We believe God's love and welcome extends to everyone. No exceptions! At St. Mark's, we are committed to diversity and inclusion. Each Sunday, our priest says these words to invite everyone to communion at our altar:
This is the Lord's table. If you have great faith, or you have little faith, you are welcome. If you have been here often, or if you have never been here before, you are welcome. If you have tried to follow, or if you have failed, you are welcome. It's the Lord who invites you. You can meet him here.
Our Sunday worship services are at 8am and 10am We offer a nursery school for children up to 3 years old and Sunday School for children up to 6th grade.
Sermon: How Big Is God's Heart?
Sermon Text: How Big Is God's Heart?
I was once kicked out of church for asking too many questions.
This is not a secret — I’ve told some of you this story. But I did NOT tell it when I first interviewed for this job!
It was a long time ago, before our kids were born. My wife and I belonged to a conservative Bible church in Chicago. The people were great and we loved them.
But something started to happen. I’ve always been a fanatic reader, and I think about what I read. I started having some trouble with stuff I read in the Bible. I read things in one part of the Bible that contradicted other parts. Not only that, the pastors of our church were claiming things I just could not believe any more.
But I still liked everybody. So I met with the head pastor, and started asking my questions. He tried to answer them, but his answers did not add up. I kept asking questions. He didn’t seem to like that.
Finally, he said, “You know, Mark, there ARE other churches!”