FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2022

Sunday, May 29, 2022:
The Seventh Sunday of EasterThe Sunday after Ascension Day
8 a.m. • The Holy Eucharist
in person in Thomsen Chapel

9 a.m. • The Holy Eucharist with
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
Cover photo of Kathy Sodergren preparing last Sunday's flowers, by Kevin Johnson

This Thursday, June 2; more details TBA

Messages to the community from the Dean and the Bishop

With a blessing of the cathedral beehives

Starting Over in Prayer, in person or online

News from the Salahi Family and Sahar School for Girls
Interfaith Prayer Vigil and March Decrying Gun Violence 

THIS THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 6:30 P.M, starting at Temple De Hirsch Sinai

People of faith from across Seattle will convene this Thursday at Temple De Hirsch for a brief prayer service, then march to St. James Cathedral for concluding prayers. More details to follow in the coming days. Saint Mark’s Cathedral is co-sponsor, and Dean Thomason will speak. 
Dean’s Message on the School Shooting in Uvalde, Texas

Yesterday, Dean Thomason sent a message to the parish regarding the recent horrific shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

"...I refuse to concede my hope to such evil and its conspiracy with feckless politicians who lack the courage to act. I refuse to concede my hope in God who I believe with all my heart is calling us into this work, even as we discern what that may be through the prism of our tears."

Read his complete message here. You may also read Bishop Rickel's statement on these events here.
Beekeeper Forum and Blessing of the Beehives

SUNDAY, MAY 29, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall

Between the 9 and 11 a.m. services this Sunday, the cathedral beekeepers will share about their ministry and the current state of the bees who live on the roof above Bloedel. There will honey available for tasting! We’ll conclude with a blessing of the hives. (See a video introduction to the beekeeping ministry and updates from previous seasons here.)
Please note: it was previously announced this Sunday would also include a informal celebration for Doreen Tudor, who is turning 100 years old this weekend. That celebration will be postponed until a later date, but if you would like to give Doreen a birthday card, you can bring it to church this Sunday and leave it in the basket that will be in coffee corner.
Cathedral Offices Closed for Memorial Day

This Monday, May 30, the cathedral offices will be closed in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Daily Evening Prayer Online is suspended for the day. Cathedral Yoga and 12-Step meetings will occur as usual.
Starting Over in Prayer with Fr. Martin L. Smith

THIS WEDNESDAY! JUNE 1, 9:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M., Bloedel Hall and online via Zoom, registration required

These difficult COVID years have left many of us in need of a “reboot” in our prayer. Join us for a time of reflection, prayer, and discussion, about being emotionally honest with God just now, and open again to more real intimacy with God.

Fr. Martin L. Smith is well known throughout the Episcopal Church and beyond for his roving ministry of spiritual formation in retreats and workshops, and as the author of widely read books exploring contemporary spirituality, including The Word is Very Near You, A Season for the Spirit, Reconciliation, Compass and Stars, and Love Set Free. He is based in Washington DC.

This workshop is free, but registration is required: click here to register.
Scripture & EmpireA 20/30s Summer Study and Discussion Series

THREE MONDAYS: JUNE 6, JUNE 20 & JULY 4, 7–8:30 p.m., via Zoom

How does understanding the historical and cultural context of empire shape our faith and create opportunity for new liberation? This summer we will examine the tensions between political power and justice through scripture and supplemental texts with opportunity for reflection and discussion. Canon Eliacín Rosario-Cruz will join us in exploring these themes together. Attendees are encouraged to attend all three sessions but it is not required—join as you can. If you are interested in participating, please email Adam Conley ([email protected]) or Emily Meeks ([email protected]).
20s/30s Visit to Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Mission 

SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 4:30–6:30 P.M., at Epiphany Parish in Madrona, 1805 38th Ave, Seattle

Join with the 20s/30s Group at 4:30 p.m. on June 26th at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Mission (located in the chapel of Epiphany Parish Seattle, 1805 38th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122). Father Andriy Matlak has been working tirelessly to raise awareness and coordinate relief efforts with the support of Epiphany Seattle. We'll talk with him about his church, about Ukrainian Orthodoxy, and about how we can be allies to the people of Ukraine in this challenging moment. If you'd like to join us, or for more questions, email Michael Perera at [email protected]
Gift of Peter Boome Painting to Saint Mark’s
This is the final week for the Visual Arts Ministry exhibition in the nave, Coast Salish Art By Peter Boome. The last day of the show will be next Sunday, June 5.

