At St. Mark’s, our worship is grounded on the truth of the Bible as transmitted in the beauty of the Anglican tradition. It is done with reverence and dignity, according to the time-tested Biblical and traditional forms of the historic Book of Common Prayer (in the edition of 1928). The full service is printed each week in a Service Bulletin, proving our visitors with a simple guide to follow the service.
We are committed to the Bible as the Word of God, containing all things necessary to salvation. Our services are permeated with readings from the Scriptures, songs based on Scriptural texts or themes, and actions and prayers that have their grounding in the Scriptures.
Music is an important part of our worship services. At St. Marks we desire for our music to be reverent, God-centered, liturgically appropriate (fitting in with where we are in the liturgical year ), and theologically orthodox in content.
We are a traditional Anglican liturgical parish, believing that the historic Book of Common Prayer (1662/1928) sets forth a good and godly pattern both for our worship and for our formation as Christians.
Whether we are hearing God’s Word read & preached upon, receiving the Sacrament, praying, or lifting our voices in song it is our desire that our focus would be upon God the Father Almighty whom we worship through the Son and in the power of the Holy Ghost.
You will notice that our services are full of prayer. Sometimes these prayers are offered to God silently, at other times they are spoken corporately (the congregation praying in unison), and sometimes the clergy prays alone on behalf of the congregation.
We are a church that highly values the Sacraments, especially Holy Communion and Baptism. Sacraments are “sure witnesses, and effectual signs of grace and God’s good will towards us by which … he strengthens and confirms our Faith in him.”