Worship is at the core of St. Mark’s. We celebrate the Christian year through weekly liturgies, music, and special services. Most of the year we follow Rite II of the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer, but on occasion we use Rite I (usually during Lent). We encourage lay participation in altar guilds, a broad repertoire in music, and an inclusive, welcoming congregation. Click here to view a list of our regular service times.
Services include the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Readings from the Old Testament and the New Testament (usually an epistle) and a Gospel reading, followed by prayers, the sermon, the Nicene creed, the Confession, and the Peace are the elements of Liturgy of the Word. The Sunday sermon is about 15-20 minutes long and based on the scripture readings. The Liturgy of the Eucharist starts with the Offering and continues with the Blessing of the sacramental wine and bread, the Lord’s prayer, and the Communion or receiving of the Body and Blood. The service ends with the Thanksgiving and a sending forth into the world.
8am in the Chapel
The 8 a.m. Sunday Eucharist is offered in our chapel. This service is a simple spoken liturgy with a sermon and Eucharist, but no music. It is generally about 45-50 minutes in duration. Coffee and pastries are provided in the Library after the service.
The 10 a.m. Sunday Eucharist service is our primary liturgy and is offered in the nave (main church). With organ music, resounding hymns and special anthems or motets, (September through June, when the choir is present), a sermon, Eucharist, and announcements, this Eucharistic celebration brings together the St. Mark’s community.
We are blessed with the voices and gifts of many ready and willing to lead and assist with worship.
The Choir's fundamental role in worship
Preparing for Lessons and Carols.