Sunday, September 19, 2021:
The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

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

9 a.m. • The Holy Eucharist
in person only, 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 participants of last Sunday's intergenerational hike to Twin Falls courtesy of Emily Meeks.

Godly Play & Building Faith Brick by Brick

Come meet the new Service Corps members and help stock their pantry

at Epiphany Parish

A chat with Wendy Townsend

Director of Operations
Sunday Morning Church School Returns This Sunday

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

Sunday morning church school resumes this Sunday in person! We are excited to welcome our children aged 3 to 11 back for Sunday Morning Church School 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 will explore Building Faith Brick by Brick, a chance to respond to Bible stories creative using Lego bricks! Learn more at It's not too late to register your child to participate! Sign up using the form here.
Sunday Morning Forums ResumeFriends Talking: Dean Steve and Tan Nisabho

THIS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall

The first Sunday Forum of the fall will feature a conversation between Dean Steve and Buddhist monk Venerable Nisabho, who is a native of Spokane, WA, but studied and was ordained in the Forest Monastery tradition in Thailand. The community he leads is currently meeting on Saturday mornings on the Saint Mark's campus. Tan Nisabho and Dean Steve will explore contemplative practices across different faith traditions, including Christian centering prayer.

A preliminary schedule of all the Sunday Morning Forums for the upcoming season is now posted online. Stay tuned for more details as they become available!
Encounters with God in Times of Transition—A Sunday Evening Presentation for This Moment

THIS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 7–8:30 P.M., via Zoom. 

All are welcome to the opening Radix Project Plenary Presentation, whether or not you are participating in a small Radix group. (The deadline to register for a group has now passed.) The theme for Radix 6, Encounters with God in Times of Transition, will engage with stories from Scripturesuch as the temptation of Christ in the desert, Jacob wrestling with God, Elijah's mantle cast on Elisha, and the conversion of Saul on the road to Damascusand explore what they might have to tell us about the moment in history that we are now living through. Register to receive the Zoom link for the Plenary using this link.
Meet the Seattle Service Corps! "Pantry Pounding," and Porch Reception

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. The wish list items may be seen and signed up for here. Gifts that you can sign up for include kitchen staples like flour, sugar, and oil, but also a bicycle, sleeping bags, or a guitar! Questions? E-mail Adam Conley at [email protected].
20s/30s: Art & Jazz Event

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 7:30 P.M., at Epiphany Parish on First Hill

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]).
Jim Pannell to Leave his Role as Director of Operations

Cathedral Director of Operations Jim Pannell has resigned to take a new role in San Francisco which he describes in some detail below. We are sad to see him leave, but we wish him well in his new ventures. He came to Seattle from San Francisco just two years ago, and the pandemic intervened just months after he arrived, but he pressed through with grace and good will, and we are grateful for his work among us. His leadership has been key to ensuring our pandemic-related precautions are safely implemented and maintained. His last day on the job will be Friday October 8, 2021. Please join us in thanking him for his service, and sending him with our best wishes as he begins this new role.
"This was an extraordinarily difficult decision. But, after a lot of conversation and consideration with my family, we decided together that this was also an opportunity from which I should not walk away. With the excitement of a new position comes the sadness of departing a place and people I love. One that pursues a mission that is close to my heart. I am going to miss all of you.

I am grateful for the opportunity to come to St. Mark’s and have learned so much under the leadership of Dean Thomason. Serving with you would have been so much harder if not for my direct reports – Adam Conley, Stephen Eddy, and David Wagner. It has been an honor to serve with all of you, the entire staff, and the beloved parishioners at Saint Mark’s."

Read Dead Thomason's full message and more about Jim's new position here.
Applications are now being accepted to fill the role of Director of Operations. See the complete job description and how to apply at
9 A.M.12 P.M. via Zoom [register here]

Dean Thomason and Cathedral Sacristan Michael Seewer invite all to attend this upcoming training online via Zoom—including long-timers and those interested in getting involved for the first time. All liturgical ministers are asked to participate in this training once every three years.

Registration is required to get the link. Learn and register here, and contact Michael Seewer at [email protected] with any questions.
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.

OCTOBER 17, 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]
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 Zoom—the link will be announced in the coming weeks.
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.
Meet Cathedral Yoga Instructor Wendy Townsend

Although Cathedral Yoga only resumed in late July in its new Monday evening time slot, it has already become a valued offering for many members of the broader community, many of whom are entering the doors of the cathedral for the first time. While the inspiring space of the cathedral itself is probably the most unique and attractive feature of a Cathedral Yoga gathering, the skilled teaching of certified professional yoga instructor and longtime Saint Mark's member Wendy Townsend is a enormous part of its appeal. Read a little more about Wendy's 50-year history as a yoga practitioner, and her goals for Cathedral Yoga here. (Longtime ministry leader Irene Beausoleil has had to step away due to work conflicts, and we are currently in the process of lining up additional regular and guest instructors.)

