From Music Director, Andrew Hill:
The choir, organist Dale Nickell, and I would like to extend a warm invitation for everyone to come and experience Lessons and Carols this December 10th during the 10:30 service. The season of Advent prepares us for the Christmas Season in a way that draws us away from consumerism and secularism and allows us to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. The service will consist of a series of readings, hymns, and carols that trace the biblical origin story to the coming of salvation and the light of Christ into our world. This is a perfect opportunity to invite friends and neighbor to experience some of the best St. Luke's has to offer. So be sure to mark your calendars for a Sunday morning filled with sacred song and story of salvation.
Come hear scriptures stories tracing creation to redemption, listen to lovely music, and sing hymns together. Note: no Holy Eucharist at this service.
Click here to learn about the original service, begun in 1918 at King's College Chapel in Cambridge, England.
St. Nick or Santa?
On Sunday, December 3 (the first Sunday of Advent) at the 9 am service, a favorite saint -- considered the true Santa -- will visit our St. Nicholas Chapel.
St. Nicholas will share the story of his life. Born into a wealthy family in what is now Turkey over 1700 years ago, Nicholas used his inheritance to help the needy. He became the bishop of Myra in recognition of his faithful service. He died on December 6, in the year 343. Watch for his miter (bishop’s hat)!
Last year St. Nicholas shared chocolate coins—even gluten, soy and nut-free coins. Please return the favor to St. Nick by bringing canned food for the Larimer County Food Bank.
St. Nicholas’ feast day falls at the beginning of Advent, a time of preparation for the birth of Jesus. Will your family visit only Santa in Old Town, or a saint of the church?
- Tricia Medlock, Sunday School Coordinator
It's the Feast Day of St. Luke and we are celebrating with Bach!
At 10:30 a.m., join us for a worship service that will be a feast for the senses.
This beautifully crafted service will include famous Bach hymns and organ works and culminates with J.S. Bach’s Motet, Jesu, meine Freude BWV 227, instead of a sermon.
Following such Divine spiritual sustenance, and in line with Bach’s German roots, we’ll feed the body at a rousing barbecue complete with bratwurst, assorted microbrews and root beer and polka music performed by CSU’s Neue Polka Colorado (NPC).* $7 suggested donation for adults (kids free)
*NPC is a polka band for the 21st century. Inspired by the singing, playing, camaraderie, and antics of the town bands of Central Europe, the band is exclusively brass instruments, and is populated almost entirely by music majors at Colorado State University. They describe themselves as one part Oktoberfest, one part 1990s mix tape and 100% fun.
Would you like to bring Holy Communion to congregants unable to come to church due to illness or frailty?
Our sister Episcopal church in Fort Collins, St. Paul's, is hosting a Eucharistic Visitor Training on Saturday, September 23 from 9:00am to noon.
The Rev. Lyn Burns of St. Paul's writes, "This is a special request to the Diocese that we conduct training in northern Colorado, instead of our usually having to attend sessions in Denver and its environs. I hope that some St. Luke's folks will be able to take advantage of this opportunity."
Event page at the Diocese of Colorado website. Direct to registration page here
On Thursday, September 21 at 7:00 pm, we will again host a Taizé service of song, prayer, contemplation, and call to action to observe the International Day of Prayer for Peace. The St. Luke’s choir will be joined by the choir of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fort Collins.
This year, we are inviting everyone to join in praying the Peace Prayer of St. Francis for 21 Days leading up to the service in the “Make Peace a Habit” challenge. The prayer is familiar to many as the hymn, “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace.” Prayer cards, links to YouTube videos, and additional information are available on St. Luke’s peace page.
Each year on September 21, the World Council of Churches calls churches and parishes around the world to observe the International Day of Prayer for Peace, inspired by an initiative for this day by the United Nations. By gathering in prayer and song, we hope to inspire all who attend this service to pray for the end to the violence that has gripped our world and join our wider community in working for peace and reconciliation.
Taizé Chanting is a distinctive form of liturgical chant created by the Taizé Community, an ecumenical monastic order in Taizé, France. They write: "Singing is one of the most essential elements of worship. Short songs, repeated again and again, give it a meditative character. As the words are sung over many times, this reality gradually penetrates the whole being, [allowing] everyone to take part in a time of prayer together and to remain together in attentive waiting on God." Visit the monastery’s website for more information about Taizé.
Do you normally drive your car to church? Join the growing number of bicycle riders in our Fort Collins community and ride to church on Labor Day Weekend. (Tour de Fat costumes optional.)
