Friday, August 7, 2020

Daily Prayer for August 7

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in God's word is my hope.

Daily Readings for Friday, August 7, 2020

Brightness of God‘s glory and exact image of God’s person, whom death could not conquer nor the tomb imprison, as you have shared our frailty in human flesh, help us to share your immortality in the Spirit. Reveal yourself to us this day and all our days, as the first and the last, the Living One, our immortal Savior and Lord. Living God, by the Passover of your Son you have brought us out of sin into righteousness, and out of death into life. Grant to those who are sealed by your Holy Spirit the will and power to proclaim you to all the world. Holy God, giver of peace, when in our families and churches we are divided and at odds with one another, take from us mistrust, party spirit, contention, and all evil that divides us. Work in us a desire for reconciliation, so that, putting aside personal grievances, we may go about your business with a single mind, devoted to our Lord Jesus Christ. (Add your prayers.) Amen.

May God in endless mercy bring the whole church, the living and departed, to a joyful resurrection in the fulfillment of the eternal kingdom.

(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.)

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

St. Mark Presbyterian's Prayer Walk

"St. Mark family prayer walk started  Saturday, Aug. 1st. We are thankful for God's 1-provision and 2-love. We pray for our 3-Church and the 4-World. We are thankful for the 5-Cross and God's 6-guidance. We hope that you will come by the church and enjoy some outdoor prayer and meditation during the next few weeks. -Ms. 
Latisha Gilliland Click here if video doesn't appear.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Mound Ridge Camp!

70 years ago, this month, Mr. And Mrs. Hugo Wurdack bequeathed a special space be a center of Christian Education. It is situated along the Meramec River, about 100 miles southwest of St. Louis. Click here for the history.

We know and love it as Mound Ridge! With this lovely memory, the board of directors and staff announce the "Moving Up the Hill" plan. This means more facilities for families, groups, and individuals to be able to relax, refresh, and reconnect in the midst of God’s creation of abundant natural beauty.  In a letter, they wrote:

Since COVID-19 has prevented us from holding our anniversary party, we are asking that in lieu of travel and meal expenses, donations could be given to Mound Ridge. Your donations will go toward the sustainability of Mound Ridge and help us further this goal of moving up the hill! We wish we could see you instead, but appreciate all donations. To donate please visit our Flipcause page by clicking the button below. Thank you!

Wishing you Abundant Blessings of Love, Joy, and Health.

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Mound Ridge has been one of St. Mark’s core mission partners for many years and we look forward to building more memories together in the coming years.

Click here for St. Mark Memories of Mound Ridge

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Worship August 2

August 2, 2020 



Gracious God, you come among your people as the One who fashioned all things by your Word, redeemed all things by your sacrifice, and whose presence brings assurance and hope. Pour out your Spirit of love upon us again as we gather in your name, and help us declare your mighty acts with our mouths and with our deeds. Amen.

PRELUDE      Joy      Hill 



CALL TO WORSHIP                                    (Acts 2:17, 21)


God declares: “I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh.

Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy.

Your young shall see visions. The elders shall dream dreams.

Both men and women shall prophesy.

And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

† HYMN      “Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness”      Hymnal #291




Holy and Merciful God, we do not know how to pray as we ought, and we know too well our constant failures to do as you command and hold fast to your word. Forgive us for the divisions we nurtures, guide us to your word, keep us in your care, and lead us into faith. We trust your word that the spirit of truth will show us all things and grant us courage and peace. (Silent Confession)


† SHARING THE PEACE OF CHRIST The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you. 

SCRIPTURE Acts 10:9-16 

SERMON “Good Trouble” Rev. Dr. Dave Burgess 

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH Confession of Belhar 4 

We believe that, the church must therefore stand by people in any form of suffering and need, which implies, among other things, that the church must witness against any form of injustice, so that justice may roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream....We believe that, in obedience to Jesus Christ, its only head, the church is called to confess and to do all these things, even though the authorities and human laws might forbid them and punishment and suffering be the consequence. Jesus is Lord.


SPECIAL MUSIC      Joy In the Morning      Sleeth 

Vocal Duet: Nina Collier & Amy Shelton 



Great Prayer of Thanksgiving and the Lord’s Prayer 
Words of Institution 
Sharing of the Bread & Cup 
Prayer after Communion 

† HYMN      “Lift Every Voice and Sing”      Hymnal #339 

† CHARGE AND BLESSING POSTLUDE      Sing to the Lord      Smith 

†You are invited to stand, as you are able. 

Liturgist: Jonathan Neal 

Song Leader: Amy Shelton 


Saturday, August 1, 2020

Scripture for August 2

Acts 2:17, 21

“‘In the last days, God says,
    I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
    your young men will see visions,
    your old men will dream dreams.

And everyone who calls
    on the name of the Lord will be saved.’[a]