We have made the decision not to gather for Sunday worship this week (April 5, Palm Sunday) and—with guidance from the Minnesota Bishop—through May 17th. Any changes will be communicated through multiple channels.
Maintaining Our Spiritual Connections
During this time we will continue our corporate life in a variety of new—and old—ways. Several of us are meeting together online for evening prayers (Compline—read more about it on this page). We will continue adult ed via videos and email. And we are making plans for other contacts with people that can't meet on-line.
We understand the importance of continuing to provide pastoral care and healing prayers for any in our community who are in need. If you have any pastoral needs, don’t hesitate to reach out to The Reverend Larry Bussey at 612-309-8896. We’ll be there for you.
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Palm Sunday Worship Available Online
We have completed the filming of our April 5 worship service and it is available now. The service follows the normal Lenten liturgical calendar. Please consider adding yourself to our newsletter email list so we can provide you with up-to-the-minute details.
Daily Compline (Evening Prayers)
Several St. Lukans have wanted to pray together "face-to-face" in the service of Daily Compline from the Book of Common Prayer. They have begun meeting on-line at 7PM each night here: https://zoom.us/j/8516804634 All are welcome to participate from your phone, tablet, or computer. You will be given the opportunity to join with audio & video, audio only, or just observe. It's helpful to have the Compline service open in your Book of Common Prayer, or to view the service text on your computer.
Lent has begun. What will your lenten spiritual practices be? The Episcopal Church has issued a calendar to assist you. Please take a look.
We invite you to take some time to discern the gifts that God has put in you – the passions, the holy discontent, the talent, the energy and the drive. Hopefully when you look at the ministries listed here you find something that speaks to the deep places in you.
• What hobbies bring you joy?
• What are you passionate about?
• What have you been involved in over the years where you felt most connected to God?
• What kinds of tasks do you dislike or feel draining?
Many households are stretched with employment and family commitments. Therefore, as you look through the opportunities linked below, you will find a lot of ministries that have flexible schedules and limited time commitments. This is not an exhaustive list. More opportunities will be added later.
St. Luke’s began as an Episcopal church school over 100 years ago, several years before we became a worshiping parish. Children and youth have been a major priority for us ever since. At St. Luke’s, our children feel welcome as important members of the parish. They connect with the Bible stories each Sunday through active lessons, as well as participate in worship. St. Luke’s is a home where young people can feel safe to ask the big questions and experience wonder and joy in God’s Creation and at church.
We recently surveyed our congregation, and “Children” made the Top 4 gifts list of our community. What sets St. Luke’s apart is that our kids interact with everyone. During services, events or coffee hours, you will often see St. Luke’s kids cheerfully helping out, and that our young people are engaged with caring “uncles, aunts, and grandparents” in this community of Christ.
Children are welcome at the table during Communion.
Loving child care is provided—birth up to age five—when families want it, and they are welcome to stay in the service. When children fidget and make noise, parents may also get distracted. However, the rest of us are smiling, knowing that children are vitally present in our community.
Sunday school lessons are based on Gospel readings that are read in the service, and families are given tools to continue to share the readings during the rest of the week.
Children—age three to ten—experience “Godly Play.” In each session, the children first get their bodies ready, then enter into the Bible story, then are given time to wonder, move and respond to the story.
We can’t guarantee that it will be easy to wake your young people up on Sundays, but we can say confidently that they will feel welcome and won’t regret having walked through the door.
Youth in middle school and high school are given leadership opportunities. They can teach lessons with adult mentors. Like all of us, when youth teach other kids, they learn it more deeply themselves. They can also help direct the pageants, serve as lectors and acolytes, sing with the choir, play instruments, direct outreach projects, plan mission trips, take photographs for communications, lead as day camp counselors, and serve on the vestry.
When meeting as a youth group, teens explore what it means to be Christian (Episcopalian in particular) in our world of many faiths and lack of faith. Activities and discussions with respectful listening give our young adults more experience, peers, mentors and tools to reach with faith beyond St. Luke’s. How does our Christian identity play out in our decisions in the real world?
Young adults who choose to become confirmed in the Episcopal Church participate in a series of classes to give them the knowledge to make a more informed decision. We encourage this at or after age 16.
Most importantly, youth at St. Luke’s know that they will always have a church family with caring, supportive people to whom they can turn as they take the next steps through life; that the door is always open to them, even after graduation.
Adult Faith Formation
St. Luke’s provides Christian education for adults as well as children. We offer reading groups, seminars, workshops and other opportunities throughout the year. Learn more about church history, about the presence of God in our lives today and in the future, and how we all grow in our faith journey, though they may be very different from each other.
After Sunday Worship
St. Luke’s offers a lively discussion group each Sunday after the 10:00 a.m. service. This group discusses topics related to theology, spiritual practices or the history of religion among other topics. The members of the Sunday group select the themes to be explored.
Education for Ministry (EfM)
Education for Ministry or EfM, is a theological education program for lay adults. This course of study was developed by the School of Theology of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. The participants study the Bible, church history and theology, while learning to engage in theological reflection. Although the course consists of four years, participants commit to only one year at a time.
St. Luke’s EfM groups meets on Tuesday nights at 7:00 p.m and Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. from September through May. New members are accepted into the group each September.
Community of Hope
The Community of Hope is a 15-week class, offered by St. Luke’s and St. John’s – Linden Hills, whose goal is to broaden participants’ understanding of pastoral ministry and to cultivate a culture of pastoral care within congregations. The class runs from September through early January.