A small group of parishioners is interested in purchasing “Birds of a Feather”—the largest canvas in the show, pictured above—as a gift to Saint Mark’s. If you’d like to learn more and/or contribute to this gift, please contact Deborah Brown at [email protected]
Update from the Salahi Family and Sahar School in Afghanistan

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 6:45-8:15 P.M., online via Zoom only (not in person)

Join the Salahi family—Razia, Solaiman, Zobair, Rohanya and Harris—as they provide an update on their resettling in Seattle after having to flee their homeland of Afghanistan, leaving family members behind. From enrolling in school, to landing jobs, and passing driving tests, they have a remarkable story to tell. Ginna Brelsford will also be on hand to provide an update on Sahar School for Girls in Afghanistan. The photo below conveys the stark changes that have come in the wake of the Taliban’s return. Register here to receive the Zoom link. 
MAY 28
FIRST OFFERING: TOMORROW, SATURDAY, MAY 28, 4 P.M., by the Ermoian/Kelly family in north Ballard

Each month from May to October, Saint Mark's parishioners will be taking turns hosting a simple Neighborhood Eucharist in a backyard or park on a late Saturday afternoon. These are designed to be especially family-friendly, meaningful, and brief—a great way to strengthen the connections among us as well as to God's good earth. You are particularly encouraged to attend the Eucharist offered in your own neighborhood, but any community member may attend any event. The first will be hosted by Kristen Kelly and Ralph Ermoian in the Loyal Heights neighborhood of northwest Ballard.

To RSVP, or to sign up to host one in your neighborhood in the coming months, please email Canon Barrie: [email protected] 
MAY 29
20s/30s Contemplative Practice 

SUNDAY, MAY 29, 10:10–10:50 a.m., Leffler Living Room

"Be still and know that I am God." This Sunday, 20s & 30s are invited to join Fraser Reach for a contemplative practice in between Sunday services. At 10:10 a.m. in Leffler, Fraser Reach will lead a Lectio Divina (sacred reading) of Psalm 46, followed by a short and simple guided meditation.

The goal is to compliment the Sunday worship experience while learning a simple practice that can be used at anytime. No need to RSVP. Questions? Email Adam Conley at: [email protected]
MAY 29
NEXT DISCUSSION, MAY 29, 12:30–2 P.M., in Bloedel Hall and via Zoom, registration required

Join Canon Rosario-Cruz for a book study of The Church Cracked Open: Disruption, Decline, and New Hope for the Beloved Community by The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers. Canon Spellers (who presented at Saint Mark's in May of 2019) challenges us with an opportunity to discern our faithfulness toward building the Beloved Community in response to the racial reckoning and the pandemic experience of the past two years.

You are welcome to join even if you missed the first meeting. On May 29, chapters 3–4 will be discussed. Subsequent meeting will be on June 5 (chapters 5–6), and June 19 (chapters 7–8 and the conclusion)

Eat Great Meals, Save Money, and Save the Planet

TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m., online via Zoom

The foods we eat, at home or out, have an impact on climate change. By becoming more aware of our food choices, we can each eat more responsibly. Even better, we can save money and live healthier. 

In this first 0f the new series of monthly Climate Conversations, Richard Hartung and Marc Aubertin will lead a discussion about your food, your meals, and climate change, including choices of ingredients both at home and at restaurants, and growing our own food.

Learn more, including the topics of upcoming Climate Conversations, here.

TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 7–8 p.m., in the cathedral nave and livestreamed

On Tuesday, April 5, in the cathedral nave, a service of prayer in the evening with music in the style of Taizé was offered at Saint Mark's for the first time. Learn more and see a video here. The second of these services will be offered on the evening of Tuesday, June 7, at 7 p.m. Join in person or via livesteam.
Education for Ministry: Informational Forum

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 6:45–8 P.M., online via Zoom only

EfM is a four-year program for lay people to study scripture, church history, and modern theology. It is a four-year program, but students commit to one year at a time. Each class is limited to 12 people.

Three different classes meet weekly September-June at Saint Mark's: Sundays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Mondays, 10am-12:30 p.m.; and Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuition is $325, plus the cost of textbooks.

