Sunday, January 8, 2023:
The First Sunday after the Epiphany—The Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ
8 a.m. • The Holy Eucharist with Renewal of Baptismal Vows
in person in Thomsen Chapel

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

11 a.m.The Holy Eucharist with Renewal of Baptismal Vows
in person and livestreamed

12:30 p.m.  • Newcomers' Coffee
meet in the back of the nave

12:30 p.m.  • Book Group
in Room 210 or via Zoom

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

7 p.m. • The Radix Project Opening Plenary Conversation
online via Zoom only

7 p.m. • 20s/30s Discussion: Advent & Apocalypse
in Leffler House Living Room

9:30 p.m. • Compline
in person and livestreamed
Cover photo of the 2018 Pageant of the Nativity by Michael Perera.

Rescheduled to the Feast of the Epiphany

On the second Sunday, this month only

Exploring addiction from a spiritual perspective with the acclaimed author and community builder

All interested kids are invited, January 11.

The Rev. Carla Robinson
Guest preacher on January 15

Instructed Eucharist
Learn more about the liturgy, January 29

A 40s/50s Brunch
Announcing the first gathering of a new ministry group
Pageant of the Nativity on the Feast of the Epiphany—Tonight!

TONIGHT! FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 2023, 7 P.M., in the cathedral nave or livestreamed

Originally scheduled for December 20, but rescheduled due to weather, Saint Mark's one-of-a-kind Pageant of the Nativity will be presented this evening, on the Feast of the Epiphany. The kids of Choir School and an army of helpers has been working hard to get everything ready this week, and the event will be as beautiful and spectacular as ever. As Dean Thomason reminded us in his Christmas Eve sermon, since the Procession of the Magi is always a rousing climax of the Pageant, it is entirely appropriate for the Pageant to be offered on The Epiphany, when we remember the arrival of the Magi to Bethlehem. Join in person in the cathedral nave, or via the livestream, but don't miss it!
Newcomers' Coffee Hour This Sunday

THIS SUNDAY, JANUARY 8 (AND THE FIRST SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH), immediately following the 11 a.m. service. Meet in the back of the nave.

A special coffee hour is usually offered especially for newcomers, guests, or anyone who has questions about the cathedral community and liturgies, on the first Sunday of each month. However, January's gathering will occur this Sunday, January 8 instead of January 1. 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!
Addiction and Love—Reclaiming Our True Identity

THIS WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2023, 6:45–8:15 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall and online via Zoom. Optional community dinner at 6 p.m. ($6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family).

We all have addictions—ways to numb the pain and divert us instead of staying present to and being transformed by the spiritual gleanings that can come through the painful experiences of life. As a result, most of us suffer from mistaken identity. As we turn into the new year, Saint Mark’s has the great privilege of hosting acclaimed author and speaker Killian Noe, Founder of the Recovery Café Network, and is the author of Finding Our Way Home and Descent Into Love, for a special forum on the spiritual work related to addiction and misplaced love. Guided by her decades of wisdom-work in this area, we will engage the spiritual work of seeing that the life-long journey is one of reclaiming our truest identity, which is Love, and we will celebrate the joy and hope of living from Love. Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome to attend.

Program is free; register here for Zoom link; no need to register for in-person attendance.
Choir School Open House

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 3:30 P.M. (Junior Choristers) and 4:30 P.M. (Senior Choristers), in the St Nicholas Building, 2nd floor

Do know a child who might be a future chorister of Saint Mark’s Cathedral? Children and parents are cordially invited to attend the Choir School Open House on Wednesday, January 11, 2023.

  • Junior Choristers (age 5+, beginner level): 3:30–4:15 p.m.
  • Senior Chorister (upper elementary, intermediate level): 4:30–6 p.m.

