Worship

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.

The Liturgy

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.

 

10am 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.

 

Lighting the Paschal candle at Easter

The liturgies for Christmas and Easter are fully celebrated in word and music.  Please see our calendar for the specific services.

Foot washing during the Maundy Thursday service

 

The Congregation is invited to wash each other’s feet following the example of Christ washing the Disciples’ feet.

A Baptism during the liturgy on Pentecost Sunday

The Reverend Coryl Lassen baptizes a baby with holy water from the Baptismal Font.

The Choir's fundamental role in worship

Easter morning service with brass quintet.

The Nave decorated for Christmas

We decorate our church with pine branches and candles throughout the main sanctuary as part of our Christmas celebrations.

Blessing the animals on St. Francis Day