Pentecost “Way of Love” Revival Weekend

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The Episcopal Church greets Pentecost with One in the Spirit, a Way of Love Revival Weekend designed to fan the flames of hope, celebrate difference, honor creation, foster beloved community, and send people toward Jesus’s Way of Love. At 1 p.m. on the Feast of Pentecost itself—Sunday, May 23—a special worship service will be streamed, featuring elements submitted by a number of Episcopal institutions, including Saint Mark's.

SUNDAY, MAY 23, 1 P.M., streaming here as well as on the cathedral's website

Revival Worship Service (Featuring Contributions from Saint Mark's)

The entire Episcopal Church is invited to a virtual Pentecost Way of Love Revival Worship Service on Sunday, May 23, at 4 p.m. Eastern, 1 p.m. Pacific. The spirit-filled celebration will draw on the gifts, testimonies, songs and voices of Episcopalians in cathedrals and communities across the church. Saint Mark's was honored to be one of the few communities invited to contribute to this liturgy, along with indigenous churches in Navajoland and South Dakota, Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, Washington National Cathedral, and Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis, MO. The Pentecost Way of Love Revival Worship Service will be aired on the Episcopal Church’s various web channels, including Facebook and episcopalchurch.org, in addition to Saint Mark's own livestream page.

The weekend also includes two additional offerings:

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Creation Care Connect: A Conversation with Elizabeth Hawkins in El Salvador

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MONDAY, MAY 24, 6 P.M., via Zoom

 

THE CREATION CARE MINISTRY & 20s/30s GROUP PRESENTS:

Creation Care Connect: A Conversation with Elizabeth Hawkins in El Salvador

All are welcome to join in a conversation with Elizabeth Hawkins, a cathedral community member who has been living and working in San Salvador since 2019. She will share her perspectives with a Creation Care focus from her view living in El Salvador. Join using this Zoom link.

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Spirited Women Present: Progressive Psalm Writing Together

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Participate NOW to share at a gathering on SUNDAY, JUNE 13, 1–2:30, via Zoom

The Spirited Women’s next women’s gathering is focused on writing and exploring a created psalm together. The practice is writing a “Progressive Psalm,” where each woman will write one verse (two lines) of a psalm of Praise/Gratitude prior to the gathering on June 13, and submit her verse to be put together with others’ to create a modern and personal psalm unique to Spirited Women.

At the meeting on Sunday, June 13, each will have the opportunity to talk about her verse and what inspired her. More details and suggestions/instructions on writing your verse here. Please submit your verse to Mary Segall by Sunday, June 6, or contact her with questions: mesegall@icloud.com. Register for the Zoom using this link.

Seattle Service Corps Newsletter #2

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Check out the second issue of the 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.

Youth Watch Party: 2040

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Youth Watch Party: 2040
SUNDAY, MAY 16, 7 – 9 P.M., via Zoom.
How old will you be in 2040? What will this world look like for you then? Youth, let's watch this entertaining and engaging documentary together and talk about it. We are God's hands in this world. How will we respond with hope to the climate crisis? Check out this YouTube trailer, and then email Rebekah Gilmore to receive the Zoom link to watch!

Updated Music Series Concert: All-Bach on the Flentrop Organ

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Hannah Byun, Wyatt Smith, and Susanna Valleau, organists

FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2021, 7:30 P.M.

For the second year in a row, COVID will prevent Alex Weimann from traveling across the Canadian border from his home in Vancouver to come and play the Flentrop. As a result, Alex Weimann’s All-Bach performance is now postponed to May 13, 2022 - a performance we will all greatly anticipate.

This year, three of Seattle’s finest young organists will take turns performing in this annual concert of appreciation for Capellmeister Bach. For the final concert of the 2020-21 Music Series -- and the second All-Bach Concert of the pandemic -- join Hannah, Wyatt, Susanna, and Johann Sebastian for a livestreamed concert of organ favorites from the mighty Flentrop organ of Saint Mark’s Cathedral.

Liturgical Ministers Training, Eastertide 2021

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SATURDAY, MAY 8, 9 A.M. - 12 P.M., via Zoom 

Interested in Liturgical Ministries? Liturgical Ministries include those ministries that are active in worship on Sundays and through the week, including lectors, altar guild, hospitality ministers, acolytes, etc. (Learn more here.)

Dean Thomason and Cathedral Sacristan Michael Seewer will host a Liturgical Ministers Training on Saturday, May 9 via Zoom. All current and aspiring liturgical ministers are invited to attend. Registration is required, and you will receive the Zoom link via email once you register.

