Spiritual Life

Sunday, the first day of creation and the day of resurrection, is the time when we come together to hear the Word of God in scripture and to receive the bread and wine, the body and blood of Christ, at the Eucharistic table. In this gathering, our parishioners share their gifts in music and in word to enrich our worship together. The spiritual nourishment that we draw from worship and music makes it possible to live out our commitments to the Gospel walk.  We have a long tradition of loving God with our minds at St. Luke’s. This means “Head and Heart” preaching based on sound theology and relevancy to today’s issues. Our outstanding music and graceful, “broad” liturgy are central to the worship experience at St. Luke’s.  


Scroll down to learn about our: 

Worship Services Schedule

Music Program

Julian's Guild Healing Group

Stained-Glass Windows

Holy Baptism & Confirmation

Funerals & Memorial Services

worship services

The basis for worship is the Episcopal Church's Book of Common Prayer, through which we share our liturgical heritage with the rest of the American church, as well as with others in the Anglican tradition around the world. During certain church seasons we will use alternative liturgies such as Celtic liturgies. 


Always on the 5th Sunday of the month, the rector officiates Morning Prayer, Rite 1 at 10 a.m. 


Julian's Guild healing group brings healing prayer and touch to all who wish to receive them on the third Sunday of each month during 10 a.m. service at the healing station in the Trinity Chapel area of St. Luke's Church.


Sunday Worship:  

  • 8 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite I
  • 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II with Choir

A coffee hour follows each service


Wednesday Worship:  

  • 7:30 a.m. Healing Eucharist

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our music program

Make a Joyful Noise Unto the Lord


Choral music is a defining ministry and gift at St. Luke’s Church. Our worship is not only enhanced by our beautiful sanctuary, but by our world-renown pipe organ, choirs and professional section leaders. The adult choir sings each week at our 10 a.m. service, as well as for special services such as Christmas Lessons & Carols, memorial services and high holy days. 


Guest instrumentalists, choirs and vocalists regularly join in our worship (especially for Easter!), and all are supported by the wonderful sounds of our historic Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ. Whether you are an enthusiastic listener, a robust hymn singer, or a lover of instrumental and choral music, our hope is that you will celebrate God in a new way through what you hear, see and experience each week with us. 


St. Luke’s resurrected its Youth Choir to tremendous fanfare. It is our hope that an interest remains with parents to continue the choir now that its former director has been ordained and called to a new parish.  


2018 Summer Choir

Season Concludes


St. Luke's summer choir rehearsed every Sunday from June 3 through September 2 and performed weekly during the 10 a.m. worship service following practice. A BIG THANKS to all who participated in the summer choir - and a reminder to those interested that choir practice is held weekly on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall.


If you would like to join the choir or have any questions regarding our music program, please contact the Music Director, Steve Repasky at 415-673-7327 or via Email:  jsrepasky@gmail.com


To enjoy (our mascot) Watson's participation in a 2017 Lessons & Carols Christmas rehearsal, please Click Here. For a video clip from the Lessons & Carols Service, Christmas time, 2017 Click Here.


Our Organ: The Opus #1350  

Our magnificent pipe organ, one of the best on the West Coast, was built by the famed Aeolian-Skinner Organ Company is one of the keystones of great music at St. Luke's. Aeolian-Skinner was the leader of the "American Classic" movement in organ design that commanded the pipe organ world from the 1930s to the 1970s. Boston’s Symphony Hall, New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine and the Mormon Tabernacle also enjoy these great organs.  


St. Luke’s first contracted with the Aeolin-Skinner Company in 1958 and the organ installation was completed in 1960. Our organ is one of their earlier designs, model Opus #1350, and was said to have been a personal favorite of Aeoline-Skinner President, Joseph Whiteford.  


