“Wonder in Creation”: Two Wednesday Forums

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TWO WEDNESDAYS, SEPTEMBER 16 & 23, 7–8:30 P.M., via Zoom

Wonder in Creation: A Two-Week Series of Spiritual Practices in Creation

How do you experience God in everyday life? How might your daily living itself be and become a spiritual practice? The Creation Care and Faith Formation ministries will jointly host a two-week series in September to explore how spiritual practices outside bring opportunities to encounter presence, connection and reflection. Each evening, a panel from Saint Mark's will reflect on their own experiences, and you will have time to share your own. We'll also introduce tangible ways to share in active spiritual practices and reflect on how they may nurture reflection and faith in our response.
Join us to "Celebrate the Harvest" on 9/16. The panelists for the first session will be:
  • Rob Reid
  • Carolyn Blount
  • Keiko Maruyama & Jamie Rubio
  • Lisa Graumlich (host)

 

The second session, "Mindful Steps," on 9/23, will feature contributions from:
  • Sarah Elwood
  • Robert Stevens
  • The Rev. Earl Grout, Deacon
  • Brother Paul Dahlke
  • Nancy & Andy Valaas
  • Emily Meeks (host)
For questions and to obtain the Zoom link, contact cchapman@saintmarks.org.

Here are pdfs of lists of references and resources related to the two sessions:

Session 1: Celebrating the Harvest, Sept. 16

Session 2: Take a Next Step: Mindful Steps, Sept. 23


Video of both sessions is now available:

In addition, below are some additional links shared from the chat and conversation during Part 2:

Year of Seattle Parks 

Vote with Creation as a Value
 
Books on Ecology and Spirituality
Diocesan Resource Center - email Sue (resource@ecww.org
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Muck Rack
A podcast series on environmental perspectives by Ashley Aheard
 
The Year You Finally Read About Climate change

"Read about the future of the planet,"
New York Times Book Review.

“Holy Troublemakers & Unconventional Saints Walking Tour” from St. Andrew’s, Green Lake

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OPEN NOW THROUGH SEPTEMBER 20 at St. Andrew's Green Lake, 111 NE 80th St. Seattle, WA 98115

Saints from a diversity of faiths and backgrounds who have rocked the religious boat on behalf of love and justice are featured as part of this self-guided walking tour, located on accessible pathways on the west lawn at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Seattle, near Green Lake. [Parishioners may remember the current rector of St. Andrew's, Rich Weyls, formerly a priest associate at Saint Mark's.] You are invited to experience a physically distanced stroll at your own pace, discovering stories about people inspiring change in our world. Text and images are used with permission from Daneen Aker, author of Holy Troublemakers and Unconventional Saints, a children’s book emphasizing the stories of women, LGBTQ people, people of color, and others who are too often written out of religious narratives. A great outing for families and individuals!

Saint Mark’s Music Series 2020–21 Season Announcement

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The 2020–21 Saint Mark's Music contains a variety of offerings, from beloved annual traditions to encounters with the unfamiliar. You can read the series announcement email here. This year, all the event on the Music Series will be livestreamed and viewable for free.

 

Details of the complete series may be found on the Music Series page here. 

 


Highlight include:

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2020, 7:30 P.M.

Flentrop Organ Concert with Canon Kleinschmidt
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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2020, 7:30 P.M.

Native American Flute Songs with Gary Stroutsos
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FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2021, 7:30 P.M.

Fritts Organ Concert with John Stuntebeck
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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2021, 7:30 P.M

Concert à 3: with Jillon Dupree, Rebekah Gilmore, & Page Smith
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PALM SUNDAY, MARCH 28, 2021, 4:30 P.M.

Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time
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FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2021, 7:30 P.M.

All-Bach on the Flentrop Organ with Alex Weimann


Check out the Music Series page to learn more!