The training will be divided into three portions:

  • First portion from 9–10 a.m.: discussion for acolytes, lectors, hospitality ministers (including former ushers and greeters).
  • Second portion from 10–11 a.m.: Plenary for everyone facilitated by Dean Thomason.
  • Third portion from 11 a.m.–12 p.m. for Eucharistic ministers, Eucharistic visitors, altar guild, and vergers.

Please click here to register, and please note that correct time that you should plan on joining as noted above!

Dismantling Racism Training from Absalom Jones Center (UPDATED)

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Absalom Jones

WEDNESDAY, MAY 12, 6:30 P.M., via Zoom

UPDATE: Follow-up Conversation to Absalom Jones Center “Dismantling Racism” Training

If you participated in a session of the day-long Absalom Jones Center’s “Dismantling Racism” program, come join in a follow-up conversation via Zoom with your fellow Saint Markians. Dean Thomason, Canon Daugherty, and Canon Ross have all taken the training and look forward to talking with others who participated at any point these past three months, to share about our thoughts, feelings, and take-aways. If you would like to join the conversation, please email Canon Ross: nross@saintmarks.org.

And if you are interested in registering for the Absalom Jones Center “Dismantling Racism” training, there are still dates available in the coming months: https://www.centerforracialhealing.org/training  This great program out of Atlanta is focused on increasing racial understanding, healing, and reconciliation. Although there is no charge to take the training, pre-registration is required no later than one week in advance. (And note: it’s offered Eastern Time, so starts at 6 a.m. for us West Coasters!)


TRAININGS VIA ZOOM RUN FROM 6 A.M. TO 1 P.M. PACIFIC TIME
SELECTION OF DATES AVAILABLE, BEGINNING IN AUGUST

CATHEDRAL DISCUSSION GATHERING ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 12

While the world is meeting via Zoom, the Saint Mark’s community has an opportunity to participate in Dismantling Racism Trainings with The Absalom Jones Episcopal Center for Racial Healing in Atlanta, Georgia, focused on increasing racial understanding, healing, and reconciliation. Let’s take advantage of this significant resource – and then share our learning and reflections in an upcoming Zoom gathering on the evening of Wednesday, May 12 at the cathedral! The Absalom Jones Center provides tools and experiences that allow faith communities to engage in dismantling racism through education, prayer, dialogue, pilgrimage, and spiritual formation.

Six people per date from one community are permitted to sign up for a seven-hour training, which is scheduled on many upcoming weekdays and Saturdays. Although there is no charge to take the training, pre-registration is required no later than one week in advance. Register here. (Note that Zoom classes are offered only until it is safe to meet in person again, as classes are filling up quickly, so sooner is better!) Questions? Contact: Canon Nancy Ross: nross@saintmarks.org.

Special Cathedral Worship: April 25, 9 a.m.

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Special Cathedral Worship at 9 a.m. instead of 11 a.m. on April 25
REGISTRATION OPENS 9 A.M. MONDAY, APRIL 19 Registration links found here.
In order that all may participate in the One Service for Turtle Island: A Liturgy for the Diocese of Olympia on April 25 at 11 a.m., the cathedral will offer its Sunday morning liturgy at 9 a.m. on that day, instead of 11 a.m. as usual. This liturgy will be available via livestream at 9 a.m. (with a video recording available soon after the service concludes), or you may register to attend in person. A link to join One Service for Turtle Island at 11 a.m. will be posted on the cathedral's usual livestream page.
NOTE: In lieu of the regular Saint Mark's 11 a.m. liturgy on Sunday, plan to join One Service for Turtle Island, led by the Diocese of Olympia Circles of Color.
  • 10:00am - Musical Prelude
  • 11:00am - Liturgy Begins
  • 12:30pm - Town Hall

One Service for Turtle Island: A Liturgy for the Diocese of Olympia

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One Service for Turtle Island: A Liturgy for the Diocese of Olympia
SUNDAY, APRIL 25, 11 A.M.
10:00 A.M. - Musical Prelude
11:00 A.M. - Liturgy Begins
12:30 A.M. - Town Hall
Connect here.

In the cosmology of North and South American peoples, Turtle Island is the geographic region covering Canada, United States, Central America, and South America. Join together online Sunday, April 25, at 11:00am to worship Jesus with Episcopalians from all over the Diocese of Olympia led by our Circles of Color and focused on the languages, cultures, and experiences of the First Peoples of Turtle Island, with a specific focus on communities from within Province 8. This online service is a chance for diocesan-wide worship, learning, connection, and conversation, as well as an opportunity to give our working clergy a Sunday off from preaching and presiding.