The organ has three manuals, five divisions, 60 ranks and slightly more than 3,400 pipes. Additions to the original 1958 design came in two periods. In 1976 a striking set of Trompette-en-Chamade pipes was added and can be seen along the rear interior west wall. Also added was a Zimbelstern and a tremolo to lend a romantic quality to the flute pipes of two of the divisions. In the 1990s a solid state action added 32 levels of combination piston memory, some of the pipes were revoiced, and the casework was redone to create the beautiful façade of the main organ on the south wall. The organ's 3,400 pipes result in a "cathedral sound" rarely equaled in any church on the West Coast. In addition, the spectacular acoustics of the church's French Gothic building design enhance the music. 


Thanks to Music Director, Steve Repasky, our historic pipe organ continues to attract both national and world-wide attention. We've hosted two American Guild of Organists (San Francisco Chapter) events - a recital and a student competition, and often host visiting organists who love to study and play this marvelous instrument. For a taste of how our OPUS #1350 sounds Click Here.


We Welcome You to Participate, 

Come, Hear & Enjoy!

Julian’s Guild Healing Group

at St. Luke’s


“All shall be well, all manner of things shall be well” 

- St. Julian of Norwich


Julian’s Guild, St. Luke’s healing group, is now it’s 24th year. Named after St. Julian of Norwich, the group brings healing prayer and touch to whoever wishes to receive them, on behalf of themselves or another, on the 3rd Sunday of every month during the 10 a.m. worship service in the Trinity Chapel (pictured) at St. Luke’s Church. 


Members of this group also attend St. Luke’s Wednesday 7:30 a.m. worship service, where all participate in the healing prayers, followed by coffee and fellowship at The Crepe House on Polk St.


The group meets monthly, and meetings usually include dinner, silent prayer and the mutual laying of hands and prayers. The group also brings others to prayer at this time. 


God has blessed St. Luke's with

the healing touch and prayer

of Julian's Guild.

Our Stained-Glass windows

St. Luke's has magnificent, world-class examples of stained- glass windows that are among the finest of their kind.  Many were manufactured and installed as far back as 1916.  Windows of the period are full of feeling and images of worship

and the divine. 


Come, see and enjoy a spiritual worship experience that is significantly enhanced by the beauty and tranquility of St. Luke's sanctuary. 


Learn more here

HOLY BaPTISM & CONFIRMATION


FUNERALS & MEMORIALS

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HOLY BAPTISM & CONFIRMATION


We believe in one baptism....Strengthen, O Lord, your servants with your Holy Spirit; empower them for your service; and sustain them for all their days....


With water, and in the name of the Holy Trinity, people of all ages are baptized and confirmed into the Christian faith and life.  We are always beloved of God no matter where are on our journey of faith; through the waters of baptism we enter into the Body of Christ.


St. Luke's welcomes all those who are seeking the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, reception and reaffirmation. It is customary in the church to celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Baptism on four particular days of the church year. 


The next opportunity for a Baptism or Confirmation will be on October 14, 2018, when our Bishop visits.


It would be our joy to welcome you or your loved one into the church.  Please contact the Parish Office at 415-673-7327 to talk with a clergy member about scheduling a baptism or confirmation.  


There are occasions when the clergy will perform a private baptism or allow another cleric to baptize. It is always best to talk with St. Luke's clergy to discover your best options at St. Luke's or with the Diocese of California.


Funeral & Memorial Services


The information below may be helpful for budgeting for suggested donations, payable by check or credit card to St. Luke's Episcopal Church.  Our sanctuary seats up to 350 people.  A pledging member is defined by having pledged in the current and last calendar year.


Pledging Members        

Church = $500.                       

Clergy         ***     

Organist = $200.                         

Coordinator = $100.                          

Reception Hall = $0                              

*** An honorarium is appreciated


Non-Pledgers

Church = $600.

Clergy = $300.

Organist = $300.                         

Coordinator = $200.

Reception Hall = $250.  

                            

Services include worship planning with clergy, musical selection and performance, bulletin production, set-up and coordination.  Some costs are adjustable in cases of financial need; if this is true for you, please discuss these special circumstances during your initial meeting with clergy.