Sunday, September 25, 2022:
The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
8 a.m. • The Holy Eucharist
in person in Thomsen Chapel

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

10:10 a.m. • Sunday Forum
in Bloedel Hall

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 image taken on Homecoming Sunday by Kevin Johnson.

A visit from a beloved former Cathedral Canon

Saturday, October 1

Cathedral Commons, Wednesday, September 28

A Thursday night presentation by BBC Journalist and Author Matthew Teller

Read about the amazing young people of this year's cohort

Announcing three part-time positions
Neighborhood Eucharist in West Seattle

TOMORROW! SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 4 P.M., hosted by Rachel and Russ Crosbie in West Seattle

There is still time to RSVP for tomorrow's Neighborhood Eucharist, at the home of Rachel and Russ Crosbie. This gathering will be particularly kid-friendly. Remember, now that the West Seattle Bridge has reopened, it is quicker and easier to get to West Seattle than it has been at any time in the last two years. The final Neighborhood Eucharist in this series will be Saturday, October 22. RSVP by emailing Canon Barrie: [email protected]
"Friends Talking"—The Rev. Canon Dick Toll

THIS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 10:10-10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall

Rev. Canon Richard K. Toll, Canon Pastor of St. Mark’s Cathedral, 1976–84, returns to Seattle from his retirement life in Portland, Oregon, to participate in a Symposium: The Holy Land—What’s Next?, a gathering of faith leaders working for peace and justice in Israel/Palestine (Bloedel Hall, Saturday, September 24, 1–4 p.m.). Then on Sunday morning, join the Cathedral Parish in welcoming Dick and his wife, Elaine, both of whose ministries were a major part of parish life during their time here. Dick’s post-Saint Mark’s ministries—as Rector of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Milwaukie, Oregon and founding Executive Director of Friends of Sabeel North America—deeply affected many lives, at the local, national, and international level.
St. Francis Day Celebration with Blessing of the Animals

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 4:30 P.M., on the front lawn and outdoor labyrinth

On Saturday, October 1, 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. Dogs, cats, bird, bunnies, ponies, chickens, and all creatures great and small are welcome! Music will be offered by acclaimed Seattle musician James Falzone and the young choristers of Choir School. The service will include prayers for healing humanity’s relationship with the earth, and for all the creatures who share the earth with us. Following the service, animals can receive an individual blessing from a priest if desired. Stay tune for more details in the coming weeks.
Choral Evensong Observing the Feast of Saint Michael and All Angels

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 4:30 P.M., in the cathedral nave and livestreamed

Saint Mark’s Cathedral resumes its offering of Choral Evensong on first Sundays monthly and invites one and all to join in praise and prayer to God as the sun’s rays lengthen toward evening. Freshly returned from their residencies in England’s Chichester and Bristol Cathedrals, the Evensong Choir will sing a sparkling new setting of the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis by Cecilia McDowall, and a meditative setting of the Negro Spiritual, This little light of mine, by John Work III. Everyone will be invited to join in singing the stirring 8th-century hymn, Christ, the fair glory of the holy angels [Hymn #282].
Listening as an Act of Solidarity

TWO WEDNESDAYS, OCTOBER 5 & 12, 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).

Facilitated by The Rev. Linzi Stahlecker & The Rev. Canon Eliacín Rosario-Cruz.

As Christians, we are called to strive for justice and peace among all people and to respect the dignity of every human being. A foundational practice for this work is the ability to listen to the lives and experiences of our neighbors. In these sessions, we will explore how culture shapes our ability to listen and impacts our work of justice. We will learn and practice various ways to cultivate listening as an act of solidarity and how to create spaces that honor complex stories and foster transformative relationships. Program is free; no registration required. A Zoom link will be posted here when it is available.
Sunday Forum on Taizé Prayer at Saint Mark's

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall

Gather between the services on Sunday morning, October 9, for an interactive, intergenerational forum with the leaders of Saint Mark's Taizé ministry. Learn a bit about what exactly Taizé is, its origins in France, and what got the Taizé ministry started here at Saint Mark's. Then we'll discuss the unique music of Taizé, and do some singing together. It will be informative and fun for all ages, and serve as preparation to more fully participate in the upcoming Taizé service on Tuesday, November 8. Any questions, contact Sacristan Michael Seewer: [email protected]
Jerusalem’s Old City: A Holy Story with Matthew Teller

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 7–8:30 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall or online via Zoom

Co-sponsored by Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, and Other Press Publishers, New York

BBC journalist and author Matthew Teller will present his new book, Nine Quarters of Jerusalem, in person and online via Zoom, in a special Thursday night forum. This highly original “biography” of Jerusalem's Old City features the voices of its Palestinian and Jewish communities, but also spotlights its Indian and African populations, its Greek and Armenian and Syriac cultures, its down-trodden Dom Gypsy families, and its Sufi mystics. It discusses the sources of Jerusalem’s holiness and the ideas—often startlingly secular—that have shaped lives within its walls. It is an evocation of place through story, led by the voices of Jerusalemites. Much more information maybe be found here . (A Zoom link to join will be posted on that page when it is available.)
The Return of 20s/30s Stairway Walks!

