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 worship at St. Luke’s.  


Scroll down to learn about our: 

Worship Services Schedule

Music Program (including Lessons & Carols 2017)

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.


Sunday Worship:  

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

A coffee hour follows each service


Sunday School (Sept. through May) during 10 a.m. service


Wednesday Worship:  

  • 7:30 a.m. Healing Eucharist

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Learn more about: Parking, Taking Muni to Church, Sunday School and Childcare

Lessons & Carols 2017

Friends and families of Nob Hill, San Francisco, and the Bay Area, please join us in our festive Service of Nine Lessons & Carols.  Greet your neighbors and enjoy the special seasonal music and readings together with our parish choir, the Zephyrus woodwind quartet, and percussion.


The musical service celebrates the story of the birth of Christ from ancient times through his Epiphany in readings, choral anthems, and carols. A merry dinner follows the service in the parish hall.  


Location: 

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 

San Francisco, 

Corner of Van Ness Ave. & Clay St.


Date / Time: 

December 17th, 5:00 p.m.


Free will offering


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 four 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.


Instrumentalists 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 in the fall of 2015 to tremendous fanfare.  It is our hope that an interest remains with parents to continue the choir now that its director, The Rev. Devin Rodgers has been ordained and called to a new parish.  


If you would like to join the choir or have any questions regarding our music program, please contact the Music Director, Steve Repasky. Music Office: 415-673-9971 Email:  jsrepasky@gmail.com



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.   We welcome you to come, hear and enjoy!

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 servant with your Holy Spirit; empower her for your service; and sustain her all the days of her life....


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. Holy Baptism will be celebrated at St. Luke’s on:

  • November 5, 2017      All Saints Sunday
  • January 7, 2018           Baptism of our Lord
  • April 1, 2018                 Easter
  • May 20, 2018              Pentecost

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.  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.