Season of Advent and Christmas
The scripture readings for the services are available on the lectionary pages. Please pick the service from the calendar and click on the link to find the scripture readings.
In addition, you can find background readings on Sunday's readings at The Rev. Michael Hiller's Blog, "Break Open the Word."
Sunday, December 21 at 4:30 A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
This is a service of Christian worship celebrating the birth of Jesus. It includes both scripture readings, congregational carols and choral carols. It is based on a service first held in 1880 in Cornwall England.
Congregational carols include: Once in Royal David's City, Break forth, O beauteous heavenly light, God rest ye merry gentlemen, O Little Town of Bethlehem, O come, all ye faithful, and Hark! the herald angels sing.
Choir carols include: Ledger, Adam lay ybounden; Poston, Jesus Christ the Apple Tree; Pearsall, In dulci jubilo; Distler, A Spotless Rose; Kopek, There is no Rose; Part, Bogorodistse Djevo; Mealor, Ave Maria; Jennings, Thy Little ones, dear Lord; Chilcott, The Shepherds' Carol; Rutter, What Sweeter Music.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Family Christmas Service at 4:30 p. m. (with Christmas story and abbreviated service)
Music for the Nativity at 10 p.m.
Christmas Choral Eucharist, 10:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 25, Christmas Day
Christmas Day Eucharist Service at 11 a.m.
Monday, January 5, Epiphany
Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Eucharist Service, 7:30 p.m.
St. Mark's Worship and Service
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Or, in the words of the Gospel, "Come and see!" (John 1:46).
Compline Service on Thursdays at 8
St. Mark's holds a weekly compline service in the chapel on Bancroft Way on Thursday 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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