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 3–5:30 P.M., meet at Trinity Parish on First Hill (registration required)

In the fall of 2021 the 20s/30s Group from Saint Mark's gathered for a series of Sunday urban hikes inspired by the book Seattle Stairway Walks, and incorporating tours of different Episcopal parishes in the area. They were a great chance to connect with our neighbors and siblings in the Diocese of Olympia, and to discover new nooks and crannies of Seattle's urban landscape. On October 23 this popular offering will return, with a tour of the "mother church" of the Diocese of Olympia, Trinity Parish on First Hill. The group will begin with a brief presentation and tour from Dr. Lisa Graumlich, deacon-in-training, and then wind our way up and around to explore the architectural details of the rapidly-transforming Seattle waterfront and downtown, finishing up with refreshments back at Trinity. Register here. Questions? Email Emily Meeks ([email protected])
Choral Evensong with a Celebration of Bishop Greg & Marti Rickel

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 4:30 P.M., in the cathedral nave and livestreamed

Save the date for this special liturgy observing the Feast of All Saints, with a celebration of the ministry of Bishop Greg & Marti Rickel in the Diocese of Olympia. An informal reception in the cathedral nave will follow the service.
Conversations about Gratitude:
Week 5—Gratitude for the Cathedral

The Saint Mark’s Stewardship Committee concludes its five-part Gratitude Conversations looking forward to the Stewardship offerings in October:

For the last several weeks, the Stewardship Ministry has invited everyone to reflect on what gratitude or thankfulness means to you and how you experience it. We talked about how you express gratitude to yourself or others, and how you nurture that sense of wellbeing and goodwill. These abstract conversations are almost over, and we now focus hearts and minds on the here and now—Saint Mark’s formal Stewardship campaign for the year 2023 will begin on Sunday, October 2. Soon you will receive a package of Stewardship materials in the mail, and you will hear reflections from parishioners in person and on video throughout the month of October.

So, our final question involves how your developing sense of gratitude applies to this beloved spiritual home, Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral. For what are you grateful, here at Saint Mark’s? Do you experience that feeling towards the clergy, staff, preaching, liturgy, or music? Ministries of restorative justice, creation care, or intergenerational connections? The sense of community, or particular community members? Perhaps it is the core beliefs and ethos of this place. If you have been attending Saint Mark's for some time, have these feeling changed over time? Remember: “wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome here.”

As we launch into our formal Stewardship campaign, continue to reflect on the ideas shared here. As we bring this series to a close, we thank you for your thoughts and prayers, and we end with our final question: Where are you on your gratitude journey with Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral?

Please offer a response of any length in the comments at the bottom of this page, or send an email to [email protected]. (Note that the first time you leave a comment, it will be held in moderation before appearing.) Thank you for participating in this conversation.
TOMORROW, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, in the cathedral nave. Start time varies by ministry—see below.

All current and aspiring liturgical ministers are invited to attend this training led by Dean Thomason and Cathedral Sacristan Michael Seewer, and active liturgical ministers are asked to attend one of these trainings at least once every 3 years. Please register to attend using this form. The training will be divided into three sessions:

9 a.m. SESSION 1: For acolytes, lectors, ushers, and greeters.

10 a.m. SESSION 2: Plenary for everyone, facilitated by Dean Thomason.

11 a.m. SESSION 3: For Eucharistic ministers, Eucharistic visitors, Altar Guild, and vergers.

Make a note of the correct start time for your particular ministry. Please email Cathedral Sacristan Michael Seewer with questions: [email protected]
TOMORROW, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1–4 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall or online via Zoom. Free, but registration required for either option.

The Mideast Focus Ministry of Saint Mark's Cathedral, the Bishop’s Committee for Justice & Peace in the Holy Land, and Kairos Puget Sound Coalition present this symposium, which brings together prominent voices from different religious backgrounds to ask where the struggle to achieve justice and peace in Israel-Palestine goes from here.

