Introduction to Sunday’s Hymns: July 5, 2020

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On Thursday, July 2, Canon Michael Kleinschmidt introduced the hymns to be sung during this coming Sunday's live-streamed service for July 5 at 11 a.m—The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, and (informally) the day after Independence Day. This introduction was presented live on Facebook.

Canon Kleinschmidt introduces the hymns to be sung at the live-streamed liturgy for the Fifth Sunday After Pentecost, July 5, 2020.

The Hymns discussed are:

Hymn #594, God of grace and God of glory (tune: Cwm Rhondda);
Hymn #692, I heard the voice of Jesus say (tune: The Third Tune);
Hymn #719, America but with revised text: "How beautiful our spacious skies" (tune: Materna)
William Whitla's Let streams of living justice flow (tune: Thaxted)

Join us in the future on Thursdays at 4 p.m. for another live hymn chat! Just visit the cathedral's public Facebook page at the time of the broadcast—if you "follow" the cathedral on Facebook, you should receive a notification when we're live.

Intro to Sunday's Hymns: July 5, 2020

Canon Kleinschmidt introduces the hymns to be sung at the live-streamed liturgy for the Fifth Sunday After Pentecost, July 5, 2020. Hymns discussed: Hymn #594, "God of grace and God of glory" (tune: Cwm Rhondda); Hymn #692 "I heard the voice of Jesus say" (tune: The Third Tune); Hymn #719 "America," but with revised text; William Whitla's "Let streams of living justice flow" (tune: Thaxted)

Posted by Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral on Thursday, July 2, 2020

Virtual Coffee Hour, Every Sunday via Zoom

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On Sundays immediately following the morning worship service, let's join together for a Virtual Coffee Hour via Zoom. Take some time to connect, catch up, reflect, and just see each other's faces! Thanks to Peter McClung for hosting this much-needed opportunity. The link was recently emailed to the Saint Mark's email list. If you didn't get the message, send an email with a few words about your connection to Saint Mark's to Peter McClung and he'll respond as soon as he can. All are welcome!

An Invitation to the 2020 Diocesan Ordination Liturgy

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DIOCESAN LITURGY

TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 6:30 P.M., on the Saint Mark's livestream page

God willing and the people consenting, four candidates will be ordained to the priesthood in a very special livestreamed liturgy this coming Tuesday. Stephen Crippen , who served as a Deacon at Saint Mark's several years ago, is one of them, along with Rong By, Natalie Johnson, and Hillary Kimsey. This extremely solemn and moving liturgy will be offered by Bishop Rickel, with many participants joining remotely.

An Introduction to Sunday’s Hymns: June 28, 2020

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On Thursday, June 25, Associate Organist John Stunteback introduced the hymns to be sung during this coming Sunday's live-streamed service for June 28 at 11 a.m—The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost. This introduction was presented live on Facebook, and this week, after two weeks away, was again offered in the organ loft, now featuring a beautiful, newly-refinished floor.

The Hymns discussed are:

O God of every nation (607);
Where cross the crowded ways of life (609);
Lord Christ, when first thou cam'st to earth (598);

Join us in the future on Thursdays at 4 p.m. for another live hymn chat! Just visit the cathedral's public Facebook page at the time of the broadcast—if you "follow" the cathedral on Facebook, you should receive a notification when we're live.

Intro to Sunday's Hymns: June 28, 2020

Associate Organist John Stuntebeck introduces the hymns to be sung at this Sunday’s livestream liturgy for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, June 28, 2020, at Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle.

Posted by Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral on Thursday, June 25, 2020

The Wisdom of Children: An Audio Project from Saint Mark’s

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The Wisdom of Children is an audio project recorded in June, 2020, featuring the voices of the children of the Saint Mark's Cathedral community. Listen now using the embedded player below, or read on for other ways to listen.

