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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
The church building will be open during daylight hours throughout holy week for prayer and meditation.
THE SUNDAY OF THE PASSION: PALM SUNDAY (APRIL 13), 9:30 AM
- The Proper Liturgy: Holy Eucharist with the Procession of the Palms, and dramatic reading of the Passion Narrative according to Matthew
MONDAY AND TUESDAY IN HOLY WEEK (APRIL 14-15)
WEDNESDAY IN HOLY WEEK (APRIL 16)
- Liturgy of Preparation, a reflective service of penitence, healing, and reconciliation, 5:30 PM
MAUNDY THURSDAY (APRIL 17)
- 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
GOOD FRIDAY (APRIL 18)
- The Proper Liturgy: The Holy Communion, 7 AM
- Liturgy of Preparation (repeated from Wednesday), Noon
- The Proper Liturgy: The Holy Communion, 7 PM
HOLY SATURDAY (APRIL 19)
EASTER DAY (APRIL 20)
- 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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.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.
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)
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).
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