What to Expect
We’re so glad to have you join us!
At St. Luke’s, you will see some people dressed casually and others dressed more formally. Wear whatever makes you comfortable.
As you enter the church, an usher will greet you and hand you a bulletin that includes a visitor card and the order of service. Feel free to sit wherever you are comfortable. The area rug in the back of the church is reserved for families. Children of all ages are welcome to participate in worship in this space.
As worship begins, follow along in your worship bulletin and allow the flow of the service to carry you along, standing and sitting as you are able. If you need help following the service, ask an usher or church member for guidance. They will be happy to assist you.
Please fill out a visitor’s card and place it in the collection plate during the offering. Visitors and newcomers are never required or expected to contribute to the offering.
All baptized Christians are welcome at Communion. If you wish to receive a blessing instead of bread or wine, come forward when the usher directs you and cross your arms over your chest. If you need help walking to Communion or would prefer to have Communion brought to you at your seat, an usher will be happy to help you.
Tips for Newcomers
If this is your first time at an Episcopal Church, the following tips may make help.
- Please remember that nothing is demanded of you. If you want to spend the entire service sitting by yourself and merely observing the service, please do so.
- Our worship involves sitting, standing, and kneeling, as you are able. Just follow the rest of the congregation.
- At Communion, an usher will approach the members of the congregation to signal when they should go to the Communion rail for Eucharist.
- We use real wine, not grape juice. Gluten free wafers are available. Ask the priest if you prefer this option.
- There are several ways to participate in the Eucharist:
- You may kneel at the Communion rail (or stand if you are unable to kneel), accept the bread from the priest and eat it immediately. When presented with the chalice, take a sip of the wine. Many studies have shown that the risk of transmitting germs from the common chalice is minimal.
- You may hold the bread until the chalice is presented. The chalice bearer will take the bread from you, dip in into the wine and place it on your tongue.
- You may dip the bread into the wine and then eat it yourself.
- You may eat the bread when it is given to you and then cross your hands across your chest.