LISTEN NOW:

A MESSAGE FROM DEAN THOMASON

Dear friends,

Several weeks ago, in the throes of feeling the acute loss of human interaction, it washed over me how much I missed hearing the voices of children in my life—the murmurs of little ones on the carpet in the nave during worship, the screams of playful delight on the Lowell Elementary School playground across the street from my home, the infectious giggles of toddlers swept up in a moment of joy, even the wailsome cries of a child who intuitively knows all is not right with their world. Children bring a spiritual wisdom to the mix, unhindered by worldly ways that tilt toward cynicism. I have learned much from these little ones through the years, when I take time to listen, really listen.

The idea of asking children questions and capturing their words in audio files matured under the leadership of Kelly Moody, our Associate for Spiritual Formation, and Canon Cristi Chapman, and we are delighted to share the voices of several children of Saint Mark’s here, in this time of pandemic. Entitled The Wisdom of Children, the invitation is simply to have your heart lifted, and perhaps opened a bit more to the spiritual connection we all share, as beloved children of God. There is wisdom here, and nourishment for the soul. Enjoy!

Blessings and Peace,

The Very Reverend Steven L. Thomason
Dean and Rector

OTHER WAYS TO LISTEN
Please note that, for convenience, "The Wisdom of Children" will also be made available as a special episode of the Saint Mark's Prayer Podcast for Children and Families—search for the podcast title on your app of choice, and select the episode "The Wisdom of Children."
You may also listen on SoundCloud here.

THE COMPLETE UNEDITED INTERVIEWS
Below are the full interviews of all the children. Thanks to all the participants!

An Introduction to Sunday’s Hymns: June 21, 2020

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On Thursday, June 18, Canon Michael Kleinschmidt introduced the hymns to be sung during this coming Sunday's live-streamed service for June 21 at 11 a.m—The Third Sunday after Pentecost. This introduction was presented live on Facebook, and this week it was presented on the Pasi portative organ from McCaw Chapel, due to ongoing renovation work in the choir loft.

The Hymns discussed are:

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (390);
They cast their nets in Galilee (661);
Take up your cross (675)

Join us in the future on Thursdays at 4 p.m. for another live hymn chat! Just visit the cathedral's public Facebook page at the time of the broadcast—if you "follow" the cathedral on Facebook, you should receive a notification when we're live.

Intro to Sunday's Hymns: June 21, 2020

Canon Kleinschmidt introduces the hymns to be sung at this Sunday’s live-streamed liturgy, June 21, 2020.

Posted by Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral on Thursday, June 18, 2020

Taking Up Our Responsibility for Racial Justice

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Photo by Tim Pierce via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0

OPENING PLENARY: WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 7–8:30 P.M.

SERIES: FOUR WEDNESDAYS, JULY 15 & 29, and AUGUST 12 & 26, 7 P.M

At this critical moment in our nation’s and community’s history, we are confronted again with fresh knowledge of longstanding racial injustice – in policing, the justice system, health care, housing, education, the Church, and many other sectors of our common life. Our faith community is grappling with important questions – what do I need to learn? How should I and our church respond?

We will undertake a four-week study and discussion series to confront racism—its theology, history, and presence in our lives today—and ways to move forward toward justice. The series is open to all, recognizing the responsibility for change falls on white people. A plenary session with Dean Thomason to learn more about the series was offered on July 1, 7-8:30 p.m. See video of this event below.


The in-depth series follows on four Wednesday nights (July 15 and 29, August 12 and 26) and will require advance registration and a commitment to attend all sessions and read/watch articles and videos in advance. More details to come soon, but you can get started by reading Ijeoma Oluo’s book, So You Want to Talk About Race. For questions or more information contact jkdaugherty@saintmarks.orgnross@saintmarks.org, or cchapman@saintmarks.org.

To commit to attending the full series, click here.

