Sunday, August 21, 2022:
The Eleventh 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
Photo of the farewell blessing of Adam Oberstadt and Laurel Petrik (newly married!) after the 11 a.m. service on August 14, 2022, by Kevin Johnson

Masks now optional indoors

Welcoming Theologian-in-residence The Rev. Dr. Hillary Raining

A new video introduction with Erik Donner

Last chance in 2022 for this unique community experience

An invitation from the Stewardship Ministry team

An intergenerational celebration on Friday, September 9

Kick off the new program year, Sunday September 11
COVID Policy Update: Masks Now Optional

On Wednesday, Dean Thomason sent a message to the community explaining that, due to the current state of COVID-19 in our region, and following guidance from the CDC and King County Public Health, the wearing of masks will now be optional in the cathedral buildings. Liturgical ministers (including ushers and Eucharistic ministers) will continue to mask, and the "distanced section" on the south side of the nave, where all must remain masked and distanced, will continue to be available to anyone who wishes to sit there. Please read the Dean's complete message here.
Welcome Sunday's Guest Preacher: Theologian-in-residence The Rev. Dr. Hillary Raining

"FRIENDS TALKING" FORUM: THIS SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall

After two extremely interesting presentations offered remotely, in March and May, The Rev. Dr. Hillary Raining will be visiting Saint Mark's in person this weekend, and will offer a sermon at the 9 and 11 a.m. services this Sunday. Between those services, she will sit down with Dean Thomason for an "Friends Talking" forum in Bloedel Hall. Learn more about Rev. Raining here.
There is still time to register for tomorrow's hybrid Saturday workshop on Mary Magdalene, titled Mary Magdalene: A Tower of Lineage. The workshop will be offered 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Bloedel Hall or via Zoom. The registration fee is $35. Find more information and instructions to register here.
Intergenerational Garden Gathering This Sunday

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 12:15 P.M., in the Leffler House Garden (entrance near the south exit driveway)

The Leffler House Garden will be open for a casual intergenerational gathering following the 11 am service on Sunday, August 21. Please drop by to experience the garden at the height of its summer beauty, and to enjoy some refreshments, conversation, nature, and play!
Help Welcome the Seattle Service Corps with Pantry Staples

The 2022–23 Seattle Service Corps cohort arrives in just over a week—Saturday, August 27, and the cupboards are bare! The members of each year's cohort of SSC members are a great blessing to the community in Saint Mark's in so many way, so let's make them feel at home. Check out the list of pantry staples here—including items from pasta to canned good to coffee and tea—and sign up for one or more on the form. Then drop your item(s) off in the baskets at the back of the nave this Sunday, August 21. (You can also bring them to the cathedral office during the week.) If you have any questions, please email Canon Barrie: [email protected]. For more information about the Seattle Service Corps, visit the Seattle Service Corps webpage here.
Eat! Play! Love!—The Final Installment of the 2022 Series

FINAL WEDNESDAY: AUGUST 24, 5–8 P.M., in Bloedel Hall and throughout the cathedral grounds.

August 24 is your last chance to experience Eat Play Love 2022 —an evening of great food, poetry, art, games, singing, prayer, and community, around the theme of "Water of Life." This final meeting will have an abundance of activities focused of the bible story of Jesus and the Woman at the Well. Hannah Hochkeppel offers the reflection, we look at water justice issues locally (the Duwamish River) and globally (Palestine), paint with ice cubes, youth-led water science experiments, and the return of the splash mat!

To participate, complete the registration form here, then submit your payment according to the instructions on the form. Alternatively, you may pay at the door, but please register in advance if you are able, even if you plan to pay at the door.  Fee: $10 per person. Inability to pay should not prevent anyone from participating; email Canon Barrie for a scholarship: [email protected]
Neighborhood Eucharist

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, 4 P.M., hosted by the Gavin Family in Lynnwood

August's Neighborhood Eucharist will be hosted by the Gavin family—Neil, Sonjia, Alex, and Eli—at their home in Lynnwood. Canon Rosario-Cruz will preside. If you haven't yet attended one of these very special gatherings, please considering coming to this one... whether you live near Lynnwood or not. Participants have found these events memorable and holy, but also casual and sociable. RSVP as soon as possible by emailing Canon Barrie: [email protected]
Blessing of Backpacks, Community Picnic, and Dessert Dash