Participants will include Rev. Naim Ateek (Founder, Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center), Jonathan Kuttab, (Executive Director, Friends of Sabeel North America), Mark Braverman, Ph.D. (Executive Director, Kairos U.S.A.), Ranna Harb (Co-Founder, Falastiniyat Palestinian diaspora collective), and more.

Register to participate, either in person or online, using this form.
Reflections on the Pilgrimage to Iona and the Celtic Missions

THIS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 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). 

Join Dean Thomason, Canon Daugherty, and participants from July’s pilgrimage from Saint Mark’s as they share a bit of their experience and spiritual gleanings while also inviting everyone present to share experiences of sacred travel and why this is an important spiritual practice for all people. A preview of a potential pilgrimage to Ireland will also be shared. Join using this Zoom link. All are welcome.

Please note: Dean Thomason's forum on embodiment in the age of artificial intelligence, originally announced for this date, has been rescheduled for December 7 & 14, 2022

Tell Me the Truth About Racism

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 10 A.M.–1 P.M., at Diocesan House, 1551 10th Ave E. Seattle

The Rev. Will Bouvel and Jen Enriquez, the creative minds behind a new curriculum, Tell Me the Truth About Racism, will be in Seattle and you’re invited to hear from them in-person about their new intergenerational approach to dismantling racism in faith communities. Learn more about their work here. All are welcome to the Bishop’s Office, Thursday, September 29, from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. for a demo and overview of this curriculum. This event is free, and lunch and mileage reimbursement will be provided. Please RSVP with any dietary limitations to [email protected] 

20s/30s: Evensong and Tacos

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 4:30–7 P.M., cathedral nave and Leffler house

The 20s/30s Group will gather in the nave at 4:30 p.m. to join in singing evening prayers at the monthly Choral Evensong liturgy, and then move to Leffler House for conversation and tacos with the Seattle Service Corps following the conclusion of the service. RSVP (encouraged but not required) to Emily: [email protected]

Climate Conversations: What You Can Do about Transportation


Please join the Creation Care Ministry for the next in the series of Climate Conversations, when the topic will be What You Can Do About Transportation. Transportation causes more than a quarter of all carbon emissions in the US. How you commute to work and travel for your vacation as well as what you buy and eat are part of that massive total. Join presenters Richard Hartung and Richard Wesley as they discuss more climate-friendly transportation options to get to the office or errands, travel for leisure or business, and purchase our packages or our foods.

Learn more here. Register to join using this link. Contact Richard Hartung with questions:
Forum Videos Now Available

If you missed The Rev. Canon Dr. Mary Crist's workshop last weekend, Exploring Indigenous Theology, a complete video is now available here, along with slides and other resources.

If you missed The Radix Project plenary presentation from Dean Thomason and the Radix team, video is now available here.

A video of Wednesday's forum on The Queen, Colonialism, and the Anglican Communion can now be seen here.

A YouTube playlist of many forums and workshops can be found here.
Introducing the 2022-23 Seattle Service Corps

A few weeks ago, the new cohort of Seattle Service Corps members arrived at Saint Mark's and began their year of service, prayer, and intentional Christian Community. The cathedral community will get a chance to get to know them in an upcoming Sunday Forum on October 2, but check out this article introducing each of these amazing young people, recent posted by the Diocese of Olympia.
Support Hurricane Recovery Efforts by Episcopal Relief & Development

Hurricane Fiona made landfall in Puerto Rico on Sunday as a Category 1 storm and dropped almost 30 inches of rain. The deadly storm left over 1000 people in need of rescue in addition to leaving the entire island without power and made significant financial impact in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos, and the Bahamas. Episcopal Relief & Development is mobilizing with our partners to provide assistance to those affected by hurricanes. Your donation to the Hurricane Relief Fund will support urgent recovery efforts. Read more about ERD's response here.
Saint Mark's Seeks Part-Time Employees

Saint Mark's Cathedral is seeking applicants for three part-time positions. See complete descriptions including salary ranges at

On-Call Event Assistant and Sound Technician - Assists facilities staff in setting up and running eight to ten events per year (eight hours of work per event), including sound system duties for some some events.

Music Series Manager - Organizes, publicizes, and manages night-of logistics for the cathedral's guest artist concert series and smaller recital events.

