St. Luke's Episcopal Church

Ypsilanti, Michigan

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Pray for Peace

Light a candle, collect your thoughts
and pray for peace.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.
I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 14:27

Be still, and know that I am God!

Be still, and know that I am.

Be still, and know.

Be still.

Be.

-Psalm 46:10

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought,
but that very Spirit intercedes and prays within us with sighs too deep for words.

Romans 8:26

Be silent, only the hand of God can remove the burdens
of your heart.

–Rumi

Remember that silence can sometimes be the best answer.

–The Dalai Lama

Meditation is the way to purity of heart, leaving behind all fear and
all limitations and entering, simply into God’s presence.

–John Main, OSB

Every time there is significant growth in our spiritual development all our relationships change-
to God, to ourselves, to other people, and to all creation. We become a new person, as did Mary of Bethany
at the feet of Jesus. From this arises a new kind of activity which might be called “contemplative service.”
Contemplative service is service that comes from the experience of the divine indwelling-
from the Spirit living and at work in us. It is God in us serving God in others.

–Fr. Thomas Keating, OCSO

Let us pray….

Almighty God our heavenly Father, guide the nations of the
world into the way of justice and truth, and establish among
them that peace which is the fruit of righteousness, that they
may become the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn
but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the
strength of love: So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that
all peoples may be gathered under the banner of the Prince of
Peace, as children of one Father; to whom be dominion and
glory, now and for ever.
Amen.

O God, the Father of all, whose Son commanded us to love
our enemies: Lead them and us from prejudice to truth:
deliver them and us from hatred, cruelty, and revenge; and in
your good time enable us all to stand reconciled before you,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

A Prayer attributed to St. Francis

Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is
hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where
there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where
there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where
there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to
be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is
in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we
are born to eternal life.
Amen.

Every day, pray for peace.

Outreach

St. Luke’s has a noteworthy relationship with SOS Community Services helping to provide the homeless and those in crisis with food, clothing and incidentals.

St. Luke's also helps the community through partnerships with the Ann Arbor YMCA and Washtenaw Literacy.   Classes are held locally and at the church.

Youth Groups

The mission of the Youth Ministries is to engage, equip and celebrate the power and presence of youth, young adults and those working with these populations allowing young people to explore their relationships with Jesus, each other and the world.

Church School

 

St. Luke’s Church is committed to doing its part in providing a spiritual foundation for its children.

We get wonderful age-appropriate ideas for teaching the children about God and Jesus and the Bible from the Episcopal Church School teaching series called Living the Good News.

Our mission in the classrooms is to guide the children in their understanding of who they are, why they are special, who is Christ, how they relate to Christ and how through Christ they relate to the world. We do this through a variety of methods, including Bible stories, art projects, games, and gospel readings.

Our goal is to prepare our children for the future, armed with the knowledge of Jesus’ teachings, power and love!

 

Church Nursery

St. Luke’s provides safe and loving care for infants and toddlers every Sunday during the service.

Altar Guild

The Altar Guild of St. Luke’s is responsible for maintaining Liturgical supplies and preparing the altar for the greatest feast of all times!

Acolytes

Acolytes assist in worship as altar servers and can be any age or gender. They may carry the processional cross, light candles, assist at the altar and many other tasks as seen fit by the Rector.

Trainings for those interested are held monthly.

Prayer Chain

The Prayer Chain Ministry prays for the sick, recovering, and housebound members and friends of St. Luke's Church.

Eucharistic Minister

Lay ministers assist with the chalice during the celebration of Holy Communion. They also provide regular Liturgical outreach at the Gilbert Residence in Ypsilanti.

Choir

St. Luke’s Choir, under the direction of Dr. Marijim Thoene, is an important part of our services.  Membership is open to all. No audition or prior experience is required.
All voices are welcome!
 St. Augustine said “…those who sing, pray twice!”

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