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  • First Sunday in Advent

    Welcome to worship on this first Sunday in the season of Advent! We light the first candle in our Advent wreath for hope and celebrate the gift of Holy Communion.  As usual, there is lots of great music!  Also this morning, both Pastor Eric (Children’s Time) and Pastor Beth (sermon) explore the prophet Isaiah’s prayer …Read More

  • Christ the King Sunday Nov 22, 2020

    In place of our usual St Mark created Sunday Worship Video, this week we present a Video from Synod Region 1 leadership including Bishop Rick Jaech (gives the sermon), Bishop Shelley Wickstrom, Bishop Shelley Bryan Wee, Bishop Kristen Kuempel, and Bishop Laurie Larson Caesar for congregations whose pastors and deacons participated in a theological education …Read More

  • Zoom Congregational Meeting ZOOM CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

    On Sunday, November 15th, members of St. Mark attended our annual congregational meeting at 9:00 a.m. using Zoom.  At this meeting, we discussed and voted on the proposed 2021 Spending Plan (Budget).  Our process began in September with the Financial Planning Committee (FPC) gathering data based on the Approved 2020 Spending Plan (Budget) and setting …Read More

  • 24th Sunday after Pentecost Nov 15, 2020

    Welcome to worship. With the liturgical year nearly over (Advent is two weeks away), the readings can be somewhat scary. With our world the way it is, we offer you a ton of hopeful music this week. Enjoy our choir’s new offering as well! For children’s time, be sure to grab your favorite hat. We …Read More

  • Sunday morning Worship, November 8th, 2020

    Welcome to worship this morning!  We are thankful you are watching with us!  This morning you will want to be sure to listen to the very end to enjoy a “Joyful Amen” with Terry Shaw and the St. Mark Chancel Choir.  Also, there is a beautiful Postlude offered by Benjamin Martin.  John Martin and Pastor …Read More

  • All Saints Sunday

    Welcome to worship on this All Saints Sunday!  Today we give thanks for the blessing of all the Saints in our lives. We especially take time to remember our family and friends who have passed away this year. God bless and be with you!  

  • Reformation Sunday

    Welcome to worship on this Reformation Sunday. We give thanks that the Holy Spirit continues to re-form the church and re-form us as the people of God.  Today we are blessed to hear from our beloved Bishop Rick Jaech.  There’s lots of wonderful music and children get to hear from Pastor Beth.  We invite you …Read More

  • Worship for the 20th Sunday after Pentecost

    This morning we celebrate the Baptism of Scarlett Bona and the Blessing of the Animals.  Pastor David Brauer Rieke (former Bishop of the Oregon Synod) offers an thoughtful sermon on the question of what do we render? (from Jesus’ response to render to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s).  There is …Read More

  • Worship Service for 10-11-2020

    As an alternative to our usual in-house created Sunday Video Service, this week we present a Sunday Video Service created by the organization Lutherans Restoring Creation. This is an organization with very close ties to the ELCA national office and a strong environmental commitment. This video has two main messages. Watch for these messages as …Read More

  • 18th Sunday of Pentecost

    Welcome to worship on this 18th Sunday after Pentecost!  We are thankful you are worshiping with us today.  This morning Pastor Beth tackles the difficult parable of the wicked tenants and Pastor Eric offers a reprise of a lively garden song for Children’s Time.  Our musicians Terry Shaw and Rae Corbin delight us with wonderful …Read More

  • 17th Sunday of Pentecost

    Welcome to worship at St. Mark on this 17th Sunday of Pentecost!  It is good to be together as the people of God.  In this morning’s worship video, Pastor Eric talks about Flat Jesus at Children’s Time.  We are including a link to find this Flat Jesus.  Also on this link are the lyrics to …Read More

  • We need to declare a national emergency on deadly policing

    The below article will be discussed in a virtual meeting tonight (9/24/2020) at 7:00PM by St Mark Lutheran Church. See the email which went out to members of the congregation for details of the virtual meeting. By Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas – September 2, 2020 “Protests are not working — where do we go from …Read More

