Worship and Prayer
Sundays @ St. Mark's
Our early service is a contemplative celebration of the Holy Eucharist using the traditional language of Rite 1 from the Book of Common Prayer.
10:00am Sunday School
Come see how we are learning traditional things in non-traditional ways.
This service celebrates the Holy Eucharist using the contemporary language of Rite 2 with some extremely joyful noise from our choir.
Join us for coffee in the Parish Hall after each service.
Nursery available 8am-12pm
The Daily Office refers to the ancient tradition of praying at certain times throughout the day (morning, noon, evening and night).
At St Mark's, a community gathers at 8am Monday through Friday to pray the morning office and invite God to be present in the activities of the day ahead.
The labyrinth is a sacred pattern, an ancient mystical tool that can help us quiet the mind and create a space for self reflection and prayer. It is not a maze. There is only one path in, one path out. Labyrinths are usually in the form of a circle with a meandering but purposeful path. The labyrinth at St. Mark's is patterned after the Chartres Cathedral labyrinth in France.
You are invited to join us in the Sanctuary for silent prayer on Mondays from 5:30 to 5:50 pm (from September until May). We begin with the sound of a bell and close our prayer with music, a reading or a bell. All forms of contemplative prayer are welcome.
For those who are beginning in Christian contemplation, we offer support and an introduction on Monday evenings at 5 pm. Simply email us in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know to expect you.
Many members of our congregation are involved in our worship ministries. There are opportunities to serve as Lectors (who read the scriptures and prayers), Eucharistic ministers (who help administer the chalice of wine at Communion), Acolytes (who light the candles, carry the cross, and assist the priest), in the Choir, or as a Greeter. It also includes the Altar Guild (who prepare the sanctuary for worship and care for the holy vessels and linens), and the Flower Guild (who adorn the Altar with flowers each Sunday and on special occasions).
The Chancel Choir invites all those who have a love of music to join us in Christian fellowship as we "make a joyful noise unto the Lord."
The Handbell Choir rehearses Wednesday from 5:30-6:20 p.m. in the sanctuary. Reading music is not a requirement, if you have an interest in playing handbells, please join us.
St. Mark's sponsors a scholarship at Texas State University for Choral Scholars that participate in our Choir. For more information or how you can help in funding scholars contact Jenny.
This ministry prepares the sanctuary for worship and cares for the holy vessels and linens.
This ministry adorns the altar for worship each Sunday and decorates the sanctuary for special services such as Christmas and Easter.
Our "hosts" greet worshippers before the service, assist the congregation to go forward to receive Holy Communion and serve as Oblationers to present the bread, wine, and offering.
Lectors communicate a living Word of God to the people through the reading of our ancient stories and writings. Lectors also represent the people by leading the Prayers of the People.
The Eucharistic Ministers make available the Eucharistic grace of God through the administration of the Body and Blood of Christ during Holy Communion or afterward to the sick and homebound.
are a vital part of our worship at St. Mark’s, lighting and carrying candles, carrying the processional cross, and assisting the priest. All ages are welcome!