Meet in the Choir School rooms on the second floor of the St. Nicholas Building. Please spread the word to anyone who you think might be interested, and contact Rebekah Gilmore, Choir School Director, to learn more: [email protected]
The Rev. Carla Robinson to Offer Guest Sermon January 15

SUNDAY, JANUARY 15, at the 9 and 11 a.m. services

"FRIENDS TALKING" FORUM: 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall

Saint Mark's is honored to welcome (back) The Rev. Carla Robinson, Canon for Multicultural Ministries & Community Transformation of the Diocese of Olympia, as guest preacher on January 15, the weekend of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Carla served as a Lutheran pastor for 13 years before coming to the Episcopal Church. After being received into this communion in 2001, she was an active member of Saint Mark’s Cathedral for several years. Following her ordination to the priesthood in the Diocese of Olympia in 2009, she also served for a time as Priest Associate at the cathedral. She is renowned for her compelling sermons, and has been awarded the Bishop's Preaching Award multiple times. Between the 9 and 11 a.m. services that morning, Carla will participate in a "Friends Talking" forum with Dean Thomason in Bloedel Hall.
Instructed Eucharist at 9 a.m.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29, at the 9 a.m. liturgy only

Saint Mark's will have another Instructed Eucharist on Sunday, January 29 as part of the 9 a.m. liturgy that day. This service will include additional explanation, both printed in the bulletin and spoken aloud, about why elements of the liturgy are the way they are, where they come from, and what they mean. Community members of all ages and all levels of familiarity with the Episcopal tradition will learn something new and come away with a deeper understanding of "the work of the people." Saint Mark's aims to offer an Instructed Eucharist about once a year, so whichever service you normally attend, consider coming at 9 a.m. for this special offering.
New 40s/50s Ministry: Let's Do Brunch!

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29, 12:15 P.M., Leffler House

Have you "aged out" of the 20s/30s group, or are you 40+ and desire fellowship and friendship centered around opportunities for fellowship and shared prayer? A new ministry for folks in their 40s and 50s is forming. Gather for brunch on Sunday, January 29, served in Leffler Living Room, starting after the 11 a.m. liturgy ends. (Leffler Living Room is on the south side of the Cathedral Campus, just across the parking lot). Curate Linzi Stahlecker will join for conversation. Questions? Contact Sacristan Michael Seewer: [email protected]
THIS SUNDAY, JANUARY 8, 12:30–2 P.M., Room 210 and online via Zoom

Indigenous Theology and the Western Worldview: A Decolonized Approach to Christian Doctrine (2022) by Randy Woodley, is the book Saint Mark’s Book Group has chosen for its January discussion. Its title may sound formidable but Woodley's writing is accessible and conversational style. The author argues that Indigenous worldviews are closer to Jesus' teachings than the Western/European version.

Learn more here. Questions, contact: Pearl McElheran. To get the Zoom link, contact Deborah Brown.
OPENING PLENARY: THIS SUNDAY, JANUARY 8, 2023, 7–8 P.M., online via Zoom only

The Radix Project is an opportunity to gather in small groups, share their stories, reflect on Holy Scripture and sacred art, and pray for one another with intention.

The theme for the ninth iteration of The Radix Project is Hope in Hard Times, and the Plenary Presentation with Dean Thomason and the Radix Project team will be this Sunday, January 8, at 7 p.m., via Zoom only. See the full description and more details here. The deadline to join a small group has now past, but all are welcome to Sunday's Plenary. Join the plenary using this Zoom link.

Questions? Email [email protected]
THIS SUNDAY, JANUARY 8, 7:30–9 P.M., Leffler House

How does our anticipation for the birth of Christ reflect the seismic significance of the incarnation? In this two-part series, we’ll explore the Advent and Christmas season in the context of the apocalypse and how this may change our preparation with Rev. Linzi Stahlecker and Fraser Reach. The time of this discussion has been moved later, but it will now be finished in time for the option to attend Compline.

Dessert and warm beverages provided. Even if you didn't attend the first part of the discussion, you are more than welcome to join session 2 on January 8! Questions? Email: [email protected]

20s/30s TGIF Coffee Break

FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2023, 7:30 A.M., at Saint Bread, 1421 NE Boat Street, Seattle

Start the day with fellowship and reflection at Saint Bread, a bakery and community space on the Portage Bay waterfront near UW in Seattle. Dress warm—we'll sit outside on a heated patio. Questions? Email: [email protected] 
MONDAY, JANUARY 16, at Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave., Seattle

Join Saint Mark’s parishioners at the 2023 Martin Luther King Jr March & Rally in Seattle on Monday, January 16, 2023. The Rally begins at 11 a.m. in the Garfield High School Gymnasium. The Saint Mark’s group will meet at Garfield Parking lot at 12 p.m. Look for the Saint Mark’s banners/poster boards! The March is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m. 