Introduction to Sunday’s Hymns: September 13, 2020

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On Thursday, September 10, Canon Michael Kleinschmidt introduced the hymns that will be sung at the 11 a.m. morning liturgy on September 13, 2020, the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost. This introduction was presented live on Facebook.

The hymns discussed are:

  • Creating God, your fingers trace [Hymn #394, but sung to the tune of #455, Dunedin]
  • When Christ was lifted from the earth [Hymn #603]

...plus a few words about the Sanctus from "A Community Mass" by Richard Proulx [#S-125 in the Hymnal 1982], and the anthem "Draw us in the Spirit's Tether."

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.

Ministry Blessing Sunday and Ministry Fair (Online)

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, before, during, and after the morning worship service.

 

Check out the Ministry Guide page here, including video introductions by ministry leaders!

 

Here is the slideshow of cathedral ministries presented before the service on Sunday morning, including live organ accompaniment by Canon Michael Kleinschmidt:

The building may be closed, but the ministries of Saint Mark’s are as vibrant in heart as ever. They are integral to our community—those fully in action during the pandemic and those that will be reenergized as we gather in person again! At the 11 a.m. livestream liturgy on September 13, Dean Thomason will commission and bless all ministries of Saint Mark's. That also includes everyone who participates—all of us—because worshiping together IS ministry!

Just before the morning liturgy, at 10:45 a.m., a slideshow of images of cathedral ministries in action in recent years will be presented (see above).

After the service, Zoom into a lively online Coffee Hour for a special presentation on the ministry life of Saint Mark’s and preview of our new Ministry Guide, and talk together as we kick into our fall season!

If you have not already received the link to join Zoom Coffee Hours, please email Peter McClung for instructions: petercamfan@gmail.com.

Night Prayer with the 20s & 30s Group

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SECOND AND FOURTH MONDAY OF THE MONTH

BEGINS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 7 P.M.

The 20s & 30s at Saint Mark's will be hosting prayer together over the phone on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. The first service will be Night Prayer (from the New Zealand Prayer Book) on September 14. Please email Canon Jennifer to receive the call-in information and liturgy for the service.

Additionally, there will be an optional in-person gathering outdoors in groups of 5 or fewer to call in together to our common prayer on the fourth Monday of each month. Please fill out this form if you are interested in joining a group or getting more information.

The order of service for this offering may be downloaded here.

Reopening Plan is now available

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On Wednesday, September 8, an email message was sent to the cathedral community with information concerning the eventual reopening of the cathedral building and resumption of in-person worship. Dean Thomason announced over four months ago, in May, that "we will not be among the first churches to reopen." As of now, there is no date set to reopen. But a committee of staff and volunteers has worked hard to think through what it will look like when the cathedral's doors do eventually open, and to create policies and procedures to keep everyone as safe as possible during this ongoing crisis.

The work of that committee may be seen on the "Reopening Planning" page here. At this time, the page contains the complete Reopening Plan document downloadable as a pdf, a summary version of the policies and procedures, as well as some Frequently Asked Questions. The Reopening Planning webpage will be continually updated as the situation develops. When the date for the resumption of in-person worship is set, further information including a link to register online to attend a Sunday service will appear there.

Introduction to Sunday’s Hymns: September 6, 2020

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On Thursday, September 3, Associate Organist John Stuntebeck introduced the hymns that will be sung at the 11 a.m. morning liturgy on September 6, 2020, the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost. This introduction was presented live on Facebook.

The hymns discussed are:

  • Joyful, joyful we adore thee [Hymn #376]
  • Lord, make us servants of thy peace [Hymn #593]

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.

Tuesday Bible Study Returns

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EVERY TUESDAY, 12–1 P.M., currently meeting via Zoom 
Tuesday Bible Study provides a weekly conversation around the scripture readings for the following Sunday. It has recently re-launched using the Zoom platform. Each week a discussion is facilitated and lively conversation ensues as people share their thoughts about the lessons. For more information and to get the link to join, contact The Rev. Canon Jennifer King Daugherty.

