20s/30s Cooking Circle

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 6:30-9 P.M., Bloedel Hall 

Prepare and share a meal together. The menu will have a Lebanese theme and we’ll learn several cooking techniques from trained chefs Luke Abdow, Marc Aubertin, and Deborah Person. Questions? Email Luke: labdow@saintmarks.org

Fee: $15, includes resources and food. Financial assistance available if needed. The event is limited to 12 attendees, and the event has now reached capacity. Join the waitlist here.  

20s/30s Candy Cane Lane Walk and Holiday Cheer 2022

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 7–9 P.M.

A tradition since 1949, the houses on this section of NE Park Road in Ravenna transform into Candy Cane Lane, a display of lights and decorations representing traditions and themes from around the world. We’ll meet first at the home of Penny and Rob Reid (6114 21st Ave NE) from 7–8 pm. for hot chocolate and cookies, and then walk together to Candy Cane Lane, just a under a mile away.

Please note: Penny and Rob live less than a mile from the Roosevelt light rail station. Also, plan to dress warm—the forecast is for chilly temps ahead!

RSVP (appreciated but not required) to Emily Meeks (emcmeeks@gmail.com).

The “O” Antiphons: Advent Procession, 2022

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The "O" Antiphons: Advent Procession, 2022

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Compline on the First Sunday of Advent, 2022

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Compline on the First Sunday of Advent | November 27, 2022 

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November 27, 2022 • The First Sunday of Advent

ORISON: Matin Responsory – Jason A. Anderson (b. 1976)

PSALM 122 – Peter R. Hallock (1924-2014)

HYMN: Prepare the way, O Zion (Tune: BEREDEN VÄG FÖR HERRAN) – mel. from Then Swenska Psalmboken, 1697; harm. Koralbok för Svenska Kyrkan, 1939, alt.

NUNC DIMITTIS – Richard Proulx (1937-2010)

ANTHEM: Canite tuba – Jacob Handl (1550-1591)

Jason Anderson, director • Jeffrey Ricco, reader • Jeremy Matheis, cantor

Thanks to this evening's Compline volunteers—hospitality ministers Ray Miller and Robin Ethridge, and videographer Michael Perera.

Compline at Saint Mark's Cathedral has been a Seattle tradition since 1956. All the singers are volunteers. Learn more at: https://saintmarks.org/worship/compline/
and: https://complinechoir.org/

 

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Epiphany Supper, Eucharist, and Burning of the Greens

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NOTE: The Pageant of the Nativity, originally scheduled for December 20, was rescheduled due to snow, and will replace this event on January 6. 


FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 6–8 P.M., Bloedel Hall, cathedral nave, and outdoors

Vegetarian chili, toppings, cornbread will be served from 6–6:45 p.m., then a simple and lovely Eucharistic liturgy will be offered in the nave, concluding with a procession with the Advent Wreath to the outdoor bonfire. Bring Christmas greens from your own home to burn as well.

Cocoa and cookies will be served outside. Please RSVP or volunteer to help by emailing Canon Barrie: wbarrie@saintmarks.org

Intergenerational Cookie Swap and Holiday Fun

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall

Between the morning services on Sunday December 11, Saint Mark's Intergenerational Council will host a cookie swap in Bloedel Hall! Please come, with or without cookies—but if you are able, we'd love you to bring two dozen of your favorite homemade cookies and a copy of the recipe to share. You’ll go home with other delicious treats and new recipes to try!

We’ll also wrap gifts for Lowell Elementary School children—if you have some spare wrapping paper, please bring it along.

Finally, we'll hear community member Libby Carr read her new book, How Do the Reindeer Fly?

The First Sunday of Advent, 2022

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The First Sunday of Advent, 2022

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Thanksgiving Day 2022

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The Giving Tree 2022

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Once again, Saint Mark’s is sharing Christmas joy with families from Casa Latina, Lowell Elementary School, and Mary’s Place. Casa Latina have asked for gift cards, Lowell Elementary School have specific gifts for some students as well as gift cards requested, and Mary’s Place has requested specific gifts for children under 10 years old.

