Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. -- Psalm 29:2
All are welcome in worship. Whether you are a long-time Episcopalian or a first time visitor, St. Mark’s is a place where we share a common journey as we seek God. If you are coming to our worship for the first time, you might find the rhythm of the worship unfamiliar. Sometimes, it may seem like our worship is an aerobic exercise: standing, sitting, kneeling, making the sign of the cross, using a red book and a blue book, words we say together, times of silence and listening.
As you first come to St. Mark’s, we invite you to take this time to soak in all that is offered, which is an amazing array of color, language, music, and movement. Let it all surround you, and you will soon find yourself drawn into the beauty of worship. Over time, these words and movements seep into us, shape us, ground us, center us.
Our worship flows from the Book of Common Prayer, which shapes our worship and our theology. Lex orandi lex credendi, which means the law of prayer shapes the law of belief or faith, is a fundamental foundation of our tradition: what we pray shapes what we believe. And at the center of our community prayer is remembering. We are called together to remember who we are, whose we are, and the direction we are headed in our lives. As one writer says, “Liturgy celebrates the mystery that is God. This is the fundamental truth on which the celebration of all the Church’s rites depends… Other forms of prayer exist as devotional aids, but only in common liturgical worship can the People of God respond to the command, ‘Do this in remembrance of me.’ ”
Worship is at the center of who we are as a Christian community. We gather each week on Sunday to pray and to share in the bread and wine at the table of the Lord, which Jesus Christ told his disciples to share each time they gathered together in his name. This service, which we call the Eucharist (from the Greek eucharistia meaning to give thanks), is a service of thanksgiving for God’s love and presence in our midst.
At St. Mark’s, we believe that our core vocation flows from and informs our worship together. We are fed by Christ in this meal; we are transported by the beauty as we encounter God in community as we pray together; we are steeped in both tradition and a deep knowing that comes from the rhythm of the liturgy, which is the work of the people.
We hope you will find St. Mark’s to be a place in which the mystery of God can be encountered as we pray and work together.