Episcopal Faith

All are welcome; come join us St. Luke's is an Episcopal Church, part of the Anglican Communion that exists on every continent and comprises some seventy million members. The name Episcopal comes from the Greek word episcopos, which means bishop. So the Episcopal Church is a "Church with Bishops."

St. Luke's is part of the Diocese of Massachusetts whose Bishop is The Right Reverend Alan M. Gates.  The St. Luke's community consists of nearly two hundred households and is as diverse as its members' ages.

As Anglican Christians we are:

Evangelical: We believe the Good News of Jesus Christ to be the Gospel of Life and Salvation for the whole world and believe that all persons are called into a personal relationship with the Living God in Jesus Christ. As a mission minded church family, we believe that we are commissioned and empowered by the Holy Spirit to make Jesus Christ, (through our witness of the Faith, our daily ministry, and through Word & Sacrament), a living and present reality in the lives of those whom we daily encounter. Our faith, moral beliefs, worship, preaching and teaching are grounded in God’s holy Word. As evangelical Christians we proclaim Jesus Christ to be the Way, the Truth and the Life and the only means of salvation for humankind.

Charismatic: We believe that Christian life is, by definition, new life in the Holy Spirit. We fully understand our Faith and ministry as gifts from God and evidence of the Spirit’s power and presence among us. It is the Holy Spirit who draws us into the life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ; in whom we daily encounter the Living God. Apart from the Holy Spirit, we can do nothing!

Catholic: We have retained, proclaim and celebrate the same Holy Scriptures, Creeds, moral teachings, Sacraments (e.g., Holy Baptism & Holy Communion), and Orders of Ministry (those of Bishop, Priest, and Deacon) as that of the undivided Catholic Church of the first Christian Millennium. The word ‘Catholic’ [Greek, katholikos] means Universal or Whole. Therefore, we proclaim the whole doctrine, moral teaching, discipline and worship of the Universal Church as traditionally received within the Anglican Communion and articulated in the classical Anglican Formularies (the Thirty-Nine Articles, the 1662 Book of Common Prayer and Ordinal, and the Lambeth Quadrilateral). Believing the Christian life to be sacramental, we proclaim and celebrate all seven of the traditional Sacraments/Sacramental Rites of the Catholic Church.

Protestant: We believe in the primacy and authority of the Holy Bible over and within the Church, emphasizing God’s Word in our worship, preaching and teaching. We humbly submit ourselves to the transforming power of the Holy Scriptures as Divinely inspired, containing all things necessary to Salvation and believe it is not lawful for the Church to proclaim any thing that is contrary to God’s Word written, nor is it lawful for any one part of the Church to alter the Evangelical Faith or Catholic Order of the whole Church unilaterally. Furthermore, we proclaim that Salvation is a free gift of God given by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

Orthodox: We profess the Faith once delivered to the Saints. We believe our Faith to be at one with the holy Faith of the undivided Catholic Church of the first Christian Millennium before the sad divisions within the Christian Church and believe our contemporary worship, in Word and Sacrament, to be in direct continuity with the Church of all ages and places. The word ‘orthodox’ means right belief in God and right worship of God. Therefore, we offer the authentic historic Faith and worship of the ancient Church for today’s world.

Apostolic: By our faithfulness to the above, we seek to present the teaching, mission, worship and fellowship of the Apostolic Church to today’s world.

Our Goals:

To enable all persons in Faith, through Word and Sacrament, to become partakers in the life of God the Father, in Jesus Christ, through the Holy Spirit.

To proclaim, preach and teach, with authority and conviction, the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Gospel of Life and Salvation, leading persons into a living Faith and trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

To unite persons in Faith to the life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ through the saving waters of Holy Baptism and to continually nourish this new life through Spirit-filled ministry, Christian fellowship, preaching, teaching and worship, and above all by partaking regularly of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ in the Lord’s Supper.

Our Worship:

Is Biblically based (evangelical), Spirit-filled (charismatic) and fully Sacramental (catholic).

Believing that Jesus comes and speaks to us in Scripture, the Sermon and the Consecrated Bread and Wine, we are a church with a vital worship experience; we are people who believe the words spoken and sung, and we let it show by our enthusiasm.