Parent Connections Group: Gathering and Growing through a Quarantine

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SUNDAY, JUNE 14, at 4 P.M., via Zoom

So much has changed so quickly! As parents and caregivers, we are continually adapting to these unusual times. Many of us report that juggling competing responsibilities and dealing with ongoing change is trying and overwhelming. It can also reveal a capacity for resilience we didn't know we had. Join The Rev. Canon Cristi Chapman and fellow parents for connection and reflection each month. To receive the link, contact the Rev. Canon Cristi Chapman for more details at cchapman@saintmarks.org.

Exploring Sunday’s Scripture (Online)

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FOUR MONDAYS IN JUNE: JUNE 8, 15, 22, and 29, 7–8 P.M., via Zoom.

Join Cathedral Clergy and gather on Zoom for an hour on Monday evenings, June 8, 15, 22, and 29, to check in with each other and look ahead at some of the readings for the upcoming Sunday. A little Bible Study and a little reflection together as we find new ways to connect to our lives to the shared sacred narrative of Scripture. What is God calling you to notice in this different season? Come (online) whatever weeks you can! Email Canon Cristi Chapman for the Zoom link, cchapman@saintmarks.org.

An Introduction to Sunday’s Hymns: June 14, 2020

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On Thursday, June 11, Associate Organist John Stunteback introduced the hymns to be sung during this coming Sunday's live-streamed service for June 14 at 11 a.m—The Second Sunday after Pentecost. This introduction was presented live on Facebook, and this week it was presented on the Pasi portative organ from Thomsen Chapel, due to renovation work in the choir loft.

The Hymns discussed are:

The God of Abraham Praise (401, stanzas 1, 4, & 5);
Come thou fount of every blessing (686);
My God, thy table now is spread (321);
Lord, you give the great commission (words of hymn #528, but sung to the tune Hyfrydol)

...with a few words about a very interesting organ .

Join us in the future on Thursdays at 4 p.m. for another live hymn chat! Just visit the cathedral's public Facebook page at the time of the broadcast—if you "follow" the cathedral on Facebook, you should receive a notification when we're live.

Intro to Sunday's Hymns: June 14, 2020

Associate organist John Stuntebeck introduces the hymns to be sung during this coming Sunday’s live-streamed worship from Saint Mark’s Seattle.

Posted by Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral on Thursday, June 11, 2020

Compline with the Seattle Service Corps

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THURSDAYS, JUNE 18, & 25, 7:15 P.M., via Zoom
Join Seattle Service Corps for Compline during their last month in residence on the cathedral campus. Everyone in the Saint Mark's community is welcome! This simple, grounding prayer service from the BCP takes no more than 15 minutes and will be led by corps members with light instrumental accompaniment. All the text and responses for the office are included in a slide-show broadcast through a Zoom link, available by emailing aconley@saintmarks.org.

Celebrating the Seattle Service Corps

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WEDNESDAY PARISH FORUM

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 7–8 P.M., via Zoom

This year's members of the Seattle Service Corps invite you to a Zoom Forum and Q&A as their program year draws to a close. Learn firsthand their individual and collective experiences of intentional community, what they’ve discovered about faith and service, and where they’re headed next. Discover what it’s been like to be the Saint Mark’s anchor community on campus during a stay-at-home pandemic, and what it’s been like to inhabit this challenging, powerful moment in history. Please e-mail The Rev. Canon Cristi Chapman at chapman@saintmarks.org for a Zoom link. Questions? E-mail SSC Director Adam Conley at aconley@saintmarks.org.

“Today Was A Good Day” — Watch Party with Director David Wild

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WEDNESDAY PARISH FORUM

WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, 7 p.m., via Zoom

Join with the broad Saint Mark’s community for a watch party of parishioner David Wild’s documentary film, Today Was A Good Day. This 40-minute film offers different perspectives on the day-to-day life of a caregiver, as seen through the eyes of three Southeastern Michigan residents who have taken on the many roles and responsibilities of caring for an aging parent. Afterwards, we’ll have a chance to hear David reflect on the film and discuss the caregiver experience, including for those with dementia. Register using the link below. Watch the trailer here. Contact Canon Daugherty with questions: jkdaugherty@saintmarks.org.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE SCREENING AND DISCUSSION.

