Compline on the Second Sunday of Easter, 2021

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Compline on The Second Sunday of Easter | April 11, 2021, 9:30 p.m.

See the Order of Service in Eastertide here. Each week's repertoire can be found here.

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If you watch and enjoy our live-streamed or archived services, please consider making a donation in support of the mission and ministry of this cathedral. You may make a contribution online at saintmarks.org/give (link opens in new tab). You may also donate using the Venmo mobile app from your smartphone (search for @SaintMarksCathedralSeattle ) Thank you for your generosity.

UPDATED! Jesus and the Disinherited—Community Lenten Book Study

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Canon Walter Brownridge leads Q&A and concluding reflections 

SUNDAY, APRIL 11, 12:30-2 P.M., via Zoom. Register at this link

 


Introductory presentation by Canon Brownridge occurred SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1-2 P.M., via Zoom. See video below. 

Community discussion with small breakout groups occurred WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 6:30-8 P.M.

Gather via Zoom on February 28 at 1 p.m. with Saint Mark’s Theologian-in-Residence, The Rev. Canon Walter Brownridge, for an introduction to acclaimed African-American religious leader and theologian Howard Thurman’s legacy (watch here or above). Canon Brownridge’s presentation leads off an invitation to read for Lent Thurman’s foundational work Jesus and the Disinherited, exploring the Gospel as a manual of resistance for the poor and disenfranchised. (You may recall that Canon Brownridge discussed Thurman in his sermon of January 17.) We will follow up on March 24 for an online discussion of the book together with Saint Mark’s clergy at 6:30–8 p.m.

Howard Thurman was a pastor, teacher, preacher, writer, and mystic. He played a guiding role in many social justice movements and organizations of the twentieth century. His writings formed the spiritual foundation for the modern, nonviolent civil rights movement and he was a key mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In Jesus and the Disinherited, Thurman interprets the teachings of Jesus through the experience of the oppressed and discusses nonviolent responses to oppression.

Register for the concluding discussion on March 24 at this link. Questions? Contact Canon Jennifer Daugherty at jkdaugherty@saintmarks.org.

Radix 5: Spring 2021—New Groups Now Forming

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New Radix Small Groups forming in April—All are welcome to register!

The theme for this six-week series is Centering Women’s Voices, and draws on the inspiring stories of six women from Scripture as they speak their wisdom into our lives today.


OPENING PLENARY: SUNDAY, APRIL 25, 7 P.M. via Zoom. Register for the plenary here

GROUPS MEET: STARTING THE WEEK OF APRIL26. Sign up using this link. Deadline to register: April 20.

In January of 2020 the cathedral launched The Radix Project: Small Groups/Deep Roots. Since then more than 250 people have participated in small groups, meeting weekly for six weeks to share their stories, reflect on Holy Scripture and sacred art, and pray for one another with intention. This offering lent itself perfectly to the transition to an online-only offering when the pandemic happened, and this next six-week iteration will also take place via Zoom. New groups are formed for each series, and you are encouraged to sign up whether or not you have participated in the past.

More information is available on the Radix Project webpage, where material from previous iterations of the Radix Project are now posted, and where materials for the upcoming series will be posted as they become available. There is no fee to participate, but pre-registration is required.

Sign up using this link.

DEEPER DIVE: The Meaning of Sacrifice with Dean Thomason

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DEEPER DIVE

A New Saint Mark’s program exploring the Church, faith, and spirituality

THIRD SUNDAY OF THE MONTH VIA ZOOM: APRIL 18, MAY 16, JUNE 20, 12:30–2 P.M.

 


APRIL 18: The Meaning of Sacrifice with Dean Steve Thomason

Mark your calendars and join Cathedral clergy via Zoom for a DEEPER DIVE into the ways the Episcopal Church worships, the way we practice and grow in faith, and the ways we experience and evolve in Spirit – with time for learning, questions, and discussion together. Dean Steve Thomason leads a discussion on April 18 exploring the meaning of sacrifice, both historically and in our own lives. Interested in reading some background ahead of time? The Dean recommends these two articles: God Does Not Demand Blood: the Cross and Divine Charity by Daniel M. Bell, Jr. and Scapegoating and the Cross by Richard Rohr (click the titles to download a pdf).

