Sunday, September 26, 2021:
The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

8 a.m. • The Holy Eucharist
in person in Thomsen Chapel

9 a.m. • The Holy Eucharist
in person in the cathedral nave

11 a.m.The Holy Eucharist
in person and livestreamed

7 p.m. • Contemplative Eucharist
in person in Thomsen Chapel

9:30 p.m. • Compline
in person and livestreamed
Cover photo of the cathedral with fall foliage by Ty Mudge, taken in 2018.

with a grand procession Sunday morning

Meet Saint Mark's new Canon for Intergenerational Ministries

with the Creation Care Ministry

Fall schedules are now online

A Spirituality of Desire, facilitated by Dean Thomason

celebrating Saints Francis & Clare of Assisi
Welcome Vergers!

This Sunday at the 11 a.m. service, Saint Mark's is pleased to host the closing worship for the annual conference of the Vergers' Guild of the Episcopal Church. Although for a "normal" Vergers' Guild conference, the cathedral would be welcoming vergers, sacristans, and ministers of ceremony from across the Episcopal Church to join in worship in person, we still warmly welcome all who will be joining the conference and the Sunday morning service virtually, and we a thrilled to have local vergers from the Diocese of Olympia in the cathedral for the grand opening and concluding processions.
Please note: Due to a concert in the nave, there will be NO Cathedral Yoga offering this coming Monday, September 27. Please join instructor Wendy Townsend in the cathedral nave on the following Monday, October 4, 6:30 p.m.
Autumnal Poetry Reading, Hosted by the Creation Care Ministry

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, 10:10-10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall
Fall is upon us with leaves changing, crisper nights, and fruits for foraging. Drawing from a selection of autumnal poems, parishioner and English professor Doug Thorpe will guide us in a time of reading and reflection to discover Creation themes and connections.
Choral Evensong in Celebration of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, 4:30 P.M., in person and livestreamed

Continuing the celebration of Creation launched with the Blessing of Animals on October 2, Saint Mark's Cathedral commemorates the lives of Saints Clare and Francis of Assisi in Choral Evensong on the Eve of the Feast of Saint Francis. The Evensong Choir will offer H. Walford Davies magical setting of Psalm 121, "I lift up my eyes to the hills," John Rutter's beloved setting of "For the beauty of the earth," and Stanford's stately settings of the Songs of Mary and Simeon in the key of C. All are invited to join heartily in singing Francis' Canticle of the Creatures in the form of Hymn 400: "All creatures of our God and King."
Fall 2021 Schedule of Sunday Morning and Wednesday Evening Forums Now Online

The Faith Formation Committee is happy to make public the forum schedule for the coming season! Just as they were before the pandemic, Sunday Forums are offered most Sundays in Bloedel Hall at the 10 a.m. hour, between the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services. On Wednesday evenings, were are reclaiming the "Cathedral Commons" format, with presentations and workshops offered 6:45–8:15 p.m. The Wednesday Evening Community Supper at 6 p.m. will NOT be resuming at this time, but stay tuned for future developments. The camera, projector, and computer equipment that is now being installed in Bloedel Hall will allow many of these offerings to be fully hybrid, with a full experience available both to those at home and those attending in person. This equipment will be functional soon.

Highlights of planned upcoming forums include:

These schedules are subject to change. Find the Sunday forums listed here, and the Wednesday forums here.
2021/22 OPENING PLENARY: A Spirituality of Desire with Dean Thomason

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2021, 6:45 P.M.–8:15 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall and via Zoom videoconference

Desire is often understood as existing in the realm of carnal experience, and is therefore to be denied or rejected. But mystics know a deeper truth—that desire is at the core of our spiritual awareness and informs all that we do and are, in response to God’s desire for us, or alternatively, as a shadow that hinders that union through false attachments. Dean Steve Thomason will draw on art, poetry, science, and theology, including writings of the mystics, exploring desire as a deeply-seated (and perhaps divinely hard-wired) spiritual gift that enables us to engage the Other in life-giving union while also reflecting on ways we fall prey to false attachments meant to fill the spiritual whole that only God can fill. No fee, pre-registration required for Zoom link. The link to register will be announced soon.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 12 P.M., Leffler porch

Join the Seattle Service Corps on the front porch of Leffler after the 11 a.m. service for conversation and refreshments hosted by the newly-arrived 2021–2022 cohort! All are invited to bring a "Pantry Pounding" gift to help provision the service corps for the coming year. We apologize for the broken link in last week's newsletter. The wish list items may be seen and signed up for here. Questions? E-mail Adam Conley at [email protected].
THIS SEPTEMBER 26, 2 P.M.–5:15 P.M., pre-registration required

The September 26 walk is will introduce St. John the Baptist parish and “Alki from Above." Join with other young adults from around the Diocese of Olympia to explore and learn about different neighborhoods and Episcopal parishes within Seattle.

