St. Luke’s is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with staff working remotely and worship being live-streamed on Facebook each Sunday morning at 10am. View our list of links below or scroll down to read the latest newsletter message from Canon Britt.

We are the church.  As our recent Vision Statement asserts:  We seek to form Beloved Community, which is welcoming and diverse, with Christian worship and service at the heart.   This is how we will continue to live into that vision.

We will keep this page updated as circumstances change.

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UPDATE: April 2, 2020

Dear Members, Friends and Supporters,

Beginning Sunday, April 5 we embark on Holy Week, the journey to Easter.  It will be unlike any other Holy Week in history.  Still, the life, death and resurrection of Jesus continue to bring hope through the dark times and suffering of our world.  I hope you will join the Church, which is after all, the body of people who follow the way of Jesus, for worship, prayer and renewal of faith, hope and love.

Holy Week and Easter Schedule

April 5, Palm Sunday: Facebook live stream at 10am with the bulletin (video viewing instructions available on our website)
April 9, Maundy Thursday: Zoom worship and home meal (see our website for  instructions on using Zoom) and Facebook live stream
April 10, Good Friday: Facebook live stream at 12pm with bulletin (available soon on our Bulletins page)
April 11: St. Mark’s Cathedral Easter Vigil live stream at 8:30pm
April 12, Easter Sunday: Facebook live stream at 10:00 am with bulletin (available soon on our Bulletins page)

As we walk the “Way of Love” this week, our spiritual practice is Prayer.  You may watch a video on the website.

Reflect:  What is your personal prayer practice? What deepens your ability and willingness to pray? What limits it?

Practice:  Because we can no longer pray with others in person, we will need to adjust our corporate prayer practices.  What will support your life of prayer in these coming weeks and months?  Can you access online worship and prayer opportunities?  Who can help you with that?  Are you able to join with others through a Zoom meeting for mutual support and shared prayer?  Can you call a friend to pray together over the phone?

Let us pray.

Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (A Collect for Proper 22, Book of Common Prayer, p. 234)

Blessings on this journey,
Canon Britt

CHANGES DURING CHURCH CLOSURE

WORSHIP & FACEBOOK LIVE STREAM

You may “attend” regular worship online and there are many options. St. Luke’s will live offer a Facebook live stream service on Sunday morning at 10am. You can follow along in this PDF version of the bulletin. You don’t need to have a Facebook account to watch the video, and we’ve put together simple instructions for watching.

If you have any trouble with or questions about accessing the Facebook video during the service, please email the church office.

You can also join with others around the world in the ancient tradition of the Daily Office using your Book of Common Prayer physically or online.  You may find it simpler to use the app from the Mission of St. Claire.

For those participating in the Spiritual Pilgrimage and others who might like to adopt a spiritual practice for Lent, the Presiding Bishop’s “Way of Love” resources are fabulous!  There are videos, sermons, guides and suggestions at the website.

SERVICE

EDIBLE HOPE UPDATE: As of March 26, the Edible Hope Kitchen is closed.

The SHARE shelter has chosen to close for now.  This impacted 5 individuals who have been re-sheltered.

The Bridge Care Center is closed as of March 18 until further notice.

The impact on the unsheltered population is dramatic.  With the closure of libraries, there are fewer places for people to get inside.  There are no places where ill individuals can self-quarantine.  There is only one public restroom with water in all of Ballard.  I have been in communication with Council Member Dan Strauss’ offices and with the Ballard Alliance urging the City to make provision for this vulnerable population including mobile hygiene units, additional shelter options and provision of public services to augment the non-profit and religious providers who may have to limit or suspend direct service due to lack of resources and volunteers.

I continue to be able to assist our most at-risk members through the St. Luke’s Discretionary Fund.  Thank you for those who contribute to this charitable fund of the congregation. Click the Donate button below to made a donation to the Discretionary Fund.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

•    Pray for your neighbors and check in with them by phone.
•    If you are able, please maintain your financial support for the church, Edible Hope and others, please do so online, by regular bank withdrawal or by mailing a check to 5710 22nd Ave. NW, Seattle 98107.  Thank you!
•    Consider donating items from the Edible Hope wish list.

As the “Vicar of Ballard” I will continue to be available to members of the community for prayer, pastoral care and assistance.  You can reach me at the church number, (206) 784-3119 and I will receive any messages regardless of whether I am physically at the church.  The Prayer Team Ministry continues and you can share your requests directly with me or online.

We are the Body of Christ and this is how we are to love one another and to love our neighbor as ourselves in this time of pandemic.  Here is a poem to inspire and encourage us:

Vision Statement

We seek to form Beloved Community, which is welcoming and diverse, with Christian worship and service at the heart.

Mission Statement

We feed people in body, mind and spirit with the love of God, in the name of Jesus, and by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Core Values

Beloved Community + Loving Service + Sacred Space + Spirit Filled + Sustainability

You can help support Edible Hope, our meals ministry, by signing up to volunteer, purchasing items from our Amazon Wish List, or making a donation with PayPal. Microsoft employees can donate to Edible Hope through Microsoft Give and Microsoft will match 100% of your donation.




Sundays at St. Luke’s

Worship – 10am
Luke’s Lambs (children’s program) – 9:45-10:45am
Coffee & treats after church

Breakfast at St. Luke’s

The St. Luke’s Edible Hope Kitchen serves a free breakfast every weekday morning from 7am to 10am (9am in summer). All are welcome to join us in the lower level of our historic chapel on the corner of 22nd Avenue NW and NW 58th Street in Ballard. We always welcome volunteers and donations to help our homeless neighbors. Learn more on the Edible Hope Kitchen Facebook page.