what to expect on sunday morning

If this is your first time visiting St. Mark's, or for that matter, any Episcopal Church, we welcome you. 

Below please find a brief description of what you may expect on a typical Sunday morning.

We hope this answers any questions you may have, but if not, please feel free to email us at contactus@saintmarkserie.org

We would be glad to give you additional information or help you make your first visit as comfortable as possible.

worship

As you enter the church, you may notice that most people prior to the start of the service are quiet, using this time for personal meditation and devotion. Some worshippers bow upon entering and leaving the church. This is an act of reverence for Christ. Children are welcome and encouraged to worship with their families- (nursery and education offerings are also available).


The seating at St. Mark's is not reserved and there is always room for visitors. In fact, we expect them! An usher will give you a printed worship bulletin. Most of our service and the scripture readings are printed in the bulletin, along with all of the music for that day.


The service is from The Book of Common Prayer. This book is a collection of ancient and modern prayers and worship services for occasions when the community gathers and for individual use as well. It allows everyone to participate, reminding us that each person is an important part of the worship experience. It is a guidebook for daily Christian living.


We customarily stand for the Gospel Reading; sit to hear the other lessons, sermon and announcements; stand to sing; and kneel or stand to pray. Members of the congregation will be glad to help you follow along, and you may stand, sit, and kneel with the congregation, as you feel comfortable.

receiving communion

All who seek God and a deeper, stronger life in Christ are welcome to receive communion. Come forward to the altar rail as the ushers direct you and take the next available place. You may kneel or stand. Receive the communion bread from the priest/deacon in your open palm. You may choose to receive wine directly from the chalice by gently guiding it to your lips as the chalice bearer presents it to you, or you may leave the bread in your hand for the server to "intinct," or dip, the bread into the wine. If you choose not to receive the wine, simply cross your arms across your chest after you receive the bread. You may then return to your pew following those around you. If it is physically difficult for you to come to the altar rail, please indicate this to an usher and a priest will bring communion to you where you are seated.


Children and Communion

Children are welcome to receive communion at their parents' discretion. If you would like for your child to learn more about the sacrament before receiving, please contact Carly Rowe, Associate for Programs.


Receiving a Blessing

If you, or your child, would like to receive a blessing from a priest at the altar rail, come forward just as you would receive communion and cross your arms across your chest, and/or instruct your child to do the same.