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: The Testimony of a Reader
Reading is a subversive activity.
From the time I was a little kid, I have been a reader. I read because I loved it more than any other activity on earth. And books think for me.
I am grateful for my elementary school teachers for the ways they encouraged me to read. And I am grateful that in my little home town, where everybody knew everybody, the town librarian never batted an eye when I picked out books that some people might think inappropriate for a child. I read widely and voraciously, and I read whatever I wanted to read.
Oddly enough, when I was a little kid in church, they did NOT encourage us to read the Bible. The idea was that the Bible is hard to understand, and we might get wrong ideas. The church authorities preferred us simply to listen while they told us what to think and what to believe.