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.