Holy Week schedule

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Sunday, March 29: Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday 9:30 am Procession of the Palms and Holy Eucharist
Monday–Friday, March 30-April 3: (daylight hours) Stations of the Cross: A guided, individual encounter
Thursday, April 2: Maundy Thursday Liturgy with (optional) foot-washing, 12:10 p.m. and 7 p.m. (with choir)
Friday, April 3: Good Friday Liturgy with Communion from the Reserved Sacrament,7 a.m. and 7 p.m. (with choir)
Saturday, April 4: Holy Saturday Liturgy, Noon
Sunday, April 5: The Great Vigil with Holy Baptism, 6 a.m.; Festal Eucharist with flowering of the cross, 9:30 a.m.


Ash Wednesday services planned

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Ash Wednesday, which begins the penitential season of Lent,  will be observed Wednesday, Feb. 18.

St. Mark’s will offer services of Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes at 7:00 a.m.  and 7:00 p.m. For those who can’t make it to one of those services, the Rev. Robin Biffle will offer the imposition of ashes in downtown Moscow for an hour or so beginning at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Look for her near the intersection of Sixth and Main streets.

Shrove Tuesday pancake supper: Feb. 17

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St. Mark’s Episcopal Church invites you to share a traditional pancake supper on Tuesday, February 17, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

We’ll serve a yummy all-you-can-eat buffet of pancakes, sausage, and scrambled eggs. No charge—donations are welcome to support St. Mark’s outreach in Family Promise—a community-wide ecumenical ministry among homeless families.

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.”)

St. Mark’s is at 111 S. Jefferson—the church with the red door across from the public library. Handicapped access for the dinner is available through the Parish Hall door on the west side of the church, on the alley between Washington and Jefferson streets. For more information, call 882-2022.


Epiphany service & dinner: Jan. 5, 2015

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Mark your calendar for our annual Epiphany Dinner on Monday, January 5.

Evening Prayer begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the festive dinner at 6 p.m. This year’s theme is “Light.”

Once again, Katherine Sterling has kindly offered to oversee this event, so early reservations are requested. Tickets are $12/adults; $6/ children (ages 3 and under free); $30/family. Call or email the office (882-2022; stmark [at] moscow.com) for reservations.

Need a ride? Contact Bette Hoskins (208-484-0472; jbhoskins [at] frontier.com).


Christmas services at St. Mark’s

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The people of St. Mark’s invites you to join us as we celebrate the birth of Christ.

Christmas Eve: Wednesday, Dec. 24—4:30 p.m., Carols; 5 pm Family service with choir and Sunday School Christmas pageant.

Christmas Eve: Wednesday, Dec. 24—10:30 p.m., Carols; 11 pm Christ Mass. A Festal Eucharist with music.

Christmas Day: Thursday, Dec. 25—11 a.m., a simple Christ Mass (Rite 1) with seasonal meditation and simple carols.


The Longest Night: A ‘Blue Christmas’ Service

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St. Mark’s invites the community to a non-denominational “Blue Christmas” service at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21.

This service offers time set aside to recognize that the holidays can be hard for a variety of reasons and experiences, and it’s not “the most wonderful time of the year” for everyone. Joy can be difficult to find. Feeling “blue” is real whether related to the loss of a loved one, a significant life change, a broken relationship, isolation, or a lingering pain from the past.

We also welcome those who simply long for a quiet sanctuary from popular culture’s superficial commercialization of the season.

This candlelit quiet service will last an hour, and consist of short readings and meditations, with reflective musical interludes featuring musicians Sue Anne Chen, Martha Kitzrow, Melissa Parkhurst, and Bill and Linda Wharton.

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).


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

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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

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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

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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.

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