehem Lutheran Church: 1279 High Street, in Auburn.
On this day we celebrate St. Francis and our connection with all creation, especially the unconditional love that we give and receive from our animals, accompanied by music, refreshments and fun. Bring your animals to be blessed. We will also have a table for pictures of your deceased pets. All animals are welcome.
For safety, we ask that animals be leashed, crated, or otherwise restrained.
Join us for our third annual Women's Prayer Day! This year's theme is:
The Harvest Has Come: Faith and Fellowship Abound!
Spend an extraordinary day with other women, praying and praising God. The program features speakers, activities, music and more.
Space is limited & reservations are required by September 15. Please register by filling out the form below, or by emailing your RSVP to 2018WPD@gmail.com
Continental breakfast, lunch & snacks are included. There is no charge to attend; free-will donations are appreciated.
For more information, please contact us!
Thanks to the leadership of Vestry members Kim Small and Mo Stevens, St. Luke's will be participating in the Auburn Art Walk and inviting Auburn to see both our historic sanctuary and the artistic talent of our parishioners! We have need of hosts, docents, and other volunteers. Please speak with Kim Small or Mo Stevens if you would like to help.
The Book of the Prophet Isaiah has been called the “Fifth Gospel.” The text is long, complicated and intimidating, yet there is great joy to be found in wrestling with its pages. Please bring your personal Bible and join us downstairs on Sunday mornings at 9:10 a.m. as we engage sections of Isaiah and experience the power of the text's prophecy, poetry, judgment and hope for ourselves.
Calling all campers! Save the date for the annual St. Luke's parish camping trip. This year we will enjoy the natural beauty of Scotts Flat Lake. For more information, please contact us. There are sign-up sheets available in the St. Luke's Parish Hall. Cost is $50 per adult, $30 per child. All meals included! Hope to see you there!
What: St. Luke's Camping Trip
Where: Scotts Flat Lake, Nevada City
When: August 24 - 26, 2018
God willing and the Church consenting, Deacon Jana Branson will be ordained to the priesthood in Christ’s one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church at St. Luke’s on Thursday, August 23rd at 7:00 p.m. If you are able, please come and support Jana as she takes this final step in her journey towards the priesthood.
A reception will follow in the Parish Hall, and the newly priested Mthr. Jana Branson will preach and preside at both services on Sunday, August 26th!
This fall Barbara will be leaving St. Luke's to attend the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, TX in order to study for the Episcopal priesthood.
Join us on Sunday, August 12 to hear Barbara preach a farewell sermon at both services, and for a festive coffee hour after the 10:00 AM service.
If you would like to support Barbara and her future ministry, there are two ways you can assist her. Firstly, please pray for her daily! Seminary of the Southwest has asked every student to fundraise to minimize student debt (a serious problem for ministers). If you feel called to support Barbara in her ministry, please consider making a donation! Click the button below to learn more and to find ways to donate.
Join the Contemplative Practice Study Group for our August learning series: The Chambers of the Heart. David Marihart will be leading the first series, bringing his experience in Sufi spirituality to Centering Prayer. All are welcome! No experience with Centering Prayer or meditation is required! We'll meet downstairs at 5:45 on Wednesdays in August.
The first class will focus on "Awareness of Breath". Other topics will include "Use of Breath and the Heart", and "Use of Breath in Centering Prayer." See you there!