All are welcome to a back-to-school gathering on Friday evening, September 9—to reconnect in person, have some fun together, and celebrate the amazing kids of our community. Bring a blanket and your own picnic dinner. The cathedral will provide fresh fruit, chips, and water/lemonade for everyone along with a variety of fun activities. There will also be a Lunchbox Dessert Dash (featuring cookies, cupcakes, brownies, and bars) to benefit the Seattle Service Corps and the youth of Saint Mark's. Bring your backpacks, bookbags, and briefcases to receive a blessing! Contact Canon Barrie with questions.
Homecoming Sunday & Ministry Fair
Saint Mark’s longstanding traditions of "Homecoming Sunday" and Ministry Fair is just around the corner! On Sunday, September 11, during the 9 and 11 a.m. morning liturgies, all the ministries of the cathedral will be blessed and commissioned for the new program year. Special music at the 11 a.m. service will be offered by The Evensong Choir, presenting music they took to England during their recent pilgrimage.

Then, following both the 9 and 11 a.m. services, the Ministry Fair will take place in the cathedral nave. Come learn about the many opportunities to grow in faith, enjoy each other, and serve our community. Bring your curiosity and learn about a new aspect of cathedral life! The ministry leaders and volunteers of Saint Mark's are passionate about what they do and are eager to share that passion with you.
The Inquirer's Class—Fall 2022 Series



No matter where you are on your journey, consider attending this 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.

The fall series begins Sunday, September 18, and lasts six weeks through Sunday, October 23, 2022 and is offered in Bloedel Hall and/or via Zoom. After completing the series, many people often decide to receive the sacrament of baptism or be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church. Attendees are strongly encouraged to attend all six sessions. Learn more about the class here, and please contact Emily Meeks ([email protected]) with questions. Register here.
2023 Stewardship Committee Announces:
Conversations about Gratitude

This year's annual Stewardship campaign will occur in October as usual, but as a "prelude" to Stewardship season the members of the Stewardship Committee, led by Junior Warden for Stewardship Chris Rigos, invite all to participate in a five-week conversation about gratitude.

Beginning next week, each issue of the newsletter will pose a broad question to stimulate mindfulness of and reflection on gratitude. In his letter to the Thessalonians, Paul writes: “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus towards you.” In the coming weeks, let's explore this mindset together. The Stewardship Committee believes that a heightened awareness is the best way to thoughtfully begin our formal stewardship season in October. Everyone in the community is invited to write replies to each week's prompt, which may be summarized and shared.

To give you a hint about next week’s conversation, think about how you might feel thankful for: (1) a fine dinner, (2) a kind and caring teacher, and (3) a loyal friend who supports you even in your difficult times by listening but not trying to “fix” you. How are those feelings of gratitude different from each other?

The members of the Stewardship Committee—Greg Simon, Amanda Davis, Wayne Duncan, Deborah Person, Canon Eliacín Rosario-Cruz, and Junior Warden for Stewardship Chris Rigos—are looking forward to these conversations, and thank you for your willingness to be part of this exercise. If you have any questions, please write Chris Rigos at: [email protected]
Support Lowell Elementary with Back to School Supplies (UPDATED)

Lowell Elementary School, just down the street from Saint Mark’s, has a student body where more than one-in-four children are experiencing homelessness. You can support students this year with the supplies they need to engage in learning by contributing to a School Supply Wish List. (Note: this is a new link this week, which does not require you to log in to Amazon.) This link takes you to an Amazon wish list, which you can join and then select an item to donate. Supplies will be shared in classrooms for more than 300 students.

When selecting an item, choose "this is a gift," to indicate that your item is from Saint Mark's and use the following shipping information:

Lowell Elementary 
ATTN: Principal 
1058 E. Mercer St. 
Seattle, WA 98102

(Note the corrected ZIP code.) Lowell would love items before students start back on Wednesday, September 7. Questions? Email Emily Meeks: [email protected]

Saint Mark's 20s/30s Group, let’s take a day trip to Bainbridge Island! We will take a tour of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church with a break for coffee and conversation. Next, we’ll visit the Japanese Exclusion Memorial to reflect and remember those forced to leave their homes for incarceration camps. We’ll enjoy lunch at the home of John Simmons and Scott Hulet with the option for exploring a trail to the Halls Hill labyrinth, Blakely Harbor, and a historic cemetery.

