Welcome to St. Luke’s Cathedral

We are a community of faith with ancient worship and contemporary thought,

Catholic traditions, and progressive theology,

a Biblical perspective for thinking people, a respect for reason, science, and

diversity of perspective, compassion and care for the wider community and one another, and

a commitment to radical welcome and inclusion…

all modeled on the Kingdom of God that Jesus proclaimed.

Whoever you are and wherever you may be in your journey through life, we welcome you!

St. Luke’s is part of the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement in Portland
and the chief mission church for the diocese of Maine.

We are both a warm congregation and a house of prayer for all people.
We welcome visitors from all over the world.

Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome here.

Sunday Worship

7:30 Holy Eucharist (In Person)

10:00 Holy Eucharist (In Person)

Click here for livestream.

11:30 Lemonade Hour in the Cloister

5:15 pm – Holy Eucharist- In Person

Bulletins for all services are here.

National Cathedral worship online at 11:15

A few notes about our worship during this time of Covid-19

  1. We ask that everyone wear masks. Please follow specific instructions for receiving communion.
  2. Please ask permission before shaking hands or hugging. We suggest bowing or using a “Namaste” greeting at the peace.
  3. All those who are fully vaccinated are welcome to sing, keeping their masks on.
  4. If you have a fever or aren’t feeling well, we ask that you stay home and watch our services online.

Weekday Services online:

Tuesday 12:10 Service 

Tuesday Worship: Join us at our 12:10 service for worship in Emmanuel Chapel.
Bible study is paused for July and August
Please wear your mask.
You may also join us via Zoom here

Thursday, at 4:30 pm

Contemplative Prayer, a prayer of silence, is also known as centering prayer,
listening prayer, breath prayer, and prayer of the heart.
Join us as we open our minds and hearts to God.
This is a time to spend 30 minutes of contemplative time with others.
We begin with a reading and end in prayer.

Noon Virtual Prayer Meeting: Wednesday

Join a time of prayer and check-in at Noon Zoom.
Click here to join our Zoom Meeting, from12:00-12:30.


Compline is an ancient service of night prayers that stretches back to Saint Benedict.
A perfect way to have a meditative end to the day and prepare for the quietness of night.
Starting Monday, September 6, we’ll meet online Monday – Friday at 8:00 pm.
Join our evening compline service via ZOOM!
Monday & Wednesday, led by Tom and Emma Flinn
Tuesday & Thursday, led by Jon Radtke
Friday, led by Ray Davis Murdoch Curry

World Too Beautiful Returns to St. Luke’s

World Too Beautiful Begins again in December
World Too Beautiful will begin again on Wednesday December 1 instead of November 3 to give our reflector time to heal from a concussion and procure technological assistance.
There are lots of ways you can support World Too Beautiful: share digital photographs of natural beauty (winter photos especially needed right now), add your name to a list of potential readers, offer Zoom technical support, or join the leadership team making World Too Beautiful Happen. Please contact Linda Carleton for more into or to offer assistance.

Please remember that our expenses continue during this time and that pledges and other contributions can be mailed in or done electronically through the website. We completely understand that people’s financial situation may be stressed. If you need assistance or need to adjust your giving, please let us know so we can help.


Week of October 17, 2021

Sunday School

10:00 – 10:45 AM

We hoped to have our nursery open by this time but are still concerned about the COVID -Delta variant spread.  Our tentative plan now is to open the nursery in the beginning to mid November as Covid allows.  We will keep you updated!

There will be Sunday School this Sunday at 10 am via Zoom Link is:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84337053815.  This Sunday our story will be about Teresa of Avila. A Sunday School program for 5th and 6th graders will begin, depending on interest.  If you have a child in 5th and 6th grade who wishes to participate, please contact Sarah Dowling at sarahbdowling@gmail.com

St. Luke’s participates in a collaborative Youth Group which also includes: HopeGateway, State Street, Williston Immanuel, and Woodfords churches.  This group is for 7th-12th graders. The Youth Group is currently in the process of hiring a leader, and we will update you as we get information.

