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WELCOME TO SAINT LUKE’S PARISH
Join us as we seek God together in an open and loving parish.
Due to the COVID-19 virus, we are suspending our in-person services until a time when it is safe for all.
In consultation with the Governor of Connecticut and state health officials, our Bishops have asked Episcopal parishes to hold no public gatherings of worship for at least two months. This means we will be back together in church no earlier than May 17.
We will be live streaming our Sunday service at 10AM. You can watch by clicking the link below.
Church at Home
There are many ways to be Church even though we can’t worship together, in person, right now. If you are looking for some new ways to celebrate and explore your relationships with God and one another during this time of social distancing, please click the link below.
In this time of constant changes, our regularly scheduled meetings that are listed on this website might not be up to date. Please check with the head of your activity to see if it is still taking place.
Community Supper is Suspended Until Further Notice
Welcome Our New Rector!
The Vestry is truly delighted to announce that Saint Luke’s has called its new Rector. The Reverend Ryan Fleenor is currently Vicar of St. James’ Church on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. He has accepted our call and will be joining us this summer.
Ryan is a gifted spiritual leader, as is abundantly clear in both his preaching and teaching. He is deeply committed to bringing the love of Christ to people wherever they may be, and will bring new energy and imagination to our outreach ministries.
Like Saint Luke’s, St. James’ is a large, complex parish with a multitude of ministries and a demographic similar to ours. Over the past decade, Ryan has been part of nearly every ministry, with a real passion for Christian formation for all ages. He has an impressive track record of bringing young families into the church and also of raising stewardship levels. For a brief look at his background and current work at St. James, go to https://www.stjames.org/ staff/.
Please click below to see and read a message from our new rector.
A Letter from the Vestry
Ryan grew up in Durham, North Carolina, and holds degrees from the University of Virginia, Yale Divinity School, and Berkeley Divinity School, the Episcopal seminary at Yale. Currently, he chairs the Board of Governors for the Episcopal Church at Yale and is Dean of the Manhattan Central Clericus in the Diocese of New York.
Ryan’s husband, Daniel Noble, is a successful lawyer in New York City and a devoted Christian. Dan grew up in southern California and attended Stanford before moving to the east coast. Ryan and Dan met at Yale, so there are Connecticut roots, and they are both looking forward to moving from NYC to Darien.
The search process was extremely rigorous and took many months to complete. Dozens of Saint Luke’s parishioners were involved in the process, working on the Communications, Discernment, Hospitality, Prayer and Recruitment Committees, as well as in other capacities. In addition, more than 250 parishioners participated in focus groups last summer to discern what Saint Luke’s really needs and wants in its new Rector.
Guided by the focus group findings, we cast a wide net for applicants. The Recruitment Committee identified more than 20 qualified candidates, then painstakingly narrowed the field to a small number of exceptionally strong finalists. When the Vestry received the final list, we thought it was going to be extremely hard to agree on just one. We invited these candidates back to Saint Luke’s for a second visit, this time with their families, and engaged them in hours of interviews and discussions. In parallel, we interviewed their references.
While the research and prayer that went into the decision took a lot of effort, we were inspired at how easy the decision itself turned out to be. Ryan clearly emerged as the choice for Saint Luke’s. The Vestry vote was unanimous.
With the Hospitality Committee and others, we will be arranging a series of events, both large and small, which will allow each of us to get to know Ryan. We will also be getting the rectory in shape to be a welcoming home for Ryan and Dan and for them to welcome you in it. We will keep you up to date on timing and ways you can be involved.
Words cannot express how excited we are that Ryan has accepted the call to Saint Luke’s. We are also ever mindful of the blessing we feel to have completed our search within days of the coronavirus upending our daily and community life. We have felt God’s presence at every step of the way during this process and His strong hand in leading us to Ryan. We believe that Ryan is God’s choice for this role and that, working collaboratively with staff and lay leaders, he will lead our Parish to new heights of service to God and community.
Please join us in welcoming Ryan and Dan!
Lenten week-day worship
Morning Prayer 9:30AM - Monday through Saturday in Lent
Add weekday morning worship to your Lenten practice. Monday through Saturday, Rev. Derek and Rev. Dawn will offer Morning Prayer, a brief scripture based service streamed on Facebook. These services will add a prayerful rhythm to your week. We will use a cycle of readings developed in-house, based on the prior Sunday’s theme (turn, learn, pray, worship, bless, go, rest). If you haven’t tried mid-week worship, you’re missing out. This short and sacred service grounds your week in holiness and hope. Take it on this Lent, and journey with us.
Compline 8PM - Thursday Evening
From the quietness of your home, join our Director of Music, David Pulliam, and Fr. Derek every Thursday evening. Enjoy the calm of our candlelit Church as we sing and read prayers for peace, protection, and hope.
Holy Week Schedule
All services will be Live Streamed at https://events.locallive.tv/worship/st-lukes-parish
Palm Sunday, April 5
10:00 AM Liturgy of the Palms with Eucharist and Spiritual Communion
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, April 6,7,8
9:30 AM Morning Prayer
Maundy Thursday, April 9
9:30 AM Morning Prayer
7:00 PM Maundy Thursday Liturgy, Foot Washing, Eucharist with Spiritual Communion and Stripping of the Altar
Good Friday, April 10
12:00 PM Community Service of Prayer and Reflection
The Great Easter Vigil, Saturday, April 11
3:30 PM Easter Service for Children
Easter Day, April 12
10:00 AM Eucharist and Spiritual Communion
Our Stewardship Campaign is Underway!
During this Annual Pledge Appeal we are asking for your financial commitment for 2020. The Church budget operates on the calendar year and we need your contribution so that we can plan for the next year. Please take the time to make a thoughtful, prayerful decision to support Saint Luke’s. Gratitude is at the heart of the stewardship mission, and the recognition of our many blessings is the foundation of the 2020 Stewardship Campaign.
Thank you for all you give.