Register here for April 18.


Future offerings in the Series

  • MAY 16: Breath of God: The Holy Spirit with Canon Nancy Ross
  • JUNE 20: Jesus through the Centuries (drawing on the book by Jaroslav Pelikan), with Canon Jennifer Daugherty

Compline on Easter Sunday, 2021

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Compline on Easter Sunday | April 4, 2021, 9:30 p.m.

See the Order of Service in Eastertide here. Each week's repertoire can be found here.

Support the Mission and Ministry of Saint Mark's Cathedral

If you watch and enjoy our live-streamed or archived services, please consider making a donation in support of the mission and ministry of this cathedral. You may make a contribution online at saintmarks.org/give (link opens in new tab). You may also donate using the Venmo mobile app from your smartphone (search for @SaintMarksCathedralSeattle ) Thank you for your generosity.

Holy Eucharist with Prayer for Healing | Tuesday in Holy Week, March 30, 2021

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Holy Eucharist with Prayers for Healing • Tuesday in Holy Week, March 30, 7 p.m.

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Support the Mission and Ministry of Saint Mark's Cathedral

If you watch and enjoy our live-streamed or archived services, please consider making a donation in support of the mission and ministry of this cathedral.

You may also donate using the Venmo mobile app from your smartphone (search for @SaintMarksCathedralSeattle ) Thank you for your generosity.

  • The weekly cathedral newsletter contains important announcements, offerings, and events. Click here to add yourself to cathedral emails lists.
  • Virtual Coffee Hour: Immediately following the Sunday morning service, everyone is welcome to gather in a Virtual Coffee Hour over Zoom. Join using this link.
  • Monthly Newcomers Coffee (first Sunday of every month only): Immediately following the Sunday morning service, come meet people and ask questions at a special virtual coffee hour with clergy over Zoom. Join using this link. Please note: There will be no newcomers' coffee on Palm Sunday, March 28, OR Easter Sunday, April 4. The next offering will be Sunday, May 2. 
  • If you experience any problems with the video player on this page, you may wish to try joining the simultaneous stream on Facebook instead.

Contemplative Eucharist for Monday in Holy Week | March 29, 2021, 7 p.m.

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Contemplative Eucharist for Monday in Holy Week • March 29, 7 p.m.

Service Leaflet

Support the Mission and Ministry of Saint Mark's Cathedral

If you watch and enjoy our live-streamed or archived services, please consider making a donation in support of the mission and ministry of this cathedral.

You may also donate using the Venmo mobile app from your smartphone (search for @SaintMarksCathedralSeattle ) Thank you for your generosity.

  • The weekly cathedral newsletter contains important announcements, offerings, and events. Click here to add yourself to cathedral emails lists.
  • Virtual Coffee Hour: Immediately following the Sunday morning service, everyone is welcome to gather in a Virtual Coffee Hour over Zoom. Join using this link.
  • Monthly Newcomers Coffee (first Sunday of every month only): Immediately following the Sunday morning service, come meet people and ask questions at a special virtual coffee hour with clergy over Zoom. Join using this link. Please note: There will be no newcomers' coffee on Palm Sunday, March 28, OR Easter Sunday, April 4. The next offering will be Sunday, May 2. 
  • If you experience any problems with the video player on this page, you may wish to try joining the simultaneous stream on Facebook instead.

Compline on Palm Sunday, 2021

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Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021, 9:30 p.m. • The Office of Compline

See the Order of Service in Lent here. Each week's repertoire can be found here.

Support the Mission and Ministry of Saint Mark's Cathedral

If you watch and enjoy our live-streamed or archived services, please consider making a donation in support of the mission and ministry of this cathedral. You may make a contribution online at saintmarks.org/give (link opens in new tab). You may also donate using the Venmo mobile app from your smartphone (search for @SaintMarksCathedralSeattle ) Thank you for your generosity.

