Sunday evening services resume

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St. Mark’s Episcopal Church alight for its CandleSong service, a Taizé-style liturgy offered the first through third Sundays of each month.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church will begin a series of Sunday evening worship services this month.

Each service, beginning at 5 p.m., is intended to offer a distinctive liturgy and music style to appeal to worshipers of a variety of ages and preferences, said the Rev. Robin Biffle, rector at St. Mark’s.

On the first, second and third Sundays of each month, “CandleSong,”similar to Taizé, will be offered. This contemplative, candlelit 30-minute service will include three short meditations interspersed with simple Taizé chants, adapted from those used in the ecumenical Taizé community in France.

Welcome Table Holy Eucharist around a table in the Parish Hall, less formal than Sunday morning worship, will be followed by simple supper on the fourth Sunday of each month. All are welcome, especially families with young children. On those months with a fifth Sunday, there will be a service of Evensong, a traditional musical setting of the Anglican Evening Prayer service.

St. Mark’s is located at 111 S. Jefferson, across from the Moscow-Latah Public Library. For more information, please call 208-882-2022 or stmark@moscow.com.


Mass on the Grass at Ghormley Park

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:35 pm by kentonbird

The congregation of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church will worship outdoors on Sunday, Aug. 31, with in its annual “Mass on the Grass” at Ghormley Park in Moscow.

The service of Holy Eucharist with music will begin at 11 a.m., followed by a potluck picnic. The public is invited. Participants are asked to bring a dish to share and a lawn chair, but all are invited whether able to bring a dish or not.

Ghormley Park is located at Home and 3rd streets near West Park Elementary School.

The regular 9:30 a.m. service at the church is canceled. The fall worship schedule will resume Sunday, Sept. 7, with a 9:30 a.m. Eucharist and a 5 p.m. CandleSong service, 30 minutes of restful Taizé-style music and brief meditations.  For more information, call the church office at 882-2022.


Celebrate Pentecost with gospel music

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:17 pm by kentonbird

On Sunday, June 8, the Feast of Pentecost, we will celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church, the Body of Christ in the world. This year, we’ll enjoy gospel music and spirituals throughout the service.

The anthem, sung by our special gospel-music choir, will be a classic from the civil rights movement, “Woke up This Morning,” adapted by the event’s music director, Melissa Parkhurst. A small bluegrass band — piano, fiddle, guitar, and upright bass — will accompany the music throughout.  “It’s gospel, spirituals, and American roots music–part of America’s rich cultural heritage,” Melissa says. “It’s music that engages the body and the spirit, music that makes you want to move!”

Wear red–the liturgical color that represents (among other things) the Holy Spirit, described in Acts 2 as resembling tongues of fire in its descent upon Jesus’ friends.

After we are fed at Christ’s table, we’ll adjourn to the parish hall for a potluck meal.  Please join us, even if you can’t bring a dish to share. We always have plenty. We are children of an abundant God!   Households with last names A-K are asked to bring a side dish or salad. Those with last names L-Z are asked to bring a main dish. An anonymous donor is providing dessert.

Melissa, a member of St. Mark’s, has put together a wonderful service including “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands,” “How Great Thou Art,” “Every Time I Feel the Spirit,” and “This Little Light of Mine.” Most of the music is from our Lift Every Voice and Sing hymnal. Melissa directs the choir and band from the piano bench from which she offers an inspired keyboard accompaniment.

Melissa studied at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her main areas of study include piano, Javanese gamelan music, and cultural revitalization in Native American music, for which she has recently published a book, To Win the Indian Heart: Music at Chemawa Indian School.

While living in Portland, she directed the “Takes the Fifth” Choir at St. Michael and All Angels Church, celebrating gospel, spirituals, and American roots music. She recently relocated to Pullman, where she and her husband, David Rossi, will be working at WSU. Melissa is very grateful for the welcome she and her son, Oliver, have received from the people of St. Mark’s.

More information about the service is available from the church office, 882-2022, and on the church’s Facebook page.


Holy Week services announced

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:17 pm by kentonbird

The church building will be open during daylight hours throughout holy week for prayer and meditation.


  • The Proper Liturgy: Holy Eucharist with the Procession of the Palms, and dramatic reading of the Passion Narrative according to Matthew


  • Evening Prayer, 5:30 PM


    • Liturgy of Preparation, a reflective service of penitence, healing, and reconciliation, 5:30 PM


    • Holy Eucharist with (optional) foot-washing, 12:10 PM
    • Holy Eucharist with (optional) foot-washing, followed by stripping of the altar, 7 PM
    • The Gethsemane Watch (“The Vigil of Repose”) 8:30 PM – 7 AM


    • The Proper Liturgy: The Holy Communion, 7 AM
    • Liturgy of Preparation (repeated from Wednesday), Noon
    • The Proper Liturgy: The Holy Communion, 7 PM


    • The Proper Liturgy, Noon


    • The Great Vigil (with Baptism), Kindling of new fire and Holy Eucharist, 6 AM
    • Easter brunch, 8 AM
    • Egg hunt and toss, 9 AM
    • Festal Eucharist, 9:30 AM

    STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Throughout the week the Stations will in the nave with a printed “self-guided” booklet of meditations. Daylight hours.