  • 16th Sunday after Pentecost Worship

    Welcome to worship on this 16th Sunday after Pentecost!  This morning we hear Jesus’ parable of the workers in the vineyard and are reminded that God’s ways are not always our ways–and in the end, this is really good news!  The children hear Pastor Beth read the story of Jonah from the “Rhyme Bible”.  There’s …Read More

  • 15th Sunday after Pentecost Worship

    Welcome to worship this morning!  We are thankful you are here.  Today’s worship plunges into forgiveness and takes a deep dive into conversations about race and our church.  God bless you as you follow Christ and live as people of faith in our world today!

  • The Hardest Blessing

    The image and words below were done by author and artist Jan Richardson and inspired by Matthew 18:21-35, which is this Sunday’s Gospel lesson.  They were first published as part of a reflection at The Painted Prayerbook. Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.” – Matthew 18:22 NIV As …Read More

  • 14th Sunday of Pentecost

    Welcome to worship! Here is the video for Sunday, September 6th. This morning we hear a message of joy from our beloved member Laura Sinclair, a blessing for our students and school staff from Pastor Beth, music from the band and a sermon from Melanie Wallschlaeger, Director for Evangelical Mission. God bless you as you …Read More

  • 13th Sunday of Pentecost

    Welcome to worship on this 13th Sunday of Pentecost!   We are thankful you are here. Today we celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion.  MacKenzie Kennedy leads us in Children’s Time and Pastor Beth reminds us we are to take up the cross of Christ and follow him. God bless you as you worship today! …Read More

  • ELCA Social Message on Government

    The ELCA Church Council has unanimously adopted a new social message titled: “Government and Civic Engagement in the United States: Discipleship in a Democracy” This project was called for at the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, with an intention that it be ready to read before the national election this fall. The social message defines government …Read More

  • 12th Sunday after Pentecost

    Welcome to worship on this 12th Sunday of Pentecost!  We are thankful you are here!  God bless you. Listen and watch today’s gospel and sermon on the “Rock”.

  • 10th Sunday of Pentecost Worship

    Welcome to worship on this 10th Sunday of Pentecost!  We give thanks for the beauty of creation, the joy of music, and the blessing of God’s word.

  • 9th Sunday after Pentecost

    Welcome to worship for the 9th Sunday of Pentecost!  We are blessed to share in the gift of Holy Baptism for a “New Kid in Our Family.”  As we worship and hear the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000, we pray you are fed and nourished for a life of loving service in the name …Read More

  • 8th Sunday of Pentecost

    Welcome to worship on the 8th Sunday after Pentecost! This morning we hear a series of Jesus’ parables describing what the Kingdom or Reign of God is like.  We are blessed with wonderful music from Terry, John, and Eric, Children’s Time with Pastor Beth,and Pastor Rebecca Schjerven, Assistant to the Bishop, as our guest preacher.  …Read More

  • Trump Sends Stormtroopers to Portland Oregon to Beat-Up and Kidnap Peaceful Protesters

    Trump later claimed that protesters were violent, but videos clearly show that Trump’s Stormtroopers were the violent ones and not the peaceful demonstrators. Trump also claimed that his Stormtroopers were “invited” in. This is not true. Not only were they not invited, but they have refused requests from both the Portland Mayor and the Oregon …Read More

  • John Lewis Quotes

    On July 17, 2020 the world lost a giant in the fight for civil rights when John Lewis lost his life to cancer. What better way to memorialize this great leader than to present a compilation of just some of his compelling quotes. Here is just one such list. One of his most famous …Read More

  • Martin Luther Speaks About Pandemic and Politics

    7-19-2020 It may be worth your time to listen again to “Martin Luther Speaks about Pandemic and Politics”. These videos were originally published on this website about 3 months ago when the COVID-19 pandemic was in its early phases.  Our nation is now at increasing risk as both the pandemic intensity and political corruption and …Read More

  • Pottery Wheel & Kid’s Time

    In Dec 2017, video recordings were made at both services of Pastor Beth doing a pottery wheel demonstration for kid’s time. Only one of those recordings was ever published on this website. This week seems as good a time as any to finally publish the other video. So here it is.

