On December 20, 2015, a Special Guest

On the Fourth Sunday of Advent, 12/20/15, we will welcome the Rev. Deacon David Lynch as a guest presenter during the Adult Education time at 9:30 a.m. David will lead a conversation about and an experience of ‘Carols of the Season.’

Prayers for our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry in the hospital

Yesterday, 12/6/15, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry was admitted to the hospital following some difficulty with word finding.  He was transferred to a hospital in Richmond, VA (he had been visiting historic Bruton Parish Church) — the diagnosis was a subdural hematoma.  ++Michael is expected to make a full recovery.  Canon Hunn was with him on this episcopal visitation and Sharon Curry will also be with her husband at the hospital.
Here is a link to a video taken from — yes — his hospital bed.  Please keep our beloved Bishop in your prayers.
Here is a link to the letter sent from the President of the House of Deputies of our General Convention.

Gracious God, who call all to ministry:  We pray this day for your servant Michael whom you know to be a great witness to your love and to your hope for all people.  Surround and fill him with the healing power of your Holy Spirit that he may make a full recovery from the subdural hematoma which came upon him so suddenly.  Guide the medical team into whose care he is entrusted granting them knowledge and skill, compassion and discernment in his treatment.  Be with his wife Sharon and with their daughters and all their family as they also pray and as they companion Michael on the journey back to health.  We pray for a full recovery as we and all your people are in need of strong and faithful witnesses to lead us into a bright future.  For these and the unspoken needs which dwell in our hearts we ask your holy blessing in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

December 6, 2015 – St. Nicholas Day Outreach

On Sunday, December 6, 2015, we will welcome a special guest at a Community Time potluck lunch after church.  The Social Worker from Wilburn Elementary School will be with us in anticipation of a holiday party being sponsored for certain of the school’s children by the faith communities of the New Hope Road Alliance.  The Alliance is made up of various faith communities along the N. New Hope Road area of Raleigh.  We are active in and seeking ways of serving our neighbors and neighborhoods around us.

A Prayer for Thanksgiving Day

Gracious God, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them.  Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.  (Adapted from The Book of Common Prayer 1979)  


Sunday, November 1, 2015 – Viewing the Installation of the Episcopal Church’s Presiding Bishop

On November 1, 2015, following our 10:30 a.m. service, our Memorial Garden Committee will host Community Time.  Then at 12 noon we will live-stream the Installation of Bishop Michael Bruce Curry as 27th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.  Events will be broadcast from the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC.   Feel free to bring a bag lunch as beverages will be available.  This is a momentous event in the history of our church as our Bishop Diocesan transitions to serving the larger Episcopal Church.  Come and celebrate.

Guest from Wake Habitat for Humanity, Sun., Oct. 25, 2015

On Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. St. Mark’s, Raleigh, will welcome as a special guest speaker Rick Beech of Wake County Habitat for Humanity. Rick’s visit in part of the foundation on which we will participate with other Episcopal churches and entities in Episcopal Build 2016. At Community Time following our 10:30 a.m. service we will also welcome a special guest Habitat homeowner. Hope to see you there (here!).

October 18, 2015, at 9:30 a.m., St. Mark’s Welcomes Special Guest Speaker

The Episcopal Farmworker Ministry (EFwM), a joint ministry between the Diocese of East Carolina and North Carolina, has been serving farmworkers in Johnston, Harnett and Sampson Counties in eastern North Carolina for nearly three decades. EFwM ministers to 3,500 farmworkers each growing season by providing Spanish-language sacramental ministries and Eucharist celebrations. Some of the programmatic ministries include immigration assistance; transportation services; food, clothing and toiletry kit collection and distribution; labor camp visits; counseling; and English as a Second Language (ESL classes), as well as a visitors program for church, community and school groups. No one is denied services based on ability to pay. Come, learn more about this important ministry, and welcome our guest speaker from EfwM, Dr. Juan Carbana, Interim Director.  Join us in our Community Life Center between the 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. services.

Bringing the Whole of Who We Are

In the Episcopal Church we get teased about ‘Episcopal aerobics.’  That’s because in our worship services we bring the whole of who we are — embodied creatures, made in the image of God.  We stand…we sit…we kneel and, at St. Mark’s, we walk forward and form a circle to receive communion.  We speak, we sing, we are silent.  We are younger and older and all in between.  We use words ancient and contemporary.  We seek and we wonder, we muse and we ask.  Bring the whole of who you are to be with us Sundays at 8:30 or 10:30 a.m. for services and at 9:30 a.m. for intellectual and spiritual inquiry.