Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Red Cross Blood Drive

Red Cross Blood Drive, August 20

Our third drive of the year will be held on Sunday, August 20 from 9 AM to 1 PM in Gleason Hall.

The need is great for your donation. If you want to save time and not sit in that little room for what feels like hours visit: do the pre-reading and answer the donation questions from the comfort of your own home., and as a thank you, Target will email you a $5 gift certificate for donating. The catch is you have to do it the morning of the drive.

This is a great opportunity for us to help save lives. Each unit can help 3 people.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Worship Prayers for Aug. 6

CENTERING PRAYER - "Living Christ, I know you are with me.  This situation is more than I can handle.  I am in over my head.  I give you this whole problem now.  Take it over, the whole thing, all the way.  Fill me, fill this place, fill all of us who are here with your transforming presence.  I thank you that at this moment you are enfolding us.  In your name, by your word, and through your power.  Amen."  Flora Slosson Wuellener  Author's adaptation from Prayer, Fear, and Our Powers (Nashville:  Upper Room Books). 95.

One:   All who struggle with issues of life and faith, come and gather here.
All:      We come to be renewed by God.
One:   All who scuffle with God, come and find rest here.
All:      We come to be blessed by God.
One:   All who hunger and strive for a deeper relationship with God and with each other,
            come and be fed here.
All:      We come to be reassured by God.

   PRAYER OF CONFESSION                                    
God of compassion, we are sick.  We have wrestled all night with worry instead of resting in you.  We have asserted our own goodnesinstead of awakening to yours.  We have turned away those hungry for your help instead of trusting you and feeding them from your limitless supply of blessings.  Forgive us, heal us, and help us to hold on to you.  We call upon you, for we know you will answer us, O God, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

   SCRIPTURE                                                                                                                 Genesis 32:22-31

For Pastor Dave's sermon "Struggling, Scuffling, and Striving", Click here.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Daily Prayer for Aug. 12

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. I was dead and behold I am alive forever and ever. Because I live, you also will live.
2 Samuel 12:15-31; Acts 20:1-16; Mark 9:30-41

O God of grace, you have given us new and living hope in Jesus Christ. We thank you that by dying Christ destroyed the power of death, and by rising from the grave opened the way to eternal life. Help us to know that because he lives, we shall live also; and that neither death nor life, nor things present nor things to come shall be able to separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. By your power, great God, our Lord Jesus healed the sick and gave new hope to the hopeless. Though we cannot command or possess your power, we pray for those who want to be healed. Mend their wounds, soothe fevered brows, and make broken people whole again. Help us to welcome every healing as a sign that, though death is against us, you are for us, and have promised renewed and risen life in Jesus Christ the Lord. (Add your prayers.) Amen.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

(Opening sentences, prayers, and blessings are from the Book of Common Worship. Readings are from the daily lectionary in Daily Prayer. Both are published by Westminster/John Knox Press.)

Friday, August 11, 2017

Rally Day is Coming!

RALLY DAY is Sunday, August 13!
St. Mark returns to three weekend worship services the weekend of August 12-13:
– 5:00 PM Saturday
– 8:80 AM Sunday
– 10:30AM Sunday
Children’s Sunday School will reconvene during the 10:30 AM service on August 13.
Come meet your new teachers & friends for the 2017-2018 school year.
There will be a Confirmation Informational Meeting Sunday morning at 9:30 AM in Rooms 17-19. Students in Middle School and anyone who has not be confirmed are welcome to join! Call or email Katie Sternhagen for more information!
Blessing our Backpacks will be part of the 10:30 AM service. We encourage you to bring your briefcase, backpack, or whatever you carry to work or school for this blessing for the new school year.

Summer is a busy time for all. We hope you make an intentional effort to make St. Mark a part of your weekly schedule as your Fall scheduling begins.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Welcome Pastor Dave and Family

We welcomed Pastor Dave Burgess and his family the weekend of August 5 and 6.  Saturday worship greeted him with bowties, cookie cake and a warm welcome!

Sunday morning, the Burgess Family was greeted with bow ties, Ted Drewes ice cream, gifts, and another warm welcome!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Music Notes

Summer is not quite over yet, so there is still time for a wide variety of music in worship!
St. Mark Presbyterian Youth Bell Choirs 1980's and 1990's

Psalm 150 Youth Band: Musicians third grade and up, who have taken at least one year of private instrument or band/orchestra are invited to rehearse with us on August 16 and 23, from 5:30 - 6 pm and play in worship on Sunday, August 27. The piece is Ode to Joy. I have one pianist, but could use up to three more (1 to double piano,1 to play keyboard, 1 to play organ!). Flutes, clarinets, trumpet, strings, percussionists welcome! I can also add 1-3 bell players to this event (with a little extra training). Please let me know soon, so I can get you your part and you can start preparing. Rehearsals are important! We want to offer our best to God and the Congregation. But it is time to start thinking about Fall.