An Introduction to Sunday’s Hymns: June 7, 2020

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On Thursday, June 4, Canon Michael Kleinschmidt introduced the hymns to be sung during this coming Sunday's live-streamed service for June 7 at 11 a.m—Trinity Sunday. This introduction was presented live on Facebook.

The Hymns discussed are:

I bind unto myself today (tune: St Patrick's Breastplate) - The Hymnal 1982 #370
Holy, holy holy! (tune: Nicaea) - The Hymnal 1982 #362
Sing praise to our Creator (tune: Christus des ist mein Leben) - The Hymnal 1982 #295

...with a bonus presentation of the fugue subjects of Sunday's postlude, the great "St. Anne Fugue" of J.S. Bach: the Triple Fugue in E Flat, BWV 552.

Join us in the future on Thursdays at 4 p.m. for another live hymn chat! Just visit the cathedral's public Facebook page at the time of the broadcast—if you "follow" the cathedral on Facebook, you should receive a notification when we're live.

Intro to Sunday's hymns: June 7, 2020

Canon Kleinschmidt introduces the hymns for Trinity Sunday, June 7, 2020.

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Seattle Multifaith Clergy Lament & Prayer for Racial Justice

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FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 12 NOON

This Friday, June 5, at noon, a group of Seattle clergy from many faith traditions will gather on the terrace and steps of St. James Cathedral to pray and observe eight minutes, 46 seconds of silence while the Cathedral’s funeral bell tolls. Rev. Dr. Kelle Brown, Lead Pastor, Plymouth Church, will speak and invite all to the time of silence. Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral will be represented at the event by Dean Steve Thomason. Learn more in Dean Thomason's message here. Participating clergy will wear face coverings and observe appropriate physical distancing. The brief service will be livestreamed at https://vimeo.com/425970811 and on St James Cathedral’s Facebook page: facebook.com/stjamesseattle/

NOTE: To comply with the recent directive regarding outdoor religious services, in-person attendance at this event must be strictly limited. Please DO NOT plan to attend this event in person.

UPDATE: A full video of the event may be seen below:

Confronting Racism—Working for Change: A list of resources and recommendations

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The Seattle Clergy Moment of Lament & Prayer for Racial Justice
was livestreamed Friday, June 5 at 12 noon. See video of the event below:

On May 22, 2019, The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, author of Radical Welcome and the Presiding Bishop's Canon for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Stewardship, visited the Diocese of Olympia and gave a presentation at Saint Mark's Cathedral titled "Becoming Beloved Community." A video of her presentation is below:
UPDATE 6/14: Click here to learn about the upcoming series of online presentations and discussion titled Taking Up Our Responsibility for Racial Justice, to be offered by Cathedral clergy in July and August.

What can I do? There are articles galore, lists galore, books galore – no dearth of resources and actions online and in publications. It’s not about you doing everything; it’s about all of us doing something.

You are encouraged to be willing to be uncomfortable, to read challenging works from sources you may not ordinarily seek out, and to be intentional in doing both the inner work and the active work in the world that we are called to as Christians: to strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being.

This list is not meant to be comprehensive, but provides examples of ways to get more involved in addressing racism and working for change.

The place every one of us can start is in ourselves, by honestly facing our cultural biases, both conscious and unconscious. A meme going around on social media says:

Here’s an example of how white privilege sounds: You keep saying, “It’s horrible that an innocent black man was killed, but destroying property has to stop.” Try saying, “It’s horrible that property is being destroyed, but killing innocent black men has to stop.” You’re prioritizing the wrong part.

Read Dean Thomason's recent statement on racism and violence here.

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Where to start?

  • Educate yourself.
  • Do your inner work.
  • Listen – and speak up.
  • Participate in and financially support organizations run by people of color.
  • Show up and volunteer. 

