Welcome to St Luke’s in the City Anglican Church
GREETINGS FROM PETER BECK
Monday 01 June 2020
Kia Ora St Luke’s Parish Family
Today I became your new Interim Priest-in Charge! And I’m really looking forward to it. By way of introducing myself here is a YouTube clip I recorded for you. You need to know that I am a total amateur when it comes to doing this sort of thing, but I’m giving it a go!
This week there will be a mass on Thursday at 9.30am at the Community of the Sacred Name, with a morning tea catch up for those who can make it. Over the next few days we will be looking at re-instituting our regular services post the lock down which has thrown so much into disarray.
This coming Sunday is Trinity Sunday, the Queen of our Christian Festivals, and my first time ‘on deck’ as your Interim Priest-in-Charge. The Eucharist will be back at our former regular time of 9.30am. Be assured that we will be following the strict guidelines for level 2 that our bishop has given us.
St Luke’s in the City, has been worshipping as a community and serving the people of Christchurch since 1859.
Inspired by our patron, Luke the Evangelist - who proclaimed the inclusive and loving hospitality of Christ – we provide a place for peace, prayer and contemplation and welcome everyone into our community, regardless of colour, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or any other distinction.
St Luke's in the City offers regular liturgy and worship, a spirituality centre and an outreach programme to help members of the community in times of need.
St Luke’s is a place of stillness and peace, a place of prayer and contemplation for all. Life at St Luke’s is grounded in the proclamation of the Word, the celebration of the Sacraments, and caring companionship with each other.
St Luke’s in the City is a gathered community of seekers and searchers for:
- A contemplative Anglo-Catholic style of worship
- A Eucharistic focus, sense of the mystical and transcendent
- A sense of belonging to a Christ-centred family of faith
- A particular understanding of outreach to the wider community
- A desire to grow spiritually
The integrity and centrality of this worship life supports and anchors other expressions of mission and ministry in the parish.
St Luke’s is mostly an age/experience group in the second half of life that, no longer involved in establishing a place in society, can reflect on life. It is eucharistically grounded, acknowledges and values the importance of sacred space, welcomes a modern, relaxed and reverent approach to liturgy and ministry, good scholarship, collaborative leadership and inclusiveness.
St Luke’s in the City Anglican parish formed St Luke’s Spirituality Centre to foster and encourage spiritual growth, especially during a time of healing and recovery in Christchurch.
St Luke’s Spirituality Centre is for:
- Searchers after spiritual truth, seekers who are open to a living spirituality
- Those engaged in various parts of the church who are looking for spiritual nurture and development
- Those on the edge of the church who are looking for a spirituality sufficiently open to the Spirit breathing through their own experience
- Those looking for a way, for spiritual practice, rather than doctrinal information or church membership