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 currently suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic
From Fr. Mark: Here is a gift for you! This is a beautiful hymn from our Episcopal hymnal (673, The First One Ever), one we haven't often heard. It is done beautifully here by Lauren and Jacob Gagnon (Lauren is a member of the St. Mark's choir, as you may know). This hymn was written in 1981 by Linda Egan, whose church had a new rector. The new rector was a woman, which was still rather new and unusual at that time. The composer was also doing a study of the women in the Gospels, and was inspired by that Bible study, and her parish's positive experience with their new rector. She wrote this hymn, celebrating the first women: Mary, the mother of Jesus, the first to know of the Christ Child's birth...the Samaritan woman at the well, the first to hear Jesus himself claim to be the Messiah...and the women who went to the tomb on the first Easter, and were the first to know of the rising of Jesus. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do. And thanks to Jacob and Lauren!
Sermon: Complaining, and Hoping
While Our building may be closed, we have videos of a morning service held this morning for you to enjoy safely at home. A sermon, Kid Stuff and a Morning Prayer service are below. Feel free to watch the service in any order you would like!
Sermon Text: Complaining, and Hoping
It's the second Sunday of on-line church only. I still miss you very much. And I am still imagining you here in your usual spot. This is hard to get used to.
I did look at the scheduled readings for this Sunday, the ones we would have used if we'd been here in church together. And the Psalm assigned for today caught my eye. Every Sunday has its own psalm.
The Book of Psalms in the Bible is a collection of 150 poems or songs. And the Book of Psalms is kind of like the Prayer Book of the Bible. And these psalms, or prayers, are honest -- there is no sugar-coating. The Psalms are a reality check -- not always pretty, but always real.
I have to say that the Book of Psalms, this book of poems and songs addressed to God, is full of complaining! The ones who wrote these things did not hold back from telling God what was wrong.