What To Expect
Each of our Sunday Morning worship services are different.
This is what you can expect
7:45 am Spoken Eucharist — This is our smallest service, often around 20-25 in attendance. While the congregation is spread out throughout the nave (or gathering space) of the church, it never feels “sparse.” Those who come are faithful and include both people who have been at St. Mark’s all their life and some who are quite new. This service is contemplative in nature and often lasts about 45-50 minutes. A few children attend with their parents. Bulletins are found near the baptismal font as you enter; often there is not an usher or greeter, although you’ll be warmly welcomed at the peace.
8:45 am Family Eucharist — This often is our most well-attended service of the day with many families and children, ranging in age from newborns through high school. The music includes both acoustic guitar and organ. The entire service is printed in the bulletin since it is a condensed form of the Eucharistic Prayer (sometimes called Rite III). About once a month the priest gives a children’s sermon. There are always children’s bulletins and crayons to be found at the table in the Bell Tower Entrance. The service often runs 50 minutes. Sunday School and Adult Forum/Coffee Hour follow.
10:45 am Traditional Holy Eucharist — Our last Sunday morning liturgy is the one most people think of when they hear the word “Episcopal.” With familiar hymns played on organ throughout and a choir, this is our most formal liturgy. One of the Rite II Great Thanksgivings from the Book of Common Prayer is used with sung settings. A good number of people find this service to be most comfortable for them. A few children are present during this service. This service usually runs one hour. Our nursery remains open until 12 pm.