The Giving Tree is full of tags and will be placed in the nave for the next three Sundays. Pick a tag off the Giving Tree or donate online at saintmarks.org/give (choose "Casa Latina & Lowell School Gift Cards" from the list of options.) For Mary’s Place, visit their Amazon Wish List, or come by and choose a tag from the Giving Tree.

Your generosity means an enormous amount to these families in our community. Please donate online or bring your unwrapped gifts and gift cards back to Saint Mark’s on or before Sunday, December 11 when they will be brought before the altar and blessed. (The gifts need to be delivered to Lowell before classes end on December 16.)

If you have questions about the Giving Tree, please contact The Rev. Linzi Stahlecker: lstahlecker@saintmarks.org.

Photo: 2019 Giving Tree in Bloedel Hall.

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Compline for Christ the King, 2022

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Compline on the Last Sunday after Pentecost ~ Christ the King | November 20, 2022 

Order of Service  |  Each week's repertoire is posted here 

The Order of Service and repertoire may be found at: complineunderground.wordpress.com/2022/11/20/compline-2022-the-last-sunday-after-pentecost-christ-the-king/

November 20, 2022 • The Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King (Proper 29C)

ORISON: O worship the King, all glorious above (Tune: HANOVER) – attr. William Croft (1678-1727) with additional harm. by C.D. Hackett in The Boston Collection, 1841, and Harvey Grace (1874-1944)

PSALM 46 – Peter R. Hallock (1924-2014)

HYMN: Now thank we all our God (Tune: NUN DANKET ALLE GOTT) – mel. Johann Crüger (1598-1662); harm. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), The Academic Hymnal, 1899, and Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

NUNC DIMITTIS – Dana Marsh (b. 1965)

ANTHEM: Great Lord of lords – Charles Wood (1866-1926)

Jason Anderson, director • Gregory Bloch, reader • Derek Curtis-Tilton, cantor • Canon Michael Kleinschmidt, organ

Thanks to this evening's Compline volunteers—hospitality ministers Estephan Meza and Priscilla Strand.

Compline at Saint Mark's Cathedral has been a Seattle tradition since 1956. All the singers are volunteers. Learn more at: https://saintmarks.org/worship/compline/
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The Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King

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The Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King

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“Autumn Returns” by Doug Thorpe

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November 13, 2022

Autumn returns with the rain and cold. This time it seemed to happen overnight. I talk with my daughter over WhatsApp and—along with the beloved and very mobile grandson Walter—she shows me the blue skies, the red and golden leaves of Buffalo New York. The flames of autumn give way to grays and ash.

I’m pretty sure that I’m not the only one around here who welcomed the rain with a sense of relief—more so this year because of the oddly high temperatures we had into October. Now we relax a little, bid farewell to the fruits of summer and early autumn, and settle in with the wind and rain. It’s a time of endings, marked in particular by the Triduum of All Hallows, All Saints and All Souls, a time in the calendar to honor and remember those who have passed, the saints of our own lives and of the church.

Fittingly, Advent is just around the corner. The Oxford English Dictionary tells us that the word comes from the Latin, meaning to come to or towards, and more specifically “the arrival of a notable person or thing.” Out of the darkness, Advent affirms, comes new light—most generally in the form of the solstice, with days growing longer. For us. of course. that new light comes more specifically in the form of a child.

This fall I’ve been reading Karen Armstrong’s most recent book, Sacred Nature: How We Can Recover Our Bond with the Natural World. In the title chapter, she tells us the story of a group of seventeenth century Jesuit missionaries trying to explain the shape of the cosmos to a group of Chinese intellectuals, using a map of sorts that showed the earth, the planets and the location of God out at the edge of the universe in the form of the Primum Mobile. As Armstrong tells it, the Chinese were bewildered. Why should the deity whom the Jesuits called the “Lord of Creation” be content to be confined to a tiny sector of the universe that he had supposedly created? The Confucian scholar Fang Yishi (1611–71) concluded that the West was detailed in material investigation,” and deficient in comprehending seminal forces (qi). By qi, Fang was referring to the essence of Being—a force that the Chinese regarded as “unknowable,” the “recondite,” and the “uniting layers of mysteries.”

As Armstrong concludes, “when faced with the ultimate reality, [Fang] believed, humans must fall silent because it lies beyond the reach of verbal concepts.”