St. Paul's and "Southwest Queen Anne."

The selection for September is Louise Erdrich's The Night Watchman.

This discussion has now again been moved to the fourth Sunday of the month due to the funeral liturgy of Matt Briggs. Contact Pearl McElheran with questions: [email protected]
Night Prayer with the 20s/30s will be offered this month on September 27 (call-in or in person in Leffler House).

Please note: The Abbey Arts concert in the nave on the evening of Monday 9/27 is expected to be very large, and parking may not be available in the lot. Please plan accordingly.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2021, 7 P.M. via Zoom

The recent IPCC report shows that heating from humans has caused irreparable damage to Earth. Saint Mark's parishioner and American Geophysical Union president-elect Dr. Lisa Graumlich will lead us in making sense of these findings and explore how we may move forward with this information. Join via the Zoom link here.
TWO SATURDAY MORNINGS, OCTOBER 2 & 9, 9 A.M.12:30 P.M., via Zoom

No matter where you are on your journey, consider attending this two-class series, facilitated by clergy, where we will explore together the basics of the Christian faith through the Episcopal lens. Whether you are new to Saint Mark’s, or just interested in sharing and learning, you are welcome. Contact Dean Steve Thomason or Emily Meeks with questions. Registration required to receive Zoom link. Register here.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2, 4:30 P.M., on the outdoor labyrinth and front lawn

On Saturday, October 2, Saint Mark's will once again offer its beloved Saint Francis Day tradition. A few years ago this offering was moved from Sunday morning to Saturday afternoon, and the outdoor celebration has a truly festive community atmosphere. All creatures great and small are welcome! More details will be announced in the coming weeks.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, 7:30 p.m. in Leffler House
Where is God When Bad Things Happen? We’ll discuss this previously discussed question in the lens of a pandemic year in a special edition of Questioning Together. Join us for a BYO dinner and conversation at 7:30 p.m. (bring your own, drinks provided) followed by an hour of Questioning Together starting at 8 p.m. For those interested, a group will go to Compline together at 9:30 p.m. Questions? Email Emily Meeks ([email protected]) or Seyi Akanni ([email protected]).
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 7:30 P.M., at Epiphany Parish in Madrona

Join an evening of Art & Jazz with other young adults from around the Diocese (7:30–9 p.m.). View art from local artists affiliated with Vibrant Palette Art Center and listen to jazz piano from Jeremy Bacon in the Chapel at Epiphany Parish, Seattle. Artwork will be available for purchase to support Vibrant Palette’s mission to empower artists with disabilities and build a more inclusive arts community in Seattle. Light refreshments provided. Questions? Email Emily Meeks [email protected].
Wendy Claire Barrie called as new Canon for Intergenerational Ministries

Earlier this week, a message from Dean Thomason was sent out to the parish announcing that Wendy Claire Barrie has accepted the call to serve as Canon for Intergenerational Ministries at Saint Mark’s Cathedral. She will begin her work November 1, 2021. Wendy is a nationally-renowned speaker and teacher in the field of lifelong spiritual formation, and her latest book, The Church Post-Sunday School: How to be Intergenerational and Why It Matters, is due out next summer. She is no stranger to Saint Mark’s, having spoken here in 2017 about home-based faith practices, drawing on her earlier book, Faith at Home: A Handbook for Cautiously Christian Parents. Her visionary leadership and vast experience in lifelong spiritual formation and her passion for intergenerational ministry will complement the many gifts our formation team already brings into these areas, and as a lay person herself, she has a keen commitment to the ministry of all the baptized. Learn more about Wendy Claire Barrie here, and read the complete announcement, including a message from Wendy, here.
New Episode of Cathedral Conversations about Race: On Microaggressions

The newest episode of the Cathedral Conversations about Race podcast episode is the first "themed episode" of the series. In it, Cara and Michael attempt to unpack microaggressions: what they are and why they’re so frustrating to experience—and how to have better interactions. If you have any questions, please contact Michael or Cara directly.

Cathedral Conversations about Race is a special series of the long-running Cathedral Conversations podcast, highlighting voices from within our own church community. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, or go here to listed to all the past episodes.
UPDATE with Video: Youth Service Project with Nurturing Roots Community Farm

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10, 12:453 P.M., 6218 Beacon Ave. S., Seattle
Middle School and High School youth will offer their elbow grease to assist with the fall chores on this thriving urban farm and community farming program that values community, self-sufficiency, food empowerment, social justice, and education. The Saint Mark's Creation Care Ministry hosted a wonderful forum last April called "Sacred Ground" which included Nyema Clark from Nurturing Roots. If you're interested in an update, check out this inspiring new 6-minute video about the activities at Nurturing Roots, including their "focus on sharing the truth about systematic oppression with an emphasis on food and environmental justice."