Music Librarian - Maintains, distributes, files, and catalogs sheet music for the cathedral's multiple choirs. This job requires about four hours per week, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Please pass along this information and the webpage at to anyone you think may be interested.
New Seasonal Liturgy at 9 a.m. Eucharist

A new Eucharistic liturgy from the Iona Community was presented for the first time at the 9 a.m. service last Sunday, September 11, and its use will continue until November 20 (Feast of Christ the King and the end of the liturgical year). The Iona Community is a vibrant ecumenical Christian community on the Isle of Iona in Scotland, whose prayer and worship are deeply rooted in the Celtic Christian tradition—including expansive imagery for God and affirmation of the divine presence in all of creation, of which humanity is a part. Check out this week's service leaflet, which includes brief explanatory notes about some of the liturgical elements. All are invited to experience this rich and engaging Eucharistic liturgy.
St. Luke's Edible Hope Kitchen Fundraiser, October 13 at Lagunitas Brewery

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 5:30 P.M., at Lagunitas Brewery, 1550 NW 49th St. in Ballard, registration required

Edible Hope Kitchen is a ministry of St. Luke's, Ballard. We have been feeding those who are hungry and vulnerable for over 30 years, five days/week. During COVID our ministry continued without interruption as we cared for hundreds of people who had no other resources or access to a hot meal. This year marks the return to our popular fundraiser at Lagunitas Brewery. Tickets are priced reasonably so that all may attend. There will be food, live music and a "raise the paddle" auction along with raffle prizes, beer, cider and non-alcoholic drinks. Come and bring your friends. Your support makes all the difference! Register to attend here.
Bishop Rickel's Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

JANUARY 16-27 (or 16-31), 2023

Join Bishop Rickel as he leads his 10th (and last as Diocesan Bishop of Olympia) pilgrimage in January of 2023 to the Holy Land with an additional excursion to Jordan. The first 11 days will be the “Holy Land 101” standard pilgrimage through Israel/Palestine, and part two is a Jordan extension to include Petra, and Jerash, and other sites in the country of Jordan. Part one runs from January 16-January 27, and the Jordan extension continues through January 31. More information can be found here. The brochure for this pilgrimage can be found here.

The funeral of J.J. Henke will be offered
Sunday, September 25, 2022:
The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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

Read the Scriptures appointed for this Sunday here.

Jeremiah 32:1–3a, 6–15
Psalm 91:1–6, 14–16
1 Timothy 6:6–19
Luke 16:19–31
Thomsen Chapel; in-person only
Presider & Preacher: The Rev. Canon Eliacín Rosario-Cruz

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord [Hymn #437]
O holy city, seen of John [Hymn #583]

Felix Mendelssohn, Adagio from Organ Sonata No. 1 in F Minor
J.S. Bach, Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend, BWV 632
in-person only
Presider:  The Rev. Linzi Stahlecker
Preacher:  The Rev. Canon Eliacín Rosario-Cruz

Ye holy angels bright [Hymn #625 ]
Guide my feet, Lord, while I run this race [WLP #819]
Fight the good fight with all thy might [Hymn #552 ]

Bruce Neswick, I sing the mighty power of God
Herbert Howells, O holy city, seen of John 
Giuseppe Pitoni, Cantate Domino

Louis Vierne, Adagio from Symphony No. 3, Op. 28
Felix Mendelssohn, Allegro maestoso e vivace and Allegro moderato from Organ Sonata No. 2, Op. 65
in-person & livestreamed
Presider:  The Rev. Linzi Stahlecker
Preacher:  The Rev. Canon Eliacín Rosario-Cruz

Ye holy angels bright [Hymn #625]
Guide my feet, Lord, while I run this race [WLP #819]
O holy city, seen of John [Hymn #583]

arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams, Come, Holy spirit, create in us holiness
John Gardner, Fight the good fight
Christopher Tye, Give almes of thy goods

Louis Vierne, Adagio from Symphony No. 3, Op. 28
Felix Mendelssohn, Allegro maestoso e vivace and Allegro moderato from Organ Sonata No. 2, Op. 65
Presider: The Rev. Linzi Stahlecker

Musician: Rebekah Gilmore
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.

Service observing the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels

Plainsong, Christ, the fair glory of the holy angels
Peter Hallock, Psalm 91
Gerald Near, Jesus came, adored by angels
Palestrina, Tibi Christe, splendor Patris
Liturgy and repertoire information subject to change.
FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH, following the 11 a.m. service. Meet in the back of the nave. Next offering: OCTOBER 2

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. Please spread the word to anyone you know who may be interested!
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. This service will be hybridin person in Leffler House AND online via Zoomon the first Wednesday of the month only, Sept–Dec. 2022. Next in-person service: OCTOBER 5. The service remains Zoom-only on other Wednesdays.

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