There is much about these ideas that I find compelling—this sense of a “basic ‘stuff’ or essence of the universe ... neither wholly spiritual nor wholly material,” as Armstrong describes qi. “It is ineffable; it is something that we cannot define or describe. It is not a god or a being of any kind; it is the energy that pervades all life, harmoniously linking the plant, animal, human and divine worlds and enabling them to fulfill their potential.” This is similar, she continues, to the Hindu concept of Rta, “best understood as ‘active, creative truth’ or ‘the way things truly are.’ Like qi and Dao, Rta was not a god but a sacred, impersonal, animating force. . . [which] could be experienced as the sublime whole, which flowed from itself expansively, bringing about the cosmos, humans, and the god themselves.”

We seem close, in a way, to the idea of the Holy Spirit, which similarly “flowed from itself expansively” and which mysteriously and invisibly moves through all things. On the other hand, we are far from the world of the prophet Jeremiah, from whom we’ve been hearing this fall, who claimed to speak as the voice of a very personal God who called his people back to a path of justice. We are also a long way from a child born in a cold barn in a small village in an insignificant country which was little more than a crossroads and was under the control of the military power of Rome. And yet that child is why we are here together as the community of Saint Mark’s, and within that community why we form the Creation Care Ministry. Seemingly impossibly and yet truly, we believe that this energy—this holy spirit—is fully manifested in the person of Jesus, who in turn inspires us in our justice work. Literally, he fills us with that same spirit. Like disciples going back in an unbroken chain two thousand years, we believe that we’ve been touched by that same energy, which we also experience directly and powerfully in creation: in the mountains, in a forest, by the ocean.

Yes, it’s autumn. We are moving steadily towards winter and into shorter, darker days. Yet the new year approaches in that same form of a child in whom we see all the hope of the world. And that same child awakens in us the knowledge that we too are that light—and that hope. May it continue to sustain us.

Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,—
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue,
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river shallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourne;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.

 

—John Keats, To Autumn, September 19, 1819


Longtime Saint Mark's parishioner and former vestry member Doug Thorpe is Professor Emeritus of English at Seattle Pacific University.

Advent Quiet Morning 2022

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 9 A.M.–12:30 P.M., at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Green Lake — 111 NE 80th St., Seattle

Join Amanda Findley at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church in McLachlan Hall for this special Quiet Morning preparing ourselves for the Season of Advent. The focus this year will be on meditational movement practice, so wear something comfortable! Enjoy the wonderful opportunity for inner reflection and renewing silence as the season of prayerful expectation unfolds.

This event is co-sponsored by Saint Mark’s Cathedral and Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Free, with donations gratefully accepted. McLachlan Hall is the parish hall located on the 1st avenue side of the church building.

“Spreadable Hope”: An Advent Gathering to Benefit Edible Hope

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 7:30–9 P.M., Leffler House

Young adults, drop-in to decorate and frost cookies at Leffler House for an Advent gathering to benefit Edible Hope. Frosting and decorations will be provided along with a custom hot chocolate and tea station. Bring your own pre-baked sugar cookies either homemade or bought. We recommend trying this go-to recipe from Jade Bawcom-Randall. Decorated cookies will be delivered to Edible Hope, which is also a site placement for the Seattle Service Corps. Questions? Email Luke Abdow (labdow@saintmarks.org).

A Celebration of the Life of Alice Jean Lewis

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A Celebration of the Life of Alice Jean Lewis | 2:00 PM, November 17, 2022

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Compline on the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost, 2022

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Compline on the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost | November 13, 2022 

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November 13, 2022 • The 23rd Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 28C)

ORISON: New songs of celebration render (Tune: RENDEZ A DIEU) – mel. attr. Loys Bourgeois (c. 1510-c. 1561); harm. Claude Goudimel (c. 1514-1572)

PSALM 98 – Peter R. Hallock (1924-2014)

HYMN: Disposer supreme, and judge of the earth (Tune: OLD 104TH) – mel. Thomas Ravenscroft (c. 1590-1633); harm. Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

NUNC DIMITTIS – Erin Aas (b. 1972)

ANTHEM: Steal away to Jesus – African-American Spiritual; arr. Dale Adelmann (b. 1961)

Jason Anderson, director • Vernon Nicodemus, reader • Kenneth Peterson, cantor

Thanks to this evening's Compline volunteers—hospitality ministers Maria Drury and Ray Miller, and videographer Micah Hayes.