There will be an informational forum plus Q&A about the EfM program on Wednesday, June 8, 6:45 p.m., via Zoom. For more information, contact class mentors: Sunday evening: Penelope Jackson; Monday morning: Maria Coldwell; Monday evening: Tom Hayton.
JUNE 10-12
Men’s Retreat: In Returning and Rest We Shall Be Renewed 

FRIDAY EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY NOON, JUNE 10–12, at St. Andrew’s House Retreat Center on beautiful Hood Canal. Facilitated Dean Steve Thomason. Registration required.

Capacity is limited to 25just a few spots remain!

This weekend retreat is designed to create the space for quiet reflection, time away from the burdens of daily life, spacious time in nature, conversations with other men of faith, and worship. It will be a time of spiritual reflection and renewal. Dean Thomason will facilitate the weekend, drawing on wisdom set forth by Fr. Richard Rohr and others. Men of all ages are welcome. Learn more about the weekend, including fees, here.
20s/30s GROUP
Behind the Scenes with The Mighty Flentrop!

SUNDAY, JUNE 12, meet in Leffler House at 12:15 p.m., with tour in the Organ Loft to follow at about 1 p.m.

All 20s/30s are invited to join Canon Michael Kleinschmidt for a fabulous “back-stage” pass experience of Saint Mark’s famous Flentrop Organ. First, we’ll gather after the 11 a.m. service for light refreshments and conversation after the service at Leffler House. At 1 p.m., we’ll head back to the cathedral where Michael will offer a “tour” and demonstration of the instrument, including a brief singalong with favorite hymns. Email your favorite hymn title from The Hymnal 1982 to Adam Conley: [email protected]

THREE WEDNESDAYS: JUNE 22, JULY 27, and AUGUST 24, 5 p.m.8 p.m., in Bloedel Hall and throughout the cathedral grounds

All ages are invited to share a meal prepared by our own Chef Marc Aubertin, and then together we’ll explore scripture and the sacredness of water through a variety of creative and reflective activities, including the option to attend in-person Evening Prayer 6–6:30 p.m. The evenings end with a brief service of Compline in the cathedral nave. Fee for all three evenings: $30 per person, maximum of $90 per family. More information and registration coming soon.
New Forum Videos Available

 If you missed the May 11 forum on sustainability and the fashion industry, a video is now available here.
If you missed the May 18 forum with Theologian-in-residence The Rev. Dr. Hillary Raining on "Spiritual Practices as Balm for the Soul," video is now available here

Last Sunday's "Friends Talking" forum, with Dean Thomason in conversation with Rabbi Daniel Weiner, may be seen here.

Many of Saint Mark's cathedral's forums and presentations have now been gathered in a YouTube playlist here.
Capitol Hill PrideFest is Back!


PrideFest is Back... and so is the Saint Mark's booth! We will have a tent and display on Broadway during Pride weekend on Saturday, June 25, from 11 a.m. on toward evening. Just like last time—pre-pandemic—we will have fun talking with festival attendees about Saint Mark's and handing out info and souvenirs. PrideFest is a great time and a great way to represent your faith community to a variety of folks looking for a spiritual connection. To sign up, contact The Rev. Eliacín Rosario Cruz: [email protected] or Deacon Earl Grout: [email protected]
Guest Instructor at Cathedral Yoga: Andrew Ragan

MONDAY, MAY 30, 6:30 P.M., cathedral nave

On Monday, May 30 (the fifth Monday of the month) Cathedral Yoga will welcome Andrew Ragan to lead Cathedral Yoga. Andrew is a certified professional yoga instructor, strength coach. and personal trainer. He has completed 500 hours of yoga teacher training, plus an additional certification in yin yoga, which he studied with Cathedral Yoga instructor Leah Adams. Andrew says, "My mission is to help people reconnect to their naturally whole, soul-centered self through a combination of functional strength training, yoga, and self-awareness embodiment practices." (Note: the previously-announced fifth-Monday guest teacher, Erin Mcintire, is ill. We pray for her speedy recovery, and hope to welcome her to teach in the nave at a future date.)
The Return of the Annual All-Choir Banquet

FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 6–8 P.M., Bloedel Hall


All members of any choir at the cathedral—including Saint Mark's Singers, The Cathedral Choir, The choirs of the cathedral's Choir School, The Evensong Choir, or the Compline Choir—should have received an invitation to participate in the return of the annual All-Choir end-of-season banquet. The email contained more information and instructions for how to RSVP (required). If you are planning to come but have not yet registered, please do so as soon as possible; deadline to register is this Wednesday, May 31. If you have questions or did not receive an invitation, please contact Canon Kleinschmidt: [email protected]
Saint Mark's Seeks Applicants for Director of the Seattle Service Corps/Collaborator for Cathedral Spiritual Formation Ministries

Saint Mark's is currently accepting applications for a full-time position encompassing the role of Service Corps Director as well as responsibilities for formation programming. This staff member will administer the Seattle Service Corps program, fostering the spiritual and professional development of a cohort of young adult service interns living in intentional community on the cathedral campus, as well as coordinating and supporting the cathedral’s comprehensive spiritual formation in collaboration with the Dean and Canons.

