December 15: 3rd Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 15, 2013, is the Second Sunday of Advent. Services are at 8 a.m. in the chapel and at 10 a.m. in the main church. The scripture readings are available here. In addition, you can find background readings on Sunday's readings at The Rev. Michael Hiller's Blog, "Break Open the Word."
St. Mark's Welcomes Cal Students to Study Hall December 9 to 17
St. Mark's welcomes Cal students to an end of the term study hall at St. Mark's from noon to midnight from December 9 to December 17 (with Sunday, December 15 excluded). Cal has provided wifi connections to the campus network. St. Mark's will provide tables, chairs, and coffee. Bring any food you wish. Our address is below, but we are located on Bancroft directly acroos from the Recreations Sports Facility.
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, December 15 at 4:30 p.m. is a service of worship celebrating the birth of Jesus. The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings from Genesis, the prophetic books and the Gospels, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols, hymns and choir music. Click here for the congregational and choral carols that we will sing at St. Mark's this year.
Family Christmas Liturgy, December 24 at 4:30 p.m.
Christmas Eve Choral Service, December 24 at 10:30 p.m.
Christmas Eucharist, December 25 at 11 a.m.
St. Mark's Worship and Service
St. Mark's is a congregation known for its Sunday Choral liturgy and the commitment of the congregation to education, to social ministry and to each other.
Find out more by visiting the Worship or the About Us page, or by electing to receive our e-mail weekly announcements and/or monthly newsletters for as long or as short a time as you wish.
Or, in the words of the Gospel, "Come and see!" (John 1:46).
Compline Service on Mondays at 8
St. Mark's holds a weekly compline service in the chapel on Bancroft Way on Monday evenings at 8 p.m. Compline is the ancient Christian night liturgy, which invites us to reflect on the day just past, where we may have fallen short of the glory of God and to what we want to turn, and is composed of scripture, prayer, music and silence. This service is approximately 30 minutes long.
Hot Meals for the Hungry
On the third Saturday of each month, volunteers from St. Mark's and the wider community cook for 120 guests. The volunteers work in two shifts. From 1:30-4 p.m. volunteers set tables, prepare and cook the meal, and prepare box lunches. From 4:30-6:30 p.m., volunteers serve the meal and clean up.
All volunteers are welcome, including one-time or walk-in volunteers. Call (510) 848-5107 for further details or just show up and introduce yourself.
Social Justice and Social Concerns
The Social Justice and Social Concerns Committee at St. Mark's has just prepared a web page describing the many things that they do at St. Mark's and announcing a new Facebook page. Please visit the Social Justice web page to find out more about this important and vital activity.
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