 


Do the ongoing work:

  • Call legislators and police departments, and write letters and emails. They do get counted!
  • Work for voting rights and voter registration in communities of color.
  • Speak up when you hear racist talk.
  • Listen when people of color speak, even if their message makes you uncomfortable.
  • Remember S.A.S. – STOP. ASK. STAY.  When you see a person of color being questioned or hassled: StopAsk "Are you okay?" — Stay and be a witness.
  • Show up in solidarity – not violence.
  • Do the inner work to face the cultural and inherited racism in yourself: read, listen, participate in workshops and programs on dismantling racism.
  • Follow the lead of people of color; join an organization run by people of color.
  • Support black-owned businesses. Here is one list: http://seattlerefined.com/lifestyle/support-black-owned-businesses-in-seattle

 


Books:

  • White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  • I’m still here by Austin Channing Brown
  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad
  • Disunity in Christ by Christena Cleveland

 


News:

 


Local Organizations:

Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle: urbanleague.org/volunteer

Black Lives Matter, Seattle Chapter: blacklivesseattle.org

Not This Time: www.notthistime.global  |  facebook.com/NotThisTimeAction

First AME Church of Seattle (African Methodist Episcopal): www.fameseattle.org

ACLU of Washington: https://www.aclu-wa.org/

Faith Action Network (FAN) of Washington: fanwa.org

NW Community Bail Fund: www.nwcombailfund.org/get-involved

Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County Bail Fund: blacklivesseattle.org/bail-fund/

Church Council of Greater Seattle: thechurchcouncil.org

Color of Change [national online organization]: colorofchange.org

 


Other lists of resources

Black Lives Matter: A Guide to Resistance Events, Black-Owned Restaurants, and Other Ways to Stand Against Racism in Seattle
The Stranger has published this excellent list of resources, references, and recommendations.

The Bureau of Fearless Ideas [pdf]
The Seattle branch of the Dave Eggers-founded writing nonprofit suggests accounts to follow, books by black authors, donation sites, direct action literature, and podcasts about race.

Seattle Rep’s Racial Justice Resources
Seattle Repertory Theatre has compiled links to local and national donation sites, memorial funds, petitions, and education material, plus numbers to call to demand justice for George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Tony McDade.

Resources from The Episcopal Church, including Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's recent Pentecost sermon, scriptures and liturgies for prayer and healing, and ways to participate in justice initiatives.

Anti-Racism Resources [google doc]
This list compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein includes tons of articles, videos, podcasts, books, films and TV, and other links “intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work.”

 


Resources for children and teens

A collective network of Episcopal formation leaders has put together a wonderful anti-racist reading list for students (bracketed by age) and parents. We love God by loving one another, and it's never too soon to talk to our children about the differences they see, and to practice love by dismantling racism. Let us know if you read them, and send us a quick review to share with other families

 

Talking Race With Young Children [podcast episode with links to additional resources]
Even babies notice differences like skin color, eye shape and hair texture. Here's how to handle conversations about race, racism, diversity and inclusion, even with very young children.
A list of 100(!) race-conscious things you can say to your child to advance racial justice.

Nikole Hannah-Jones' work on school choice and segregation

Scroll through the list of Hannah-Jones' publications and interviews to read her provocative work on inequalities in education
Explore the many fantastic (online) offerings for high school and junion-high students coming soon this summer, from this interfaith organization with longstanding ties to Saint Mark's.

What does Love Do? [pdf] A printable document for families from The Episcopal Church. Put it on your fridge, and be reminded throughout the day that love is the way!

Dean Thomason: Racial Violence and God’s Call to a “New Normal”

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Dear friends,

Our hearts singe once more with the excruciating pain of seeing a police officer in Minnesota use an established torture technique to subdue a black man under suspicion of an alleged crime. Other police officers were complicit in their participation. George Floyd died at their hands.

