Sunday, August 29, 2021:
The Fourteenth 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.
Cover photos are of Canon Nancy Ross's last day celebration on 8/22/21. Taken by Steve Quinn.

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Read an excerpt below

Encounters with God in Times of Transition

Updated with new participants. Also find more ways to help below.
Canon Kleinschmidt's Sabbatical Report

THIS SUNDAY, AUGUST 29, 7-8:30 P.M., via Zoom

This Sunday, join the Zoom meeting for a report from Canon Kleinschmidt about his summer sabbatical. During his time away he:

  • ...devoted himself to learning new organ repertoire by non-white and non-male composers.
  • ...learned how to play a keyboard with 15 keys per octave, rather than the usual 12.
  • ...made a focused study of 20th-century American organs that were built in the style of 17th- and 18th-century North German instruments.
  • ...went on several backpacking adventures, including summitting Glacier Peak!

Join in via Zoom to learn about all this and more! Join using this Zoom link.
Community Meeting on the Community Life and Formation Survey


In May and early June of this year, we held several Listening Groups with our Formation Consultant, Jamie Martin Currie, who captured a great deal of information and insights from these groups and the parish survey. All in the Saint Mark’s community are invited to participate in a follow-up conversation.

As a sample of the kind of content that will be discussed on Wednesday, here are excerpts from the report's section about youth:

  • "The questions driving [the listening group of teenagers 14+] today are about friends, planning for college, justice, sports, race, future, family, social media, and mental health. One thing we can count on is from these young people is their honesty. The youth desperately miss friends, playing games, and simply hanging out with one another. [...] The entire youth program needs to refocus with a strong curriculum emphasizing community outreach, faith formation, and fun. Right now, these students need to enjoy hanging out and being active together. They have spent way too much time sitting at their desks and they crave something to do. [...]"

  • "When [parents and grandparents] were asked what qualities and/or values [they] would like to see in youth when they graduate from high school, the responses were incredibly thoughtful. For example: '[Youth should] understand the intersection of spirituality and how to live in the world day in and day out. I am not looking for kids to go out and evangelize, I am looking for them to understand they are loved, they are part of a community, and they can change the world for the better by being who they are called to be.'"

The Radix Project Returns for Fall 2021:
Encounters with God in Times of Transition

Register here to receive Zoom link for the Plenary

and meet once a week for six weeks.
Submit the online form to join a small group

Nearly two years ago, we launched the Radix Project: Small Groups/Deep Roots. More than 250 people have participated in these groups, sharing their stories, reflecting on scripture, and praying for one another intentionally. This fall, the theme for Radix 6, Encounters with God in Times of Transition, draws inspiration from selected scripture stories and accompanying artwork to invite reflection on current events and how we live and move and have our being in this time.
The six-week series will launch the week of September 19 and run through the end of October. Once again, we will set things up with an opening plenary, via Zoom, scheduled for Sunday, September 19 at 7 p.m. What’s new for Radix 6 is the option to meet in-person on the cathedral campus, OR online via Zoom, a platform that transitioned well during the pandemic.

Whether you have ever participated in an earlier group or not, you are welcome and heartily encouraged to join a small group this fall. We do ask, if you sign up, that you prioritize these dates in your calendar so you are present for all (or most) of the meetings. The deadline to register is September 15, 2021. 

Please complete the online form; or, alternatively, you may contact Erik Donner in the church office: or 206.323.0300 x 217
Interfaith Prayer Service on 9/11 Cancelled

The interfaith prayer service organized by The Church Council of Greater Seattle, Temple De Hirsch Sinai, St. James Cathedral, and Saint Mark’s Cathedral which was scheduled for Saturday, September 11, has been cancelled due to pandemic safety concerns and other logistical challenges.
THIS 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.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2021, 7-8:30 p.m. via Zoom, registration required.

Update: In addition to Ginna Brelsford and Program Manager Shogofa Amini, this event will also feature Executive Director Malahat Mazaher. Learn more about Shogofa, Malahat, and Ginna here.
Twenty years ago Sahar was launched in northern Afghanistan as an NGO serving girls. Join the leaders of this organization at the forum to hear their thoughts about Afghanistan's horrific present and possible futures.

Registration is required to receive the link. 

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! The 11 a.m. service that day will feature the return of the Cathedral Choir.

Also on 9/12, the 8 a.m. Sunday morning Chapel Eucharist, and the 7 p.m. Contemplative Eucharist both resume.
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.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 6:30–8 p.m., in Bloedel Hall OR via Zoom; registration requested

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. In this special parish forum, to which all are invited and encouraged to attend, we will reflect together, unpack the document, and break into groups which will focus on specific areas of work, including homelessness, immigration, reparations, and more. Learn more and register here.
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.
The Afghanistan Crisis: Ways You Can Help

Last week Dean Thomason sent a message to the community acknowledging the tragedy currently unfolding in Afghanistan, and suggesting ways to help. The U.S. is now rushing to bring thousands of Afghan nationals to this country, and many of these folks will be coming to Washington. Here are some updates:

  • First, attend the forum on Wednesday, September 8, with the leaders of Sahar: Education for Girls, and make a donation to support their work. (See details here.)
  • Second, support the Refugee Resettlement Office, either with a donation, or by attending their upcoming training about working directly with Afghan refugees in our community.

The Refugee Resettlement Office presents:
Resettling Afghan Refugees Webinar
THIS TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 10:30 a.m.
Registration required (space is limited!)

