Worship During COVID-19

Virtual Worship & Community

  • In person worship services are cancelled until further notice
  • Join us on Sundays online: Sundays at St. Luke’s. The service will be available beginning at 5am. 
  • View sermons and music from recent services on YouTube 

Pastoral Support

We especially want to support those among us who are in vulnerable populations or who live alone: if you need a helper to bring supplies to you so you don’t have to go out, please email the office to let us know (office@stlukessf.org). 

Online Giving

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Current Events and Activities

Jesus’ call to “Feed my sheep” (John 21:17b) is both simple and daunting. His call to “feed” motivates us to feed souls, minds and bodies through inspiring ministry, learning, celebration, and community service.

Come to Church (virtually) — We Welcome You! 

Sunday Worship

Sunday virtual worship is here, available at 5:00am each Sunday morning

10:45am Virtual Coffee Hour

Join us for a virtual coffee hour every Sunday at 10:45am. 

Wednesday Worship

8:30 a.m. Healing Prayers on Zoom

Bible Exploration Class

5:00 p.m. Thursdays on Google Hangouts

Email the office (office@stlukessf.org) for instructions on how to join any of these virtual offerings. 

Learn About: Parking, Taking Muni to Church and Childcare

AA Groups

  • Mondays & Fridays - 8 to 9 p.m. - Community AA Meetings are held in Dade Hall (located in the Parish House, 1755 Clay St.). (postponed)
  • Tuesdays - 10 to 11 a.m. - AA "Firefighters & Friends" meets weekly in Dade Hall. (postponed)
  • Saturdays - 8 to 9 a.m. - AA "Willing to Grow" Meditation Group meets weekly in Dade Hall. (postponed)

Visit AA SF & Marin for alternative online meetings while shelter-in-place continues. 

An Oasis in the City

When you visit St. Luke’s Church, the first thing you will notice is our breathtakingly beautiful sanctuary! We like to think of our building as a geode. The outside is lovely enough, but not remarkable; if you are riding down Van Ness, you might not even look twice at the façade. But once you enter, the static of the world—the noise and rush, the distraction and impatience, the manic urban hustle of 21st century San Francisco—vanishes. The high altar with its white marble, its bas-relief porcelain Madonna sculptures, and its golden stars floating heavenward, makes for a precious jewel box. All of this is illuminated by the frozen fire of our magnificent stained-glass windows. 

While we are a mainline, traditional Episcopal church, we most certainly have a twist. We worship most church seasons using the Book of Common Prayer—even Rite I! But we also use alternative liturgies when appropriate. Our music is accentuated by a talented organist playing a world-class, historic pipe organ, choirs and occasional guest musicians. And while our pastoral care and ministries are always pursued with integrity and love, we have fun doing them. Hence our tag line: We laugh. We love. We welcome you.  

Our worship and ministry life is creative, engaging and nourishing. How do we do it? Simply: by making sure that the love of Jesus Christ is made tangible for everyone who walks through our doors!

St. Luke's is an Oasis congregation in the Diocese of California, which means that we welcome everyone: gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and those that are questioning. Wherever you come from, whoever you are, you are welcomed here.

Our parish belongs to the Episcopal Diocese of California, which is part of the Episcopal Church USA and the worldwide Anglican Communion.

150 Years of Service and Celebration  

St. Luke's Episcopal Church, founded in 1868, is one of the oldest parishes in the Diocese of California. St. Luke's first home, as an incorporated parish, was located in a building at 1625 Pacific Avenue. In 1884, this original wooden church was placed on rollers and moved to the parish’s current location at Van Ness Boulevard and Clay Street. 

During the next decade, the church was expanded twice, and its membership grew to be the largest Episcopal congregation on the Pacific coast and a new church was built. This magnificent church, designed by Albert Sutton, was constructed of brick covered in rough, blue-grey sandstone. It was consecrated in 1900 and seated close to a thousand people. Unfortunately, this church was utterly destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and fire. 

Determined to stay a part of the neighborhood community, the vestry retained Benjamin Geer McDougall as architect for our beautiful French Gothic sanctuary, built in 1910 on the same corner at Clay St. and Van Ness Blvd. The worship experience is enhanced by the building’s spectacular stained-glass windows, especially the east window over the altar and those which flank the nave on its north and south sides. The altar window, which depicts the Resurrection, was installed in 1911. The stained-glass windows on the north and south walls of the nave depict the Virgin Mary, various Saints and Biblical scenes. As an integral part of the community it served, St. Luke's became involved with the American relief effort for French wounded early in World War I. The parish's active participation in this humanitarian effort is commemorated in six stained-glass windows commissioned in 1919. 

Today, St. Luke's is a beautiful and gracious space for worship. However, as former Rector Spencer Rice stated, "St. Luke's is not just a building in which to worship, it is a place to join a community and find a reflection of our humanity." It is a space that houses a legacy of faith, hope, and charity. This legacy is manifested in the stone, wood, steel, and glass that generations of past parishioners have provided for our use and enjoyment. 

We invite you to join us and encourage you to be a part of our future.