This Sunday at Saint Mark's: The Second Sunday of Advent

Join us this Sunday, December 4 for our worship of God:

8 a.m. – Low Mass

A spoken service in traditional language in the Lady Chapel, with sermon by Mother Nora Johnson

9 a.m. – Family Mass

A contemporary-language service at the Crossing, with the Choir of Boys & Girls, congregational hymns, and sermon by Mother Erika Takacs

10 a.m. – Christian Education for All Ages

Adult FormLove, Hope, and Stitching. Parishioner Cassie Epting talks about her work in the early days of the AIDS crisis at Saint Mark’s, and the community that formed around that work. Cassie will give us a special presentation on the panel from the AIDS quilt that we now use on the the Nave Altar at the Family Mass.

Children ages 3 and up are welcome to join us in the Library for Schola. Each week students sing together, play musical games, learn a bit of music theory, listen to Bible stories, and spend time in prayer. 

Pre-Schola is formation for our youngest disciples, aged 0-36 months. Join us at 10:15 a.m. in the Choir Room (upstairs, next to the Library) for 15 minutes of musical play and storytelling. Pre-Schola parents and children are then welcome to join Schola for a time of prayer at 10:30 a.m. 

11 a.m. – Choral High Mass

A contemporary-language service at the High Altar, with chant and incense, music by the Parish Choir, congregational hymns, and sermon by Father Sean Mullen

3 p.m. – Choral Evensong & Benediction

Join us for our monthly Evensong and Benediction. This liturgy will be offered in thanksgiving for the life of Mother Paulette Schiff, associate rector of Saint Mark’s from 1989 to 1997 and the first woman to serve as priest here. An organ recital by Mr. Wesley Parrott will immediately follow, as well as a reception in the Parish Hall.

Coffee and refreshments in the Parish Hall follow the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Masses.

Posted on November 27, 2016 .

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Sunday, December 4: Choral Evensong & Benediction, 3 p.m.

Join us for our monthly Evensong and Benediction. This liturgy will be offered in thanksgiving for the life of Mother Paulette Schiff, associate rector of Saint Mark’s from 1989 to 1997 and the first woman to serve as priest here. An organ recital by Mr. Wesley Parrott will immediately follow, as well as a reception in the Parish Hall.

 

Sunday, December 11: An Unexpected Adventure, 2 p.m.

The children of Saint Mark’s will present our annual Advent Pageant, telling the real story of Advent – no skipping ahead to the manger and the wise men! Instead, we hear the story of God’s conversation with the angels of heaven as God begins to make plans for the birth of Jesus. At first, the angels are hard to convince (A baby? To save the world? All alone?), but after hearing God’s plans for this wonderful moment – and after singing a few songs along the way – the angels are ready to shout out their praises to the highest heavens!  

It’s an Advent Story you won’t want to miss. All families – with children, without children, young and old, parishioners and friends and neighbors – are welcome to join us. And plan to stay for cookies and cocoa after all of the songs have been sung!

 

Saturday, December 17: Advent Quiet Day, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Join the parish for a day of prayer and reflection in the season of Advent. Father David Beresford, Rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Springfield, Penn., will lead us in a quiet day on the topic of “Mary and the Humility of Discipleship.” The day begins with our regular Saturday schedule: confessions at 9:30 a.m. and Mass at 10 a.m. After Mass, Father Beresford will lead us until 3 p.m., with breaks for lunch (provided) and for individual prayer. All are welcome, free of charge. For more information, contact Mother Nora Johnson.

 

Sunday, December 18: Greening of the Church, 1 p.m.

The Fernanda Guild invites you to join us for an afternoon of food, fellowship, and fun at the Greening of the Church. This tradition marks the transition from Advent to Christmas, as we engage in our final preparations for the Incarnation. There will be caroling, delicious hot beverages and snacks, crafts for kids, and, of course, we will be transforming the church for the celebration of Christmas.

Posted on November 27, 2016 .

The Lion's Mark: December 2016

In this issue, reflections from Fr. Sean Mullen and Robert McCormick, a look ahead to Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany, plus upcoming events, dates to mark, and more. Click here to read!

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Posted on November 26, 2016 .