HISTORY of the Episcopal Church and St. Luke’s

St. Luke’s is part of the Episcopal Church and the Worldwide Anglican Communion.

The Episcopal Church traces its origins back to the Church of England in colonial times. The church follows a liturgical form of worship that utilizes our Book of Common Prayer. The idea behind the Book of Common Prayer is to have sound prayers that are beautifully written to allow everyone to say the prayer “in common” or together.  

Our worship then is focused on giving glory to God, not on how to get the prayer “just right.”  Our worship is participatory focusing on having all worshippers involved in praying, not just the clergy.

The Episcopal church also has a rich heritage of balancing the “Word” and the “Table” that is a balance in our worship of Scripture readings and preaching while also focusing on celebrating Eucharist, which is Holy Communion.  The Episcopal Church has many differing theological perspectives represented within in leadership and its members.  We remain a church welcoming of all.

The Episcopal Church is part of the Worldwide Anglican Communion.  This is a communion of member churches in nations throughout the world.  Each individual member church is autonomous, but all join together in our common heritage, tracing roots back to the Church and England and continuing the tradition of prayer book worship as described above.  The Archbishop of Canterbury is not the authoritative leader of this communion, like an Anglican Pope, but rather the Archbishop of Canterbury calls the bishops of the communion together every few years in Lambeth.

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