We Laugh.  

We Love.  

We Welcome You.

St. Luke's Episcopal Church

1755 Clay Street (@ Van Ness)

San Francisco, CA, 94109




St. Luke's is searching for

a new, full-time rector. 


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a List of Current Events,

an Introduction to St. Lukes, 

an Overview of our 150 Year History,


a Table of Contents for this Website

Peace Be With You

This Holiday Season

and Always!

Journey with Us Through

Advent, as We Approach and

Prepare for Christmas

and the New Year.

Current Events & 

Activities at

St. Luke's

Jesus’ call to “Feed my sheep” (John 21:17b) is both simple and daunting. His call to “feed” motivates us to feed souls, minds and bodies through inspiring ministry, learning, celebration, and community service.


Come to Church.

We Welcome You! 

Sunday Worship: 

8 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite I

10 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II

with Choir and Organ

A coffee hour follows each service  

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

Wednesday Worship: 

7:30 a.m. Healing Eucharist

Learn About: Parking, Taking Muni to Church and Childcare


NOTE: The Church Office will be closed on December 25, 31 and January 1.

St. Luke's Annual Stewardship Campaign 2019 concluded on December 2nd. Our sincere thanks to those who

have pledged generously.

Saturday - December 15 - 7:30 a.m. - The Inter-faith Food Pantry at Old First Presbyterian Church. Help those less fortunate. To learn more Click Here and scroll down.

Sunday - December 16 - 5:00 p.m. - A Service of Lessons & Carols followed by a Festive Reception! The Festival Choir and the Zephyrus Woodwind Quintet will be heard in selections from Bach, Berger, Britten, Respighi, Vaughan Williams and Willcock. The Service will be followed by dinner in Dade Hall. Freewill offerings are welcome. To learn more about our music program, Click Here and scroll.

Sunday - December 23 - 9:00 a.m - A Discussion Forum on the subject of Advent occurs during coffee hour.

Monday - December 24 - 5 p.m. - Christmas Eve Service with Choir, Live Manger and Tableaux. 

Tuesday - December 25 - Merry Christmas!! - 10 a.m. Christmas Day Service with Choral Eucharist.

Sunday - December 30 - 10 a.m. Morning Prayer Service with Christmas Carols.


On November 11, 2018, St. Luke's Episcopal Church Day was proclaimed by the City and County of San Francisco! Click Here to learn more.

A BIG THANKS to our Bishop, the Right Reverend Marc Andrus, for visiting St. Luke's and celebrating our 150 year anniversary with us. Additional thanks go to all who made our milestone anniversary year celebration fantastic!

Choir rehearsal is at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings in the Parish Hall. If you enjoy singing sacred choral literature from all countries and time periods, come join this fun group for rehearsal including snacks and refreshments. Click Here and scroll to learn about St. Luke's music program.

Check out our new initiative called "Send a Card to a Parishioner". To learn how to participate Click Here and scroll down

We have a Volunteer Bulletin Board by the entrance to Dade Hall, which includes a Help Wanted List. Click Here for an overview of volunteer opportunities at St. Luke's.

Julian's Guild is a healing group, now in its 24th year. The 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 Trinity Chapel. 

Wednesdays - 7:30 a.m. Service - Contemplative Celtic Eucharist - with coffee and fellowship afterwards at The Crepe House on Polk St.

Mondays & Fridays - 8 to 9 p.m. - Community AA Meetings are held in Dade Hall (located in the Parish House, 1755 Clay St.).

Saturdays - 8 to 9 a.m. - AA Meditation Group meets in Dade Hall from November 3 through December 29.


An Oasis in the City

When you visit St. Luke’s Church, the first thing you will notice is our breathtakingly beautiful sanctuary! We like to think of our building as a geode. The outside is lovely enough, but not remarkable; if you are riding down Van Ness, you might not even look twice at the façade. But once you enter, the static of the world—the noise and rush, the distraction and impatience, the manic urban hustle of 21st century San Francisco—vanishes. The high altar with its white marble, its bas-relief porcelain Madonna sculptures, and its golden stars floating heavenward, makes for a precious jewel box. All of this is illuminated by the frozen fire of our magnificent stained-glass windows. 

