Sunday, September 5, 2021:
The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

9 a.m. • The Holy Eucharist
in person only

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

Additional information about Sunday's liturgies can now be found at the bottom of this email.
View of the cathedral from Lake Union by Michael Seewer.

Celebrate our kids on the Cathedral lawn

Where is God When Bad Things Happen?

New number for urgent spiritual care

Creation Care Ministry Forum
Back to School Picnic

TODAY, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2021, 6–7:30 P.M., on the front lawn

All are welcome to a back-to-school gathering to reconnect in person, to have some fun together, and to lift up and honor the amazing kids of our community. Bring a blanket and your own picnic dinner. The cathedral will provide dessert for everyone and a variety of fun activities. Bring your backpacks to receive a blessing! Learn more here.

Contact Rebekah Gilmore with questions.
Code Red For Humanity: Reflections on the IPCC Report 6th Assessment Report on Climate Change

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2021, 7 P.M. via Zoom

The recent IPCC report shows that heating from humans has caused irreparable damage to Earth that could worsen in the years to come. Come learn about causes, potential impacts and response options while reflecting how we may find hope in our collective efforts for change. 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 Zoom—the link will be announced in the coming weeks.
NEW: Creation Care Ministry meetings have now been rescheduled for the third Tuesday of each month. Upcoming meetings in 2021 will occur on September 21, October 19, November 16, and December 21. Contact Marjorie for the link to join the meeting, or with any questions.
20s/30s Group Pop-up Questioning Together and Compline

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]).
Special Parish Forum on the Statement of Lament and Commitment to Action

New fall date TBA

Earlier this year the Vestry unanimously adopted the Statement of Lament and Commitment to Action as a guide for our work as individuals and as a community. A special parish forum, to which all are invited and encouraged to attend, is now postponed to a date TBA later this fall. We expect to reschedule in a few weeks, which will enable us to have our hybrid technology in Bloedel Hall operational and we may have some other exciting news to share by then! Stay tuned for more.
PLEASE NOTE: In observance of the Labor Day holiday, the cathedral offices will be closed on Monday, September 6.
THIS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2021, 7-8:30 p.m. via Zoom, registration required.

Twenty years ago Sahar was launched in northern Afghanistan as an NGO serving girls. Join co-founder Ginna Brelsford, Program Manager Shogofa Amini, and Executive Director Malahat Mazaher to hear their thoughts about Afghanistan's horrific present and possible futures. Learn more here.

Registration is required to receive the link. 
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2021, after morning services

On September 12, following both the 9 and 11 a.m. services, the in-person Ministry Fair will resume, this year offered in the cathedral nave. Come learn about the many opportunities that exist in this place!

If you are a ministry leader and have not yet completed the registration, please contact Olivier Santos as soon as possible: [email protected]
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 12, 2 P.M., registration encouraged

Let’s hike together! All ages are welcome on this 3 mile roundtrip hike. We’ll meet at the trailhead at 2 p.m. and finish by 5:30 p.m. Bring your water, snacks and appropriate gear.

Learn more and find the link to sign up here. Questions? Email Emily Meeks.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall

The first Sunday Forum of the fall will feature a conversation with Buddhist monk Venerable Nisabho who is seeking to establish a Thai Forest Monastery in the Seattle area, and is gathering people at Saint Mark’s for meditation, teachings, and breathing practices. Tan Nisabho and Dean Steve are exploring together cross-cultural and interfaith expressions of contemplative practices, including Christian centering prayer. Read more about this branch of Buddhism.

This fall, the theme for Radix 6 is Encounters with God in Times of Transition. All are welcome to the opening Plenary Presentation via Zoom, whether or not you plan to participate in the small groups. Register for the Plenary here.

Deadline to register for a Radix Project small group is September 15. Register using this form.
SEPTEMBER 26, 2 P.M.–5:15 P.M., pre-registration required

Join with other young adults from around the Diocese of Olympia to explore and learn about different neighborhoods and Episcopal parishes within Seattle.

The September 26 walk is near St. John the Baptist, called “Alki from Above."

OCTOBER 17: St. Paul's and "Southwest Queen Anne."
A Message from Canon Kleinschmidt about the Return of Choirs

Canon for Cathedral Music Michael Kleinschmidt has written the following message to the whole Saint Mark's community:

I am very happy to announce that, beginning September 12, after a year and a half without, the music of our 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Eucharists on Sundays will again be adorned with the singing of choirs. I am grateful for this, and every bit as much so for the livestreaming quartets and cantors who provided vocal leadership throughout the waves of singing restrictions to date, and for everyone’s efforts to sing while worshiping at home or wherever the Spirit has bid them to break out into song.

Will everything be as it was pre-COVID? Not quite yet.