The One Service will include a Town Hall webinar after worship with Bishop Rickel and members of Circles of Color to process the worship experience and go deeper into dialogue around issues of race and culture in our diocese, with special attention to the experiences of Indo-Hispanic/Indigenous peoples and a specific focus on communities from within Province 8. And join us beginning at 10:00am for a musical prelude featuring music from churches across the diocese! All are welcome, and congregations are encouraged to “attend” together in whatever ways you can – viewing parties, online watch parties, or whatever means are safe and responsible given the state of the pandemic at that time.

Follow the link below for the full schedule and links to access the service and the Town Hall.

FULL SCHEDULE AND LINKS

 

NOTE: Special Saint Mark's Cathedral Worship at 9 a.m. instead of 11 a.m. on April 25
REGISTRATION OPENS 9 A.M. MONDAY, APRIL 19 Registration links found here.
In order that all may participate in the One Service for Turtle Island: A Liturgy for the Diocese of Olympia on April 25 at 11 a.m., the cathedral will offer its Sunday morning liturgy at 9 a.m. on that day, instead of 11 a.m. as usual. This liturgy will be available via livestream at 9 a.m. (with a video recording available soon after the service concludes), or you may register to attend in person. A link to join One Service for Turtle Island at 11 a.m. will be posted on the cathedral's usual livestream page.

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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Update: a video of the opening plenary plenary is now available.

OPENING PLENARY: SUNDAY, APRIL 25, 7 P.M. via Zoom. 

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. 

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.

Sacred Ground: Cultivating Connections Between Our Food, Faith and Climate

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UPDATE: a video of this event is now available here or below. Click here to download a pdf of resources and references related to this event., and here for a list of recipes shared by panelists. 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, 7–8:30 p.m. (program) and 8:30–9 p.m. (optional after chat), via Zoom 

How can our food choices reflect our deepest values and beliefs?  Join Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral for a virtual community discussion on food justice via Zoom. Sacred Ground will explore how the ways we grow, harvest, share and repurpose food can forge deeper spiritual connections and invite new opportunities to participate in our community. Panelists will include: Nyema Clark (Nurturing Roots), Stephen Dorsch (The Common Acre), Hannah Cavendish-Palmer (Oxbow Farm), and Aaron Scott (Chaplains on the Harbor). Sacred Ground is hosted by Creation Care and Faith Formation ministries in connection to Earth Day and Faith Climate Action Week.

Register here.

Altar of Repose: Night Watch via Livestream

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As we did last for the first time in 2020, the Night Watch at the Altar of Repose will once again be offered via livestream. 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. The sign up form will be posted when it is available.

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

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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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

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.

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.

Fill out my online form.

Special Lenten Wednesday Evensong Service, Led by Choristers of the Choir School

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WEDNESDAYS IN LENT, BEGINNING FEBRUARY 24, 4:30 P.M., via Zoom

During the season of Lent, the choristers of the Choir School will host a weekly Evensong service over Zoom on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. All are welcome! Take a break in your week to be led in prayer by the voices of our cathedral choristers. (Daily Evening Prayer continues at 6:30 p.m. as usual.) Join using this Zoom link.

Although these services are led by the choristers of the choir school, they are very much a worship service for the entire congregation, of all ages.

These services will be offered at 4:30 p.m. on:

  • February 24
  • March 3
  • March 10
  • March 17
  • March 24

Prayer Banners for Lent

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What Lenten prayers are on your heart? We may be distanced from each other in these times, but we can share our prayers, a piece of ourselves, in community.

All in the Saint Mark’s cathedral community are invited to contribute to a display of prayer banners around the labyrinth—a tangible and tactile expression of our prayers, both personal and communal.


UPDATE: On Maundy Thursday all the banners will be gathered together, collectively blessed at the evening liturgy, and offered up as an embodiment of the prayers of the community.


You will need a piece of cloth about 3" wide, and between 12" and 24" long. You can pick one up from the bin placed on the front patio of the cathedral during the day (M–F, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). Or you can make one yourself, using whatever fabric is at hand.

Using a Sharpie, fabric marker, or another method that will be permanent and waterproof, write your prayer intention on the cloth, in whatever style makes sense to you. You can write a small note in one corner or the banner, or your lettering can fill the whole space. You can write a lot, or just a single word.

