Worship is the central practice of our life together at St. Mark. We recognize that worship in our culture takes a variety of forms so as a visitor the liturgical structure may be new to you. As we worship we participate in a Holy Conversation that follows a fourfold pattern: Gathering, Word, Meal, and Sending.
As we Gather, we sing praises to God and pray together. Often we include a prayer acknowledging our brokenness and need of God’s word of peace and pardon.
The Word comes to us then in the form of scripture being read followed by a sermon being preached. We have a children’s sermon each service and the children gather in front of the altar. We then have a sermon for the congregation.
The Meal, also called Holy Communion, is the high point of the Worship service. Here we receive Christ’s presence and forgiveness in/with the tangible elements of bread and wine.
Finally, we are sent (Sending) into the world to live out our faith in service to our neighbor.