Our confirmation group has been meeting on a regular basis.  Our next meeting will be after church on October 24th.  We will have a meeting first and then move outdoors to build a new picnic table with our neighbors and share a barbecue with them.

Adult Education

A Newcomer’s group will meet this Sunday, October 17 at 9 am in the Chapter Room on the ground level.  This group will be led by Cathedral clergy. If you are new to the Episcopal Church, to St. Luke’s, or just would like a refresher, you are most welcome.

Funeral Planning: Have you thought about planning your funeral, but don’t know where to start?  This Saturday, October 16, we will meet with information and forms to help you plan your funeral.  Cathedral clergy will be on hand to guide you; Albert Melton will be there to help you consider music; the Rev. Ted Gaiser, a priest and financial advisor, will present how financial planning can be helpful in this area and will be available to answer questions; and Priscilla Webster will provide information on the Memorial Garden and the Columbarium.  This group will meet on October 16, in the Upper Parish Hall from 9 am – 12pm.  To register, please email: eprior@cathedralofstluke.org

Grief and Hope Group  This new group is meeting the second Wednesday of the month at 10 AM in the Upper Parish Hall.  At our first meeting of this newly forming group we decided to focus on grief: grief experienced, anticipated grief, our stories around grief, and where and how we find hope. This is a time to share our stories, strengthen old connections, and make new connections.  The next meeting, on October 13, will be a hybrid.  Zoom link here if you would like to attend that way:


Eleanor+ facilitates this group.  Please contact her if you have any questions or thoughts.


Bob Hanson is teaching a study group on “Our Hebrew Lord and Our Hebrew heritage: Our Lord’s influences and accomplishments.”  This group meets after church at 11:30 in the Chapter Room..  Please contact Bob Hanson for more information at  jungianresources@gmail.com.


Green Faith Day of Action for the Climate

Monday, October 18

Monday, October 18, will be a day when faith congregations take action for the climate to avert catastrophe.
As part of that endeavor, the Public Policy and Environmental Action Team at St. Luke’s is encouraging parishioners to call Senators King and Collins and ask that they include carbon pricing in the budget reconciliation and to vote for the Build Back Better Budget Reconciliation.
The Build Back Better Budget Reconciliation includes clean energy incentives such as electrification of vehicles and buildings. It also designates 40% investment of funds for communities affected by environmental justice issues. Other provisions include reducing methane emissions by 30% by 2030 through stricter regulatory standards and a fee for leaked gas. In addition the bill provides for research and development for battery storage and carbon capture technology.
Carbon pricing (a steadily rising fuel on all carbon based fuels that goes back to American households in monthly dividend checks) is compatible with all of the above and is essential to getting us to net zero carbon emissions by 2050, which is President Biden’s goal.
Here are the numbers to call:
Senator King: (202) 224-5344
Senator Collins: (202) 224-2523

Wabanaki Alliance Update

In his sermon on Sunday, John Dieffenbacher-Krall spoke about the Wabanaki Alliance which was formed in June of 2020. The tribes in Maine (Aroostook Band of Micmac, Houlton Band of Maliseet, Passamaquoddy Tribe and Penobscot Nation) formed this Alliance to educate people of Maine about the need for securing sovereignty of the tribes in Maine.
Please find the link for the toolkit to help the tribes in Maine achieve tribal sovereignty.
There is still time to sign up for the funeral planning session Saturday from 9 – 12. Please email eprior@cathedralofstluke.org

Historic Preservation Board unanimously approves

first phase of front churchyard plan!

Meet with Labyrinth Architect Jennifer Bear Sunday at 11:30

Last night Portland’s Historic Preservation Board unanimously approved the first phase of our front churchyard plan that includes the labyrinth and rain gardens/plantings. During this meeting the board asked many thoughtful questions, and our our landscape designer Jennifer Bear did a terrific job explaining the vision and plans. Meet with our Labyrinth Architect on Sunday at 11:30: Jennifer Bear, Landscape Designer and Environmental Planner is in town from France, where she lives and has been designing our labyrinth. Come to the front yard of the cathedral at 11:30 on Sunday to have a conversation with Jennifer and see the designs that were brought to the City of Portland’s Historic Preservation Board on Wednesday night. Special thanks to Jennifer for sharing her amazing talent and time with St. Luke’s!