Then, make a prayer pilgrimage to Saint Mark’s!

Bring your prayer banner—or make one on the spot—and then take a clip from the bin on the patio to string your banner along with others around the labyrinth. (The banners will be more permanently attached at the end of each day.) If you cannot make it to the cathedral in-person, please mail your banner to the cathedral at the usual mailing address.

When we put our prayer banners together this way, even though we may not be all walking there at the same time, we are connecting with each other, taking time to be present at the labyrinth in prayer, and leaving something of ourselves that we share. As we string our own prayer banners, we pray for all the others who have walked and placed their prayers here in community.

Contact Canon Jennifer at jkdaugherty@saintmarks.org with any question.

Canon Nancy Ross discusses this offering in the second half of the video below:

Choral Evensong on the Third Sunday in Lent

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SUNDAY, MARCH 7, 2021, 4:30 p.m.

Saint Mark's will offer Choral Evensong via live stream with the most singers permitted since the COVID lock down began in Seattle almost one year ago to the day. Twelve members of the Evensong Choir, fully masked anat least 9' apart in all directions, will offer a chant-based setting of the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis by Canadian composer, Healey Willan; and Johannes Brahms' ravishing setting of Paul Flemming's prayer, "Let nothing ever grieve thee" (Geistliches Lied, Opus 30.) Join with the choir in raising your eventide prayers and praises to God on the eve of the third full work week in Lent.

Lent at Home, 2021

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The season of Lent has provided a certain rhythm to the lives of Christians for twenty centuries now. Through thick and thin, Lent is a steadfast part of the journey for people of all ages. Of course, this year will be different, but there is also an opportunity to return to our roots in the early Christian community, before church buildings became normative, and the home was the principal place for gathering and growing in faith.

Here are some resources and practices to help you and your family journey through Lent, and as you do, know that many others in the Saint Mark’s community are journeying with you.

Lenten Evening Devotional

This five-minute evening service of worship is a great way to begin your evening meal or prepare for bed and can be found below on this page. A printed version of the service was mailed to parishioners in February, or you can view a pdf online here. You’ll light and then extinguish candles to acknowledge the darkness that comes before Easter light, and then at Easter, light all the candles to celebrate.

 

Prayer Banners

All the members of Saint Mark’s are invited to share their prayer intentions by writing them on a fabric banner and hanging them around the labyrinth on the cathedral front lawn. You can pick up fabric and a marking pen at the Saint Mark’s office or make your own with other fabric and permanent ink. Then make a prayer pilgrimage to Saint Mark's to join your prayer with the whole community. More information can be found here.

 

Lenten Community Book Study

Jesus and the Disinherited. Join Theologian-in-residence Canon Walter Brownridge in engaging with this foundational text exploring the Gospel as a manual of resistance for the poor and disenfranchised. Introductory presentation on Sunday, February 28 at 1 p.m.—join using this Zoom link.

 

Weekday Liturgical offerings via Zoom

Consider committing to attending one of the Daily Office liturgies online from home for the next six weeks—perhaps just once a week, or more—as part of your Lenten discipline. Beginning Wednesday, February 24, and every Wednesday thereafter, a new service of Morning Prayer will be offered at 8:30 a.m. (Thursday Morning Prayer at 7 a.m. continues as usual.) This means Morning Prayer is now offered twice a week, while Evening Prayer continues to be offered five times a week, M–F at 6:30 p.m. as usual.

In addition, for five Wednesdays in Lent only, a special service of Evensong (sung Evening Prayer) led by choristers of the Choir School will be offered at 4:30 p.m. These very special Zoom services are intended for the whole community, and will happen each Wednesday, from February 24 through March 24.

Stations of the Cross

The cathedral is blessed to be able to once again display the stunning sculptural interpretation of the traditional fourteen Stations of the Cross by artist Virginia Maksymowicz in the nave. This beautiful video of the "Way of the Cross" liturgy from the Book of Occasional Services was directed and edited filmmaker and community member David Wild—it is available to used as an aid to prayer at any time.

The leaflet for this service may be downloaded and printed here.

Sung Prayer

The words and music for the Taizé song The Lord is My Light are found here for use as a meal grace or prayer to begin or end the day.

