Grow

St. Luke’s is a great place to get connected and build relationships. We have opportunities for those interested in studying together, for those who yearn for fellowship and laughter, and for those who like to dig a little deeper into the word. Find a group that peaks your interest, and get involved by contacting us.

Welcome Group

You are always welcome at St. Lukes’s, regardless of your religious or spiritual background, your doubts, your questions, your past life, or anything else about you. Just come. We are a community that strives to embody and practice the reconciling love of Jesus Christ in our care for one another. If you’re new, we’d love to get you connected, and answer any questions you might have. Please contact us and someone will reach out to you!

Study, Formation & Worship

Bible Study

Weekly Wednesday Morning Bible Study via Zoom begins at 10:30 a.m.   This is an opportunity to intentionally read and study the Bible in order to enhance our knowledge and reflection communally. Click here to get access to the meeting information for this online gathering.

Faith Forum

Sunday Forum is held on Sunday mornings from September through May, immediately after the 9:30 a.m. service.  This is a time for parishioners to gather in person to discuss issues regarding faith, the church and our community.

Centering Prayer

St. Luke’s Episcopal will be starting an in-person centering prayer group in the near future, if there is enough interest. If this is something you are interested in, please contact Lynn Lutz  lgl01@hotmail.com and Diane O’Mara dianeomara@charter.net.

(From C21 Engage) Centering prayer is a remarkably simple method that opens one to God’s gift of contemplative prayer. Its practice expands one’s receptivity to the presence and activity of God in one’s life. It is a distillation of the practice of monastic spirituality into two relatively short periods of prayer each day. The experience of thousands of practitioners has convinced most centering prayer teachers that two periods a day of twenty to thirty minutes each are necessary to enable the believer to benefit fully from the practice. At the start of a session, the practitioner has the intention to rest deeply in God in silence and to let go of the thoughts, emotions, memories, images, or sensations that will inevitably come into awareness during prayer. The fundamental dynamic of centering prayer is not to stop thinking or to combat thoughts as they arise, but rather to let them go gently so they can pass through one’s awareness. Thus the believer can return with his or her whole being to an awareness of God.

A growing body of literature describes the benefits of practicing centering prayer. Since the principal arena for living a spiritual life is not prayer but rather everyday life, the benefits of centering prayer reveal themselves not during periods of prayer, but over time in the way we live our lives. The essence of centering prayer is consent to the presence and activity of God in one’s life. In response to our intention to become more deeply united with the divine presence, God acts within us to transform us, making us more like Christ. One’s intimacy with God deepens and one’s awareness of that intimacy expands.

Those who regularly practice centering prayer have identified its many benefits. These include: greater access to God’s won wisdom and energy; a significant increase in creativity; a decrease in compulsive behavior; a reduction of painful emotions and negative thoughts and greater freedom to respond positively to them when they do arise; a greater ability to accept difficult situations with peace and joy; an expanded capacity to accept others on their own terms without judging them or desiring them to change; an ability to love others more selflessly; and a greater awareness of the presence of God in every person and situation we encounter.

Small Groups

St. Luke’s innovative small group program is ‘Transform and Grow’. This is a discipleship series guiding small gathered communities to get deeply rooted in love with God and one another, so that we all may grow to look, act, and love more like Jesus. The purpose of an intentional faith-based small group is to build trusting relationships with God and one another. When we meet each other for conversation, practice, and prayer, we learn how to love. Call it a small group, discipleship circle, neighborhood group, life group or cell gathering – whatever the name, a small group provides space for prayerful support and accountability as we seek to live the Jesus Way.   All St. Lukans and friends of St. Lukans, young and old, Episcopal or not, are included in this invitation, regardless of whether you attend any Sunday service, regardless if you can no longer drive, regardless if you are active in any other spiritual way. Learn more here. We invite you to Contact us for more information or to join.

Classes Offered Through EPCM-Episcopal Church of Minnesota

Practices, pacing, purpose – all of these are at the heart of what is offered in the courses and workshops of the School for Formation. And perhaps in community in your congregation or in one of our courses you might find some new courage to say hello to darkness. As you look at the months ahead, these resources are available to you.

Labyrinth Walk

Labyrinth walking is an ancient practice used by many different faiths for spiritual centering, contemplation, and prayer. As you enter St. Luke’s Labyrinth on the east side of our building, quiet your mind, then walk slowly while focusing on a spiritual question or prayer. Click here for a guide to walking a labyrinth.

Choir

Worshipping through music touches something deep within us and changes us from a  spectator to a participant, which adds another dimension to our spiritual growth. As we lift our voices, we may experience memories long buried, intense emotion, moments of great joy, and open new lines of communication with our Creator and Spirit.

The  Choir at St. Luke’s welcomes all, from people who have always wanted to sing but never took the chance,  to people who have sung for years. Besides finding new paths to joy through song, we have a lot of fellowship and play times. We sing Sundays from  September through May, and for special feasts and special events.  Newcomers at all levels are always welcome. Rehearsals are the first Thursday evening of each month from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sundays at 8:45 a.m. before the 9:30 am. service. Feel free to only come Sunday if you cannot make Thursday. Contact us for more information or to join.