  • Mitik the Walrus Wears a Mask

    Mitik is a clever Walrus who lives at Pt Defiance Zoo in Tacoma. Mitik says: “Do a good deed task, And wear a mask!” “Don’t roll the dice, Follow Mitik’s advice!”  

  • July 12, 2020 + Sixth Sunday of Pentecost

    Welcome to worship this Sixth Sunday of Pentecost!  Today we hear the Parable of the Sower and Jesus tells us to “Listen.”  We listen to the words of Christ as he sows seeds of faith, hope and love in our lives.   God bless you!

  • Fifth Sunday after Pentecost + July 5, 2020

    Welcome to worship this morning!  Today Jesus invites us to rest in him.  God bless you on this day with rest in the name of Christ.

  • 4th Sunday after Pentecost Worship

    Dear friends, Welcome to worship today! It is good to be together as the people of God. This morning we are blessed to hear our very own Bishop Richard Jaech preach about what it means to welcome one another in the name of Christ.  Pastor Beth shares one of her favorite books, “God’s Dream” during …Read More

  • June 21, 2020 Third Sunday After Pentecost Worshipful Experience

    Welcome to worship on this Third Sunday of Pentecost!  We are thankful you are here! This morning’s scripture lessons remind us–it is not easy to follow Jesus.  Yet, we remember God is with us and gives us what we need to live faithful lives.  Thanks be to God!

  • Second Sunday after Pentecost

    In this mornings Gospel, Jesus sends out his disciples.  Just as they are sent out, we are sent to share God’s love in our world today. God bless you as you proclaim the good news that “The reign of God is near” by your very lives.

  • ELCA SW Washington Synod Bishop Jaech’s Letter against Racism

    The attached letter from ELCA Southwest Washington Synod Bishop Rich Jaech gives some insightful thoughts for people to consider as they think about racism in the current crisis.

  • Holy Trinity Sunday – June 7, 2020

    Our God is Three is One.  Our God is one in Three!  Today we celebrate the mystery of the Holy Trinity–of who God is for us, with us, and around us.  God loves and is present in so many ways. Today’s service includes messages by ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton. The grace of our Lord …Read More

  • Episcopal Bishops Repudiate Trump’s Racist Actions and Statements

    Episcopal Bishops have repudiated the racist actions and statements of Donald Trump. They are especially upset that he made these statements in front of an Episcopal church. They are even more upset that he ordered national guardsmen to attack a peaceful demonstration between the White House and the church so he could walk to the …Read More

  • Pentecost Sunday

        On Pentecost Sunday, we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. We give thanks for the way the Spirit moves in and through us–and even in spite of us!  This is timely as we seek to live as people of faith during a divisive, charged, and challenging time. Our hurting world needs the …Read More

  • Ascension Sunday

    Welcome to worship!  This morning we celebrate Ascension Sunday.  The Gospel of Luke tells the story of Jesus blessing his followers and ascending into heaven. We give thanks to God for Jesus who reigns in love forever and ever.

  • May 17, 2020 Worshipful Experience

    Welcome to the Worshipful Experience for Sunday, May 17, 2020!  We hear Peter’s reminder to be ready to testify to the hope that is ours and Jesus’ promise of an Advocate. We give thanks and praise to God who promises to be with us always.

  • May 10, 2020 Home Sunday

    During this morning’s Worshipful Experience we hear God’s promise to dwell with us and make a home with us and in us.  We seek to live out this blessing as we love one another.  