For those wanting to carpool, we will meet at 7:30 a.m. at Saint Mark’s. RSVP (encouraged but not required) to Emily: [email protected]
Cathedral Yoga Guest Instructor Erin McIntire

MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 6:30 P.M., cathedral nave

On the fifth Monday on August, Cathedral Yoga is thrilled to welcome for the first time Erin McIntire (she/they), a Black certified yoga instructor, dancer/mover, lawyer, and activist. Erin became a yoga instructor as part of her journey towards undoing her own internalized racial oppression, and her practice aims to create a communal space for self-reflection, self-acceptance, and self-healing.

At Saint Mark's, Erin will offer a yin yoga class, an invitation to soften and surrender into stillness, peace, and, healing. Pay what you can. All are welcome.

See below about the instructor for this coming Monday (August 22), Andrew Ragan. The next Organ Meditation will be offered on September 5. The next Sound Bath will be offered on September 19.

Please join the Creation Care Ministry for Tthe next in the series of Climate Conversations, when the topic will be What You Can Do About Carbon Tracking, a discussion around the resource, which the the whole community of Saint Mark's is encouraged to use. These conversations are focused on practical things individuals can do about this global crises.

Learn more here. Register to join using this link. Contact Richard Hartung with questions: [email protected]


Save the date to join a group of 20s/30s for Friday night baseball, as the Seattle Mariners play the Atlanta Braves. More details to come. Ticket price: $10.

For more information, or to reserve your ticket, email Emily: [email protected]

Saint Mark's Book Group is reading My Old Kentucky Home: The Astonishing Life and Reckoning of an Iconic American Song (2022) Emily Bingham. From its enormous success in 1853, Bingham traces this song about a slave being sold downriver to a cruel future to its transformation into a celebration of happy plantation life. The reception and interpretation reveals a nation's disconnect between history and warped illusion. Read more here.

Because the Ministry Fair at Saint Mark's is held on the second Sunday in September, the group has moved its event to one week later for this month only. Contact Pearl McElheran at [email protected].
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 5–8 P.M., at Nurturing Roots Farm on Beacon Hill

The 20s/30s group of Saint Mark's will gather around the table at Nurturing Roots for an evening of conversation, food and liturgy with other young adults. Located in Beacon Hill, Nurturing Roots is an urban farm committed to community, self-sufficiency, food empowerment, social justice and education.

Tickets are $10 and 100% of sales go to Nurturing Roots. Register at this link. For questions or more information, email Emily: [email protected]
Liturgical Ministry Spotlight:

With a new video introduction

Serving as an acolyte: Acolytes carry the cross, torches, and banners in processions, as well as assisting in worship in other ways.

Time commitment: Arrive 10 minutes prior to the service to vest (i.e., the white vestment worn by acolytes). Typically scheduled once every 3 weeks.

Requirements or special notes: Open to children and adults. This role may be for you if you are interested in getting to know more people (acolytes serve on teams and get to know each other well), and would enjoy a good first step in learning more about the liturgy without too large of a time commitment.

Don't miss this brief video to hear Erik Donner explain more about this important role:
To learn more:
Contact Erik Donner [email protected] or talk to Cathedral Sacristan Michael Seewer: [email protected]
Registration is Now Open for the Cathedral Choir School's 2022–23 Season


We want your child to join the Choir School family at St. Mark's! As a chorister, your child will learn what we mean by what we sing and say in our liturgies while having a very real purpose as leaders of our liturgical life together. Our choristers receive excellent vocal and musicianship training in a supportive atmosphere utilizing the Royal School of Church Music musicianship curriculum. 


Jr. Choristers (beginners, age 5 and older)
  • Rehearses Wednesdays 3:30–4:15; Begins September 14
  • Sings for the 9 a.m liturgy on the 1st Sunday of the month
  • Blessing of the Animals Service: Saturday, October 1 (3:45 p.m. call)
  • Pageant of the Nativity: Tuesday, December 20
Sr. Choristers (intermediate level, determined by director)
  • Rehearses Wednesdays 4:30–6 p.m.; Begins September 14
  • Sings for the 9 a.m. liturgy on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month
  • "O" Antiphons Liturgy: Sunday, November 27
  • Pageant of the Nativity: Tuesday, December 20

Schola (High School youth and changed voice boys)
  • Wednesdays 7:20–8:45 p.m.; Begins September 14
  • Sings for 9 a.m. liturgies on 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month
  • Pageant of the Nativity: Tuesday, December 20

Registration form: HERE 

Tuition: $150/semester for each chorister and should be paid HERE through the cathedral website. Scroll down to "Choir School Tuition" line. If tuition is a hardship for your family at this time, we can offer partial or full scholarships due to the generosity of some of our other families. Don't hesitate to ask. We want your children to sing!

