Worship

Worship at St. Mark’s incorporates quite a few traditions that we quite like!  We’ll describe a few here, but the best way to figure out what our worship is like is to come to a worship service (hint, hint).

The 9:00 Worship Service

An acoustic guitar

This service is less formal in style than our 11:00 service.  We still use some spoken liturgy (parts for the congregation to say, and parts for the pastor to say).  The congregation follows the service as it is projected on our screen.  Selections from the Bible are read, usually by one of our members.

Songs are sung at various times in the service, led by members of our band, Joyful Noise.  Musical accompaniment is piano and guitar.  The band’s style is kind of folksy-sing-along.  Our band is made up of volunteers from our congregation.

There is a sermon, usually given by our Senior Pastor, but sometimes by one of our Associate Pastors or a lay person.  They’re all really good! The same sermon is preached at both the 9:00 and the 11:00 Worship service. After the sermon, there is a time of prayer.

Holy Communion is celebrated every Sunday.

The 11:00 Worship Service

A picture of a hymnal, The Lutheran Service Book

This service follows an order of worship laid out in our hymnal, The Lutheran Service Book.   The service is liturgical, which means there’s parts laid out for the congregation to say or sing, and parts that the pastor says or sings.  The congregation can follow the service in the hymnal, and we also project it on our screen.  Selections from the Bible are read, usually by one of our members.

There are hymns sung at various times in the service.  Musical accompaniment is generally our pipe organ.  The choir may sing during this service on some Sundays.  Special services may use other instruments such as flute or strings.

There is a sermon, usually given by our Senior Pastor, but sometimes by one of our Associate Pastors or a lay person.  They’re all really good!  The same sermon is preached at both the 9:00 and the 11:00 Worship Service.  After the sermon, there is a time of prayer.

Holy Communion is celebrated every Sunday.

Kids

Sunday School is offered at the same time as the 9:00 Service, to allow parents to attend worship in relative peace.  However, children are welcome at any and all services if parents choose to keep their kids with them!  Sunday School recesses for the summer in June, July, and August.

Summer Worship Service

Starting in late May or early June, we change to a summer worship schedule. (For exact dates & times see Service Times.)  There is a single worship service on Sundays during the summer period.  With a few exceptions, our summer services are usually in the 11:00 Service style.

Joint Worship Service

On special occasions, we have a single worship service with both our band and our organ supplying the musical accompaniment.  Usually the band opens up the service, and our organist takes over later in the service.  The worship is generally different from either the 9:00 or the 11:00 Worship Service, as appropriate for whatever special occasion we’re observing.  For example, we have a joint service on the day that our Sunday School presents their Christmas Pageant.

Nuer Worship Service

We also offer a Nuer fellowship service on most Sundays at 2:30pm. This service is led by Pastor Philip Gai, and uses a Nuer Hymnal. The format of the service is similar to our 11:00 service. African music is played on a keyboard using well-known Nuer songs. There is an opportunity for children to learn the Nuer language while the adults and youth attend worship.

Coffee is served after the service. However, the last Sunday of each month is a Family Sunday. We ask everyone to bring food and we eat together after the service and enjoy some social time!