This year will mark the 40th year of the event honoring Dr. King's legacy. Find more information here, and contact Eliacín at [email protected] if you have questions or are interested in joining up with the Saint Mark's contingent.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 2023, 9:30 A.M.–3:30 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall and online via Zoom; registration required for either option

A pilgrimage is a spiritually transformative journey to a sacred place. Using photography, brief film clips on pilgrimage, contemplative music and other media, participants will explore this sacred work together. Please bring a journal, pen or pencil, and a favorite spiritual poem or passage pertinent to an upcoming journey. Learn more here.

Phil Cousineau is an award-winning writer and filmmaker, story consultant and editor, travel leader and inspirational speaker on myth in the modern world. He will also offer a "Friends Talking" Forum with Dean Thomason between morning services on Sunday, January 22. Learn more about the author here.

Fee $65, includes light lunch Saturday and snacks (scholarships available). Pre-registration required for in-person or online participation—find the registration form here.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 6:30-9 P.M., Bloedel Hall. Registration required.

Prepare and share a meal together. The menu will have a Lebanese theme and we’ll learn several cooking techniques from trained chefs Luke Abdow, Marc Aubertin, and Deborah Person. Questions? Email Luke: [email protected]

Fee: $15, includes resources and food. Financial assistance available if needed. Registration information to come. Register to participate here. Capacity will be limited to 12 attendees. 
Sighs too Deep for Words with James Falzone

FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2023, 7:30 P.M., in the cathedral nave (ticketed livestream also available)

Join acclaimed clarinetist, penny whistle player, composer and improvisor (and Saint Mark’s parishioner) James Falzone for a night of original music composed specifically for the distinct acoustical environment of Saint Mark’s Cathedral. Joining James will be vocalist and sound artist Johnaye Kendrick; pianist, vocalist, and sound artist Kaley Lane Eaton; and Palestinian/American oud player and vocalist Ronnie Malley. Tickets: $20–25. Reserve tickets here.

More information and tickets for all upcoming Music Series concerts are now available here.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 7:30 P.M., in the cathedral nave and livestreamed

The next service of Prayer in the Style of Taizé will be offered on Tuesday, January 31, at 7 p.m. in the cathedral nave and livestreamed. This service will have elements observing the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas). Learn more here.
A Message from the Bishop Provisional Designate

The Most Rev. Melissa Skelton, who will be leading the Diocese of Olympia during the period of transition while the process of calling a new Bishop Diocesan proceeds, has made the following video message introducing herself, explaining her role, and discussing what the next 18-24 months will look like for this diocese.
Climate Conversation: Video Now Available

If you missed last Tuesday's Climate Conversation on the topic of Advocacy for Systemic Change, a complete video is now available here. The next Climate Conversation will be on Tuesday, February 7 via Zoom—stay tuned for more details, and register here to be part of the discussion.
altar and poinsettias
Poinsettias Need a Home

The Christmas poinsettias are now available for the taking! They are located in the corner of the nave and are free to anyone who would like to take some home. Please help yourself!
New Livestream Links

For the last year and a half, the regular Sunday morning and Compline livestreams have streamed to the same Vimeo URL each week. Those links will be updated for 2023. If you watch liturgies on the cathedral website, or on YouTube or Facebook, you should not notice any change. But if you have bookmarked the Vimeo links, those bookmarks will need to be updated. The new links can be found on the livestream page.
Ministry Leaders: Please Submit Your 2022 Annual Ministry Report

Thank you to the many ministry leaders who have already submitted their 2022 annual reports and ministry description updates. The official submission deadline is today, January 6, but late submissions will be gladly accepted in the next few days. If you think you should have received an invitation to submit a report but did not, or if you have any questions, contact Greg Bloch: [email protected]
Saint Mark's Medical Equipment Lending Library

Medical equipment is available for check-out from Saint Mark’s Medical Equipment Closet. We have canes, crutches, shower chair, shower stool, walkers (two and four wheel models), wheelchairs, and more. We welcome clean donations in good working order. For check-out or donation information. please contact Nancy Cleminshaw: [email protected]
Young Adult Contemplative Retreat 