Special Sundays Continue!

Oct 24 – St Luke’s Day, festive celebration with blessing of kneelers and prayer shawls

Nov 7 – All Saints Day, remembrance of those who died during Covid; Evensong returns

Nov 14 – Stewardship ingathering

Nov 21 – Christ the King and celebration of the Rev. Alice Goshorn on her retirement

Upcoming Stewardship Campaign

Fall is in the air and among the many other things going on at the Cathedral, it’s time for our annual Stewardship Campaign to raise money for next year. The theme of this year’s Campaign, “Open Doors, Open Hearts, Open Minds”, reflects our ongoing process of reopening church safely despite the pandemic and opening our hearts and minds to what we want to be as a church in the next few years. The goal for pledges for 2022 is $470,000, up 3% from 2021. Even so, because of pressure caused by rising costs, including energy and loss of the Diocesan subsidy for the Canon Pastor position, we expect the budget to be very tight.
Stewardship materials will be mailed to you just after the middle of October, with Ingathering Sunday November 14, by when you are asked to return your pledge cards to the Cathedral. You will also be able to pledge on-line; more information on that to come.

Outreach Focus for October

Haiti-Maine Partnership Committee

Haiti: The Aftershocks of History by Laurent Dubois.

October 26 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm

A zoom book study is underway, our second session will be on Tuesday evening October 26 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. We will discuss chapters three and four. We will also meet on Nov. 9 & 23.  Some copies of the book are available to borrow from the Cathedral located on the bench outside the office. Feel free to catch up and participate on Tuesday evenings. This text is thoughtfully researched and explains the history of Haiti over the last 200 years. Contact Meredith Cough for more information, meredith.cough@gmail.com . We’d love to have you join us.
Join Zoom Meeting here.
Meeting ID: 821 8794 9392
Passcode: 594943

Free Concert on October 27!

The United States Air Force Heritage of America Band

Join Us for this Exciting Concert.

The only one in Maine this Year!

Concert Program:

National Anthem

The Thunderer – John Philip Sousa

Allegro from Octet, Op. 103 – Ludwig van Beethoven

Back in Time from Quintet No. 2 – Miguel del Aguila

Schleptet – PDQ Bach

Andante-Allegro non troppo from Divertissement – Emile Bernard

Autumn Leaves, What a Wonderful World feat. TSgt Huntoon

Service Songs Medley

A spin through Moscow from Moscow-Cheryomushki – Dmitri Shostakovich

Wed Oct 27 at 7pm is a Free Concert — their only concert in Maine!
From their website: The United States Air Force Heritage of America Band has a rich history of inspiring hearts and minds, building and sustaining American patriotism, and enhancing esprit de corps in the United States Air Force. It was one of the original Army Air Corps bands, created by order of the Secretary of War on October 1, 1941 and assigned to Barksdale Field, Louisiana. In June 1946, after a short stay at Brooks Field, Texas, the band arrived at Langley Field, now Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA; its current home.
For over seventy-five years, the band has represented the Air Force with musical and military distinction. Members bring music to the mid-Atlantic in live concerts and to the nation in televised events such as “The Today Show” and the DESERT STORM National Victory Parade, as well as presidential inaugural events. The Heritage of America Band has performed ceremonies for U.S presidents and foreign heads of state, including the Queen of England and the President of France. Using today’s technology, the band reaches a world wide audience through its website, social media and audio recordings.
Additionally, the band travels more than 150,000 miles to perform hundreds of concerts for listeners across a fifteen-state region from Maine to South Carolina.
In recent years, the mission of Air Force Bands has become an expeditionary one. The Blue Aces were among the first groups to tour Southwest Asia and the Horn of Africa to support coalition and Joint forces serving in the Global War on Terrorism.
The USAF Heritage of America Band’s exceptional musicianship has earned international critical acclaim and numerous honors: eight Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards, five Air Force Organizational Excellence Awards, four Colonel George S. Howard Citations of Musical Excellence for Military Concert Band, North Carolina’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine, and countless state and municipal proclamations. The USAF Heritage of America Band remains at the forefront of preserving and enriching America’s musical heritage in the 21st century.


