February 19, 2017

New Rector is Called

With great pleasure, the wardens and the vestry announce that we have called the Reverend Anne Margaret Sawyer as the fourteenth Rector of St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, and she has accepted the call. She will take up her duties on June 1, 2017, and her first service at St. Mark’s will be on the Day […]

February 17, 2017

Black History Month Series: African Americans and the Episcopal Church

It is February, when we are invited to pay more focused attention to African-American history. To start us off, here are two resources that give us insight into African Americans in the Episcopal Church from U.S. independence to the beginning of the 20th century: AA Episcopal church timeline, and a longer, illustrated version from the national Episcopal […]

February 17, 2017

Lent is Coming

In the weeks leading up to Ash Wednesday, there will be creative visioning and pancake eating, and the season of lent will full of opportunities for reflection and discussion. See the full schedule.

February 17, 2017

Jesus on Lust, Adultery, and Divorce

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to […]

February 11, 2017

The Power of the Church or the Power of God?

I’ve been thinking a lot about the power of the church, wanting to harness the energy of faithful progressives toward public action.  My thoughts have not always been comforting. Mussolini found it very convenient to use the power and prestige of the church, Roman Catholic in his case, to further his authoritarian agenda.  So did […]

February 4, 2017

Introducing: The Lion Cub Club!

Children under two years old and their parents or caregivers are welcome to relax with each other during the service in a safe space created by members of the congregation. Join us! You’ll see us as you enter the sanctuary – join anytime during the service.

February 4, 2017

Prayers for Discernment

We are in the final stages of discernment for St. Mark’s next rector, and  all of us – congregation, vestry, and candidates – need prayers! Not because there haven’t been prayers all along the way. Think back for a moment on where St. Mark’s has been in the past eighteen months: from the time Winnie […]

January 27, 2017

Saving Grace

Another march or vigil. Another sleepless night. Another attempt to be present and hold the news, my fears and tears, my to do list and sense of inadequacy, my rage and commitment, before God. The sense of connection and fierce compassion from women’s marches in the United States and around the world encourages me greatly. […]

January 26, 2017

Prayers for the Nation

Collects (prayers) from the Book of Common Prayer that we used at Friday noon prayer on January 20, 2017.   For the Human Family O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which […]

January 20, 2017

A Series of Fortunate Events

Amidst doom and gloom, here are three ways St. Mark’s bears witness to the light coming into the world–the light of God’s justice and peace. On January 8 over 75 people from two local synagogues and 3 local churches created an interfaith play date at Madina Masjid, the mosque at the corner of 11th Street and First […]

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