There has been much talk in recent weeks of constitutional rights, but Mr. Floyd was not afforded his in this moment which has catalyzed outrage and terror. Yes, terror, for there are fellow citizens of this nation who must live in fear of such heinous and deadly acts being perpetrated on them, too, and their sons and brothers. They live in terror because this is not an isolated event. This nation’s deep roots of racism have given rise to more than four centuries of such terror. It is no wonder that terror intermingled with grief from a pandemic has stirred the masses into a riotous furor.

“A riot is the language of the unheard.” So said Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who used his prophetic voice to call this nation to repent of its sin of racism, in 1968. That quote has become a soundbite in recent days, as it did four years ago in Baltimore, and eight years ago in Ferguson, and… and… and…

But in that same speech Dr. King went on to ask America — which is to say, he went on to ask you and me: “What is it America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the plight of the negro poor [sic] has worsened over the last twelve or fifteen years. It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity.”

The prophet’s voice singes our ears and our hearts a half century later, and his words are sadly as true now as they were then. Dr. King rejected violence as a means for societal change, and yet he understood the violent protests of the oppressed in relation to the violence and terror that racism has inflicted on a people for centuries.

Let’s be honest: we all want justice… for ourselves at least, but maybe not so much when it disturbs the status quo to which we have become accustomed. That is human nature, I suppose, but it comes with a heavy price for some as we organize our common life by a deeper logic that insists on inequity: insider/outsider; rich/poor; powerful/oppressed. Barak Obama reflected this week in the wake of George Floyd’s death that “it's natural to wish for life ‘to just get back to normal’ as a pandemic and economic crisis upend everything around us. But we have to remember that for millions of Americans, being treated differently on account of race is tragically, painfully, maddeningly ‘normal’ — whether it's while dealing with the health care system, or interacting with the criminal justice system, or jogging down the street, or just watching birds in a park.”

My friends, God is calling us to create a new normal in which justice will take a shape that extends well beyond a neighborhood in Minneapolis, and well beyond cries for retributive justice to be meted out. Yes, a police officer has been charged with murder; other police officers have been fired. We pray this day for the riots to revert to non-violent protest. And we pray that those voices may be heard, by us, by our leaders, and by all in this nation as we struggle to find a new way, a different way of being part of that “inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.

God’s relentless call to us is about working for a new creation in which the even deeper logic is abundant life for all. A “new normal,” if you will. As we renew our Baptismal Covenant tomorrow on the occasion of Pentecost, may we form the words on our lips and on our hearts: “I will, with God’s help.”

Your Brother in Christ,

The Very Reverend Steven L. Thomason

Dean and Rector

National Day of Mourning and Lament

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Monday, June 1. Special service of Evening Prayer: 6:30 p.m., via Zoom

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has joined with over one hundred other faith leaders—from Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions representing major denominations, national faith-based organizations, local congregations, and millions of people of faith across the country—in calling for a National Day of Mourning and Lament to grieve and honor the over 100,000 people in the U.S. who have now died from COVID-19. This call is being supported by the U.S. Conference of Mayors who represent over 1,400 mayors across the country. Please view the video below to learn more about this event.

On Monday, June 1, at 6:30 p.m., Saint Mark’s service of Daily Evening Prayer online will be focused on this special observance. Dean Thomason will lead the prayers. All are welcome.

Contact Sacristan Michael Seewer, mseewer@saintmarks.org, if you do not already have the Evening Prayer Zoom link.

An Introduction to Sunday’s Hymns: May 31, 2020

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On Thursday, May 28, Associate Organist John Stunteback introduced the hymns to be sung during this coming Sunday's live-streamed service for May 31 at 11 a.m—The Feast of Pentecost. This introduction was presented live on Facebook.

The Hymns discussed are:

Hail thee Festival day! (tune: Salva festa dies) - The Hymnal 1982 #225
Loving Spirit (tune: Omni die) - Wonder Love & Praise #742
Holy Spirit, ever living (tune: Abbot's Leigh) - The Hymnal 1982 #511

...with a bonus presentation of the tunes on which the Sunday's organ voluntaries are based: The Lutheran chorale Komm heiliger Geist, Herre Gott (the basis of the Buxtehude prelude), and the plainsong hymn Veni Creator Spiritus (the basis of the Bédard postlude).