Please note: Due to a concert in the nave, Cathedral Yoga will not be offered on Monday, September 27.
CONSPIRE 2021 update

As Dean Thomason has explained in an email to registrants earlier this week, due to safety considerations around gathering in one space for eight hours at a time, the cathedral has made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person gathering for CONSPIRE. All registrants will be invited to participate virtually. We apologize for the inconvenience, and please contact Dean Thomason at [email protected] with any additional questions or concerns.
The Choir School Begins Weekly Rehearsals

This week is the first full week that all of the youth choristers of Saint Mark's met in person for rehearsals. Choristers learn vocal technique and musicianship skills, and serve the cathedral weekly through singing for Sunday liturgies. Most importantly, the choristers have fun making music together!

New singers can still join the Junior Choristers (approx. 57 years old), Senior Choristers (about 814), and Cathedral Schola (high school and changed-voice youth). Visit here for more about safe singing plans and how to register.
Meaningful Movies: Youth v Gov Screening
Join the youth of the Diocese of Olympia for an online screening of YOUTH v GOV a timely, hopeful film of America's youth taking action to address the climate crisis—presented as part of the "Meaningful Movies Project" and co-sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia's Youth Ministry and Climate Task Force. More information here. Learn more about the Diocese of Olympia's Meaningful Movies Project here.
Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries: Japanese Convocation Conference 2021

SEPTEMBER 24, 4–6 P.M.; & SEPTEMBER 25, 2–5 P.M., streaming online; registration: $20

Japanese Convocation Conference 2021: Coming Together in Agape is a virtual conference for all people, whether you are of Japanese descent or not, to hear updates about historically Japanese Episcopal Churches and communities, and to celebrate and lift up the Japanese/JA community! This year’s featured speaker is Bishop of Oregon Diana Akiyama who will be talking about Reconciliation & Racism. There will also be a young adult panel talking about ministry and identity in the Episcopal Church. All are welcome—whether you are of Japanese descent or not! Register using this form.
Casa Latina Virtual Gala Celebration! ROOTED & RESILIENT

6:30 P.M.: Online Music & Dance Lessons
7 P.M.: Online Program

Since 2014, Casa Latina has connected Latino immigrants in Seattle with over 45,000 well-paying jobs through their jobs dispatch program. Saint Mark's has been in partnership with Casa Latina in many ways in recent years, and is proud to be one of the sponsors of the 2021 En Camino Gala Celebration, an online event with music and inspiring speakers. Casa Latina has partnered with Latino-owned Café Con Leche to bring you a special Cuban meal which includes delicious empanadas, salad, a main course, and for dessert a classic flan! Reserve now, then pick up your food between 2 and 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 25 at the Café in Seattle's Sodo Neighborhood. The online festivities then begin at 6:30 p.m. The event itself is free and virtual. More details here.
A New Musical by Former Dean Fred Northup Premieres Online


The Rev. Fred Northup, Dean of Saint Mark's from 1988 to 1998, has written a new music entitled David: The Faces of Love. The world premiere will be presented in concert on September 28 in Asheville, North Carolina, and may be watched live on the internet. Tickets for the streaming event are $10. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

The funeral of Mary Baldwin Kennedy will be offered

The funeral of Matthew Briggs will be offered

The funeral of Jane Dauber will be offered

All these services will be livestreamed.
Sunday, September 19, 2021: The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Thomsen Chapel; in-person only

Presider & Preacher:
The Reverend Canon Doctor Marda Steedman Sanborn

Dieterich Buxtehude, Vater unser im Himmelreich [Our Father in Heaven], BuxWV 219; and Fugue in C, BuxWV 174
in-person only

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

9 a.m.: The Reverend Edie Weller
11 a.m.: The Very Reverend Steven L. Thomason

The Reverend Canon Doctor Marda Steedman Sanborn

Proverbs 31:10-31
Psalm 1
James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a
Mark 9:30-37

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty [Hymn #390]
Lord of all hopefulness [Hymn #482]
When Jesus left his Father’s throne [Hymn #443]

9 a.m.: Colin Hodgetts, These three are treasures, words after the teachings of the Taoist philosopher, Lau Tsu
11 a.m: Arnold Bax, Lord, thou hast told us

J.S. Bach, Prelude on Lobe den Herren, BWV 650
Dieterich Buxtehude, Fugue in C, BuxWV 174

Presider: The Reverend Edie Weller

Musician: James Falzone
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.

J.S. Bach, Now cheer our hearts this eventide
Jason Anderson, Psalm 54
Calvin Hampton, Lord, whose love through humble service
Lodovico da Viadana, Nunc dimittis, Tone III
Alonso de Tejeda, O bone Jesu
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.
A new issue of the Children, Youth & Families Ministries Newsletter has just been released! Read it here.
Choral Evensong, offered at 4:30 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month, resumes in person on Sunday, October 3.
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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