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Christmas Worship!









  • Christmas Eve Early Service will be at 10:00 a.m.  A Family Eucharist will feature the youth of the parish offering the Liturgy of the Word. We have violinists, pianists, readers, angels, shepherds, and even a tuba player! St. Luke’s choir will sing as well. It’s going to be a glorious celebration! Please join us!
  • Christmas Eve Late Service will be at 5:00 p.m.  A Traditional Eucharist celebration with special music. Please join us!
  • Christmas Day Service will be at 10:30 a.m. at Thalman Square, Western Home Communities (5500 S. Main Street, Cedar Falls).


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St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Cedar Falls

Labyrinth Ministry

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St. Luke’s has a permanent outdoor labyrinth, created by one of our young parishioners as an Eagle Scout project, but completed through significant donations of time, talent, and material and financial resources of many in the congregation and community.


The labyrinth provides a sacred space to walk slowly, contemplate, and pray.  A long, winding walkway leads from the parking lot to the semi-secluded space of the labyrinth.  A walk through arbor provides a visual cue that one is transitioning from the walkway to the meditative path of the labyrinth.  Memorial benches surrounding the labyrinth provide another way to enjoy the serenity of the space.


The labyrinth is open to the community, and the Labyrinth Committee is working on ways to expand its use.  The committee is adding signs to help draw people to the outdoor labyrinth.  All ages enjoy using the labyrin



St. Luke’s also has a portable indoor canvas labyrinth.  This labyrinth is like the one at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.  We have had two guests lead workshops on the labyrinth, a guest speaker from Wartburg College speak about labyrinths, and yearly times during Advent and Lent for parishioners and the public to walk the labyrinth.  Music and meditation ideas are available as well as finger labyrinths for those who cannot physically navigate the circuitous path.

Special thanks to Bill Witt and Curt Ritter for these photos!

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Community Meals

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Cedar Falls

Monthly Community Meals



Every third Sunday, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church serves dinner to anyone who is hungry or alone for whatever reason.  Co-chairs Diane Lyman and Sharon Kelleher organize about 30 volunteers to cook, decorate and set tables, greet guests, package bags of staple items, bake desserts, and wash dishes.



“The meals, which began a little over two years ago, started because we knew that there was hunger in the community. We also knew that people needed companionship,” says Lyman.  She was inspired by a sermon at church to become involved.  “I just felt challenged to get out there and serve others. This is a way to use one of my gifts, hospitality, cooking and entertaining guests.”  Other volunteers feel the same way.




Dinner guests come from all over Waterloo, Cedar Falls, and surrounding communities.  We serve families with children, all the way up to seniors,” Lyman says. “And we get singles who come regularly.” Relationships have developed; regular diners coordinate transportation to the meals among themselves and look out for each other.  In addition, a number of guests are on the parish prayer list.



Guests arrive early and stay late. “Some people sit around the table and talk long after they’ve finished their meal,” offers co-chair Kelleher. “They’re getting more than food.  People are developing friendships and community here.”


Guests are greeted at the door and asked to find a table at which they would like to dine.  The night’s menu is explained and each diner’s meal is brought to him or her rather than asking people to go through a serving line. Dinner is always served on porcelain dinner plates with real utensils, in an effort to make the meal more home-like and to keep with the church’s ecological efforts.



Most of the food served and that goes into the take-home pantry bags is purchased through the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, of which St. Luke’s is a partnering member. Some vegetables come from the church’s expanding community garden.  In addition to serving dinner at the church, St. Luke’s hosts a meal at the Catholic Worker House in Waterloo on the third Monday of each month.  “We cook once and serve twice,” says Sue Fread, coordinator of CWH ministry at St. Luke’s.

Special thanks to Bill Witt for many of these photos!


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St. Luke’s Famous Lasagna Dinner!

Join Us For St. Luke‘s Famous Lasagna Dinner on Friday, October 20th!

All proceeds go to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank so buy yourself a meal and another meal for someone in need.  The Lasagna Dinner is on Friday, October 20th from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. in Will Hall.  Adult meals are $10 and children’s meals are $5.  Please get tickets at the door or call 277-8520.  For any questions or to volunteer, please contact Ernie Doeden.


