St. Luke’s serves the neighborhood by making space available for organizations, including one of the oldest Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings in the City. St. Luke’s offers respite to passers-by in its lovely gardens; children are welcome from all over the neighborhood to our annual Christmas Pageant and Easter Egg Hunt; we reach out with hospitality and imagination to those in need in the community.
At the same time, our reach extends far beyond the Village. Our Anglo-Catholic liturgy, our music program, and the energy of our congregational singing draw visitors from around the country and the world. Every year our annual Gay Pride Evensong packs the church with visitors.
In the 19th century, St. Luke's was a center of the Catholic renewal and the Oxford Movement. The parish became the first in the city to offer daily services of the Divine Office and a weekly Sunday Eucharist. The Eucharist remains at the heart of our life at St. Luke's.
Making a difference in our community has always been part of our life: reaching out to dockworkers in the early 20th century, becoming a welcoming refuge for those affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic from its onset in the 1980’s, and more recently, offering “art, acceptance and a place to be yourself for LGBTQA youth.” Regardless of their membership in the congregation, we reach out and serve those on the margins of society.
We believe that, as members of the Body of Christ, we have been called to ministries of worship, education, hospitality and witness. We strive to welcome all who come through our doors. We hope you will join us in worship, ministry and hospitality as we seek to participate fully in the life of our city and the larger church.