Compline at Saint Mark's Cathedral has been a Seattle tradition since 1956. All the singers are volunteers. Learn more at: https://saintmarks.org/worship/compline/ and: https://complinechoir.org/

 

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The Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost, 2022

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The Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost, 2022

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Candlelit Prayer with Music from Taizé, November 2022

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United for Good: An Interfaith Prayer Vigil on the Eve of Elections, 2022

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United for Good: An Interfaith Prayer Vigil on the Eve of Elections | Monday, November 7, 2022, 7 p.m. 

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Compline observing The Feast of All Saints, 2022

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Compline observing the Feast of All Saints | November 6, 2022 

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November 6, 2022 • ALL SAINTS’ SUNDAY

ORISON: Bring us, O Lord God – Peter R. Hallock (1924-2014)

PSALM 149 – Peter R. Hallock

HYMN: Who are these like stars appearing? (Tune: ZUECH MICH, ZEUCH MICH) – mel. from Geistreiches Gesang-buch, 1698; harm. William Henry Monk (1823-1889), alt.

NUNC DIMITTIS – James Bassi (b. 1961)

ANTHEM: Gaudent in coelis – Philippe de Monte (1521-1603)

Jason Anderson, director • Joel Matter, reader • Derek Tilton, cantor • The Rt. Rev. Gregory H. Rickel, VIII Bishop of Olympia

Thanks to this evening's Compline volunteers—hospitality ministers Jim Buskirk and Robin Ethridge, and videographer Michael Lee.

Compline at Saint Mark's Cathedral has been a Seattle tradition since 1956. All the singers are volunteers. Learn more at: https://saintmarks.org/worship/compline/ and: https://complinechoir.org/

 

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Choral Evensong observing the Feast of All Saints, 2022

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Choral Evensong observing the Feast of All Saints, 2022

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All Saints Sunday with Holy Eucharist and Holy Baptism, 2022

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All Saints Sunday, 2022

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Winter Apparel Urgently Needed for Lowell Elementary Kids

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UPDATE, November 17

The community of Saint Mark's quickly and generously answered the appeal from Lowell Elementary for winter clothes. Lowell staff have told us, "The children are cozy and warm, and the parents and staff are so happy! We are grateful for your generosity."


November 4, 2022

As the weather becomes precipitously colder, Lowell Elementary School has alerted us to an immediate need for children's winter coats and gloves. Low temperatures in the 30s are predicted for next week! An Amazon Wish List has been created to help. (When you check out, be certain that the delivery address is set to "Lowell Elementary School's Gift Registry Address.") As an alternative to the Amazon link, you can make a donation using the cathedral's online giving page (using the indicated line) or via Venmo (put "Lowell elementary" in the memo).

Lowell Elementary, our neighbor just a few blocks away on Capitol Hill, is a public school where over 1 in 4 students are currently experiencing homelessness or are in insecure or temporary housing. Around 25% of the students are English Language Learners and 30% of the students receive Special Education services. Over half of all Lowell students meet Seattle Public School District’s definition of "Students of Color Furthest from Educational Justice" and over 70% qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. Saint Mark's Cathedral has had a relationship with the school for many years. Learn more in an article in the Fall 2021 issue of The Rubric.

2022 Report from El Salvador by Elizabeth Hawkins

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 6:45–8:15 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall and online via Zoom. Optional community dinner at 6 p.m. ($6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family).

Saint Mark's parishioner Elizabeth Hawkins has been living and working in San Salvador since 2019. A former immigration attorney, she travelled to El Salvador to research the complex factors that lead people to attempt to emigrate to the United States. She will give us an update about the current situation in El Salvador. Elizabeth will share how liberation theology has informed her decision to stay in El Salvador and the work she is currently doing as the Program Director of Programa Velasco, an NGO dedicated to educating and empowering women, children, and families.

Check out Elizabeth's 2019 Rubric article about her experiences in El Salvador.


UPDATE: A complete video is now available below:

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