Chancel Choir: will rehearse Wednesday, August 9 at 7 pm and sing on Rally Day, Sunday, August 13. We will start our regular Wednesday evening rehearsals on Wednesday, August 30 at 7 pm with our first official Fall Sunday being September 10. Newcomers, returners, long-lost singers are invited, begged, pleaded, cajoled to join us! All voice parts are welcome, but let me lay a little “guilt” on the singing men of the congregation -- WE NEED YOU even if you can just come part of the year!

Middle School/High School Bells: Is there an interest in playing bells for about 4-6 weeks in the Fall? Some basic rhythm reading skills would be required. Starting August 23? Around 6 pm? Let me know. Even if just one or two students are interested, I can teach you descants to play with hymns in worship.

Chancel Bells: Tentative start date would be September 13 at 6 pm. Experienced players. We especially need ringers in the low bells and the highest bells. Want to join us? Give me some notice, so I can plan what pieces to select.

Celebration Ringers: Tentative start date would be September 27 at 5:15 pm. Beginning ringers with basic rhythm reading skills are welcome (and needed). This year, we may try playing for 4-6 weeks, taking a break, then playing another 4-6 weeks, so if you cannot commit throughout the year, you can still play with us. Let me know if you are interested so I can plan the music.

Looking forward to another year of making music with you! Marsha

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Worship Prayers for July 30

CENTERING PRAYER - Most Holy God:  We rejoice in our awareness of your presence.  Enter our lives, refreshing and renewing us through the touch of your Holy Spirit.  Grant that we may live with love after the example of Jesus Christ, through whom we pray.  Amen
Come, let us encounter anew the God who moves among us…the God who meets us in praise and song, in forgiveness and new beginnings, in scripture and sermon, in prayer and in offering, in Christian community and in going forth in love.  We gather together to worship God.

   PRAYER OF CONFESSION                                    
O God from whom all blessings flow:  Lead us by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit to think those things which are right, and enable us by the power of your love to do them.  We confess the ease with which we hurt one another; the ease with which we turn our backs on the hurt of the world.  We confess that so often we seek our own security over the common good.  Enable us to feel and know authentic care and compassion for one another.  Enable us to be the community of your people, the Body of Christ in the world.  Amen

   SCRIPTURE                                                                                                                          Matthew 13:31-33

For Pastor Susan Hayes' Sermon, Click here.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Daily Prayer for August 5


Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus.
2 Samuel 5:22-6:11; Acts 17:16-34; Mark 8:1-10

God, our creator, you have given us work to do and call us to use our talents for the good of all. Guide us as we work, and teach us to live in the Spirit who made us your sons and daughters, in the love that made us sisters and brothers. Remember, O God, your church. Unite it in the truth of your Word and empower it in ministry to the world. Remember the world of nations. By your Spirit renew the face of the earth; let peace and justice prevail. Remember our family and friends. Bless them and watch over them; be gracious to them and give them peace. Remember the sick and the suffering, the aged and the dying. Encourage them and give them hope. Rejoicing in the communion of saints, we remember with thanksgiving all your faithful servants, whom you have called from this life. We are grateful that for them death is no more, nor is there sorrow, crying, or pain, for the former things have passed away. (Add your prayers.) Amen.

Go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.
(Opening sentences, prayers, and blessings are from the Book of Common Worship. Readings are from the daily lectionary in Daily Prayer. Both are published by Westminster/John Knox Press.)

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Welcome Pastor Dave

Pastor Dave enjoys wearing bowties. Let’s make Sunday, August 6 “Bowtie Sunday”!  Wear a bowtie or facsimile (even a cardboard one or one from St. Patrick's Day).

Then when he looks out onto his new congregation, he will see us with smiles of fun on our faces and bowties around our necks! 

Fellowship will have a basket available for gift cards to local restaurants and St. Louis attractions for the Burgess family.

Stay after the service for a special treat to celebrate the beginning of our ministry with Pastor Dave and his family - wife Sarah and children Amelia (12 years old), Sadie (10), and Samuel (6).

Monday, July 31, 2017

Deacon's Doings: Peace Meal Project

THANK YOU to all involved in the ABC sale! As the deacon’s primary fundraiser, how about
looking at where the money goes. The deacons review and allot donations to a variety of worthy causes including Isaiah 58, Lafayette Industries, UKirk and Peace Meal Project.

This month’s article is an overview of Peace Meal Project, an initiative to help alleviate hunger right here in St. Louis. (future Deacons Doings will provide overviews of other charities supported by the ABC Sale) The Peace Meal Project is a free fellowship meal for all every Saturday from 4:00 - 5:30 pm in the Parish Hall of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tower Grove area. St. Mark is one of the founding churches of the Peace Meal Project. It started in a St. Mark Sunday School class that wanted to help the needy in the city through actions, not just money. A former St. Mark pastor suggested contacting The Rev. Teresa Mithen Danieley at St. John’s and a partnership was born. St. Mark members assist with 5-6 dinners each year while providing a very meaningful and enriching experience for each participating volunteer. The deacon’s monetary donation helps the program defray ongoing costs to keep feeding the hungry. Want to learn more? Visit the Peace Meal Project webpage at: