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At St. Mark’s, we welcome anyone who enters our doors. No matter where you are in your spiritual journey, we hope you find an experience of love and joy that will strengthen your spirit.
Sunday is traditionally when Episcopalians gather for worship. The principal weekly worship service is the Holy Eucharist, also known as the Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion or Mass. In most Episcopal churches, worship is accompanied by the singing of hymns, and in some churches, much of the service  is sung.
For a schedule of our worship services, click here.
Episcopalians worship in many different styles. Some churches are very formal with ancient, multi-sensory rites, singing/chanting, music, vestments and incense, Other services are less formal and include contemporary music. Yet all worship in the Episcopal Church is based in the Book of Common Prayer, which gives worship a familiar feel, no matter where you go.
In spite of the diversity of worship styles in the Episcopal Church, Holy Eucharist always has the same components and the same shape.
We begin by praising God through song and prayer. This is followed with as many as four readings from The Bible. Usually one from the Old Testament, a Psalm, something from the Epistles, and, always, a reading from the Gospels.
 
Next, a sermon interpreting the readings appointed for the day is preached.
 
The sermon is followed by a series of prayers. First, with the Nicene Creed, a statement of our beliefs, then with prayers for the Church, the World, and those in need. The presider (e.g., priest, bishop, lay minister, ...) concludes with a prayer that gathers the petitions into a communal offering of intercession.
 
In certain seasons of the Church year, the congregation formally confesses their sins before God and one another. This is a corporate statement of what we have done and what we have left undone, followed by a pronouncement of absolution.  In pronouncing absolution, the presider assures the congregation that God is always ready to forgive our sins.
 
The congregation then greets one another with a sign of “peace.”
Next, the priest stands at the table, which has been set with a cup of wine and a plate of bread or wafers, raises his or her hands, and greets the congregation again, saying “The Lord be With You.”  Now begins the Eucharistic Prayer.
 
The presider blesses the bread and wine, and the congregation recites the Lord’s Prayer. Finally, the presider breaks the bread and offers it to the congregation, as the “gifts of God for the People of God.”
 
The congregation then shares the consecrated bread and the wine. Sometimes the people come forward to receive the bread and wine; sometimes they pass the elements around in other ways.
 
All baptized Christians—no matter age or denomination—are welcome to “receive communion.” Episcopalians invite all baptized people to receive, not because we take the Eucharist lightly, but because we take our baptism so seriously. 
 
Visitors who are not baptized Christians are welcome to come forward during the Communion to receive a blessing from the presider.
 
At the end of the Eucharist, the congregation prays once more in thanksgiving, and then is dismissed to continue the life of service to God and to the World.
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