Many churches in Marin are struggling with what it means to be “the church” in the 21st century. When I ask my atheist friends to tell me about the God they don’t believe in, I end up agreeing, saying I don’t believe in that either. Some of us have been badly hurt as a child by the church, or have witnessed the global divisions that religion can cause.
Here at St Luke, we talk about this and more. We are a community of people following the teachings of Jesus Christ. Those teachings are built on God’s foundational love and grace. Our hope is to bring the relevance of the Church into people’s lives as we practice those teachings through service, sharing, commitment and prayer.
We are a Presbyterian Church which means we are part of the Reformed Tradition of worship. That’s a mouthful, but I can tell you that as part of that tradition we understand God’s unconditional love and forgiveness as unearned and unmerited. Our faith is a response to God’s grace.
We hope you will visit. Come as you are, off the hiking trail or dressed to the nines.
Worship is a good time to “let go and let God.” A time to breathe deeply, a time to reflect, a time to shout out in frustration, a time to weep, a time to laugh… all while worshiping God who gives us the ability to feel all of that and more. Sunday morning is a time to celebrate a God who embraces you just as you are.
In other words, when we say “come as you are” we really mean it.
Sincerely, Rev. Nicole Trotter
We love to worship in both traditional and non-traditional ways. We are relaxed but also appreciate the formality of ritual and sacrament.
Most Sundays we sing traditional hymns rooted in the experiences of countless men and women who come before us. We have a small but classical choir who grace us with their voices and dedication.
On the third Sunday of the month we have an acoustic guitar service where we blend secular popular songs and modern hymns that are easy to sing.
Children in Worship and Sunday School
Children are always welcome in the sanctuary. Each worship holds a “Time for the Child in all of us.” This message is directed at children but with the full awareness that it speaks to all people at any age. Following that message, children are invited to Sunday School where they will be taught bible stories with a focus on God’s love, the teachings of Jesus Christ and sharing God’s love in the world through their actions.
Serving the community and world around us
As a response to the love we receive, we seek to share in that love with others. Our Deacons are dedicated to being the ‘hands and feet of Christ in the world” and involving the whole congregation in serving the needs of the greater community. We feel humbled in this work and approach our giving as part of our charge to help fulfill God’s mission the world, caring for all God’s people.