Feeding Ministry Update Summer 2020

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Saint Brigid’s Banquet/Saint Martin de Porres Ministry Report

Saint Marks Episcopal Cathedral, August 2020

Hello to all the supporters of Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral’s ministry to the Saint Martin de Porres shelter on Alaskan Way in Seattle!

I hope that you are enjoying your summer. I wanted to report to our wider group of supporters and volunteers as to what has been happening during July and August for our ministry.

We have had a very busy two months! We are as active as possible in providing meals to some of our homeless friends, despite the Covid-19 pandemic. As you know, our friends in need require more support than ever due to the hardships imposed by the pandemic.

In early July, Reverend Cristi Chapman asked if some of us involved with the Saint Martin de Porres ministry would be able to cook some meals for our church visitors with Tent City 3 in the church parking lot. We decided that the lead cooks in our ministry and those in Teen Feed program ministry should join together to help out.

On Sunday night, July 26, four of us met in the church parking lot to help prepare 50 meals for our guests. You can see the four of us in the photo at the bottom of this email. On the left side of the photo, you will see some of the paper bags we prepared for each Tent City resident. We prepared 50 paper bags, each with a sandwich (Maris Olsen and Mark Stumpf), homemade cookies (Earl Grout), an orange, two containers of potato salad, a bag of chips, a small granola bar, and a can of seltzer water. It was a perfect outdoor dinner on a pleasant summer evening!

On August 23, our other lead cooks Brook Brayman, and Teresa Pliskowski hosted Tent City again with Kathy Albert ‘s help. You can check us out below! This time we offered homemade sandwiches, potato salad, fresh fruit, and cookies. The photo below shows Kathy, Brook, and Teresa in the church parking lot.

Meanwhile, we continue to provide hearty dinners twice a month to the Saint Martin de Porres shelter on Alaskan Way. In July Kathy Albert and Rabi Lahiri, a new volunteer, helped do the grocery shopping. In August Earl Grout and Jay Quarterman helped us at Restaurant Depot. In the final photo you can see Jay Quartermain, Brook Brayman, and Earl Grout with our meal supplies from Restaurant Depot. Thank you all!

Do any of you read the Real Change newspaper sold by Seattle street vendors? In the July issue (Volume 27, Number 28), vendor David Dunn (and Saint Martin’s resident) refers approvingly to Saint Martins as “the ranch.” He talks about how challenging the pandemic lockdown was for many shelter residents. The good news is that Real Change vendors are back selling their papers. Maybe you could buy one and help the vendors out?

Why in the midst of a worldwide pandemic do we continue to provide meals to our neighbors in need? Volunteer Kathy Albert summarized her thoughts and values when she wrote our team members in March. (With her permission):

I'm glad the prep and delivery of the lunches for the Saint Martin de Porres men was such a success!  I'm proud that my faith community is doing the saintly work of serving the needs of our most vulnerable during this pandemic, the people who in the long run will be the most forgotten as we find our way through.  We need to continue doing this kind of work!  We could conceivably shut down this ministry, out of consideration for our own health needs and those of the people around us.  But what about the needs of these homeless people whom we serve?  They are just as important, and our faith tells us their needs are to be considered first.

Perhaps it also helps us to re-read the mission statement from the local Saint Martin de Porres on its website:

Our Ministry of Presence

“Do not depend on the hope of results…In the end, it is the reality of personal relationships that saves everything.”
—Thomas Merton

Our ministry of presence is rooted in the Gospel Values and entwined with our idea of friendship and community. We believe our ministry is to live out an unconditional affirmation and passionate pursuit of the best in every person.

We have faith that the good is there and that we can discover it together through our solidarity with one another in all the pain and joy of life.

We recognize our shortcomings and we ask forgiveness when we fail to sustain our vision of home for one another.

