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: More Dog Stories
Sermon Text: More Dog Stories
When I got married all those years ago, I thought I was in charge.
As you can imagine, this was an illusion.
One of the things I thought I was in charge of was whether or not we’d have pets. I was not an animal guy. Pets are messy and need a lot of time and attention. I was a neatnik and had other plans for my time and attention.
I was not an animal guy. I have not always had great luck with animals.
In the first church I served, I visited an elderly woman. Her cat insisted on being in my lap. When I left that home, I had an itchy rash from the top of my clerical collar all the way up my chin.
In the next church I served, my whole family visited a member of the church who had horses. He wanted my little girl to try it out, and he put her up in the saddle. But the horse started to jump around a little bit, so I grabbed my little daughter to save her from the horse. And the horse stomped right on my foot. This smarted a bit, as you can imagine.
A week later, I visited the home of another parish family. They had a huge German shepherd. They said, “Oh, don’t worry — he’s fine.” Immediately the dog jumped up and bit me right in the chest. It drew blood and everything. This made me wonder if I’d chosen the right parish in Pennsylvania.
So I was not an animal guy, you know? But it turns out that I married Dr. Doolittle.