At the very center of our life together is our worship, expressed in ritual, prayers, music, and the spoken words. Recognition of God’s presence in our lives and the call of Christ to a life of discernment, service and celebration are at the heart of our identity. We hear and wrestle with Holy Scripture, we share in Christ’s presence in the sacraments, we strive to reflect God’s unconditional love in community and we go forth strengthened to live and serve in the world.
There is a variety and diversity of opportunities to worship and pray at St. Marks.
Our 8:00 am Sunday service (with communion) is contemplative in nature, allowing for a quiet and reflective gathering.
Our 10:00 am Sunday service (with communion) is full of music, hymn singing and chant. Childcare and children’s programs are offered during this service as well.
Weekday Prayer Offerings
Centering Prayer a form of silent Christian contemplative meditation, is scheduled three times a week in the Kennedy Room (Mondays 12:00-12:30 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays 8:30-9:00 a.m.).
Compline a prayer service in the Book of Common Prayer (p. 127) based on the monastic practice of regular times for daily prayer (this one specifically for the end of the day prior to retiring) is offered in St. Nicholas Chapel (in the main Church) Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and includes intercessory prayers for anyone in need.
Throughout our 60 year history music has been treasured at St Mark’s. Firmly rooted in the Anglican choral tradition and yet creative and inclusive of other traditions, the hymns, anthems and instrumentals, supported most often with a grand pipe organ, are chosen to create an integral, meaningful, and uplifting experience of holy worship.
The Worship of God is an aesthetic experience made manifest in the expression of beauty, seen in our flower arrangements, in our wall paintings, in the stained glass, and in our seasonal hangings. Our flower guild offers their time and talent to bring the beauty of nature into our space. The stained glass is not only stunning, but acts as windows into the sacred and holds symbols of our sacred stories. The wall paintings and other art have been selected to increase our sense of the depth and breadth of God’s presence.