Music Series: Quartet for the End of Time | March 28, 2021

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Altar of Repose: Night Watch via Livestream

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As we did last for the first time last year, the Night Watch at the Altar of Repose will once again be offered via livestream. (There will be no in-person attendance.) This virtual Night Watch begins on the usual livestream page as soon as the Maundy Thursday liturgy concludes, and continues until sunrise on Good Friday. As Jesus asked his disciples in the garden of Gethsemane, "Could you not stay awake with me one hour?" all are invited to spend some time in prayer and stillness at home before the consecrated bread and wine of the Eucharist, streaming live from the nave all night. Spend the time in whatever way feels meaningful to you: meditating, reading scripture or poetry, journaling, knitting or just sitting in silence.

If you wish, you can sign up so we know who will be keeping watch online, but this is not required. Sign up using this form.

Questions? Email Sacristan Michael Seewer, mseewer@saintmarks.org.

Introduction to Hymns of the Triduum, April 1, 2, & 3, 2021

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On Thursday, March 25, Canon Michael Kleinschmidt presented this week's Hymn introduction. Rather than repeat the presentation about Palm Sunday's hymns, which were covered last year, Canon Kleinschmidt discusses four hymns from the liturgies of the Triduum. This introduction was presented live on Facebook. The hymns discussed are:

  • "Three holy days enfold us now" [WLP #733, but sung to the tune Rockingham]
  • "Now, my tongue the mystery telling" [Hymn #329]
  • "O sacred Head, sore wounded," sung to David Hurd's exquisite tune Redding [WLP #735].
  • "Now the green blade riseth" [Hymn #204]

There will be no hymn introduction next week (Holy Thursday). Tune in again on April 8 at 4 p.m. on the cathedral's Facebook page for the next installment.

Compline on the Fifth Sunday in Lent, 2021

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Sunday, March 21, 2021, 9:30 p.m. • The Office of Compline

See the Order of Service in Lent here. Each week's repertoire can be found here.

Support the Mission and Ministry of Saint Mark's Cathedral

If you watch and enjoy our live-streamed or archived services, please consider making a donation in support of the mission and ministry of this cathedral. You may make a contribution online at saintmarks.org/give (link opens in new tab). You may also donate using the Venmo mobile app from your smartphone (search for @SaintMarksCathedralSeattle ) Thank you for your generosity.

Vaccination Navigators for Cathedral Community Members

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Many people in the Saint Mark’s community are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination, and the improving availability of the vaccines offers hope that everyone who wishes to be vaccinated soon can be. Securing an appointment, however, can sometimes be complicated and frustrating. If you are eligible but are having difficulty with the sign-up process, parishioners Beatrix and Greg Hamm have offered to help folks navigate the system to get an appointment. If you would like to seek their help, please send an email to Erik Donner, edonner@saintmarks.org, or one of the clergy, and the connection will be made. Thanks.

REPORT: Sanctuary Event at Saint Mark’s

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On Wednesday, March 17, Saint Mark's was the location for a gathering of faith communities, activists, family, and friends celebrating the reuniting of Jose Robles with his family after 20 months of detention at the Northwest Detention Center. Prior to entering detention, Jose lived for a year in Sanctuary in Gethsemane Lutheran Church in downtown Seattle. This gathering also marked Jaime Rubio’s upcoming two-year anniversary of being in sanctuary at Saint Mark’s, as he continues to work toward a legal remedy.

This event was covered by local media, including KIRO-7 (story includes video) and KUOW (audio available).

Wednesday's event was co-hosted by Saint Mark's, Gethsemane Lutheran, and the Church Council of Greater Seattle. Some photographs from the event, and a complete video may be seen below.

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“Holy Week at Home” Packets for Families with Elementary Age Children

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Calling all families with elementary school children! Saint Mark’s faith formation leaders are preparing packets for you to observe Holy Week at home while staying connected to the broader community. We’ll drop off your packet between April 25 and 27, or will mail it to you if you are at a longer distance. We want to be sure to include all families with younger children—please send a note to Canon Jennifer with your name, address, and names of children at jkdaugherty@saintmarks.org. We’ll let you know when to expect your Holy Week delivery!

