Sunday, December 12, 2021:
The Third Sunday of Advent

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

9 a.m. • The Holy Eucharist
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
Photo: Advent wreath on the Third Sunday of Advent.

Join the 20s/30s Group this Sunday

Gift suggestions from Canon Wendy Claire Barrie

Join the Saint Mark's 20s/30s Group for a liturgy in solidarity with migrants and refugees

with Prof. Doug Thorpe, Sunday Dec. 19

Featuring a presentation by a recent Service Corps alum
In-person Registration Update

As of Thursday evening, December 9:

  • 27 spots remain for The Pageant of the Nativity
  • 2 spots remain for the 4 p.m. Christmas Eve service
  • 57 spots remain for the 7:30 p.m. Christmas Eve service
  • 99 spots remain for the 11 p.m. Christmas Eve service
Sabbatical Reflections with Canon Jennifer King Daugherty

THIS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 10:10-10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall or watch live on this page

Canon Daugherty has returned from her three-month sabbatical and is looking forward to sharing her experiences and learning with the Saint Mark’s community. Join her on December 12 for the Sunday Forum, in which she will talk about her Celtic pilgrimage to Ireland, Iona, and the Isle of Skye, as well as time spent in other holy places in the United States. Sabbatical time is meant for rest, renewal, and cultivation of creativity and curiosity for the benefit of the faith community. All of that happened and she is very glad to be returning to Saint Mark’s. Come be part of her early reflections on her time away; there will be much to share in the coming months.

Her presentation will be presented live online webinar-style; watch live on this page at the time of the event. Those joining online will be able to ask questions in the chat. A video recording will be available on the same page after the event.
LAST CHANCE: The Giving Tree 2021


Thanks to all who have already donated (online or in person) to our neighbors and partners in ministry at Lowell Elementary, Casa Latina, and Mary's Place through the 2021 Giving Tree. In order that all the gifts can be delivered to their recipients in a timely way, gifts must be received in the cathedral office on or before this coming Sunday, December 12. This deadline applies to physical gifts, gift cards, and donations online. (If you are bringing a physical gift to the cathedral on Sunday, please leave it unwrapped.)

Visit the Giving Tree page for complete instructions for how to give, and more information about each of our partners. You are particularly encouraged to explore the Amazon Wish List for Mary's Place. For additional options, or if you have any trouble donating, please call Erik Donner at 206.323.0300 x217. If you have questions about the Giving Tree, please contact Canon Wendy Claire Barrie ([email protected]) or call 206.323.0300 x223.

Thank you for your participation. In this, the second holiday season in a row with unprecedented challenges for families, your generosity means more than ever.
LAST CHANCE: Christmas Memorials Thanksgivings

Help underwrite the beautiful flowers and special music of the season by making a special contri­bution in honor or memory of someone. You can make your gift online at fill out the form inserted in your bulletin on Sunday and make your gift by check. Return the form with your check in the offering plate, to the cathedral office, or by mail (instructions may be found on the form.) Contributions received by December 12 will be acknowledged in the bulletins on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Blossom Abundantly Storytelling Fundraiser

THIS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2 P.M., online only via Zoom, registration requested.

Join the Seattle Service Corps for a one-hour storytelling fundraiser that showcases how our corps members continue to “Blossom Abundantly” in SSC. Update: in addition to hearing about the hopes, learnings, experiences, and goals of the current members, 2020 Corps alum Megan "Laney" Laney will be joining to share her story about life after her year with SSC. To learn more about the "Blossom Abundantly" campaign, and how you can support the Seattle Service Corps and its members click here. Register to participate here. A Zoom link will be sent to registrants prior to the event.
Candy Cane Lane Walk and Holiday Cheer


A tradition since 1949, the houses on this section of NE Park Road in Ravenna transform into Candy Cane Lane, a display of lights and decorations representing traditions and themes from around the world. We’ll meet first at the home of Natalie and Tim Willis (911 NE Ravenna Blvd) from 4:30–5 p.m. for hot chocolate and cookies, and then walk together to Candy Cane Lane at 5 p.m., just a under a mile away. RSVP (appreciated but not required) to Emily Meeks ([email protected]).
Sunday School Update

NEW TIME: SUNDAYS 10:15-10:55 A.M.

Sunday School will meet in person and online for the next two Sundays, December 12 and 19, from 10:15 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. (please note new start time). Kids of any age may attend either class. Godly Play meets in the St. Nicholas building, 2nd floor. Building Faith Brick by Brick uses LEGOs to explore scripture and meets over Zoom. Join using this Zoom link. Sunday School will not meet December 26 or January 2. 
Holy Honey is on Its Way!