Here is a video from our neighbors at St Andrew's, Green Lake, in Seattle—try singing the other parts of the round along with the singer in the video! A version of the song with all the parts of the round can be heard here

Additional Resources

 


An Evening Prayer Service for Lent

This simple form of evening worship for people of all ages, a brief five minutes, is for use during Lent, February 17–April 3. It can be used at the daily evening meal or close of day, or another time. The simplicity and repetition embeds the words in our minds and hearts. We are drawn into the reflection of what Jesus has done for us, and into our own penance and devotion, as we prepare for the events of Holy Week and the joy of the Resurrection on Easter.

Place six candles, lined up, at the center of the dining table or another gathering place. Similar to the Tenebrae service on Wednesday of Holy Week, where the lights dim by steps as we head into Jesus’ Passion, you begin each time of prayer with all six candles lit—and then, at the appointed time, extinguish one each night of the first week, two the second week, and so on, experiencing the growing darkness that leads to the light of Easter.

OPENING ANTIPHON

A leader begins by saying the antiphon of the week, or:

Leader:
Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.

All respond:
Thanks be to God.

SCRIPTURE

A reader reads the following, or another appropriate passage of Holy Scripture:

I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel; my heart teaches me, night after night. I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not fall.
—Psalm 16:7–8

 

PRAYER

All pray together:

Almighty and most merciful God, kindle within us the fire of love, that by its cleansing flame we may be purged of all our sins and made worthy to worship you in spirit and in truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

EXTINGUISHING OF CANDLE

As we move toward the events of Holy Week, we extinguish one candle each week, recognizing the darkness that comes before the light of the Resurrection. In the days immediately following Ash Wednesday, keep all the candles lit. Then, extinguish one candle of the six on the nights of the first week of Lent, two candles the second week, and so on.

 

HYMN

Conclude by saying or singing the evening hymn, known as the Nunc dimittis or “Song of Simeon,” one of the oldest Christian hymns.

Lord, you now have set your servant free
to go in peace as you have promised;
For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior,
whom you have prepared for all the world to see:
A Light to enlighten the nations,
and the glory of your people Israel.
[Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, it now and will be for ever. Amen.]

or another version, such as this one [The Hymnal 1982 # 499] :

Lord God, you now have set your servant free
to go in peace as promised in your word.
My eyes have seen the Savior, Christ the Lord,
prepared by you for all the world to see—
To shine on nations trapped in darkest night,
the glory of your people and their light.

 

ANTIPHON OF THE WEEK

 

ASH WEDNESDAYS & THE DAYS FOLLOWING:
RETURN TO THE LORD
February 17–20

Return to the Lord, your God, for God is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love.

 

FIRST WEEK OF LENT:
REPENT AND BELIEVE
February 21 – 27

 The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.

 

SECOND WEEK OF LENT:
FOLLOW JESUS
February 28 – March 6

 If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

 

THIRD WEEK OF LENT:
LISTEN to GOD’s LAW
March 7 - 13

The law of the Lord is perfect and revives the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure and gives wisdom to the innocent.

 

FOURTH WEEK OF LENT:
CHOOSE LIFE
March 14 - 20

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

 

FIFTH WEEK OF LENT:
THE HOUR HAS COME
March 21 – 27

Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.

 

HOLY WEEK:
JOURNEY TO THE CROSS
March 28 – April 3

Being found in human form, Jesus humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross.

Plainsong setting (Saint Mark’s)

Setting by Tyler Morse (The Evensong Choir)

Setting by David Hogan (Choir Camp)

Hymn #499 (Saint Mark’s Schola)

Setting by Stephen Sturk (The Compline Choir)

Setting by Aleksandr Grechaninov (National Lutheran Choir)

MEALTIME BLESSING

If dinner follows immediately, say together the mealtime blessing for Lent:

Give us grateful hearts, O God, for all your mercies, and make us mindful of the needs of others; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Rubric: Winter 2021 Issue

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The new issue of The Rubric contains stories, reports, and reflection by, from, and about the community of Saint Mark's during these extraordinary times. Read full-screen using the reader below, or download a full pdf here. Click the titles below to read individual stories.

Contents of the Winter 2021 issue include:

A GIFT FOR THE FUTURE
the story of the largest gift in Saint Mark’s history

GOD’S UNQUENCHABLE DESIRE FOR HEALING
the sacramental rite of Unction

THEOLOGIAN-IN-RESIDENCE
welcoming The Rev. Canon Walter Brownridge

MINISTRY ON THE FRONT LINES
faith and vocation during the pandemic

THE RADIX PROJECT
small group ministry connects and sustains

FAMILIES BELONG TOGETHER
Jaime Rubio, our guest in Sanctuary, continues his struggle for justice

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