UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS


Even though the cathedral building is closed at this time, the community of Saint Mark's is vibrant and active. In addition to the regular offerings (including livestreamed liturgies, online prayer services, and children's offerings), here are some exciting upcoming special events:

“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 the first of the two sessions is now available:

St. Francis Day Outdoor Liturgy with Blessing of the Animals.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2020

You and your animal companion are invited to participate in the great annual tradition of the St. Francis Day Blessing of the Animals at Saint Mark's Cathedral, Seattle, on Saturday, October 3, 2020!

Two different opportunities are offered:

  • 2:30–3:30 P.M.: DRIVE-IN PRAYER AND ANIMAL BLESSING (no pre-registration required)
  • 4:30 P.M.: IN-PERSON OUTDOOR LITURGY ON THE LABYRINTH (registration required, and available via livestream.)

Like last year, the event will feature contributions from acclaimed Seattle musician James Falzone, and include prayers for healing humanity’s relationship with the earth, and for all the creatures who share the earth with us. All are invited to attend, with or without their animal companions. Following current guidelines, attendance will be limited, participants will remain masked and distanced, and advance registration will be required. Families will be asked to sit together in marked "zones" with sufficient distance maintained between them and other attendees.

Dogs, cats, bird, bunnies, ponies, chickens, and animals of all kinds are welcome, but must remain in their household’s designated space until invited, in orderly fashion, to one of the stations for blessing at end of the service. Stuffed animals are also welcome to be blessed, as are photographs of pets who would not find attending the event a blessed experience.

For those who do not wish to attend in-person worship at this time, a drive-through animal blessing will be offered earlier in the afternoon, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., with no preregistration required
The 4:30 p.m. liturgy will also be livestreamed at saintmarks.org/livestream.

To register to attend in person, please go to:

https://saintfrancisdayoutdoorliturgy.eventbrite.com

Again, space is limited, and will be on first-come, first-serve basis, so please register soon.

Faith Action Network Candidate Forum

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 12, 7 P.M., via Zoom

The Faith Action Network will offer a candidate forum for candidates in legislative districts, which includes Sarah Reyneveld and Liz Berry from the 36th District, Kirsten Harris-Talley and Chukundi Salisbury from the 37th District, and Sherae Lascelles and Frank Chopp from the 43rd District. Participants may send in questions to use during the forum before the event. RSVP to attend the virtual forum here. Saint Mark's is a co-sponsor of this event.

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!

The Radix Project Returns, Fall 2020!

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OPENING ONLINE PLENARY: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 7 P.M., via Zoom (link to be announced)

GROUPS MEET: ONCE A WEEK FOR SIX WEEKS, BEGINNING OCTOBER 7

In January of 2020 the cathedral launched The Radix Project: Small Groups/Deep Roots. Over 150 people met together weekly for 6 weeks to study scripture, share stories, and pray for one another. Then, when the Cathedral closed in the Spring, 80 people met in small groups via Zoom to study the Resurrection narratives in the season of Easter. This fall, you are invited to a third series centered around stories of Biblical surprise. New groups are formed for each series, and meet once a week online for six weeks, beginning the first week of October. To participate in a small group, please complete the online form.

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.

The Opening Plenary on Wednesday, September 30 at 7 p.m., will include a brief presentation by Dean Steve via Zoom, who will offer some theological reflections on the element of surprise in the Bible, and in our lives. This presentation is open to anyone, whether or not they are participating in the small group series. Contact Spiritual Formation Associate Kelly Moody, kmoody@saintmarks.org, with questions.

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.