The youth of Saint Mark's are invited to visit the farm and get their hands dirty for a good cause (or plan ahead and bring work gloves!). We will meet onsite at the farm at 12:45 p.m. on October 10 after church. Check out the farm's website at
Woo hoo! We now have 100 St. Mark's households signed up on the carbon tracker tool at! Who will be the 101st? Get more information and instructions of how to sign up here. This is a great tool that helps our families collectively measure their household carbon footprints and then share ways to reduce it. As a response to the ongoing global climate emergency, understanding the reality of our carbon footprint is a necessary first step toward the goal of becoming a carbon neutral community by 2030.
Volunteer Park Daffodil Planting Party


Volunteer Park Trust will be planting 25,000 daffodil bulbs on the west side of Volunteer Park on Saturday, October 9. Join this community-wide effort as we create a stunning, permanent springtime garden bed. This project is being done in tribute to Doug Bayley, co-founder of Volunteer Park Trust and the visionary who conceived of this beautiful and impressive swath of yellow returning permanently every spring. Flowering bulbs—and daffodils in particular—have long been a component in historic Olmsted-designed landscapes across the country and provide a welcome burst of bright, seasonal color. Learn more and register to participate here.
Sunday Morning Church School Has Resumed

SUNDAYS, 10–10:50 A.M., St. Nicholas Building, 2nd Floor, registration required

Sunday Morning Church School resumed last Sunday, and it wonderful to be able to welcome our children aged 3 to 11 back to the St Nichoals classrooms during the 10 a.m. hour. Godly Play, a Montessori-based approach to listening to God with children, is offered for kids K–2nd grade. Kids in 3rd–5th grade are exploring Building Faith Brick by Brick, a chance to respond to Bible stories creatively using Lego bricks. Learn more at It's not too late to register your child to participate—sign up using the form here.
A New Bottle Filler for the Narthex

After many years of barely-functional water fountains in the narthex, and the last few weeks of no water at all, the cathedral is thrilled to announce the installation of a new bottle-filling station! It is located on the north side of the narthex, near the men's restroom. (The drinking fountain on the south side by the women's restroom has been fixed and is now usable again.) Part of the cost of the unit came from a grant from Zero Waste Washington, a non-profit working towards a healthy, no-waste world. But the larger part of the cost was covered by a generous gift from former Senior Warden Julia Logan, as a memorial to her beloved service dog Henley.

The funeral of Jane Dauber will be offered

This service will be livestreamed.
Sunday, September 26, 2021: The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Thomsen Chapel; in-person only

Presider: The Very Reverend Steven L. Thomason

Preacher: The Reverend Mark Miller

Organ: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Arietta;
Theophil Forchhammer, Little Fugue in C Major
in-person only

in-person & livestreamed
Download the service leaflets in advance here.
Join the 11 a.m. service via livestream here.

Presider: The Very Reverend Steven L. Thomason;

Preacher: The Reverend Mark Miller

Esther 7:16, 910; 9:2022
James 5:1320
Mark 9:3850

Joyful, joyful, we adore thee [Hymn #376]
Guide my feet, Lord [WLP # 819]
Go forth for God; go to the world in peace [Hymn #347]

9 a.m.:
Negro spiritual, arr. Carl Haywood, It’s me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer
Doug Fullington, God be in my head
11 a.m:
C. Villiers Stanford, O for a closer walk with God
9 a.m.:
Florence Price, Adoration
Theophil Forchhammer, Little Fugue in C-Major
11 a.m:
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Arietta
C. Villiers Stanford, Postlude on Song 22

Presider: The Rev. Canon Dr. Marda Steedman Sanborn

Musician: Rebekah Gilmore
Now open to in-person attendance. Broadcast live on KING 98.1 FM, and; livestreamed on and Facebook and YouTube; and available as a podcast. Learn more here.

[Observing the Feast of St Michael and All Angels, tr.]
Sarum plainsong, Christ, the fair glory of the holy angels
Hallock, Psalm 103
Viadana, Nunc dimittis, Tone IV
Giovanni Bassano, Salvator mundi
NEXT SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, 12 p.m., and the first Sunday of each month

A special virtual coffee hour just for newcomers, or anyone with questions about Saint Mark's. Find the link to join here.
Choral Evensong, offered at 4:30 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month, resumes in person on Sunday, October 3.
Children, Youth, and Family Ministries has released a new issue of their newsletter. Read it here.
Saint Mark’s Cathedral acknowledges that we gather on the traditional land of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People, who are still here, and we honor with gratitude the land itself and the life of the Duwamish Tribe. [Learn more]
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