Altar Guild

The Altar Guild is a ministry of “quiet service”. It’s behind the scenes, handling holy things with reverence, in order to make any service special and beautiful for all worshippers. They instill a spirit of prayer that floats out of the sacristy to the congregation.  All are welcome to belong to this important ministry of spiritual growth.  Contact us if you would like to be part of the guild.

Acolyte

Acolytes can be children or adults and although they may not be noticed, their ministry is vital. They have many duties in helping the service to flow smoothly, such as lighting the candles, carrying the vessels, holding the Gospel book, assisting at baptisms and other special services and so much more. Acolyting is a way for your child to become an active participant in the service while at the same time, experiencing spiritual growth and the beauty of worship in an entirely different way than someone who is simply part of the congregation. Contact us if you or your child would like to be an acolyte. Families may acolyte together. 

Children’s Pray-Ground

St. Luke’s has a special place in the sanctuary just for kids. We believe children should feel at home in worship, so we built a special place with soft toys, quiet activities, and seating for parents. St. Luke’s pray-ground makes space for kids to be kids, for adults to pray, and for the whole family to join together in worship.

Children are welcome to join their parents in bringing up the offertory gifts, in singing, asking and listening.  Please allow your children to state their requests during the prayer requests. Talk with them about this before you come to the service so they can think about it.  At St. Luke’s, children may receive Jesus’s body and blood as soon as they are old enough to eat and drink. They will enjoy coming up front to receive the Eucharist with you. When your child sees you worshiping, they know something really special is going on, and they want to be a part of that.

Pastoral Care

Accessing Pastoral Care

The word pastoral comes from the Latin word for “shepherd,” and that’s what pastoral care is about at St. Luke’s: clergy and lay volunteers working together to tend, to pray for, to visit, to listen, to care for those in our congregation who are sick, lonely, grieving, in need of healing, or overwhelmed in crisis or transition.

Each member of the St. Luke’s Parish family can receive support, assistance and comfort during life’s joys and sorrows through our caring ministries. In times of illness and hospitalization,  to add a name to our Prayer list, to have someone come to your home to celebrate Eucharist or for any other reason, or to help with this important ministry,  please contact us.

​May God bless and comfort you in your difficult times as well as your joyful ones.

Eucharistic Visitor

Eucharistic Visitors are trained and licensed by the Diocese to meet with parishioners unable to attend church services, and to administer the Sacrament of Holy Communion.   Please contact us if you would like to be visited by a Eucharistic Visitor or if you would like to help with this important ministry

Prayer Concerns

St. Luke’s maintains a list of parishioners and their immediate family members in need of prayer. We print this weekly in our Sunday bulletin for use in our worship service prayers and for parishioners to take home with them to have a reminder of people in need for their daily prayers. Help us keep this list current, both by adding people and taking them off when the need has passed.  Please contact us if you would like to add or update a prayer concern, or if you would like to help with this important ministry.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Out of a single strand of yarn, a flowing fabric emerges that will eventually wrap itself around another ones shoulders and speak love into their heart.

– Susan Izard and Susan Jorgenson

The Prayer Shawl Ministry at St. Luke’s is a community of people working together to reach out to others in both sorrow and joy.  They pray, knit or crochet to make shawls filled with love, prayers and support.

All are welcome to join!  If you would like to acquire a “Prayer Shawl” for a family member or friend who may be sick or grieving, or celebrating, please contact us.

Fellowship

Coffee Hour

Coffee hour takes place on Sundays immediately after the 9:30 a.m. service. You will never be sitting alone,  and will soon know yourself as part of our friendly congregation.  The time we spend together in conversation and fellowship is as important to the life of our community as our worship.

Newsletter

If you are new to St. Luke’s,  please contact us to get connected and to start receiving your copy of the Lifelines. You can receive this electronically, via snail mail, or both.

Book Group

The Book Group is a great fellowship for those who enjoy reading and then sharing what they have read with friends.  The group meets on Zoom the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. September through May, except December.  If you’d like to join, please contact us.

Upcoming Books include:

  • September: The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich  (fiction)
  • October: The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray (fiction)
  • November: Rochester: An Urban Biography by Virginia Wright-Peterson (non-fiction)

2023

  • January: Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus (fiction)
  • February: Leaving Isn’t the Hardest Thing by Lauren Hough (non-fiction)
  • March: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman  (fiction)
  • April: West with Giraffes: A Novel by Lynda Rutledge (fiction)
  • May: When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill (fiction)
  • September: The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles  (fiction)

Social Events

There are fellowship social events all throughout the year for the young and the young at heart for you to enjoy and become involved in our St.  Luke’s Family. Here are just a few of our past events: Game On; Parish Thanksgiving Dinner; Epiphany Party; St. Nick’s party; Donuts, Juice and Jesus; Mother’s Day brunch; Children’s service; Father’s Day Coffee; and so much more.   Watch our Lifelines for upcoming events.

The next step is connection

Whoever you are, wherever you are in your faith journey, you are welcome in this place

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church 1884 22nd Street NW, Rochester, MN 55901
(507) 288-2469 stlukes@stlukesepiscopal.org

Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am to 5pm

Please contact dianeomara@charter.net with website changes.

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