  • Finally, a Saint Mark's member has commended to the community the work of the Afghan Health Initiative, based in Kent, WA, which is currently recruiting volunteers willing to open their homes to provide temporary accommodation to newly-arriving refugees. Learn more about that important work here.
Threshold Fund Update

From January 2021 through July 2021, Saint Mark's Threshold Fund has been able to help move 13 families into housing during the pandemic. A total of almost about $16,000 in assistance was distributed, benefiting a total of 29 people. Your generosity makes this good work possible. If you’d like to make a contribution to continue this important ministry, you may donate in the following ways:

  • Make an online payment at
  • Pay through the Venmo app: @SaintMarksCathedralSeattle 
  • Send a check to the Cathedral: 1245 10th Ave. E, Seattle WA 98102
  • Contact Erik Donner at or 206-323-0300 x217
Liturgical Minister Training

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 9 A.M. - 12 P.M., via Zoom
Liturgical Ministries include those ministries that are active in worship on Sundays and through the week, including lectors, chalice bearers, altar guild, ushers/greeters, acolytes, etc. No matter what your age, desired level of commitment, or interests are, there is a role for you to play in the liturgical life of this cathedral! Learn more about the many opportunities here.

On Saturday, September 18, Dean Thomason and Cathedral Sacristan Michael Seewer will host a Liturgical Ministers Training via Zoom. All current and aspiring liturgical ministers are invited to attend. Registration is requiredyou will receive the Zoom link via email once you register. The training will be divided into three sessions:

  • 9–10 a.m. SESSION 1: For acolytes, lectors, ushers, and greeters.
  • 1011 a.m. SESSION 2: Plenary for everyone, facilitated by Dean Thomason.
  • 11 a.m.12 p.m. SESSION 3: For Eucharistic ministers, Eucharistic visitors, Altar Guild, and vergers.

Please click here to register, and please note that correct time that you should plan on joining as noted above!
New Podcast Episode!
Cathedral Conversations About Race

The latest episode of Cathedral Conversations About Race is a continuation of community member Vinnu Komanapalli's story, speaking about what it’s like being one of the few South Asian people in this community.
Cathedral Conversations about Race is co-produced by Michael Perera and Cara Peterson. In it, Michael and Cara talk with each other and other non-white Saint Mark’s parishioners about their experiences navigating a majority-white world, at the Cathedral and beyond. To listen, search for "Cathedral Conversations" wherever you get your podcasts, or find all released episodes on the podcast page of the website. If you have any questions, please contact Michael or Cara directly.
Bring Christmas to a Seafarer!

Every year, the Seattle Seafarers’ Center (or Mission to SeafarersSeattle) provides about 1,000 ditty bags stuffed with basic personal necessities to merchant seafarers. These bags are one way we help seafarers celebrate Christmas while they are far from home. Seafarers help make Christmas possible for all of us by transporting lots of stuff to the U.S. Help make a seafarer's Christmas by providing them with a ditty bag to say thank you!

There are lots of ways to participate. You can make drawstring bags or knit hats, or you can purchase basic supplies (e.g., shaving cream, body soap, and toothpaste) and drop those off at the Center. You can also make a financial gift that will be used to purchase more supplies for ditty bags. To find out more, visit our website and contact the Seattle Seafarers Center (, and thank you!
Get Your Cathedral Parking Decal

PLEASE NOTE: No parking decal is need to park on Sunday. Also, parking is usually open to all during large cathedral-sponsored events.

With the resumption of more and more activities on the cathedral campus, both at Saint Mark's and at our neighbors on the property, it's time to enforce the parking policies in the cathedral lot. If you are a member of the Saint Mark’s Cathedral Parish, you must obtain a parking permit to be applied to your lower right windshield. This allows you to park for free in “permit zones” while on campus for cathedral-related activities any day of the week. Without the permit displayed in your vehicle, parking in the “permit zones” runs the risk that your vehicle will be towed. (Note that parking is open to all and free all day Sunday.) You may pick up your decal from the front desk of the cathedral office any time Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or you can pick one up during the Ministry Fair on Sunday, September 12.
Ministry Fair Leaders Registration

As noted above, the in-person Ministry Fair will be held on Sunday, September 12. This year, the tables will be set up around the sides of the nave for its better ventilation and ease of circulation. Our wonderful Ministry Fair leader Olivier Santos is again managing the event. If you are a ministry leader but did not get a message from Nancy about the Ministry Fair last week, please email Olivier. You must fill out the registration form linked to in the email by September 6 to participate.

The funeral of Sandra Smith will be offered

The funeral of Mary Baldwin Kennedy will be offered

A service for Matthew Briggs will be announced at a later date. All these services will be livestreamed.
Sunday, August 29, 2021: The Fourteenth 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.

Presider & Preacher:
The Very Reverend Canon Steven L. Thomason

Song of Solomon 2:813
James 1:1727
Mark 7:18, 1415, 2123

Immortal, invisible, God only wise [Hymn #423]
Lord Jesus, think on me [Hymn #641]
Lord, I want to be a Christian [Hymn #138]

Dan Locklair, “The Peace may be exchanged” from Rubrics
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.

Nathan Jensen, Now cheer our hearts this eventide
Peter Hallock, Psalm 15
Jean Mouton, Salva nos, Domine
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.
Note: 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]
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