Worship is central to our existence as a parish and anchors our relationship with God and each other.
Worship at St. Mark’s is inter-generational, involving people of all ages, and reflects a 2000 year-old tradition of Christian liturgy that has continually changed and developed, incorporating diverse styles of music, prayers, and artistic expressions. At St. Mark’s we find our identity in our worship, education, and service.
St. Mark’s offers four Sunday morning opportunities for worship September-June:
- At 8:00 AM, the service is a Rite I Eucharist with music offered by a variety of instrumentalists and a closing hymn. This service is quiet and contemplative. Following this service is a brief coffee ‘moment’ in the narthex, and an adult education offering in Mahon Hall.
- The 9:15 AM service is a Rite II Eucharist, with musical leadership provided by the Chorister and Treble (children and youth) choirs, and organ-led hymns throughout the service. Very young children can attend Lamb’s Chapel or Children’s Worship during this time, and then join their families at communion. Education for children, youth and adults follows this service from 10:15 to 11:15.
- At 10:30 AM, is a Rite II choral Eucharist, with traditional music throughout. Musical leadership comes from the Adult Choir and guest instrumentalists. A coffee hour in Mahon Hall follows the service, to offer a time of fellowship.
- The 1:00 PM services a Rite II Eucharist in Spanish–“misa en Espanol” with music accompanied by piano and guitar. A bilingual Spanish/English bulletin enables both Spanish and English speakers to participate fully in worship. As with other worship services at St. Mark’s, the gathering is multi-generational and multi-cultural.
St. Mark’s summer worship opportunities June-August:
- 9:00 AM – Holy Eucharist – Rite II / Summer Sunday School
- 10:00 AM – Adult Formation
- 10:30 AM – Holy Eucharist – Rite II
- 11:30 AM – Coffee Hour
- 1:00 PM – Santa Eucaristía – Rito II
Additional worship opportunities:
- Holy Eucharist at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday
- Morning Prayer at 7:00 AM on Friday
- Evensong at 6:00 PM on the 1st Sunday of each month
There are many additional opportunities for you to become actively involved in Worship at St. Mark’s.Look at the links on the left side of this page for further information. Consider your special interests and abilities, and, no matter what your age, how you might serve in worship at St. Mark’s.
Daughters of the King – Members are committed to fulfilling their Baptism Covenant through prayer, service and evangelism. St. Anne’s Chapter meets on the third Monday of every month except for July and December. Members of the St. Anne’s chapter serve the parish by preparing the altar for all worship services, decorating the church for Christmas and Easter, providing receptions for funerals, and assisting with all weddings held at the church. All women of the parish are welcome to attend our meetings which are held in the library on the third Monday of each month. For more information, contact May Anstee at 630-889-0933.
Lay Readers (also called Lectors) read lessons and prayers at all regularly scheduled Sunday services and special mid-week services such as Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. Readers are committed to conveying the wonderful words of the Bible and the Book of Common Prayer as meaningfully as possible. Readers attend meetings with the clergy and others to learn how to do this and how to fit smoothly into the services they are part of. There is always something to learn, even for the most experienced readers. Young people grades 5 and up are welcome, as are seniors and all the in-betweens. Contact a member of the clergy or Rinda Allison for more information.
Children’s Music Opportunities
Click to visit Children’s Music Page
Rehearsal and singing schedule:
Rehearsals for Choristers, school-aged children through grade three, are every WEDNESDAY from 4:15 to 5:00 PM, with the exception of the Wednesday during spring break.
Rehearsals for Trebles, children and youth from grade four through high school senior, are also on Wednesdays, from 5:15 – 6:00 PM.
Rehearsals for preschool children are on Sundays, 10:30 – 10:45 a.m. in the preschool classroom. This group of children comprises our Cherub Choir. They sing at Christmas and in May.
**We have designed our program to have several entrance points. If the fall is not a good time for your schedule, you can join our choirs in December for the Christmas Pageant, or in January for the second semester.
Click email@example.com to email Marsha Webster, Music Associate for Children’s Choirs, or contact her at the church office, 630/858-1020.
Usher Ministry – The usher ministry plays a role in the worship commission by providing a service during the times of communal worship at St. Mark’s. The ushers are frequently the first people newcomers encounter and therefore play an important role in welcoming people to St. Mark’s. They hand out bulletins, participate in the offertory, help with making communion an orderly part of the service, and clean up after the service. The ushers also are available to help give directions to different parts of the church, find seats when services are full, assist if anyone is not feeling well, or any other unusual event during the service. Membership in this ministry includes parents and school-age children (and older), seniors, singles, and couples. There can never be too many ushers! If you are interested in participating in this ministry, please contact Paula Zwiebel at 630-858-6185 or firstname.lastname@example.org.