A time of silence, contemplation, prayer and Holy Communion that seeks to employ the use of symbols and Sacrament to draw us closer to God.
Wednesdays at 6:45 P.M.
As one enters the sanctuary at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church on Wednesday evening, the setting is peaceful. A Gregorian chant is playing softly. Candles have been lit and they brighten the front section around the altar. A handful of worshipers are already in their seats, waiting quietly or praying. Rev. Irvin Boudreaux greets others, St. Luke’s members and visitors, at the front door as they arrive, moving away from the bustle of Canal Boulevard and busy affairs in the city to enjoy a serene, brief time of spiritual renewal.
At St. Luke’s Wednesday Contemplative Worship service, called “The Retreat”, a quiet time begins at 6:30 p.m. for those arriving early. The service begins at 6:45 p.m. and lasts about a half hour. The mid-week gathering features Scriptural readings, times of silence for prayer, a brief sermon by Rev. Boudreaux that expounds on the Scripture readings, the taking of Holy Communion and more time for quiet reflection. At several points the service is enhanced by the playing of Taizé or Gregorian chant music that has long been a feature of certain Christian worship experiences around the world.