  • In the interest of maintaining safe breathing space in the gallery, the Cathedral Choir is dividing into two smaller choirs and will take turns singing alternate Sundays. To maximize a healthy, gradual return to peak vocal condition, they will refrain from processing while singing for a few weeks, and will offer a little bit less choral music in the course of a Eucharist than they did pre-COVID.
  • Saint Mark’s Singers will resume their role in the 9 a.m. Eucharist on Sundays. Comprising fewer than 24 singers, they will serve as a full choir right away.
  • The young ensembles of our Choir School will resume practicing during the week of September 13, and will again serve regularly as musical leaders in worship starting Sunday, September 26. Learn more about the Choir School plans here.

All of this is subject to change, of course, as we continue to follow guidelines for everyone’s safety and well-being.

O may we soon again renew that song,
And keep in tune with heaven, till God ere long
To his celestial consort us unite,
To live with him, and sing in endless morn of light.
John Milton 
24/7 Pastoral Care Hotline Update—New Number

The phone number for the Pastoral Care Emergency Line has changed. Now, instead of a special number, those in need of urgent spiritual care can simply call the cathedral main phone number, and then request extension 100. A member of the clergy will answer, or call back as soon as possible. Outside of normal office hours, this information will be included in the outgoing voicemail message.

24/7 Pastoral Care Hotline:
206-323-0300 ext. 100

Examples of a pastoral care emergency might include: a loved one in the hospital, an unexpected bereavement, or any time you need to speak to a priest urgently.
Tuesday Bible Study Resumes

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 11 A.M.1:30 P.M., Cathedral House Room 210

Tuesday Bible Study has resumed in-person meetings! This group provides a weekly conversation around the scripture readings for the following Sunday. Each week a discussion is facilitated by rotating guest leaders, and lively conversation ensues as people share their thoughts about the lessons. The group meets from 11 a.m.–12 p.m. for social time and 12–1:30 p.m. for study and prayer over the lectionary.
The Return of Abbey Arts to the Cathedral Nave

It is well known that an important way the cathedral serves the broader Seattle community is by renting our spaces as music and events venues, and through the years musicians of all kinds have enjoyed the unique beauty and unmatched acoustics of the cathedral nave. Beginning in 2011, the organization Abbey Arts has produced some of the largest and most significant of these non-cathedral-sponsored events, and so it marks a significant milestone that Abbey Arts returns to the nave this weekend with a concert on Saturday night, September 4. A large crowd is expected, and in addition to requiring masks for everyone, Abbey Arts is also requiring proof of vaccination for all attendees.
Episcopal Relief &Development Hurricane Relief Fund

On Sunday, August 29, sixteen years after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, Hurricane Ida made landfall in the same region. This Category 4 storm brought flooding and damaging winds that caused a loss of water to hundreds of thousands and a loss of electricity to over 1 million people. Episcopal Relief & Development is working closely with the Diocese of Louisiana and other regional partners in what will be a long-term response. Your generous gift will help alleviate suffering for the most vulnerable residents impacted by Hurricane Ida. Please visit to make a gift today.

The funeral of Mary Baldwin Kennedy will be offered

The funeral of Matthew Briggs will be offered

All these services will be livestreamed.
Sunday, September 5, 2021: The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

in-person only

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

The Very Reverend Steven L. Thomason

The Reverend Canon Doctor Marda Steedman Sanborn

Proverbs 22:1-2,8-9,22-23
James 2:1-10,14-17
Mark 7:24-37

Thou, whose almighty word [Hymn #371]
O for a thousand tongues to sing [Hymn #493]

Special Guest MusicianCharles Coldwell, recorder:
Jacob van Eyck, Variations on Psalm 68 from Der Fluyten Lust-hof
J. S. Bach, Sarabande from Flute Partita in A, BWV 1013
G. P. Telemann, Fantasia 1 from Twelve Fantasias for Flute without Bass, TWV 40:2

David N. Johnson, Trumpet Tune in A
In-person attendance at Compline has returned! More here.

Broadcast live on KING 98.1 FM, and; livestreamed on and Facebook and YouTube; and available as a podcast. Learn more here.

Thomas Tallis, Maker of all things, God most high
W.H. Monk, Abide with me
Philip Moore, Nunc dimittis from The First Service
William Byrd, Look down, O Lord
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 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.
Balloons on Baptismal Font
On the first Sunday of each month, the 9 a.m. liturgy includes the pronouncing of our traditional blessing for all those celebrating a birthday or anniversary in the current month!
Sunday Morning Church School will resume Sunday, September 19! Learn more here.
The Choir School is back! Visit here for more about safe singing plans and how to register a chorister.
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]
Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral
Connect with us