While we are a mainline, traditional Episcopal church, we most certainly have a twist. We worship most church seasons using the Book of Common Prayer—even Rite I! But we also use alternative liturgies when appropriate. Our music is accentuated by a talented organist playing a world-class, historic pipe organ, choirs and occasional guest musicians. And while our pastoral care and ministries are always pursued with integrity and love, we have fun doing them. Hence our tag line: We laugh. We love. We welcome you.  

It is not uncommon to have animals—a manger full on Christmas Eve, a donkey on Palm Sunday—punctuate our high holy days. Our worship and ministry life is creative, engaging and nourishing. How do we do it? Simply: by making sure that the love of Jesus Christ is made tangible for everyone who walks through our doors!

St. Luke's is an Oasis congregation in the Diocese of California, which means that we welcome everyone: gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and those that are questioning. Wherever you come from, whoever you are, you are welcomed here.

Our parish belongs to the Episcopal Diocese of California, which is part of the Episcopal Church USA and the worldwide Anglican Communion.

our history

150 Years of Service

and Celebration  

St. Luke's Episcopal Church, founded in 1868, is one of the oldest parishes in the Diocese of California. St. Luke's first home, as an incorporated parish, was located in a building at 1625 Pacific Avenue. In 1884, this original wooden church was placed on rollers and moved to the parish’s current location at Van Ness Boulevard and Clay Street. 

During the next decade, the church was expanded twice, and its membership grew to be the largest Episcopal congregation on the Pacific coast and a new church was built. This magnificent church, designed by Albert Sutton, was constructed of brick covered in rough, blue-grey sandstone. It was consecrated in 1900 and seated close to a thousand people. Unfortunately, this church was utterly destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and fire. 

Determined to stay a part of the neighborhood community, the vestry retained Benjamin Geer McDougall as architect for our beautiful French Gothic sanctuary, built in 1910 on the same corner at Clay St. and Van Ness Blvd. The worship experience is enhanced by the building’s spectacular stained-glass windows, especially the east window over the altar and those which flank the nave on its north and south sides. The altar window, which depicts the Resurrection, was installed in 1911. The stained-glass windows on the north and south walls of the nave depict the Virgin Mary, various Saints and Biblical scenes. As an integral part of the community it served, St. Luke's became involved with the American relief effort for French wounded early in World War I. The parish's active participation in this humanitarian effort is commemorated in six stained-glass windows commissioned in 1919. 

Today, St. Luke's is a beautiful and gracious space for worship. However, as former Rector Spencer Rice stated, "St. Luke's is not just a building in which to worship, it is a place to join a community and find a reflection of our humanity." It is a space that houses a legacy of faith, hope, and charity. This legacy is manifested in the stone, wood, steel, and glass that generations of past parishioners have provided for our use and enjoyment. 

We invite you to join us and encourage you to be a part

of our future. 

website contents

The content of this website can be found organized by master heading. Click on any master heading (in Bold below) to go to that section of this website.

We Welcome You!

  • Current Events & Activities
  • St. Luke’s: An Oasis in the City
  • Our 150 Year History
  • Table of Website Contents

Spiritual Life

  • Worship Service Schedule
  • Our Music Program
  • Julian’s Guild Healing Group
  • Our Stained Glass Windows
  • Holy Baptism & Confirmation
  • Funerals & Memorial Services

We’re Here for You

  • Staff Profiles & Contact Info

Parish Life

  • St. Luke's Day Proclamation
  • The Inter-faith Food Pantry
  • Our E-Newsletter
  • Our "Send a Card" Initiative
  • Christian Formation / Group Events
  • International Missionary Work
  • Ending Gun Violence
  • Other Ministries

Weddings & Event Space

Make An Impact / Donate

  • Volunteering
  • Donating Financially

New Rector Search

  • Search Committee Update
  • Table of Website Contents