Introduction to Sunday’s Hymns: March 21, 2021

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On Thursday, March 18, Canon Michael Kleinschmit introduced the hymns that will be sung at the 11 a.m. livestreamed and in-person service of Holy Eucharist this coming Sunday, March 21, 2021, the Fifth Sunday in Lent. This introduction was presented live on Facebook. The hymns discussed are:

  • "When Christ was lifted from the earth" [Hymn #603]
  • "Lift high the cross!" [Hymn #473]
  • "O wheat, whose crushing was for bread" [WLP #760].

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.

A Message from Dean Thomason—Hate Crimes Against Asian Americans

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Dean Thomason sent an email message to the community on Thursday morning, March 18, regarding hate crimes against Asian Americans—not just in Georgia, but also in our own city, our own neighborhoods, and our own community.

Dear friends,

The news out of Atlanta over the last 36 hours has been a swirl of tragedy, horror, and a distressing series of comments by police that seek to point anywhere but to the fact that these murders were racially motivated. Sex addiction, mental illness, human trafficking, random gun violence—these are threads woven into the news cycle for reasons yet unclear to me—perhaps meant to humanize the alleged perpetrator (we must ask then, for what purpose?), or perhaps police are striving to avoid stoking the embers of racial protests Atlanta saw last summer.

Whatever the motives, and whatever other “isms” may be involved in this mass murder, it is evident that these were racially motivated hate crimes targeting Asian women. What’s more, I have heard from Asian Americans in the Saint Mark’s community in the last 24 hours expressing a real fear for their lack of safety in this time—and yes, in this place…in Seattle where we have heard accounts of violence against Asian Americans precipitated by an insidious xenophobia seeking to lay blame for a viral pandemic. This is not an issue for a city in the Deep South—it is an epidemic that has swept the nation, and lurks in our midst as well—right here, right now.

The Vestry of this Cathedral is on record as denouncing white nationalism which I believe is at the heart of all this hatred and the violence that flows from it. I write this morning, not primarily to comment on the hate crimes in Atlanta (horrific as they are), but to draw on whatever emotional response you may have in this moment in the wake of those murders, and say to you: we have work to do HERE, in Seattle, and at Saint Mark’s.

An estimated ten percent of the Saint Mark’s community are Asian Americans; 14% of Seattle’s population is Asian. It is not okay that they do not feel safe. It is not okay that they feel the need to watch over their shoulder when they go to the grocery store, or to work…or to church. The collective trauma of decades of disrespect, injustice, and racial violence takes its toll, and I wonder how we might awaken to the haunts of racism, not just as a systemic blight on our society, but also really face racism as the very real weight some in our midst must carry relentlessly while others of us do not.

Do we care enough to make it personal?

Here on the eve of Holy Week, I’m mindful that Jesus says, if we are to follow him, it must be personal. What is our response, beyond horror or outrage for a few days before returning to our routines? What is our response collectively as a faith community? What will you do personally?

 

Your Brother in Christ,

 

The Very Reverend Steven L. Thomason
Dean and Rector

Compline on the Fourth Sunday in Lent, 2021

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Sunday, March 14, 2021, 9:30 p.m. • The Office of Compline

See the Order of Service in Lent here. Each week's repertoire can be found here.

Support the Mission and Ministry of Saint Mark's Cathedral

If you watch and enjoy our live-streamed or archived services, please consider making a donation in support of the mission and ministry of this cathedral. You may make a contribution online at saintmarks.org/give (link opens in new tab). You may also donate using the Venmo mobile app from your smartphone (search for @SaintMarksCathedralSeattle ) Thank you for your generosity.

Seattle Service Corps Newsletter #1

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Check out the first newsletter created by the members of the Seattle Service Corps! In their words:

In this newsletter, you will find stories, musings, and lessons gained from our experiences in Seattle, introductions to a few of our corps member’s service placements, as well as one of our favorite recipes we’ve made for our community meals. We hope you enjoy it!

Click in the lower right of the reader below to read the report full-screen.

Click here to download a pdf.

A Video Message from Dean Thomason: In-person Worship Resumes

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In this brief video Dean Thomason talks to us about the “how” and "why" of the good news that Saint Mark’s resumes in-person worship, beginning Sunday, March 21, 2021.