  • May 3, 2020 Good Shepherd Sunday Worshipful Experience

    The Fourth Sunday of Easter is known as “Good Shepherd” Sunday.  In the Gospel today, we hear Jesus speak about himself as the gate to abundant life with God–not to keep people out, but to provide a way where there seems to be none.  Jesus says he is the shepherd who leads and guides his …Read More

  • April 26, 2020 Third Sunday of Easter Worshipful Experience

    Welcome to the Worshipful Experience for Sunday, April 26, 2020!  This Sunday we are blessed to have as our guest preacher Pastor Rebecca Shjerven, Bishop’s Associate for the Southwest Washington Synod. Also featured in worship today is PraisRing, our handbell choir, and Children’s Time. Be thinking about three things for which you are thankful! We …Read More

  • Children’s Time with Pastor Beth – April 19, 2020

    Click on the video below for a message especially for the younger ones at St. Mark.  Even the not so young might appreciate hearing Pastor Beth’s words and the story (written in Dr. Seuss fashion) by Nora Unrath, “How COVID-19 Stole Easter.”  God bless you!

  • Second Sunday after Easter Worship With Synod Staff – April 19, 2020

    Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed! Jesus appears to his disciples who are sequestered in fear in a locked home.  Jesus promises to come to us today even in the midst of our fear and uncertainty. Many thanks to our Synodical Bishop Rick Jaech and Bishop’s Assistant Rebecca Schjerven for leading us in worship …Read More

  • Easter Sunday Worshipful Experience

    Early in the morning, on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw the stone had been removed from the tomb…. In the midst of fear, grief, confusion, and sheltering in a home for safety, the good news of Easter is proclaimed to Christ’s …Read More

  • Good Friday Evening Tenebrae Service

    Our evening Good Friday Service is a Tenebrae which is one of increasing darkness.  As the Passion of Christ according to the Gospel of John is read, candles are extinguished one by one.  This 35 minute service is contemplative as we reflect on the final days of Jesus and God’s life-giving love for us. You …Read More

  • Good Friday Mid-Day Worshipful Experience

      The Mid-Day Good Friday Worshipful Experience is from the perspective of the two criminals who were crucified with Jesus.  The first one scoffed at Jesus.  His perspective is shared through the song “Friday Morning” by Sydney Carter.  The second one confessed.  His perspective is offered in the poem “What Was It Like for You …Read More

  • Maundy Thursday Worshipful Experience

    Maundy Thursday is the night we remember the meal Jesus shared with his disciples for the forgiveness of sin and his commandment to love one another. Please join us!  You will find the link to our Maundy Thursday “worshipful experience” below. As you worship with us, we invite you to participate in the sacrament of …Read More

  • Palm Sunday Worshipful Experience

    Dear friends! Here is our Worshipful Experience for Palm Sunday!  We hope it lifts your spirits and nurtures your soul. Feel free to cut a green branch or pick a flower to wave as we celebrate Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Watch to the very end for a St. Mark Palm Sunday Parade of saints!  …Read More

  • Virtual Visit from Loretta

    We had a virtual visit from Loretta this week. Loretta, true to her unique self, delivers a poignant message about social distancing and living as children of God.  She speaks the truth with clarity and humor. If you don’t know who Loretta is, you will after this brief 8 minute video!  Thank you, Loretta! To …Read More

  • Sunday, March 29, 2020 – A Worshipful Experience

    Dear friends, Here is the link to our worshipful experience for Sunday, March 29, 2020.  It is approximately 21 minutes long. The Scripture lessons for this week are from Psalm 130, Ezekiel 37:1-14, and John 11:1-45.  I encourage you to read them, light a candle, and join us for worship as we breathe deep the …Read More

  • Sunday, March 22, 2020 – A Worshipful Experience

    Dear Friends, Please use the link below to enjoy a “worshipful experience” created for you by Pastor Beth.  It is about 12 minutes long.  You can read the Gospel Lesson before viewing:  John 9:1-41.  Many thanks to John Martin, Terry Shaw, and Isaiah Utto-Galarneau for their musical offerings.  This is a way for us to …Read More

