One of the most important things that we do at Saint Mark’s, and do well, is worship. In these post-modern times when contemporary worship is more common than not, we unashamedly stand in the vein of traditional worship. This is not to say that we do not appreciate more contemporary forms of worship using praise bands, but we have chosen to stay with traditional Lutheran worship as our main offering on Sunday mornings.
We worship using Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW) a rich source of old standards and the best contemporary hymnody. We use several of the liturgies in the ELW and are steadily working our way to being proficient in all 10.
The primary instrument during Sunday worship is the organ. Throughout the church year you will find great organ music and it is likely that you will be treated to brass and strings, not only on festival Sundays, but on any given day of worship. Our outstanding choir, directed by Mr. Les Ackerman, Jr. our Minister of Music, leads the congregation is worship.
During Advent and Lent we offer midweek services at noon and in the evening. We follow the liturgical calendar of the church year and celebrate the festivals with joy.
We worship on Sundays at 8:30 AM (Morning Prayer in the chapel with Holy Communion) and 10:30 AM (traditional Lutheran worship in the sanctuary with Holy Communion). We have a professionally staffed nursery for infants and children up to age four. However, many of our parents bring their children to worship. We are a “kid-friendly” church. Additionally, we have a children’s sermon each week and then children have the option of going to Children’s Church during the sermon or returning to sit with their parents.