Enjoy the last few weeks of summer! We will periodically keep you all advised of our activities. Thank you again for your continued support in helping to keep our ministry alive and vibrant.

—submitted by Chris Rigos, Team Coordinator

A Season of Creation

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SEPTEMBER 1–OCTOBER 4, 2020

Saint Mark’s and the greater Episcopal Church joins Christian churches across the world in celebrating the Season of Creation September 1 – October 4. From the Season of Creation website:

“The Season of Creation is a time to renew our relationship with our Creator through repenting, repairing, and rejoicing together. During the Season of Creation, we join our sisters and brothers in the ecumenical family in prayer and action for our common home.”
  • Be inspired by watching Presiding Bishop Curry’s video message below, titled, The Jesus Movement: Good News for All Creation.
  • Weekly "Season of Creation" devotionals will be shared in Sundays & Beyond each week during the month of September — See the complete collection of weekly devotionals below!
  • And plan to attend the "Wonder in Creation" Cathedral Commons offering on September 16 and 23 about spiritual practices in Creation.
You can email marjorie@ringness.org for more information on the ongoing work and conversation of the Creation Care Ministry.

 

Introduction to Sunday’s Hymns: August 30, 2020

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On Thursday, August 27, Canon Michael Kleinschmidt introduced the hymns that will be sung at the 11 a.m. morning liturgy on August 30, 2020, the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost. This introduction was presented live on Facebook.

The hymns discussed are:

  • All hail the power of Jesus' Name [Hymn #450]
  • When Israel was in Egypt's land/Go down, Moses [Hymn #648]

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.

Introduction to Sunday’s Hymns: August 23

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On Thursday, August 20, Associate Organist John Stuntebeck introduced the hymns that will be sung at the 11 a.m. morning liturgy on August 23, 2020, the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost. This introduction was presented live on Facebook.

The hymns discussed are:

  • When morning gilds the skies [Hymn #427]
  • From God Christ's deity came forth [Hymn #443]

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.

Introduction to Sunday’s Hymns: August 16, 2020

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On Thursday, August 13, Canon Michael Kleinschmidt introduced the hymns that will be sung at the 11 a.m. morning liturgy on August 16, 2020, the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost. This introduction was presented live on Facebook.

The hymns discussed are:

  • Christ is the world’s true light [Hymn #542]
  • To God with gladness sing [Hymn #399, but sung to the tune of #625, "Darwell's 148th"]
  • There’s a wideness in God’s mercy [Hymn #469]

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.

#VoteFaithfully Letter Writing Event

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19, 7 P.M., via Zoom

GET-OUT-THE-VOTE! Please join a group of Saint Mark's community members who are gathering via Zoom on Wednesday evening, 7-8 p.m., to write letters of encouragement to infrequent voters across the country. To participate: RSVP to Deacon Emily Austin eaustin@saintmarks.org, and register with VoteForward 48 hours ahead of our meeting. Print out 20 letters, bring a blue pen and 20 envelopes to the meeting. A perfect alternate activity for knitters who would like something else to do this summer! The letter-writing group will meet every other Wednesday through September.

Introduction to Sunday’s Hymns: August 9, 2020

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On Thursday, August 6, Associate Organist John Stuntebeck introduced the hymns that will be sung at the 11 a.m. morning liturgy on August 9, 2020, the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost. This introduction was presented live on Facebook.

The hymns discussed are:

  • All people that on earth do dwell [Hymn #377];
  • Surely it is God who saves me [Hymn #679];
  • Precious Lord, Take My Hand [Wonder Love & Praise #800]

Please note: Joyce Ramée is a faculty member at The University of Puget Sound. Apologies for the temporary amnesia in the video.

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.

