Welcome from our Rector, Mother Sue Cole and all of us here at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Wilton. We are located in the heart of the beautiful western Maine foothills region in Franklin County. All are welcome at St. Luke’s, whether you are in the area for a visit or to stay. In addition to joining together each Sunday in worship and fellowship, we have many ministries we are passionate about.
We celebrate a 9:30 am Eucharist Service on the first three Sundays of the month and Morning Prayer on the fourth Sunday.
Your children are welcome to our 8:45 a.m. Sunday School September – June . Please contact us at 207-645-2639 with any questions.
The Lenten period of 40 days, which, traditionally, does not include Sundays, commemorates the “40 days and 40 nights” (Matthew 4:2)
that Jesus fasted in the desert and then resisted temptations from Satan.
The season now known as Lent (from an Old English word meaning “spring,” the time of lengthening days) has a long history.
Early Christians observed “a season of penitence and fasting” in preparation for the Paschal feast, or Pascha (BCP, pp. 264-265). Originally, in places where Pascha was celebrated on a Sunday, the
Paschal feast followed a fast of up to two days. In the third century this fast was lengthened to six days. Eventually this fast became attached to, or overlapped, another fast of forty days, in imitation of Christ’s fasting in the wilderness.
The forty-day fast was especially important for converts to the faith who were preparing for baptism, and for those guilty of notorious sins who were being restored to the Christian assembly.
In the western church the forty days of Lent extend from Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday, omitting Sundays. (From episcopalchurch.org)
We welcome you to join us for Holy Communion each Sunday at 9:30 am in Lent and during traditional services of Holy Week.
Sundays at St. Luke’s
Each Sunday morning at 9:30, we sing hymns (traditional and modern), pray for each other and the world, read and preach the gospel, and work to appropriate it in our lives. You are welcome wherever you are on your spiritual journey.
Mother Sue Cole, Rector