Details are on our Reopening Planning page: saintmarks.org/reopening.

UPDATE: Beginning Sunday, April 11, the procedure for distributing Holy Communion will be modified from what is described in this video (around the 5' mark). Priests will place the bread directly into worshippers' hands. You will still be asked to return to your seat before removing your mask to eat.

Important details:

  • All in-person services require pre-registration.
  • Registration opens at 9:00 a.m. six days ahead of any service (so registration for a Sunday is the preceding Monday at 9:00 a.m.).
  • Of course, livestream worship will continue for all services!

Several (but not all) Holy Week services will include an in-person congregation: Tenebrae on March 31; Maundy Thursday on April 1; and two services on Good Friday—noon or 7 p.m. Again, registration for each opens at 9 a.m. six days in advance. (Holy Week Monday and Tuesday are online-only via Zoom.)

Please note that, for Saturday’s Easter Vigil, only those being baptized or confirmed, along with their sponsors and families, will serve as the in-person congregation.

On Easter Sunday we are pleased to offer three services which will include in-person attendance:

  • an outdoor Sunrise Service at 7 a.m.
  • 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the nave.

Introduction to Sunday’s Hymns: March 14, 2021

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On Thursday, March 11, Associate organist John Stuntenbeck introduced the hymns that will be sung at the morning service of Holy Eucharist this coming Sunday, March 14, 2021, the Fourth Sunday in Lent, at Saint Mark's Cathedral, Seattle. This introduction was presented live on Facebook. The hymns discussed are:

  • "Come, thou fount of every blessing" [Hymn #686]
  • "Deck thyself, my soul, with gladness" [Hymn #339]
  • "Guide me, O thou great Jehovah" [Hymn #690].:

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.

Easter Memorials & Thanksgivings, 2021

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Help underwrite the beautiful flowers and music of Easter by making a special contribution in honor or memory of someone. Simply fill out the form below, and then make a gift in any amount using the method that is most convenient for you. (Information about payment can be found at the bottom of the form.)

Names submitted by Palm Sunday—March 28, 2021—will be included in the service bulletins for Easter Day.

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Compline on the Third Sunday in Lent, 2021

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Sunday, March 7, 2021, 9:30 p.m. • The Office of Compline

See the Order of Service in Lent here. Each week's repertoire can be found here.

Support the Mission and Ministry of Saint Mark's Cathedral

If you watch and enjoy our live-streamed or archived services, please consider making a donation in support of the mission and ministry of this cathedral. You may make a contribution online at saintmarks.org/give (link opens in new tab). You may also donate using the Venmo mobile app from your smartphone (search for @SaintMarksCathedralSeattle ) Thank you for your generosity.

Postal Fellowship: Letter Exchange During Lent

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There is something about writing and receiving a handwritten note that can be central to our wellbeing in connecting with others. Join the 20s/30s Group for “Postal Fellowship” as an opportunity to pause, reflect, and connect with each other in handwritten correspondence during the weeks of March 22 and March 29.

Share your letter writing, card decorating, stamp selection, envelope art or postcard style with another 20s/30s member. Suggested writing prompts will include themes of “Release” (Week 1) and “Renewal” (Week 2). If you are interested in participating, then please complete this form by March 15 to get your “match” and additional instructions.

Questions? Email Seyi Akanni (seyi.akanni@gmail.com).

 

Personal Prayer Time in the Nave for Lent

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SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 4-6 P.M.

MONDAY, MARCH 22, 6-7 P.M.

PALM SUNDAY, MARCH 28, 12:30-1:30 P.M.

GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 1-2 P.M.

 

Come to the cathedral nave for a moment of quiet, prayerful reflection during Lent. Several times have been set aside to welcome parishioners to the nave for socially-distanced individual prayer. There is no need to register. Come to the Hoerster Annex entrance (southwest corner of cathedral) where you will be greeted and asked to sign a health waiver. Then you will proceed to the nave for your time of prayer. Total occupancy will be limited. Contact Canon Jennifer, jkdaugherty@saintmarks.org with any questions.

The 20s/30s Group is focusing on March 14 and March 22, but all are welcome at all scheduled times.

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