We invite you to bike to St. Luke’s on Sunday, September 3, any of the three services (8, 9 and 10am), followed by Silver Grill cinnamon rolls and coffee in the Narthex.
In addition, we will celebrate a Blessing of the Bicycles at the 9:00am Grace in the Garden outdoor service.
As Christians we are called to follow the path of Jesus. When Jesus walked the earth, he led a simple life. He walked on foot, rode on a donkey, or took a boat. Sometimes he skipped the boat and even walked on water. If Jesus was here with us today, how would he travel?
If he lived in Fort Collins, he might ride a bicycle sometimes. He wouldn't always ride a bicycle, but there are times he might. Why would he ride a bicycle? If he saw an opportunity in reaching the lost he probably would. If he saw a way to help someone who is in need he probably would. If it could be an opportunity to commune with God he probably would. If it was a time to meet with His disciples he probably would.
Have you wished to see God's creation at a slower pace on your way to church?
Perhaps you have a friend that would like to ride with you who’s never been to church before.
Perhaps you like to bicycle and seeking a deeper connection with God and the church.
Perhaps you want to ride to church and exercise both your spirit and your body.
Perhaps you want reduce your impact on God's creation.
Perhaps you want to see our community in a new way and find an opportunity to help someone in need.
This is your opportunity. Take it!
Adapted from National Bike to Church Day.
The first Easter service, it begins in darkness and includes the service of light (in which the new fire is kindled) and the ringing of bells by the congregation.
The Easter Vigil service traces the story of God's work in the world from Creation through the Resurrection.
All ages welcome! Note: incense will be used.
This is a powerful way to prepare your family for the joy of Easter.
Come prepared to make a "pilgrimage in place" around the church, as we remember Jesus' last hours.
At each participatory, kid-friendly station we use our senses and our imagination to reflect prayerfully upon Jesus’ suffering and death.
Read press release on the Stations of the Cross service.
This 30-minute noon service is designed to fit into a workday lunch hour.
Read it here.
Art credit: Follower of Gerard Seghers. Peter's Denial, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=56128 [retrieved April 6, 2017]. Original source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Flemish_Denial_of_Saint_Peter.jpg.
The word Maundy, which comes from the Latin mandatum (commandment), refers to Jesus’ commandment to “love one another... as I have loved you.”
Foot washing, according to Jesus’ example, came to symbolize this love and service. Join us this night to recall Jesus’ words through this sacred action.
Full Holy Week & Easter schedule.
The word "tenebrae" comes from the Latin meaning "darkness."
Tenebrae is an ancient Christian service that makes use of gradually diminishing light through the extinguishing of candles to symbolize the events commemorating the suffering and death of Christ.
Join us for this moving service in the midst of Holy Week.
A choral service of evening prayers, psalms, and canticles featuring the combined choirs of St. Luke’s and St. Paul’s.
Sherry & Shortbread reception to follow (nonalcoholic beverages will also be served).
Learn more about Evensong at this Spiritual Deepening event at 9:30am on Sunday, March 5.
"Choral Evensong is a 45-min long peace-inducing church service in which the ‘song’ of voices sounding together in harmony is heard at the ‘even’ point between the active day and restful night, allowing listeners time for restful contemplation – Church members, agnostics and atheists alike. It is both free of charge and free of religious commitment, and its choral music is performed live and often to a very high standard." - choralevensong.org
South Transit Center in Fort Collins 7:30-9:30am
Old Town Square 11:30am-1:30pm
Imagine: It’s an ordinary weekday, and in the middle of your daily tasks, you stumble into a moment of prayer.
The street corner, the coffee shop, or some other ordinary place is suddenly a place where God has come to meet you.
The church has come out from behind the comfortable pews and doors to be in the places where the rubber meets the road.
It’s Ash Wednesday, and you’re invited to wear your ashes, to claim repentance, grace and deep relationship with God for the challenges of your daily life.
“Ashes to Go” is about bringing spirit, belief, and belonging out from behind church doors, and into the places where we go every day.
It’s a simple event with deep meaning, drawing on centuries of tradition and worship to provide a contemporary moment of grace.
Please join us on Tuesdays at 5:30 PM in the Chapel for spoken Evening Prayer. It’s a short service, about 20 minutes, and makes for a time of calm and prayer at the end of a busy day.
For 2000 years, and all around the world today, Christians have gathered for the evening praise of God.
Our short service (15-20 minutes) includes psalms, scripture, prayer, and the presence of God. Come and see!
Read it here.