Visiting a church for the first time can be an intimidating experience. Who else will be there? Will I know what to do? Will I feel welcome? Well, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church of Merritt Island wants to put you at ease. You will meet many kind and friendly people. The beautifully simple, sacred and meditative atmosphere will deepen your experience of inspiring and thought-provoking scripture readings and sermons. It’s our hope that you, your friends and family will feel welcome and “at home”!
How do I find you?
We are 5 miles north of the Barge Canal on 5555 North Tropical Trail in Merritt Island in an area once planted entirely with orange groves. Eagles, hawks and bobcats are occasionally seen and sometimes an errant cow finds its way into the field where we park our cars.
Parking is plentiful - just turn at the church sign as you head north on Tropical Trail - or, take Church Road past the historic cemetery. There are designated handicapped parking places just in front of the church. Otherwise, park along the row of palms or out in the field.
At the door, ushers will greet you and hand you a bulletin. The bulletin will help guide you through the service by listing the pages to follow in the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) found in your pew. Also in the pew is the Holy Bible and a hymnal. The bulletin is a great resource of information listing services, upcoming events and contact information.
Music is played at the 10:30 am services, with a choir every other Sunday. We say that our 8:00 am service is “said” (no music) and the 10:30 am is “sung”.
The Service – what to expect
Every service follows a pattern that begins with the gathering of the community, then listening to and reflecting on the Holy Scriptures and sermon. Next, the congregation offers Intercessory prayers, bringing the needs of the world and the community to God in prayer.
During the service, the Sign of Peace is offered. People may shake hands or embrace each other, some crossing the aisle or catching the eyes of friends and acknowledging with a nod or wave of the hand.
As our guest, there is no obligation to give during the Offertory. Next, ushers will guide you to the altar where it is tradition to kneel for Communion, the Holy meal of both bread and wine. We welcome all baptized people to receive the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Parents may opt for their young children to be blessed by the priest instead. Finally, the congregation is sent forth into the mission of daily life with the words, "Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!’”
After both the 8:00 am and 10:30 am service, coffee and light refreshments are served next door in Perrine Hall. We invite you to meet us. And give us a chance to get to know you!
We invite you to take a closer look at who we are through this website, where you can find information about what we believe, what we are involved in, upcoming events, our local history and much more. If you have further questions, you can call our church office at 321-452-5260. You can request a visit from the minister by filling out the card kept in the pew and place in the basket during the offertory.
Once again we say welcome, and we hope that you will visit us soon for worship, fellowship or helping us serve our community.