Who We Are
St. Luke’s is a community constantly forming itself around this central belief: Jesus Christ our Savior loves us unconditionally. That simple phrase has profound implications, bracing and embracing, when we let it seep into our heart. As imperfect human beings who have sought and found each other here in this church, we contemplate Christ’s salvation and strive to realize Jesus’ love in our words and deeds.
We are not the largest parish around nor the shiniest, but we know God made us to love and be loved, and that’s where we find our grounding and joy as a faith community. Surprisingly, this pandemic has brought us even closer together, our vulnerabilities exposed, our sorrows shared, our compassion reignited. Absence indeed makes the heart grow fonder.
As Episcopalians, we hold these truths to be self-evident: 1. Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome here. 2. Do not check your brain at the door.
Liturgically, we are Anglo-Catholic but not stuffy (really!), though each weekend service has its distinct personality. 5pm Saturday is a scruffy, informal, gather-around-the-altar affair, pet-friendly and attractive to young families. 8am Sunday is “old-school cool,” with Rite I thee’s and thou’s and meditative silence, great for bare-bones lovers. 10am Sunday is traditional Episcopal worship: choir, chanting, bells, and often incense. Always, we strive to “worship God in the beauty of holiness,” balancing solemnity with joyful song and hearty preaching, using the Book of Common Prayer, the 1982 Hymnal, and other church resources to guide us.
In other expressions of our faith: We feed our homeless neighbors. We love music. We care for one another. We make up excuses to party together. We seek ways to serve others and stretch past discomfort. We crave learning. We adore our little church. And we look forward to welcoming you soon, online or in person.
– Fr. Ricardo Avila, Rector
St. Luke’s Inclusivity Statement
St. Luke’s seeks to reflect the diversity of Silicon Valley in socioeconomic status, family structure, race, ethnicity, learning abilities, gender, belief systems, and sexual orientation. We believe every individual — child and adult — who comes to St. Luke’s is a child of God with a unique identity and a singular experience deserving of respect, and we welcome them into our midst.
— Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church of Los Gatos, CA.