  • The Labyrinth is Open

    On these gloriously sunny days, if you want to practice spiritual nurture (and promise to practice social distancing as well), the St. Mark labyrinth is open for prayerful meditation. The labyrinth is located between the sanctuary and the educational wing with an entrance from the side parking lot. (The church building unfortunately is closed due …Read More

  • The Living Water Flows

    In Sunday’s Gospel (John 4) Jesus meets an unnamed woman from Samaria who came to draw water from the well. Parched, he asks her to give him a drink. When she questions him, Jesus speaks to her of the Living Water. “Anyone who drinks from this water will be thirsty again; those who drink from …Read More

  • St. Patrick’s Day Prayer

    Dear friends, On St. Patrick’s Day, I encourage you to go outside and take a walk this afternoon or evening. Use this prayer attributed to St. Patrick as your guide.  Breathe deep as you step into the next moment and pray: Christ with me Christ before me Christ behind me Christ in me Christ beneath …Read More

  • A Prayer for the Close of the Day

      Please offer this prayer as often as needed to center you in God’s grace. Lord it is night. The night is for stillness. Let us be still in the presence of God. It is night after a long day. What has been done has been done; what has not been done has not been …Read More

  • Sunday afternoon thoughts from Pastor Beth….

    Dear friends, I missed worshiping together today.  Eric and I hold you in our thoughts and prayers. We are working on ways to stay connected with you.  We will be in touch in the next several days about those sorts of things. So, now, I am just going to say it.  This is weird.  This …Read More

  • March 14, 2020 Dear friends at St. Mark, After much thought, prayer, and conversation the Church Council has decided to suspend worship services and close the building at St. Mark through the end of March. This is not a decision we have come to lightly.  Our hearts are heavy. Worship is central to who we …Read More

  • Readings & Gospel for 3-15-2020 – 3rd Sunday in Lent

    First Reading Exodus 17:1-7 1From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the LORD commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. 2The people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel …Read More

  • Good News in a Bad News World

    Sometimes there seems to be a bad news cloud hovering over the world. We have bad news in our own lives. And sometimes we are the bad news. We contribute to the bad news by the things we say and do, things we don’t say and don’t do. We confess in church each week that …Read More

  • More Resources for Corona Virus (COVID-19) Information

    Both of the below websites update their information on a daily basis. For the latest local Information see the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) website: For the latest national information see the Centers for Disease Control website:

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Facts from the World Health Organization

    The following are links which present facts and resources from the World Health Organization. Everyone should also keep track of national, state, and other local resources. These links are updated daily with the latest information. WHO: COVID-19 Updates WHO: Q&A on Coronaviruses (COVID-19) WHO: Travel Advice  

  • First Sunday in Lent

    God loves you. Remember that every time you see your reflection in a mirror. This Sunday’s bulletin cover shows a reflective black and white picture of mountains and a lake. A mirror image. Just like the image we see when we look into a mirror.  What do we see? The mirror shows the desires of …Read More

  • Transfiguration of the Lord

    On this Transfiguration Sunday, Pastor Beth explored with us what the transfiguration of the Lord meant then, and what it means for us now. God spoke to Peter, James and John from a cloud, as Jesus was enveloped in a brilliant light. “This is my son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased. Listen …Read More

  • Climate Change

    Our Planet is Heating Up Fast – It’s Not Too Late to Change Course Today, the Earth is much hotter than it was just 200 years ago. And sadly, we are seeing extreme impacts of that warming across broad landscapes, affecting wildlife and people around the globe. HERE’S WHAT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW RISE IN SEA …Read More

  • 6th Sunday After Epiphany

    First be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. Matthew 5:21-37 is the Sermon on the Mount in which Jesus exhorts his followers to embrace standards of righteousness that exceed legal requirements and traditional expectations.  Much of today’s gospel reading echoes portions of the Ten commandments.  Jesus’ instructions to …Read More