NEXT SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19, 10 A.M. (between morning Eucharist services)

Stay late or come early to purchase a bottle of this year's Holy Honey, fresh from the roof of Bloedel Hall. It will go fast; one bottle per customer, $10 each. Cash or check, please.

Q: Why is there still so little honey available for sale? A: Now that our bees are thriving, most of the honey stays in the hives to feed our little buzzers through the winter. A limited supply is a good thing!
20s/30s GROUP
A Service of Lessons and Carols in Solidarity with Refugees, Migrants, and Asylum Seekers

NEXT SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19, 4 P.M., St. Peter's Episcopal Parish in the International District

Join the Saint Mark's 20s/30s Group at St. Peter's Episcopal Parish in the International District, to support the diocese's multicultural outreach programs and get to know a parish in our diocese with a long and fascinating history. St. Peter's is offering a Service of Lessons & Carols in Solidarity with Refugees, Migrants, and Asylum Seekers next Sunday, December 19 at 4 p.m. Click here to learn more. Contact Emily Meeks if your are interested in carpooling from the cathedral.

We are told that this is “the most wonderful time of the year.” But for many who are experiencing or have experienced loss, grief, or hardship, the festive season can in fact be particularly painful and alienating. Saint Mark’s has a long-standing tradition of holding space for prayerful care and companionship for those who find the holiday season a painful or difficult time. The "Blue Christmas" liturgy is a special service of Holy Eucharist in Thomsen Chapel, intended to hold a space for whatever you may be going through, while offering the hope of light and peace. This service will take place only in person in Thomsen Chapel. All are welcome.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19, 10:10 A.M., Bloedel Hall

Winter solstice brings the first day of winter and a return of more sunlight. Drawing from a selection of poems connected to light, parishioner and English professor Doug Thorpe will guide us in a time of reading and reflection to discover creation themes. A slideshow of light-inspired photos from Saint Mark's parishioners will also be shared. 
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19, 10:10 P.M., after Compline

Formally known as post-Compline organ music, these last-night mini organ concerts have introduced generations of Seattleites to the power and beauty of a real pipe organ. All are welcome to listen in the nave, or join the organist in the loft to see what playing an instrument of this size is really like. For this December iteration of Organ by Night, Compline Choir Director Jason Anderson will offer works by Near, Rippen, Walcha, Pachelbel, and Diemer.

Organ by Night takes place immediately after Compline on the third Sunday of the month.
Special Yoga Nidra Meditation Class with Wendy Townsend

MONDAY, DECEMBER 20, 6:30 P.M., temporarily relocated to Carriage House

Due to preparations for the Pageant of the Nativity, Cathedral Yoga will be once again relocated to the Carriage House on Monday, December 20, where ministry leader Wendy Townsend will lead participants through a one-hour yoga nidra meditation. This will involve intentional relaxation along with visualization, guided by Wendy’s voice throughout. Those who participated in a similar offering last month found the experience both relaxing and deeply meaningful. Bring your yoga mat to lay on, or a cushion to sit on if you prefer.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2021, 7 P.M., in person in the cathedral nave, and livestreamed.

Pre-registration and proof of vaccination or negative COVID test required to attend in person. Register to attend in person using this link. At this time very few spots for in-person attendance remain available.

Rehearsals are now well underway, and all of the many people involved in making Saint Mark's one-of-a-kind Pageant happen are thrilled to be able to present this exciting and prayerful offering to the community once again. See video, programs, and photos from previous years' pageants here.

Volunteers are needed to serve lunch at Community Lunch, a service that provides free meals and survival services to hundreds of homeless and low-income people of Seattle, just down the street from the cathedral at All Pilgrims Christian Church on the corner of Broadway and Republican.

Sign up by emailing Rev. Emily Austin. Masking and distancing requirements apply. Learn more about Community Lunch here.



For over two decades, the labyrinth at Saint Mark's has been a Seattle New Year's Eve tradition. As the old year passes and a new one begins, take time in the quiet, candle-lit space of the cathedral nave to pause, look inward, and experience the labyrinth. Further details TBA. All are welcome.

We are currently seeking volunteers to serve one-hour slots during the labyrinth walk, to welcome and guide the many guests that are expected. Contact Michael Seewer if you can help with this important work: [email protected]

Masks must be worn at all times. Proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID test (*professionally-administered PCR test, in the last 72 hours) will be checked at the door.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 9, 1 P.M., Cathedral House 210 or via Zoom

Sikh, activist, attorney, feminist, film maker, and author: that’s Valarie Kaur. She became an activist in the wake of 9-11. She's a Stanford graduate, has a degree from Harvard Divinity School, a law degree from Yale, and is film maker. A close friend of her family was killed in the first hate crime after 9-11. His crime: he was wearing his customary turban. The Second Sunday Book Group's selection for January is See No Stranger, a practical guide for healing ourselves and changing the world – a synthesis of the wisdom of sages and faith traditions, as well as a personal and communal story.

