The Ministry of Books
Adult Christian Formation at St. Mark’s is not limited to the guidance of teachers who are on our staff, or who live in San Antonio, or even those who come to do a weekend retreat. One of the most important aspects of our formation as disciples of Christ occurs through the ministry of St. Mark’s Bookstore, tucked into a corner of the first floor of the Parish House. Through books, we can spend days and days being guided by the most important spiritual guides of our time--or of any time: Mary Earle and Philip Newell on Celtic Christianity; biblical commentaries with solid scholarship; classic works by Walter Brueggleman, Abraham Heschel, Margaret Guenther, and C.S. Lewis; and Episcopal resources such as prayer books and hymnals. What we read in the best spiritual literature is not just a way of passing the time, but also a way of shaping our actions and identity as people of faith.
From the Book of Common Prayer
Almighty God, you proclaim your truth in every age by many voices;
Direct in our time, we pray, those who speak where many listen,
And those who write what many read;
that they may do their part in making the heart of this people wise,
its mind sound, and its will righteous,
to the honor of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.