Join us in the future on Thursdays at 4 p.m. for another live hymn chat! Just visit the cathedral's public Facebook page at the time of the broadcast—if you "follow" the cathedral on Facebook, you should receive a notification when we're live.

Intro to Sunday's Hymns: May 31, 2020

John Stuntebeck presents the hymns that will be sung at the liturgy for the feast of Pentecost, May 31, 2020, at Saint Mark’s, Seattle.

Posted by Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral on Thursday, May 28, 2020

Women Clergy at Saint Mark’s Panel Discussion Video

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Women Clergy at Saint Mark's: Celebrating 35 Years and Counting

On Sunday, May 24, The Rev. Canon Jennifer King Daugherty moderated a panel discussion with three women priests who served at Saint Mark's, Seattle, in three different decades: The Rev. Carla Berkedal Pryne, the first woman priest at Saint Mark's, who served in the 1980s, The Rev. Kate Kinney, who served in the 1990s, and The Rev. Sue Reid, who served in the 2000s.

Posted by Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral on Tuesday, May 26, 2020

On Sunday, May 24, The Rev. Canon Jennifer King Daugherty moderated a panel discussion with three women priests who served at Saint Mark's, Seattle, in three different decades: The Rev. Carla Berkedal Pryne, the first woman priest at Saint Mark's, who served in the 1980s, The Rev. Kate Kinney, who served in the 1990s, and The Rev. Sue Reid, who served in the 2000s.

Heritage Sunday Slide Show

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Thank you to everyone who submitted photographs for the Heritage Sunday Slideshow, shown immediately before the livestreamed liturgy on May 24, 2020.

Please note: The photograph at 5:50 depicting the Saint Mark's Habitat for Humanity Team was not, as the caption says, taken in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. It was taken several years earlier at a work site in South Seattle.

Preparing for Pentecost from Home

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The Feast of Pentecost is upon us!

On May 31, the Church observes the Feast of Pentecost. It is a great feast, a grand day, and one full of joy and anticipation! 

While social distancing may change the look of some of our celebrations, nothing can stop the Holy Spirit from transforming our lives and the life of the Church. This year, there are lots of ways to catch that Pentecost Spirit at Saint Mark’s! Read on for some suggestions... As always, engage with any or all of these practices as you wish or are able. You are very much encouraged to make them your own, adapting them as makes sense in your life and your circumstances right now. And please contact the cathedral, in whatever way is convenient for you, to share your feelings and experiences.

What is Pentecost?

Pentecost is one of the Major Feasts of the church year. We celebrate and give thanks for the gift of the Holy Spirit, we remember how God speaks to humanity through every human language, we renew our Baptismal vows, and we mark "the birthday of the Church"—the moment when the small band of confused disciples became, through the grace of God, the kernel of global movement to transform the world. Pentecost is also an inflection point in the rhythm of our liturgical year, marking the end of our 50-day celebration of Easter and the turn towards the "long green growing season" of the so-called "Ordinary Time" of the summer.

1. Preparing your home altar before next Sunday

First, prepare your home altar home altar for this new season. You might redress it colors fitting of the day—reds, oranges, yellows—and consider placing symbols of Baptism and the Holy Spirit. Include something that reminds you of your own baptism like or other symbols for the promises made at baptism, such as your baptismal certificate, a Bible, BCP, bread, or prayer beads. A candle brings to mind the flames of the Spirit—and if you happen to have the candle presented to you at your Baptism available, bring it out! Other images of the Holy Spirit include: birds, wind, water, oil, fruit, and more. A cross and flowers are always appropriate adornments. Think creatively about how the Divine Spirit might best be represented to you! In addition, place a small bowl of water and a fragrant branch of your favorite herb to be used during the Sunday liturgy. Please take a picture of your Pentecost altar and share it for the community to see, either on Facebook or by emailing them to info@saintmarks.org.