Statement on Hiroshima Anniversary

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SAINT MARK’S CATHEDRAL CALLS FOR NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT AT 75th ANNIVERSARY OF BOMBING OF HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI

This August marks the 75th anniversary of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima, on August 6, and Nagasaki, on August 9, 1945. As the world community remembers and addresses the ongoing threat of nuclear aggression, the Vestry of Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral Parish in Seattle has released a resolution “calling upon U.S. policymakers to determine a timely process for the dismantling of existing U.S. nuclear weapons while urging other countries to do likewise, and urging the President and Congress to explore a moratorium on production of new nuclear arms.”

In solidarity with so many churches and faith-based organizations, Saint Mark’s Cathedral has taken a stand against unjust wars and nuclear weapons going back decades. Dean & Rector The Very Rev. John Leffler repeatedly denounced the Vietnam War from the pulpit in the 1960s, and his successor, The Very Rev. Cabell Tennis, notoriously spoke out against the bombing of Cambodia in a televised sermon on Christmas Eve, 1972. In the subsequent decades, the cathedral has continued to use its voice on these issues, partnering with groups such as the Washington Against Nuclear Weapons Coalition (WANW).

Nuclear disarmament is a particularly significant concern in the Pacific Northwest, since the largest concentration of deployed nuclear weapons in the U.S. is just 20 miles away at Naval Base Kitsap. Washington State’s Hanford Site, which produced the plutonium for the bomb dropped on Nagasaki, continues to store millions of gallons of high-level nuclear waste in unsafe conditions, leaking contaminated material into the environment to this day—an enduring consequence of the country's nuclear weapons program.

Betsy Bell of Saint Mark’s Cathedral, who leads the Nuclear Disarmament Ministry, said, “To the majority of people alive in 2020, both WWII and the Cold War seem like history far in the past, and so it is a shock to realize that the United State continues to build and stockpile nuclear weapons at such a vast scale, and even more shocking in light of how invisible the subject has become in our national discourse. The mere existence of these weapons today is an atrocity!”

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Dedication Liturgy of Memorial Benches

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 2, 5:30 P.M.

On the first Sunday in August, at 5:30 p.m., you are invited to attend (via livestream or in person) a brief service of dedication and blessing of four benches that have been placed around the perimeter of the labyrinth on the front lawn of Saint Mark’s Cathedral.

These benches are given in loving memory of four long-time members of the cathedral who have recently died—The Rev. Canon Mike Jackson, Randy Revelle, Kathie Moen, and The Rev. Canon Timothy Nakayama. Their families will be on hand for the occasion, and we hope that many in the parish community will gather around them, masked and socially distanced of course, as we remember these beloved people and give thanks for their lives, and place into service these four benches designed to be seats of urban rest around the mystical beauty of the labyrinth. This is one more way we intend to say to the world: wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome here…

Following the brief rite of dedication of the benches, The Pacific Brass Quintet—a professional ensemble with which parishioner and resident trumpeter, Bob Gale, has performed for over twenty years—will gather on the cathedral front terrace and offer a festive musical offering for those present and those joining via livestream.

Video of this service may be seen below:

Introduction to Sunday’s Hymns: August 2, 2020

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On Thursday, July 30, Canon Michael Kleinschmidt introduced the hymns that will be sung at the 11 a.m. morning liturgy on August 2, 2020, the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, in addition to the hymn that will be sung a special outdoor service at 5:30 p.m. that same Sunday. This introduction was presented live on Facebook.

Please note: Due to technical issues, the discussion of the first hymn on the agenda, # 579, God is Love, was not streamed correctly, and has been deleted.

The Hymns discussed are:

Hymn #591, O God of Earth and altar
Hymn #289, Our Father by whose servants, but sung to the tune of #525, Aurelia

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.

Introduction to Sunday’s Hymns: July 26, 2020

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On Thursday, July 23, Associate Organist John Stuntebeck introduced the hymns that will be sung at the 11 a.m. morning liturgy on July 26, 2020, the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost. This introduction was presented live on Facebook.

