Congregation Close-up: St. Luke the Physician, Gresham

Congregation Close-up: St. Luke the Physician, Gresham

Altar on Labyrinth square

St. Luke the Physician has been serving East County for more than six decades. It has enjoyed a new surge of life of late as it grows through a period of transition. An increase in membership weighting the parish toward younger members (and an influx of children) has provided a sense of excitement about the congregation’s future as it looks for new ordained leadership.

Much of the excitement at St. Luke’s centers around its innovative program of spiritual enrichment for children, The Ark. The Ark focuses on building relationships between children and adults by sharing the passion that adult members bring to their ministry to the church and the world. St. Luke’s also continues its ministry of presence through the promotion and maintenance of the Labyrinth Garden, a refuge of peace open to and used extensively by the community. In recent months a number of new initiatives have begun including a teen fellowship and Taize style worship which we hope will engage the wider community.

Practicing radical hospitality is a long tradition at St. Luke’s, both in the warmth of the congregation and it’s attitude of generosity in sharing its facilities. Many groups call St. Luke’s home, chief among them members of the 12 Step community who have been a daily part of our common life for more than three decades.

Currently in a transition between permanent clergy, St. Luke’s isn’t just waiting, it’s becoming: becoming larger in weekly worship, becoming more diverse in both age and culture, becoming more involved in serving the community and the world around us.

Visit the St. Luke’s website.