Welcome to St. Luke’s!

Sunday Worship Times: 
8:00 a.m. Rite I
10:00 a.m. Rite II with Children’s Chapel

We are so glad to have you join us in worship and fellowship. We are a reconciling, affirming and inclusive Christian community. We welcome all people in worship, love and service just as God created them.

God is with you. You are loved. You are welcome here, as we seek to follow Jesus on his Way of Love. Join us as we seek to move deeper in faith, closer in bonds of love, and wider in our sharing, celebrating, and embodying of Jesus’ overflowing, unconditional love in North Idaho.

Statement from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on Trump rally shooting
“The way of love—not the way of violence—is the way we bind up our nation’s wounds. We decry political violence in any form, and our call as followers of Jesus of Nazareth is always to love. We pray for the families of those who were killed. We pray for former President Trump and his family and for all who were harmed or impacted by this incident. I pray that we as a nation and a world may see each other as the beloved children of God.”

Upcoming events at St. Luke’s

July Diocesan News and Notes
June Diocesan Digest

July 15—Prayer Shawl Ministry, 9:30 a.m.
July 16— Walking through the Bible (Youth) 3:30 p.m.
July 17—Noonday Prayer, 12:00 p.m. Fort Sherman Chapel (NIC)
July 17—Worship with Movement, 2 p.m., Parish Hall
July 20—St. Luke’s Defibrillator & CPR Training, time, TBA

July 30—Orchard Ridge Butterfly Event, 5-9 p.m. at Orchard Ridge
Aug. 6—Men’s Group, 6 p.m., Elmer’s Restaurant
Aug. 22—Vestry Meeting, 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 3—Women’s Guild, 1 p.m.
Sept. 3—Contemplative Prayer Service Resumes, 5:30, via Zoom
Sept. 3—Men’s Group, 6 p.m., Elmer’s Restaurant
Sept. 10—Men’s Discussion Group, 6 p.m.
Oct. 12—Fall Diocesan Gathering Day on Zoom,
Oct. 18-20—Diocesan Convention, St. John’s Cathedral, Spokane

Camp Cross Sessions all Summer Long. Register Here.
July 14-19 — Arts and Music Camp
July 21-26 — Outdoor Adventure Camp
July 28 – Aug. 2 — Mid-High Camp
Aug. 4 – 10 — Senior High Camp
Aug. 22-25 — You Adult Camp
Aug. 30 – Sept. 2 — Labor Day Family Camp
Sept. 6 – 8 — Queer Camp

What does it mean to not have all the answers?

God does not expect us, or intend for us, to know everything. We aren’t arrogant enough [or we are too humble] to claim to speak for God in all matters.  We do know that God created us, loves us, and saved us through his Son Jesus Christ.  We believe that the Bible is the living word of God, and through it we are transformed as we seek to live and grow in our faith.

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. See if there is any wicked way in me; and lead me; in the way everlasting
Psalm 139: 23-24

We believe that God calls us to seek and explore as we grow in our life in Christ. We have holy scripture to guide us. Together we can ask how God is calling us to live; we have a rich tradition that helps inform us today.  We grow in faith as we listen to God’s call through study, prayer, fellowship, and worship. We rest in the fact that God loves each of us, no exceptions. 
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Why does the worship service follow a “script?”

Our worship follows the beautiful services found in The Book of Common Prayer, a treasure chest of devotional and teaching resources for individuals and congregations.

“It is a most invaluable part of that blessed ‘liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free,’ that in his worship different forms and usages may without offense be allowed, provided the substance of the Faith be kept Entire.”
The Book of Common Prayer

The Book of Common Prayer is used by Episcopal and Anglican churches throughout the world. Even though we are diverse, sharing in this common worship enables us to come together in Christ. The Prayer Book contains morning and evening prayers, the complete Psalter (book of Psalms), and services for communion, baptism, funerals, marriage, and ordination. The book also contains our Articles of Religion outlining the essential beliefs of the Episcopal church.
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Where is the Holy Spirit calling us to serve?

St. Luke’s is committed to being a light to help and support those in need in our community.

“We love because he first loved us.”
1 John 4:19

Through prayerful discernment, the people of St. Luke’s participate in active outreach to not only donate money and material goods to those in need, but to find ways to actively engage with those we are helping.
Learn more about our community engagement

How do we practice Christian life together?

We are called by Christ to share our life together, to pray, worship, care for, and have fellowship together.

“Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11

In all we do, we live, love and learn in community. Whether engaging in spiritual formation opportunities, such as book and discussion groups, bible studies, and prayer groups, enjoying hospitality, and worshiping together, we are enriched through our life in community.
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What does it mean to make space for God?

There is no separation between creation – humans, plants, animals, our earth – and God. 

And that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love.
Ephesians 3:17

When we make space for God, we are acknowledging that God dwells within us. We are made in God’s image and therefore have a small spark of divinity nestled within our humanity. There is nothing that is not God. We are invited to be in union and full relationship with God, who loves us all, no exceptions. 
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How can I help to grow God’s kingdom?

“The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:6-8

Jesus provided many examples, and offered much guidance on how we are to live in relationship with God and our neighbors. As Episcopalians, we believe God has richly blessed us as we continue to be a light and carry out God’s mission in our church home and in our community. We are invited to give back of our time, talents and treasure, which indeed supports and helps to grow God’s kingdom. 
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New to St. Luke’s?

We’ve been in North Idaho since 1892.

St. Luke’s began as a true frontier church. Fort Coeur d’Alene (later named Fort Sherman) was built in 1877 to keep the peace in the area. Episcopalians from the fort met for Prayer Book services through the 1880s, primarily at the fort’s chapel – which still stands today as the oldest building in Cd’A. In 1891, the Missionary Bishop of Wyoming and Idaho was the Rt. Rev. Ethelbert Talbot (later the Presiding Bishop of the National Church) who rode by train and horseback, ministering to the far-flung mining settlements in the area. Our first service was held on September 6, 1891 in the Odd Fellows Hall at 4th Street and Sherman Avenue; construction of the church at 5th Street and Wallace Avenue began that same fall. The Rev. Herman Page officiated at our first service in the church on March 13, 1892.

Through the decades, a few expansions and modernizations were made to St. Luke’s; but we’ve continuously worshipped and served Jesus right here at 5th and Wallace for more than 132 years.

What is central to our life and faith?

We believe in following the teachings of Jesus Christ, whose life, death, and resurrection saved the world.

We believe in a loving, liberating, and life-giving God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

As members of the Anglican Communion we are descendants of and partners with the Church of England and the Scottish Episcopal Church, and part of the third-largest group of Christians in the world.

We believe that God loves you – no exceptions.

What is liturgical worship?

Our worship is “liturgical.” This means the congregation follows service forms and prays from texts that are essentially the same from week to week during each church season of the year. These forms and prayers are from The Book of Common Prayer, as well as from the more contemporary Book of Occasional Services offered by the Episcopal church.

Liturgy literally means “the work of the people.” Our services involve many people: the priest, a deacon, and members of the congregation. They offer prayers, light candles, serve during Eucharist; they support the flow of worship.

For first-time visitors, this liturgy may be beautiful, but confusing. Liturgy often involves standing, sitting, kneeling, sung or spoken responses, and other participatory elements that may be unfamiliar. As a visitor, you’ll find most “regulars” are happy to help you follow the service. Once it is familiar, this sameness from week to week creates a comforting rhythm. It is also a blessing to know that we are praying similar prayers with others around the world, and throughout the ages.

Christianity is not a solo act!

Since the dawn of Christianity, faithful followers of Jesus have been meeting in community, united in their love of Christ and working to support each other and those around them.  Jesus tells us to love one another even as he has loved us so that others will know we are his followers. The apostle Paul goes so far as to equate our life together as the human body, with each part critical to the success of the rest. We are all important and made more so by our life together. God gives us his church and encourages us to lift each other up, to work together in unity and harmony, and to follow Jesus’ examples of loving and supporting those around us.

Our Anglican tradition recognizes sacraments as “outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace.” (The Book of Common Prayer, p. 857) Holy Baptism and the Eucharist (or Holy Communion) are the two great sacraments given by Christ to his Church.

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Do you have a question about God, faith, Christian life or the Episcopal Church?

Check out our FAQs (frequently asked questions) page

Send your questions to St. Luke’s clergy by emailing us here at admin@stlukescda.org – or send us a general email using our contact form.

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St. Luke’s Vision

To share, celebrate, and embody Jesus Christ’s overflowing, unconditional love in North Idaho.

St. Luke’s Mission

To cultivate life-giving relationships in Christ with all, through deliberate discipleship, courageous conversations, purposeful partnerships, and authentic action across North Idaho.