The Hymns discussed are:

Immortal, invisible, God only wise [Hymn #423];
God, you have given us power [Hymn #584, but sung to the tune of Hymn #684, Caithness] If Thou But Trust in God [Hymn #635]

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.

Introduction to Sunday’s Hymns: July 19, 2020

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On Thursday, July 16, Canon Michael Kleinschmidt introduced the hymns that will be sung at the 11 a.m. morning liturgy in July 19, 2020, the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost. This introduction was presented live on Facebook.

The Hymns discussed are:

To God with gladness sing (399)
As Jacob with travel was weary one day (453)
For the fruits of all creation (424)

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.

Cathedral Bees Update

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Cathedral Bees Update

The cathedral building has two beehives on the roof of Bloedel Hall. Thanks to beekeeper Rob Reid, our bees are thriving! Scroll down to view pictures.

Your prayers for the health of our hives are welcome. For more information about protecting pollinators, visit this link.

If you are interested in helping out with the bees, contact the cathedral and we will put you in touch with Rob.

Sundays & Beyond Update August 30, 2020

The bees and beekeepers have been hard at work. In July, one of the hives lost its queen. However, wild bees are able to create a new queen with remaining larvae, so apiarists Rob and Jaime moved eggs from the healthy hive to the queenless one. Once the queen was established, she then started laying fertile eggs. We're happy to report the success of Rob and Jaime's work - both beehives are now thriving!

Sundays & Beyond Update July 19, 2020

The active honeybee hives on the roof of Bloedel Hall have been busy. And, apparently, they have a sense of humor: Q: Why do virgin bees mate in the air? A: They can’t get any privacy in the hive. Consider planting pollinator-friendly plants in your own garden or window box. And reduce or eliminate pesticides on your plants.

Sundays & Beyond Update July 12, 2020

Did you know St. Mark’s has two active honeybee hives on the roof of Bloedel Hall? Installed on May 10, they include thousands of residents. Recently, our apiarist Rob Reid suspected one of our hives had lost its queen because, when inspecting the frames, he was unable to find eggs. But wild bees are able to create a new queen with remaining larvae. To assist our bees, Rob and Jaime Rubio moved eggs from the healthy hive to the queenless one. Now the bees can create queen cells and feed them “royal jelly.” If all goes well, in less than a month, the new queen will mate in mid air with drone bees and start laying fertile eggs. There’s lots of miraculous science involved. You can see where the expression “the birds and the bees” comes from.

Sundays & Beyond Update July 5, 2020

This week’s thought: The world is facing a mass extinction of species, including pollinators. Bees are critically important to our global food production and nutritional security. Estimates suggest that pollinators directly contribute US$235–$577 billion to global food production each year. Without pollinators, many of the foods we depend on would become scarce, putting life on our planet at risk. When planting your flower garden this summer, consider planting pollinator-friendly plants. Take Earth Day Network’s Pesticide Pledge, and learn about additional actions you can take to help protect pollinators.

 

June Update from Beekeeper Rob

The bee population in our hives is increasing rapidly. We have added a second deep hive box to both hives. I may try to split an existing hive and create a third hive. Providing another queen can be tricky though.

Some of you have joined me in caring for the bees already. Thank you for your company, Jaime, Keiko, Yoshi, Barbara and Steve, and Nancy.

May Update from Beekeeper Rob

Penny and I picked up bees from the Snohomish Bee Company at the Monroe Fairgrounds last Sunday afternoon. Then, we “installed” two “nucs” of bees into two of the existing hives on the roof of Bloedel Hall. I ordered them several months ago and they were shipped here from Northern California a week ago. Each nuc comes with 5 frames and a working queen and thousands of worker bees. It was quick and easy to move the 5 frames, one at a time, into our hives. In fact, miraculously, I saw the queen on one of the frames as I was moving it from nuc box to hive.