FEBRUARY 10–12, 2023

Get away from it all and experience a weekend of peace, prayer, and self-care with young adults from across the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia. This casual retreat, held at the waterfront Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center at the Palisades, just south of Seattle, is designed for adults in their 20s and 30s who are seeking to experience an array of contemplative practices from a Taizé service to lectio divina to centering prayer. Interested? E-mail [email protected] to get onto the notification list.
A Norwegian Epiphany from The Seattle Nordic Chamber Music Series

THIS SUNDAY, JAUNARY 8, 2 P.M., at Ballard First Lutheran Church. Tickets: $30 (General Admission)/$10 (Student/Child)

Celebrate Epiphany enveloped by the festive sounds of trumpet, lur, soprano, organ, and piano and surrounded by holiday decorations. The Nordic Chamber Music 2023 series opens the season, like the arrival of the travelling Magi, exploring the supernatural and divinity of music filled with unlimited possibilities for the future. Joan Paddock and Debra Huddleston will fill the sanctuary with brilliant sounds with trumpet, a traditional Norwegian lur, piano, and organ and will be joined for part of the program by Nordic song and chamber music specialist and soprano (and Saint Mark's Concert Series Coordinator!), Laura Loge. More information and tickets may be found here.
Ways to Connect Virtually 

Recently the vestry has been discussing ways to engage in ministry at Saint Mark’s even when you can’t make it to campus. Click here to learn more.

A funeral for Paul Balmforth will be offered
THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2 P.M., in the cathedral nave

A funeral for Therese Day will be offered
SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 10 A.M., in the cathedral nave

A funeral for Kit Herrod will be offered
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1:30 P.M., in Thomsen Chapel

A funeral for Roy Hughes will be offered
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 12 P.M., in the cathedral nave
Sunday, January 8, 2023:
The First Sunday after the Epiphany—The Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ

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

Read the Scriptures appointed for this Sunday here.

Isaiah 42:1–9
Psalm 29
Acts 10:34–43
Matthew 3:13–17
Thomsen Chapel; in-person only
Presider & Preacher:  The Rev. Canon Jennifer King Daugherty

Hail to the Lord’s Anointed [Hymn #616]
Christ, when for us you were baptized [Hymn #121}
J.S. Bach, Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam, BWV 684
Johann Pachelbel, Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam
in-person only
Presider:  The Rev. Canon Eliacín Rosario-Cruz
Preacher:  The Rev. Canon Jennifer King Daugherty

O love, how deep, how broad, how high [Hymn# 449]
Christ, when for us you were baptized [Hymn #121]
From God Christ’s deity came forth [Hymn #443]

Lynn M. Trapp, When Jesus came to Jordan
Camille Saint-Saëns, Prelude in B major, Opus 99, No. 2a
Johann Pachelbel, Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam
in-person & livestreamed
Presider:  The Very Rev. Steven L. Thomason
Preacher:  The Rev. Canon Jennifer King Daugherty

O love, how deep, how broad, how high [Hymn# 449]
Through north and south [WLP #822]
Christ, when for us you were baptized [Hymn #121]
From God Christ’s deity came forth [Hymn #443]
Melchior Vulpius, Sing praise to our Creator
James MacMillan, Think of how God loves you
Dan Forrest, The Work of Christmas

J.S. Bach, Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam, BWV 684
Michael Praetorius, Nun lob, mein Seel’, den Herren
Officiant: The Very Rev. Steven L. Thomason

Musician: James Falzone
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.

Peter R. Hallock, Psalm 29
Roupen Shakarian, Nunc dimittis
Peter R. Hallock, The Baptism of Christ
Liturgy and repertoire information subject to change.

Children's Chapel has returned in its familiar form during the 9 a.m. Sunday service. All children are invited to join the Gospel procession and gather around the Deacon as the Gospel is proclaimed. Then children pre-school through 2nd grade will process to Thomsen Chapel for storytelling, singing, and prayer. Parents are welcome to join their children. They return to their families in the nave at the Peace. If you have any questions or would like to help out, please contact Canon Wendy Claire Barrie at: [email protected]
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.
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 is offered on Wednesday mornings at 8:30 a.m., via Zoom. This offering has been discontinued as of January 2023.

Thursday Morning: At 7 a.m. on on the first, third, and fifth Thursdays of the month only, a service of Holy Eucharist is offered in person in Thomsen Chapel. On the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, an online-only prayer service is offered via Zoom 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 all the Coast Salish tribes. [Learn more]
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