    Shrove Tuesday pancake supper is March 4

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    St. Mark’s invites you to share a traditional pancake supper on Tuesday, March 4, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at 111 S. Jefferson (the church with the red door across from the public library).

    Parish leaders will cook an all-you-can-eat buffet of pancakes and all the fixin’s: sausage, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee. No charge—a free-will offering is welcome.

    In the Episcopal Church tradition, the day before Lent is known as Shrove Tuesday. The word “shrove” comes from the Old English and means to seek pardon and absolution—a reference to the traditional practice of penitence during Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. On the last day before Lent families use up their eggs, butter, and other fats in anticipation of a 40-day Lenten fast. (In France, the occasion became known as Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday.”)

    The following day, Ash Wednesday will be observed with services of Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes at 7:00 AM, 12:10 PM, and 7:00 PM, marking the beginning of the penitential season of Lent. For those who can’t make it to the church building, we’ll offer the imposition of ashes downtown during the morning, noon, and evening “rush hours”: look for us in downtown Moscow.


    Gold, frankincense and mirth

    Posted in Uncategorized at 6:36 pm by kentonbird

    Once again, Katherine Sterling and friends have planned a delightful evening of good food and good friends to cap the Christmas season. The Twelfth Night dinner and celebration will begin at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2014.
    In keeping with this year’s theme, please wear something “gold” (lamé and extravagant jewelry are encouraged!); expect wonderful “incense” from the delicious dinner, and mirth from the delightful company. RSVP to Katherine or the church office so we know how much food to prepare. We hope all will be able to attend this celebration.


    Come to our free Christmas dinner

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    12 noon, Tuesday, Dec. 25: Hosted by St. Mark’s and open to the community. Come and bring a friend. If know in advance that you’ll be coming, please RSVP chefs Nate and Paul (892-4815 or pcirishman@gmail.com) so they have an idea how much food to prepare. But come at the last minute if you can—no worries. If you’d like to contribute, bring a dessert to share; best are ones that don’t need refrigeration which is at a premium! Also, please let Nate and Paul know if you can help set up or clean up.


    Advent, Christmas worship schedule

    Posted in Uncategorized at 11:55 pm by kentonbird

    December 22—Fourth Sunday of Advent

    • 9:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist
    • 5:00 p.m. The Longest Night: A Blue Christmas service. (45 minutes) See below for details.

    December 24–Christmas Eve,

    • 4:30 p.m. Christmas music
    • 5:00 p.m. Family-friendly Christ Mass with full choir. The children enact the Christmas story in a simple pageant. (60 minutes)
    • 10:30 p.m. Christmas music
    • 11 p.m., traditional Festal Christ Mass.(60 minutes)

    December 25–Christmas Day

    • 11 a.m. Celtic-style Eucharist, creation-centered, less formal than most Episcopal Church services. Recorded Celtic music. Meditation in lieu of sermon. Interjections of stillness. (50 minutes)

    Longest Night: A ‘Blue Christmas’ Service

    Posted in Uncategorized at 11:50 pm by kentonbird

    St. Mark’s invites the community to a non-denominational “Blue Christmas” service at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22. The service is for those grieving, hurting or lonely who may find Christmas to be burden, a sadness, or a challenge, as well as those who long for a quiet sanctuary from popular culture’s superficial commercialization of the season.

    This candlelit quiet service will consist of short readings and meditations. It also will offer reflective musical interludes featuring musicians Amanda Cairo, Sue Anne Chen, and Bill and Linda Wharton on cello, Celtic harp, flute, and recorder.

    Come, please. Bring a friend. Be still and know. “The single star that once guided lonely shepherds to find their hope and healing still shines. It shines quietly above all of the noise and laughter. Look up and see it. It shines for you” (The Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston).


    All welcome for Thanksgiving meal

    Posted in Uncategorized at 11:20 pm by kentonbird

    The Episcopal churches of Pullman and Moscow will join for a worship service and Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, Nov. 28. The congregations of St. James’ Episcopal Church of Pullman and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church of Moscow will gather at St. Mark’s for a service of Holy Eucharist at 11 a.m. The Rev Robin Biffle of St. Mark’s will preside and the Rev. Mary Beth Rivetti of St. James’ will preach.

    The service will be followed by a communal meal. All are welcome, invited and encouraged to attend. The traditional Thanksgiving feast will be provided by St. Mark’s, but we invite all to bring a side dish, dessert or salad to share – whatever makes the day special. If you’re preparing food for that day anyway, please make extra for St. Mark’s. St. Mark’s will provide the meats (Thank you, Amanda Cairo, Paul Collins, and Nate Wiltsie) but we still need:

    • Side dishes and salads—desserts are covered; we don’t need more.
    • Helpers to decorate and set up.
    • Helpers to wash dishes and clean up

    For more information, please call the church office at 208-882-2022.

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