 

 

Bees update June 2020

Bees update August 2020

Flentrop Organ Workshop Open House

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The Flentrop Orgelbouw, founded in Zaandam in the Netherlands in 1903, created the organ for Saint Mark’s Seattle in 1965, and is still producing world-class instruments in 2020. On Saturday, July 18, 2020, the firm presented a virtual open house via YouTube livestream, during which they presented a tour of their workshop, presented videos and sound recordings illustrating their work, answered live questions from viewers, and revealed their current project, a large instrument for the Royal Birmingham (U.K.) Conservatoire.

View the video below to go step by step through the making of the organ.

A New Liturgical Pattern for Summer

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UPDATE 8/18: With the return of a Sunday Morning service of Holy Eucharist on August 23, the cathedral's experiment with Morning Prayer has concluded. Eucharist will be continue to be offered every Sunday as we enter the fall season. Please reach out to the cathedral or to Dean Thomason directly and let us know what your experience of this liturgy was like.


For a period of time this summer, Saint Mark's Cathedral will adapt the rhythms of its Sunday Morning livestreamed liturgy. On July 19 and 26, the cathedral will offer a service of Morning Prayer instead of Holy Eucharist, harking back to the standard practices of the Church until the last generation. A service of Holy Eucharist will return August 2, followed by Morning Prayer again on August 9 and 16.

This pattern or services, with Eucharist only once a month, and morning prayer at other times, was the normal practice at churches of the Anglican tradition until the liturgical reforms of the mid-to-late 20th century. Morning Prayer, or Matins, is part of the cycle of prayer services contained in the Book of Common Prayer collectively known as "The Daily Office," which in the current prayer book includes Noonday Prayer, Evening Prayer (called "Evensong" when sung), and Compline.

Writing at the dawn of the current global pandemic, The Most Rev Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal church, wrote:

Many factors contributed to a general decline in the celebration of the Eucharist well into the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and Morning Prayer became the common service of worship on the Lord’s Day. And while it is good and right that the situation has changed dramatically, that the Holy Eucharist has again become the principal act of worship on Sunday across our church, few would suggest that the experience of Morning Prayer somehow limited God’s presence and love to generations of Anglican Christians. [...]

 

While not exclusively the case, online worship may be better suited to ways of praying represented by the forms of the Daily Office than by the physical and material dimensions required by the Eucharist. And under our present circumstances, in making greater use of the Office there may be an opportunity to recover aspects of our tradition that point to the sacramentality of the scriptures, the efficacy of prayer itself, the holiness of the household as the “domestic church,” and the reassurance that the baptized are already and forever marked as Christ’s own.

For a few weeks this summer, Saint Mark's will be taking up the Presiding Bishop's invitation. Please write to info@saintmarks.org or contact any of the clergy and let us know what you think of this experiment.

 

Taking Up Our Responsibility for Racial Justice

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Photo by Tim Pierce via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0

THIS SERIES MET IN JULY AND AUGUST, 2020

Although this offering is now concluded, you are invited to view the video of the plenary presentation, and explore course materials below. 

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?

This four-week study and discussion series in summer 2020 brought the Saint Mark’s community together to confront racism—its theology, history, and presence in our lives today—and ways to move forward toward justice. The in-depth series open to all recognized the responsibility for change falls on white people. We met on four Wednesday nights, with a required advance registration and commitment to attend all sessions and read/watch articles and videos in advance, and began with encouraging participants to read ahead of time Ijeoma Oluo’s book, So You Want to Talk About Race.

Saint Mark’s has ongoing programming each season to continue the work to take up our responsibility for racial justice, and encourages each of us to continue doing our own inner work, and learning, and action. As programs at the cathedral are scheduled, details will be available on the Racial Justice resources page, here.


The syllabus for the four-session series, including required reading and viewing, may be downloaded here.


Additional resources contributed by participants in the series may be downloaded here.

PDFs of the power point slides of the opening plenary may be downloaded here..

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