2. Prayerfully reflect on the Baptismal Covenant  

The promises we made (or were made on our behalf) at our Baptism, and which we renew at each Baptismal liturgy during the year, articulate the core of what it means to follow Christ. Before the Pentecost celebration, you are invited to take a moment to read through them—they may be found in our Book of Common Prayer, p. 304, or at this link. What is one promise you feel called to practice with intention at this moment? Write it down; then on Sunday place that note on your altar during the Offertory.

During the week leading up to Pentecost, keep an eye out for more videos and ideas, here on the cathedral website or on social media. (UPDATE 5/28: Check out Dean Steve's video reflection, featuring voices from the community.)

3. Participate from home on Sunday morning 

For many years, people of Saint Mark's have enjoyed wearing red to church on Pentecost—particularly for the sake of seeing the whole congregation in red. Put on your favorite red outfit before the service begins, and, if you are so inclined, take a picture and send it in to the cathedral——either on Facebook or sent to info@saintmarks.org. We'll put the photos we receive together into a collage.

Join the livestream a few minutes early (about 10:45 a.m.) for another special slide show. The Holy Eucharist with Renewal of Baptismal Vows begins at 11 a.m. Have your water and herbs ready to use during the service. The service will contain some special elements. Listen with care to the readings, and offer your voice along so many others as we sing and pray and give thanks to God!

4. On Sunday afternoon, take your celebration outdoors 

For many years, a Pentecost tradition at Saint Mark's has been, following the Sunday service, to "run, ride, or roll" around Green Lake, wearing festive red clothes and with bikes and scooters festooned with red ribbons and streamers. The event would conclude with root beer floats. This type of celebration is not possible at this time, but why not recreate it in miniature, alone or with your household? Decorate your favorite mode of transport and take your celebrations outside! Ride, run, or stroll through your neighborhood. Decorate your yard or balcony. Notice the feel of the wind and the sun. Enjoy festive cake and floats. How might you give thanks to the Living God in new ways that reflect how God is moving in your life? And don't forget to take pictures and share them on Facebook or email them to info@saintmarks.org.

Above: The 2016 Pentecost Run, Ride, & Roll

Come Holy Spirit, and renew the face of your Church!

An Introduction to Sunday’s Hymns: May 24, 2020

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On Thursday, May 21, Canon Kleinschmidt introduced the hymns to be sung during this coming Sunday's live-streamed service for May 10 at 11 a.m—The Seventh Sunday of Easter, The Sunday after the Ascension, AND, at Saint Mark's, Heritage Sunday. This introduction was presented live on Facebook.

Join us in the future on Thursdays at 4 p.m. for another live hymn chat! Just visit the cathedral's public Facebook page at the time of the broadcast—if you "follow" the cathedral on Facebook, you should receive a notification when we're live.

Intro to Sunday's Hymns: May 24, 2020

Canon Kleinschmidt introduces the hymns for the live-streamed liturgy on May 24, 2020 from Saint Mark’s, Seattle — when we will observe The Seventh Sunday of Easter, The Sunday after the Ascension, AND Saint Mark's Heritage Sunday.

Posted by Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral on Thursday, May 21, 2020

An Introduction to Sunday’s Hymns: May 17, 2020

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On Thursday, May 14, Associate Organist John Stuntebeck (standing in for a stay-cationing Canon Kleinschmidt) introduced the hymns to be sung during this coming Sunday's live-streamed service for The Sixth Sunday of Easter, on May 17 at 11 a.m. This introduction was presented live on Facebook.

Join us in the future on Thursdays at 4 p.m. for another live hymn chat! Just visit the cathedral's public Facebook page at the time of the broadcast—if you "follow" the cathedral on Facebook, you should receive a notification when we're live.

Intro to Sunday's Hymns: May 17, 2020

Associate Organist John Stuntebeck introduces the hymns for the Sixth Sunday of Easter at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, Seattle.

Posted by Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral on Thursday, May 14, 2020
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