October 17 Portland Rossini Club Concert at 3:00 pm.

November 7 Choral Evensong returns! at 4:00 pm.

December 4  Maine Pop’s Christmas Concert 2:30 pm
December 10     Schola “Messiah”, 7:00 pm
December 11 Schola “Messiah”, 7:00 pm
December 12   Schola “Messiah”, 2:00 pm
December 18 Renaissance Voices Christmas Concert, 7:30 pm
December 19   Renaissance Voices Christmas Concert, 2:00 pm
January 2 Lessons and Carols

Holiday Mini Fairs to kick off the St. Luke’s Holiday Season

Welcome Kneeler Guild and Prayer Shawl Ministry: Come Thursday afternoons 2-4 pm in the Upper Hall. Safe working space, wear masks, everyone is vaccinated. Meet old & new friends.  Supplies and instruction available. We have been meeting since Covid began, it helped us get through the hard times. Come join us, bring a project from home, if you are not sure what you want to do.  Click here to see some of kneelers:  https://stlukesportland.org/index.php/kneelers-an-expression-of-faith-in-needlework/


Bishop requires vaccination for all clergy and staff: The Bishop of Maine has sent out a letter requiring all clergy and staff in the diocese to be vaccinated.  You need to know that St. Luke’s has complied. All of our clergy and program staff have been fully vaccinated.  St. Luke’s is continuing with our policy of having everyone, regardless of vaccination status, mask while indoors, including during worship services (with the exception of those reading or leading the service). There is plenty of space in the nave and we encourage those who wish to practice distancing as well.  For the time being, we are continuing our policy of not serving food and will strive to keep lemonade/coffee hour outside as long as weather permits. We ask that parishioners follow these policies and strongly encourage everyone who can to be fully vaccinated.  If you have concerns or questions, please contact one of our clergy.   Remember that we are doing these things not just to protect ourselves but to love our neighbor, especially the most vulnerable, including children and those who for medical reasons cannot take the vaccine.

See the bishop’s letter at https://www.episcopalmaine.org/resource/covid-19-updates

Covid Guidelines


– There are no distancing or capacity requirements in the nave or in cathedral spaces. Programs and meetings have resumed. (Sunday school is planning to resume in September)

– We will have no wine at the Eucharist for the time being.  Eucharistic visiting and pastoral visits have resumed. (Please call if you would like a visit)

– People are instructed to ask permission of others before sharing the peace or greeting one another, and encouraged to “elbow bump” and otherwise avoid hugging or actions that may make others uncomfortable.

– Parishioners are asked to remain masked during worship but those fully vaccinated may unmask outside during Lemonade hour. Those fully vaccinated may sing with masks on. Even if we don’t have to, we will remain masked (unless speaking or reading) so that we are welcoming and inclusive of young children, people who are immunocompromised or otherwise cannot get the vaccine for health reasons, and those who are not completely comfortable being in public settings again.

– The choir may sing, with masks on (all coming have been fully vaccinated). We are now scheduling concerts and events with programming on the calendar now through December.

– Dinners/breakfasts/other food related fellowship are on hold for now.  We’ll continue lemonade hour outside on the lawn or in the cloister if it rains.

Please check out the upcoming events on our calendar. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.


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Community Outreach

Connection & Fellowship

What people say about St Luke’s…

“A welcoming space. You can come as you are.”

“Strong church school and youth programs.”

“Strong sense of social justice through action.”

“The Dean believes in preaching with a Bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other.”

“The tradition is grounding and comforting.”

“Musical excellence.”

“People take on leadership roles because they want to serve.”

“This is a place where God is.”