For more information: Please visit the Choir School page here, or contact Choir School Director, Rebekah Gilmore: [email protected]
Meals with Tent City 3—This Week's Updates


Our many thanks to volunteers Brook Brayman, Katherine Adams, Debra Waddell, Barbara Zito, and Sandy Piscitello for our ninth Sunday night dinner to our Tent City guests. Their fine menu included beef tortilla pie, pink lemonade, and ice cream Sundays. Everyone enjoyed the meal, the conversation, and the camaraderie on a beautiful Sunday night. We will have three more Sunday dinners for our guests before they leave our parking lot with our prayers and best wishes. 
—Chris Rigos, Maris Olsen, Deborah Person
Check out reports and photos from previous weeks here.

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

The Ministry Steering Committee is pleased to announce a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on September 11 (following the departure of Tent City) for the volunteers who have served or will serve at the upcoming six dinners. No Saint Mark’s funds will be used for this “Thank You” to our volunteers. More information will be provided as we get closer to September 11. For any questions, please contact Chris Rigos at [email protected] or Maris Olsen at [email protected]
An Appeal for Gaza after the Recent Bombings

Members of the cathedral’s Mideast Focus Ministry have received news from John Lent, Executive Director of American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, about the situation in Gaza and in particular the Ahli Arab Hospital, long supported by AFEDJ, following the recent bombings. John writes:

"The Jabaliya Refugee Camp near Ahli Arab Hospital was struck and children were killed there. Ahli Hospital has been treating wounded children and adults from Jabaliya. There was more destruction and killing in Rafah in the south of the Gaza Strip, including the Rafah Refugee Camp. As you know, these refugee camps are densely populated and airstrikes into the camps are devastating. The latest count of children killed by the weekend’s violence in Gaza is 16.
"I’ve spoken briefly with Suhaila Tarazi, the director of Ahli Hospital. She will provide me a detailed update on the hospital’s needs . . . . Before I receive Suhaila’s report, I can tell you that the hospital is in desperate need of funds for medical supplies, medicines and fuel for its generators."

All donations made to AFEDJ and designated for Gaza will go to the support of the hospital.

For more information:
Doug Thorpe, co-chair, Mideast Focus Ministry ([email protected])
Steve Moen, co-chair ([email protected])
Two Important Surveys
The Children and Families Committee has a survey for parents, grandparents, and caregivers about faith formation and community building for kids and their adults. We'd love to learn what you are hoping for! Find the survey here: 

What might be next for those who are moving on from the 20s/30s Group at Saint Mark's? The cathedral leadership is eager to hear what you need and what you'd like. Here's the link:

Saint Mark’s Community Meal Delivery

Would you like to be part of a new endeavor to provide and/or deliver meals to parishioners with a new baby or who are recovering from illness or surgery? Canon Wendy Claire Barrie is gathering names and contact information from folks who are willing, and she will then let you know specifics (who, what, where) when the need arises. We have two families with new babies right now who would be the first to benefit from this coordinated effort!

A homemade meal is wonderful, but so is a Trader Joe's run or a GrubHub gift card. If this is something you can help organize, or if you'd like to sign up to provide food now or in the future, please contact Canon Barrie at [email protected]
Underhill House Training

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 12:30–2:30 P.M., Underhill House

Looking for a new way to serve? Consider sharing your gifts with Underhill House, a quiet place to pause for prayer. Our Listeners come 1-2 times per month, on a Thursday, to sit in sacred silence and pray. Roles include greeting guests and, if desired, listening to what brings them in that day and offering a prayer. The next Listener Training is Wednesday, September 14, 12–2:30 p.m. at Underhill House, in the building of All Pilgrims Church on Capitol Hill (near Broadway and Republican). Come and discern — no commitment necessary to attend the trainingIf you have questions or would like to sign up, please contact Susan Dean at [email protected]. To learn more, please visit:
SHARE/WHEEL seeks Organizers & Shelter Staff

SHARE [Seattle Housing and Resource Effort], the operator of Tent City 3, and WHEEL [Women's Housing Equality and Enhancement League] are allied democratic, homeless-led organizations doing grassroots and shelter work in our community. Both organizations are hiring, with three open positions at SHARE for Organizers and multiple open positions for Shift Workers at the WHEEL Women’s Shelters.

