Worship Schedule

Contemporary Worship:

8:15 am

Holy Communion every Sunday


Traditional Worship:

10:30 am

Holy Communion every Sunday

Sunday school  / Sunday brew

Sunday School:

9:30 - 10:15 am


Sunday Brew

9:20 - 10:15 am

Coffee and tea are available in the eastern

alcove of the Nave between worship services.


For worship resources, click here.

Contemporary Worship Service

Our Contemporary Worship Service at 8:15 is dress casual, and the music is led by our Praise Team.  The entire worship service is projected on screens. 


Contemporary worship is also held outdoors on special occasions.  In recent years we have worshiped at Kermit's Park on Memorial Day Weekend and for Rally Day. Outdoor services feature music, worship, food, fellowship, and activities for adults and children.


The Praise Team is open to auditioning musicians and singers. If you would like to explore becoming a member of the Praise Team, contact Myra Long (704-213-7623). 

Traditional Worship Service

Traditional worship uses the resource: Evangelical Lutheran Worship. This service is more formal, includes traditional liturgy, and hymns and music that are led by organist and choir director, Myra Long, and the Chancel Choir.  .


The Chancel Choir is open to new members.  If you would like to explore becoming a member please contact Myra Long (704-213-7623).   


In addition to the organ, St. Mark's recently purchased a new baby grand piano to enhance worship services.

Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve we gather to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.  St. Mark's holds two services on Christmas Eve. Both services offer candle-lighting and communion. The 4 p.m. service is less formal, family oriented with the message of Christ's birth proclaimed through a story time with the children, and includes a number of carols. The 10:30 pm service is a more formal traditional service of lessons, carols, hymns, instrumentalists and soloists.  


Isaiah announces that the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. The grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all.  We join the heavenly hosts singing “Glory to God in the highest.” Amid our broken world marked by sin, death, and evil we proclaim that the Prince of Peace is born among us. God comes to us as fully divine and fully human as a sign of promise and hope that darkness cannot and will not prevail.  


Holy Week

Palm Sunday

While most Protestants celebrate the Sunday before Easter as Passion Sunday, in Catholic and other church traditions– Lutheran included– it is also celebrated as Passion Sunday anticipating the impending death of Jesus. 

 

Many churches incorporate an emphasis on the Passion of Jesus into services on Palm Sunday as a way to balance the celebration of Easter Sunday. Rather than having the two Sundays both focus on triumph, Passion Sunday is presented as a time to reflect on the suffering and death of Jesus in a Sunday service of worship. This provides an opportunity for people who do not or cannot attend a Good Friday Service to experience the contrast of Jesus’ death and the Resurrection, rather than celebrating the Resurrection in isolation from Jesus’ suffering. 


Maundy Thursday

Maundy is an English form of the Latin word for commandment. The primary theme of the day is Jesus’ new commandment to “love one another even as I have loved you;” a love sharply focused by the contrast of the betrayal which followed. Jesus’ love is demonstrated both in his example of servanthood and in the gift of himself in Holy Communion.


Good Friday

The word “tenebrae” comes from the Latin word meaning “darkness.” The Tenebrae is an ancient Christian Good Friday Service that makes use of gradually diminishing light through the extinguishing of candles. The flow and steps of Tenebrae symbolize the events of Holy Week from the triumphant Palm Sunday entry through Jesus’ burial. The gradually increasing darkness symbolizes the approaching darkness of Jesus suffering. The service concludes in darkness with the Paschal Candle carried out of the sanctuary, symbolizing the death of Jesus. A loud noise is made to symbolize the closing of Jesus’ tomb. After the service you may leave or remain in silence to meditate on Christ’s death.

The Vigil of Easter

On Saturday evening our Easter celebration begins with the Vigil of Easter. We begin  with a gathering prayer around the New Fire, followed by a candle-lighted processional moving from out of the darkness and into the Light of Christ. The Vigil includes readings that chronicle the great events and promises of salvation history from the Old and New Testaments. The service also celebrates the sacraments of Holy Baptism and Holy Communion wherein the risen Christ continues to encounter us.  The service culminates with the Easter Proclamation: "Christ is Risen! Alleluia!"  


We celebrate Christ our Victor who has overcome sin, death and evil for us, and for the world. We celebrate new life given to us in Christ by the power of the Spirit for growth in grace and faith, individually and corporately as a Church.  We celebrate and move into the new horizon of hope and promise given in Christ and the Spirit knowing that our destiny in life and in death is good.   

Easter

On Easter morning we celebrate Christ's resurrection with a Sunrise service at 7:00 a.m., and a Traditional service at 10:00 a.m.  Special music is very much a part of these celebrations as well lilies that adorn our worship space. Breakfast is held between services in the Family Life Center. 


We celebrate Christ our Victor who has overcome sin, death and evil for us, and for the world. We celebrate new life given to us in Christ by the power of the Spirit for growth in grace and faith, individually and corporately as a Church. We celebrate and move into the new horizon of hope and promise given in Christ and the Spirit knowing that our destiny in life and in death is good.   

Memorial Day / Rally DAy

Outdoor Services

Two outdoor worship services are held at Kermit Park each year. The Memorial Day worship also includes our members who are in the military. Rally Day is held just before school starts to launch the new Sunday School year.


One service is held that day beginning at 10 a.m. Following worship, the congregation enjoys a meal, fellowship,  and activities for adults and children.

Pentecost

Under construction.

All Saints Sunday

On the first Sunday of November, we celebrate and commemorate All Saints Day. We remember our members and loved ones who have joined the Church Triumphant in the last two years. We list those to be remembered in a special insert in the church bulletin that day. During the service they are remembered by the reading of their names accompanied with the ringing of a bell. Family members are given the opportunity to come forward to light a candle in their memory, and to go to the altar to pray. 


All Saints' Day reminds us of God's redeeming and life giving grace. We celebrate and recognize that it is only by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the power of the Spirit, that Christians - those living and those in the Church Triumphant - are fit to be called made saints.  

W-Elca Thankoffering Sunday

Each year in November, the women of St. Mark's lead the worship service in support of the national W-ELCA Thankoffering, providing grants and scholarships for Lutheran women, and also to raise money for a designated W-ELCA project at St. Mark's.


The church is beautifully adorned with mums and various fall items. As part of the fundraiser, there is a bake and craft sale between worship services. Items included are homemade pies, cakes, pudding, casseroles, canned items, and crafts. The mums decorating the church can also be purchased.