Please see a complete position description, other details, and instructions of how to apply at, and share this information with anyone you think may be interested.
Choir Camp 2022: Registration Now Open

JULY 11–15, with Sunday morning participation on July 17

Choir Camp is a week-long experience of learning, singing, and a lot of fun. Junior Chorister Camp (for rising kindergarteners through rising 2nd graders) is offered on July 11–15, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Senior Chorister Camp (for rising 3rd graders through rising 8th graders) meets on the same dates, but lasts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. More details, including tuition, and the links to register may be found at:
Run, Ride, Roll—New Day, New Location

SUNDAY, JUNE 12, Seward Park

For many years, Saint Mark's members of all ages have gathered in the afternoon of the Day of Pentecost for a "Run, Ride, and Roll" around Green Lake. This year, however (due to Choral Evensong on June 5) this will occur one week later, on Trinity Sunday, June 12. And because trail around the lake no longer allows bikes or roller blades, it will happen for the first time at Seward Park. Stay tuned for more details next week!
Sunday, May 29, 2022
The Seventh Sunday of EasterThe Sunday after Ascension Day

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

Read the Scriptures appointed for this Sunday here.

Acts 16:16–34
Psalm 97
Revelation 22:12–14, 16–17, 20–21
John 17:20–26
Thomsen Chapel; in-person only
Presider & Preacher: The Very Rev. Steven L. Thomason

Hail the day that sees him rise [Hymn #214]
Alleluia! sing to Jesus! [Hymn #460]

Olivier Messiaen, Prière du Christ montant vers son Père [Prayer of Christ ascending towards his Father] from L’Ascension [The Ascension]
Craig Phillips, Trumpet Tune
in-person only
Presider: The Rev. Canon Jennifer King Daugherty
Preacher: The Very Rev. Steven L. Thomason

Hail the day that sees him rise [Hymn #214]
Alleluia, alleluia! give thanks to the risen Lord [Hymn #178]
See the Conqueror mounts in triumph [Hymn #215]

Michael McCabe, Hilariter!

Olivier Messiaen, Prière du Christ montant vers son Père [Prayer of Christ ascending towards his Father] from L’Ascension [The Ascension]
Craig Phillips, Trumpet Tune
in-person & livestreamed
Presider: The Rev. Canon Jennifer King Daugherty
Preacher: The Very Rev. Steven L. Thomason

Hail the day that sees him rise [Hymn #214]
I heard the voice of Jesus say [Hymn #692]
The head that once was crowned with thorns [Hymn #483]

Michael Praetorius, The Lord ascendeth up on high
Luca Marenzio, O Rex gloriae

Olivier Messiaen,
i. Prière du Christ montant vers son Père [Prayer of Christ ascending towards his Father]
iv. Transports de joie d’une âme devant la gloire du Christ, qui est la sienne [Outbursts of joy from a soul before the glory of Christ, which is its own glory]
from L’Ascension [The Ascension]
Presider: The Very Rev. Steven L. Thomason

Musician: Page Smith
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, O clap your hands
Peter R. Hallock, Psalm 68
Thomas Tomkins, Nunc dimittis Tone VI
William Byrd, Viri Galilaei
Liturgy and repertoire information subject to change.
Upcoming Changes to Daily Evening Prayer

Starting June 6, 2022 (the week following Pentecost) there will be a change to the schedule of Daily Evening Prayer. The in-person Evening Prayer offering will move to Wednesday rather than Tuesday, and all Evening Prayer services, in person or online, will move to 6 p.m. rather than 6:30. The Zoom link will remain the same (find it here).

These changes are being made to better integrate with Wednesday Cathedral Commons and other weekday offerings. Please contact Michael Seewer with questions.
FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH, following the 11 a.m. service (meet in the back of the nave). Next offering: JUNE 5

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.
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.
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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