Worship at St. Mark’s
Full participation in our worship services at St. Mark’s is open to all, including children. You are completely welcome to attend – including receiving communion at our service. We invite you to join us for worship whether you live in the area and are looking for a church home, are simply interested in joining us for a time, or are visiting here in Maine. Our worship is a sacred time for spiritual renewal as we hear the Word of God in Scripture and the sermon, and as we share the Eucharist together.
Here are descriptions of the three services:
Sunday Morning 8 AM: This is a simple recited service with no music. It uses Rite I from the Book of Common Prayer which is older Elizabethan English. It includes Scripture readings, a sermon, and Holy Communion.
Sunday Morning 10:15 AM: This service uses contemporary language either from Rite II of the Book of Common Prayer or recent Episcopal updates. We sing hymns from either the Episcopal Hymnal of 1982 or other supplements that include more 20th century music. The St. Mark’s Choir sings an Anthem during the service. It also includes Scripture readings, a sermon, and Holy Communion.
Wednesday Morning 10 AM: This is a small informal service gathered around a table that uses both Rite I and Rite II from the Book of Common Prayer. It includes Scripture readings and Holy Communion. There is no formal sermon but rather the entire group reflects on the Scriptures together.
Note that during the summer months, the Sunday services are combined into one which is held at 9 AM.
We also gather for worship on special days in the church year such as Christmas Eve, Holy Week, and Easter. The parish welcomes baptisms, marriages, and funeral services under the direction of the rector.
To learn more about the Episcopal Church and our common worship, you are welcome to speak to the Rector, the Reverend John Balicki, by phone 207-872-7869 or by email at email@example.com, or to read about the Episcopal Church on this website.