Who We Are

St. Luke by the Sea Episcopal Church
angel stained glass window We are a nurturing and inclusive community of faith. We welcome all people. We honor our community's diversity in: faith history (including seekers, doubters, and atheists); race and ethnic background; sexual orientation and gender identity; marital status; socioeconomic circumstance; immigration status; age; physical and mental ability; mental health condition; and education. We affirm that all persons are individuals of sacred worth, beloved by God.

We at St. Luke are members of The Episcopal Church, one of the denominations in the world-wide Anglican Communion. We believe that, as Presiding Bishop Michael Curry puts it, "Being a Christian is not essentially about joining a church or being a nice person, but about following in the footsteps of Jesus, taking his teachings seriously, letting his Spirit take the lead in our lives, and in so doing helping to change the world from our nightmare into God's dream." We believe in a loving, liberating, life-giving God, and we seek to walk the way of love together.

As Episcopalians and Anglicans we walk "the middle way" between Protestantism and Roman Catholicism. Roman Catholics who visit us are likely to feel at home with our liturgical style of worship and our emphasis on the sacredness of holy communion. Many Protestants will feel at home with our theology, which emphasizes God's grace, freely offered to all.

St. Luke's is a family-sized church with an outsize engagement in the community. Our congregation includes people with diverse religious and economic backgrounds, educational levels, and political views. Some of us have lived in the area most of our lives, and others have moved to the Coast to work, be near family, or retire. Despite our differences, we have a family-style closeness. The fellowship hour after worship on Sundays is fondly known as "the second service." It's a humorous name, but we truly believe that seeking and serving Christ in each other is sacred too.

Mission Statement: Christ is the center of this community which welcomes all to worship, to serve and to share.