Sundays - (Starting September 17)
Holy Eucharist, Rite I at 8:00am
Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 10:30am
Summer - Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 10:00am
Our principal service in the Episcopal Church is the Holy Eucharist, which means “giving thanks”. As Christians, we believe God has given us complete salvation in Christ, and so, in faithful response we live into our salvation by merely giving God thanks and praise.
At St. Mark’s, our Sunday morning worship is according to the rich tradition of the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer. The word liturgy means “the work of the people” and our Sunday service can be divided into two parts: the liturgy of the Word and the liturgy of the Table. During the first half of the service, lay members read lessons from the Old and New Testaments, our priest reads from one of the four gospels and he delivers a sermon based on the readings. After hearing the Word, we participate in Holy Communion, and all baptized Christians are invited to receive the elements of bread and wine, the body and blood of Christ.
We are grateful to our organist and St. Mark’s choir for leading us in making a joyful noise to the Lord. Throughout the service, the congregation is invited to sing hymns from our hymnal and a variety of music resources. We also sing portions of the liturgy, and the choir often sings an anthem with the offering.
Worship is central to our life as Christians, for in it, we are reminded who we are and whose we are. As we pray in our postcommunion prayer:
Eternal God, heavenly Father,?you have graciously accepted us as living members?of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ,?and you have fed us with spiritual food ?in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood.?Send us now into the world in peace,?and grant us strength and courage?to love and serve you?with gladness and singleness of heart;?through Christ our Lord. Amen.