ORGANIZERS are responsible for facilitating the democratic self-managed operations of SHARE shelters and projects, working cooperatively with participants, co-workers, hosts, and others. $25/hour; benefits available. Please email [email protected] if interested.

WOMEN’S SHELTER SHIFT STAFF/SHELTER ADVOCATES: WHEEL facilitates two unique, loving, 24-hour low-barrier women’s shelters on First Hill. We really need level-headed, kind-hearted, reliable strong women-identified folks to staff our shelters, particularly for overnight and weekend coverage. Duties include intakes and welcoming women, managing referrals, keeping the peace, set-up, light cleaning and sanitation, meal service and informal resource-sharing. $20/hour, benefits available for full time work. Please email [email protected] for more information.

Please share this information with anyone you think might be interested.

The funeral of Sue Yunker-Jones will be offered

The funeral of J.J. Henke will be offered
Sunday, August 21, 2022:
The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Download the service leaflets in advance here.
Join the 11 a.m. service via livestream here.

Read the Scriptures appointed for this Sunday here.

Jeremiah 1:4–10
Psalm 71:1–6
Hebrews 12:18–29
Luke 13:10–17
Thomsen Chapel; in-person only
Presider & Preacher: The Rev. Canon Eliacín Rosario-Cruz

O! for a thousand tongues to sing [Hymn #493]
O bless the Lord, my soul! [Hymn #411 ]

Henry Smart, Andante Moderato
Thomas Adams, Alla Marcia
in-person only
Presider: The Very Reverend Steven L. Thomason
Preacher:  The Reverend Doctor Hillary Raining

O! for a thousand tongues to sing [Hymn #493]
Thou, who at thy first Eucharist didst pray [Hymn #315 ]
The church of Christ in every age [WLP #779]

J.S. Bach, Pièce d’orgue, BWV 572
William Grant Still, Reverie 
Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Prelude in F
in-person & livestreamed
Presider: The Very Reverend Steven L. Thomason
Preacher:  The Reverend Doctor Hillary Raining

O! for a thousand tongues to sing [Hymn #493]
From thee all skill and science flow [Hymn #566 ]
Thou, who at thy first Eucharist didst pray [Hymn #315 ]
The church of Christ in every age [WLP #779]

J.S. Bach, Pièce d’orgue, BWV 572
William Grant Still, Reverie 
Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Prelude in F
Presider: The Rev. Edie Weller

Musician: Michael Kleinschmidt
A beloved Seattle tradition since 1956. Broadcast live on KING 98.1 FM, and; livestreamed on and Facebook and YouTube; and available as a podcast. Learn more here.

Joshua Haberman, The shadows of the evening hours
Carolus Andreas, Nunc dimittis, Tone 1
African-American Spiritual, arr. Dale Adelman, Steal away to Jesus
Liturgy and repertoire information subject to change.
Each week, those for whom the community has been asked to pray are published each Friday afternoon in the Cathedral Prayer List, found as a PDF at

On that same page, find information about joining the cathedral's Prayer Chain, to receive emails about individual prayer requests as they are submitted.

The prayer list is now also available in printed form in the back of the nave.
FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH, following the 11 a.m. service. Meet in the back of the nave. Next offering: SEPTEMBER 4

On the first Sunday of each month, a special coffee hour is offered especially for newcomers, guests, or anyone who has questions about the cathedral community and liturgies. At this time, newcomers' coffee is offered in person only, the Zoom gathering has been suspended. Gather in the back of the nave immediately following the 11 a.m. Sunday service. Email [email protected] if you cannot attend in person, or with any other questions. Please spread the word to anyone you know who may be interested!
Weekday Prayer Services

Daily Evening Prayer meets in person at 6 p.m. in Thomsen Chapel on Wednesday only, and is offered online via zoom at 6 p.m. on Monday–Tuesday and Thursday–Friday.

Morning Prayer on is offered online via Zoom Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m.

Thursday Morning: At 7 a.m. on on the first and third Thursdays of the month only, a service of Holy Eucharist is offered in person in Thomsen Chapel. On the second, fourth, and fifth Thursdays of the month, an online-only prayer service is offered at 7 a.m. instead.
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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