Introduction to Sunday’s Hymns: July 12, 2020

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On Thursday, July 9, Associate Organist John Stuntebeck introduced the hymns to be sung during this coming Sunday's live-streamed service for July 12 at 11 a.m—The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost. This introduction was presented live on Facebook.

The Hymns discussed are:

“O day of radiant gladness” (Hymn #48, tune: Es flog ein kleins Waldvögelein)
“Almighty God, your word is cast” (Hymn #588, but sung to the tune of #529, McKee)
“There is a balm in Gilead” (Hymn #676)
Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend (Hymn #3)

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 12, 2020

Associate Organist John Stuntebeck introduces the hymns to be sung Sunday morning, July 12, 2020, the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, at Saint Mark's Cathedral, Seattle. Hymn discussed include: “O day of radiant gladness” (Hymn #48); “Almighty God, your word is cast” (Hymn #588, but sung to the tune of #529, McKee), “There is a balm in Gilead” (Hymn #676); Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend (Hymn #3).

Posted by Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral on Thursday, July 9, 2020

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

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

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

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

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.

Posted by Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral on Thursday, June 4, 2020

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.

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

Storytelling and the Bible: An Interview with The Rev. Earl Grout

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Spend some time with The Rev. Canon Cristi Chapman and The Rev. Earl Grout, and hear how Earl approaches the reading of the Gospel, the stories of the Bible, and the way we tell our stories as people of faith! Earl also shares a few of his favorite Bible stories.

What are your favorite bible stories?  Post in the comments below.

An Introduction to Sunday’s Hymns: May 10, 2020

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On Thursday, May 7, Canon Kleinschmidt introduced the hymns to be sung during this coming Sunday's live-streamed service for The Fifth Sunday of Easter, on May 10 at 11 a.m—the Sunday of "The Way, the Truth, and the Life." 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 10, 2020

Canon Kleinschmidt introduces the hymns to be sung at the livestreamed 11 a.m. Sunday worship service on May 10, 2020. The Gospel appointed for Sunday is "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life."

Posted by Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral on Thursday, May 7, 2020

Trying Times: Stress, Anxiety, Depression and Grief—How to Tell the Difference

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A Webinar with Shelley Mackaman, PhD, and Wayne Duncan, PhD

SUNDAY, MAY 24, 2020, 3 P.M., via Zoom 

Documents for this event:


A complete video of the webinar is available below:

Do you find yourself fretting or anxious about reopening? Are your children stressed with the challenges of virtual school? Are you struggling to balance all the aspects of life now converging in your home life? We are all facing new pressures in light of this pandemic and the lack of certainty about so many things. Dr. Shelley Mackaman (clinical psychologist in Kirkland with emphasis in Child Development and Family Psychology) and Dr. Wayne Duncan (Child and Adolescent Psychologist in Seattle) are both active members of Saint Mark’s Cathedral and will offer timely and important information for people of all ages. Dean Steve Thomason will moderate the webinar. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. The webinar is free but advance registration is required. Click here to register now.


About the presenters

Shelley Mackaman has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Child Development and Family Psychology.  After working and training in a variety of settings from urban pediatric hospitals to rural mental health centers, she is now in private practice in Redmond, Washington and is the staff psychologist at an integrated care clinic in Kirkland, Washington.

Wayne Duncan is a child and adolescent clinical psychologist in Seattle. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota and completed his clinical internship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. He consults frequently with families around learning and school issues.

An Introduction to Sunday’s Hymns: May 3, 2020, “Good Shepherd Sunday”

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On Thursday, April 30, Canon Kleinschmidt introduced the hymns to be sung during this coming Sunday's live-streamed service for The Fourth Sunday of Easter, on May 3 at 11 a.m—"Good Shepherd 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 3, 2020

Canon Kleinschmidt’s introduction to the hymns for the Fourth Sunday of Easter ("Good Shepherd Sunday") at Saint Mark’s Seattle

Posted by Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral on Thursday, April 30, 2020

An Introduction to Sunday’s Hymns: April 26, 2020, The Third Sunday of Easter

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On Thursday, April 23, Canon Kleinschmidt introduced the hymns to be sung during this coming Sunday's live-streamed service for The Third Sunday of Easter, on April 26 at 11 a.m. This introduction was present live on Facebook.

Join us in the future on Thursdays at 4 p.m. for another live hymn chat! Simple introducing the hymns for The Second Sunday of Easter. 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: April 26, 2020

Canon Kleinschmidt’s intro to the hymns for the Third Sunday of Easter at Saint Mark’s Seattle

Posted by Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral on Thursday, April 23, 2020

An Introduction to Palm Sunday Hymns: April 5, 2020

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On Thursday, April 2, Canon Kleinschmidt introduced the hymns to be sung during this coming Sunday's live-streamed service for Palm Sunday, on April 5 at 11 a.m., live using Facebook.

Join us on Facebook in two weeks Thursday, April 16 2, 2020, at 4 p.m. for another live hymn chat introducing the hymns for The Second Sunday of Easter.

Intro to Sunday's Hymns: April 5, 2020

Canon Michael Kleinschmidt introduces the hymns that will be sung at the Palm Sunday liturgy from Saint Mark’s Seattle, April 5, 2020, at 11 a.m.

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

Making your Home Altar

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We are about to enter a Holy Week like none other any of us have ever experienced. We are all anxious to feel the joy of the Feast of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday, but it is a core part of our tradition that we must, with intention, walk through the Holy Week observances of Passion and death in order to reach our Easter celebration.
As has been announced, Saint Mark's Cathedral will be livestreaming services from the cathedral nave throughout Holy Week. In addition, in order that we might all more fully engage with the Holy Week journey, we will all be invited into various activities and practices in our own homes that will integrate with the liturgies offered through the livestream. You may participate in these activities whether you are home alone, with a partner, or with your family.
The first of these is the home altar. In the video below, Dean Steve Thomason, Choir School Director Rebekah Gilmore, and Associate for Spiritual Formation Kelly Moody of Saint Mark's Children's and Families Ministries introduce the idea of a home altar, and show what their families have created.
You will be invited to engage with your home altar in specific ways during the Maundy Thursday and Good Friday observances in particular. As it says in the video, please send in images or other reports on what you have created for yourself.

A Special Video for Choir Members

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The music program at Saint Mark's Seattle, somewhat famously, involves seven different choirs (Saint Mark's Singers, Cathedral Choir, Evensong Choir, Compline Choir, Junior Choristers, Senior Choristers, and Schola). During this time when choirs are neither singing for liturgies nor meeting weekly to rehearse, choir members are feeling separation and absence acutely.

Canon Kleinschmidt and Choir School Director Rebekah Gilmore made the following video to recreate the warm-ups which begin all choir rehearsals, when singers prepare our voices and our bodies for the work to come. At Saint Mark's, the children and adult choirs share many of the same warm-up exercises! The exercises included in the video are beloved by 5-year-old junior choristers and 50-year veterans of the Cathedral Choir alike.

Table Grace for Your Wednesday Night Supper

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Every Wednesday night the community of Saint Mark's has been invited to join together for a meal in Bloedel Hall. That meal always begins with the table grace sung by the choristers of the Choir School and all the parishioners who are attending. During this time of isolation, if you would like to begin your Wednesday night meal in the same way, Canon Keinschmidt offers this video >

Be present at our table Lord;
Be here and everywhere adored.
These mercies bless and grant that we
May strengthened for thy service be.
Amen.