Live links to our worship services and bulletins
On Sundays at 10:30am, St. Mark's offers an opportunity for parishioners and friends to connect with each other in-person in the church and on-line using Zoom.
Zoom is a free video-conferencing platform which we'll use so that we have a chance to see each other and even converse.
All you need to do is follow an internet link (if you want to see each other and your computer has a camera and microphone) or make a phone call, if you want to listen in.
Our service begins at 10:30am - we hope to see you in the church. Masks are optional and we continue to practice social distancing.
Zoom internet link: Worship at St. Mark's
Online Morning Prayer and Evening Compline
with Rev. Sarah Kye Price and St. Phoebe School for Deacons
Our St. Mark's community is invited to join Rev. Sarah and the St. Phoebe School for Deacons for virtual daily prayer. Since Sarah's work with St. Phoebe School is mostly virtual, she is able to continue this ministry even during her times in California. All services are led by those studying to serve as vocational (permanent) Deacons in the Diocese of Virginia and the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia. The Virtual Chapel has been in place for two years, and keeps on growing. Right now, we have between 12 and 20 people who attend each service. It's small enough to be friendly and big enough that you won't feel out of place. You can attend individually, or come with a friend or as a "St. Mark's Group" and you will be welcomed in all ways. This is a great way to remain connected in prayer and remember we are still in "parallel orbit" in ministry together with Rev. Sarah who continues to house St. Phoebe School here at St. Mark's.
What is Compline, you ask: The last of the four services in the Daily Office (BCP, p. 127). It is descended from the night prayers said before bed at the end of the monastic round of daily prayer. Compline is a simple office including a confession of sins, one or more psalms, a short reading from scripture, versicles and responses, the Lord's Prayer, collects which ask for God's protection during the night to come, and the canticle Nunc dimittis. A hymn for the evening may follow the short reading from scripture. The collects may be followed by a time of silence, along with free intercessions and thanksgivings.
Faith @ Home - a multi-generational lectionary-based weekly guide for learning and reflection
The Way of Love - a resource for prayer and practices
A Prayer for this Time of Uncertainty:
Holy, Gracious, Loving God; Our times are in your hands, and these times have brought us to a strange moment. We read the news. We hear the stories. We know of people who have either tested positive for the Coronavirus or have been in a room with people who have tested positive. And we wonder. We know that there is fear out there, and we ask you to help us to turn this fear, our fear, into an opportunity for your love. We pray for all who have been affected by this illness, for those who are afraid, for all healthcare workers, for our hospital system, for all leaders who are making decisions that affect their people. Guide us all, because we haven't done this before and we are figuring out how to do it as we are doing it. Lead us, bless us, fill us with your peace and with your presence, so that our faith may always exceed our fear, and that we may be a part of the healing work that you are doing. And we pray it all in Jesus' name. Amen.