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A Narrative Description of Holy Week Services

The purpose of Holy Week is to re-enact, re-live, and invite us to participate in the events leading to the Passion of Christ.

Palm Sunday April 13 9:15 AM

The story of Jesus’ triumphant entrance into Jerusalem is recorded in all four Gospels. The first service of

Holy Week finds us waving our palm branches and singing “Hosanna!” much like the crowd that gathered that

day so long ago, but our rejoicing will fade quickly, again like the crowds, into somber contemplation of what

lies ahead.

Journey to the Cross Wednesday, April 16 6:30 PM

This service is designed especially to help younger ones (and not-so-young!) remember important moments

in Jesus’ life. Beginning with Mary’s discovery that she is to be the bearer of the Christ child, through Jesus’

childhood and his adult ministry, and finally through his last days, this is a hands-on worship experience

especially suited for families.

Agapé Meal Thursday, April 17 5:45 PM

This Agapé (“love-feast”) recalls the meal Jesus and his disciples shared in the upper room. Join us for a

simple meal of Mediterranean fare before the Maundy Thursday service.

Maundy Thursday Thursday, April 17 6:30 PM

The name Maundy Thursday comes from the Latin mandatum, and refers to the new commandment we hear

from Jesus in John 13:34, “to love one another.” On this day we enter the Triduum (the three days), the time

from sundown on Thursday to sundown on Easter Day. The liturgy celebrates Jesus’ Last Supper with his

disciples, the footwashing, and the institution of the Eucharist. At the conclusion of the service the altar is

stripped of all liturgical elements and remains bare and empty until the Easter Vigil. (Note: participation in the

footwashing is optional.)

Gethsemane Watch Thursday, April 17 9 PM – Friday Sunrise

Throughout the night we will hold a vigil in the church. Join with fellow pilgrims as we watch with Christ in

the Garden before His trial and execution. Judas left during the Last Supper, but Jesus and the remaining

disciples went to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed – and the disciples kept falling asleep. Can

you remain awake for just one hour for Christ?

Good Friday -Stations of the Cross Friday, April 18 Noon

The remembrance and commemoration of Jesus’ betrayal, trial, and crucifixion mark this day as the most

solemn of days within the Christian calendar. Following the Stations of the Cross (also referred to as Via

Delarosa “Way of grief” in Latin) is an ancient practice that recalls the last events of Jesus’ earthly life:

betrayed and beaten, condemned to death, given his cross, his long walk to Golgotha, his crucifixion, and

death. Using the icons in our worship space, we, too, will make our pilgrimage to the Cross.

Good Friday – Liturgy Friday, April 18 6:30 PM

The origin of the term ‘Good Friday’ is unclear, but the meaning of the day is without doubt – it is the Friday

on which the Church keeps the anniversary of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ – the Great or the Holy or the

Good Friday. The first thing to strike our senses is the unfamiliar barrenness of the worship space. There is

nothing to distract our attention from the Cross and the saving events we commemorate. We hear the Passion

narrative and contemplate Jesus’ deep redemptive love.

The Great Vigil of Easter Saturday, April 19, 8:00 PM

The first service of Easter Day is the Vigil observed after sundown on Saturday night. We begin in relative

darkness and watch as the new fire – the Paschal candle – is lit from the prairie burn and processed into the

church. We listen to stories of deliverance and God’s fierce love for us. We renew our baptismal promises.

And, then the church, still in relative darkness, witnesses the “rebuilding of the altar” which is still bare from

Maundy Thursday. The Altar Guild brings out the cross, linens, candles, flowers, EVERYTHING…the lights

come up, the music plays, the people sing, and we proclaim “ALLELUIA! THE LORD IS RISEN! The first

Eucharist of Easter is celebrated!

Easter Day Sunday, April 20 9:15 AM

Our joyful Easter observance will continue with celebrations of Holy Eucharist and Baptisms. This is truly

a festival Eucharist, giving thanks for Christ’s resurrection from the dead and opening for us the gate of

everlasting life. An Easter brunch follows worship. We are also serving a Community Easter Meal that

evening. Alleluia! Christ is risen!

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