November 29, 2015
Some responses from our Congregation concerning things they find important in searching for our next Rector:
"This seems very important to us, someone who is deeply passionate about the Church and its teachings and who, through a refined and potent set of interpersonal skills, aids others in the development of their own similar passions.."
"We believe that Saint Luke's is blessed with one of the most splendid church buildings in America, and pray that it will continue to be cared for and restored as much as possible. It connects us, in a profound way, with generations of the faithful of Saint Luke's past..."
"The liturgy--how we worship--is very important to us indeed. We treasure the rich and emotionally resonant language of Rite I and find the solemn, serious execution of the most sacred parts of that liturgy to be completely appropriate..."
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On most Sundays, parishioners at St. Luke's experience a traditional Episcopal service. We have a spoken Rite I service at the early service and a sung Rite II service at the later service. The beauty and grandeur of the sanctuary in St. Luke's church gives a glimpse of our worship style. While tradition is still highly valued, continued adjustments to our worship postures(i.e.standing, sitting, kneeling) have made us more flexible and open minded in this regard. The way we pass the peace for several minutes throughout the church is a sure sign of our growth and development, as well as, a sign of our closeness as a congregation.
Indeed, high feast days are grand celebrations, with processions and very sophisticated music from the organ and the choirs. The altar party wears albs and the choir members are vested in traditional cassocks with cottas. The altar area itself is adorned with candles and flowers and blessed with incense. During Christmas and Easter, the entire church is adorned with seasonally appropriate decorations by a team of eager parishioners, who use this task as an opportunity for fellowship, as well as, work.