To join by Zoom, email Deborah.
20s/30s Pop-Up Questioning Together and Compline

SUNDAY, JANUARY 9, 2022, 7:30 P.M., Leffler Living Room

“How do you experience God in darkness and in light?” We’ll start off 2022 exploring this question with a conversation facilitated by Seyi Akanni. Gather for dessert from 7:30-8 p.m. followed by an hour of Questioning Together. For those interested, a group will go to Compline together at 9:30 p.m. Questions? Email Seyi Akanni ([email protected]).
CORRECTION: Last week's email newsletter announced in error that the Cathedral Garden Ministry would meet in December. In fact, there is no second-Saturday work party in either December or January. The next event is Saturday, February 12, 2022, 9 a.m. to noon.
Gifts of Joy and Wonder

Saint Mark's Canon for Intergenerational Ministries, Canon Wendy Claire Barrie, has written a terrific blog post detailing gifts of wonder and joy that will appeal to all ages.

"Whatever the season or reason for gift-giving, these words from the Episcopal prayer for the newly baptized encourage a different mindset, a way of thinking about giving gifts that will be truly nurturing. While not all of these suggestions are overtly religious, some invite the connection to God and the Holy; others ask us to be a part of God’s transforming work in the world."

Final Updates from COP26 Now Available

If you missed the forum on December 1 with Dr. Lisa Graumich about the recent UN Climate Change conference, titled The COP26 Experience: Healthy Skepticism and Abiding Faith, materials from the event are now available online, including a complete video recording, slides, photos, and handouts. Find them all here. Keep and eye on the Creation Care page for future updates.

Please note: The Creation Care Ministry will not have its regular monthly meeting this coming Tuesday. Please join us on January 18, 2022, 6:30–8 p.m. via Zoom. There is a new Zoom link for this meting beginning in January: join using this link.
Wednesday Forum on Intersectionality: Materials Now Available

If you missed Canon Eliacín Rosario-Cruz's forum this week about intersectionality, a video recording of the event, along with the slides and video presented, is now available here.
New Podcast Episode: Carmen Brady

In this series, hosts Cara Peterson and Michael Perera speak with the BIPOC members of the cathedral about their respective faith journeys, and their experiences of being a BIPOC person in our community. In the newest episode, Carmen Brady, a member of the Cathedral Choir and of the vestry, talks to Cara and Michael about her career in journalism, her time at Saint Mark’s, and how sometimes, all you can do is smile and nod.

There will be one more episode released before Christmas, and then Cara and Michael will take some time off to plan the next phase of the podcast. Listen online here.
Saint Mark's Seek Applicants for Events Support and Facilities Associate

Saint Mark's Cathedral is currently accepting application for the position of Events Support and Facilities Associate. This person will will work closely with other facilities staff and under the supervision of the Cathedral Facilities Manager to maintain a clean, hospitable, and safe environment on the cathedral property. The Associate plays a vital role in the maintenance and security of the cathedral buildings and grounds as well as providing hospitality and support for a variety of services and events. This position is slated for 30 hours per week, usually serving a flexible schedule each week to meet the needs of the cathedral and its constituent groups and rentals. Find a complete job description, including necessary qualifications, physical requirements, and salary range, at Please pass this announcement along to anyone you know who may be interested.
Sunday, December 12, 2021:
The Third Sunday of Advent: Gaudete Sunday

Thomsen Chapel; in-person only

Presider & Preacher:
The Very Reverend Steven L. Thomason

On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry [Hymn #76]
Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates [Hymn #436]

J. S. Bach, Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
Christopher Tambling, Postlude on Winchester New
in-person only

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

Presider, 9 a.m.:
The Reverend Canon Jennifer King Daugherty
Presider, 11 a.m.:
The Reverend Canon Eliacín Rosario-Cruz
The Very Reverend Steven L. Thomason

Zephaniah 3:1420
Philippians 4:47
Luke 3:718

9 a.m. & 11 a.m.:
On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry [Hymn #76]
11 a.m.: Hark! the glad sound! [Hymn #71]
Savior of the nations, come! [Hymn #54]

9 a.m.: Evelyn Tarner, Rejoice in the Lord always
Charles Wesley, Come, thou long expected Jesus
11 a.m.: Zanaida Stewart Robles, Ecstatic Expectancy

9 a.m.:
J.S. Bach, Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
Christopher Tambling, Postlude on Winchester New
11 a.m.:
J.S. Bach, Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
J.S. Bach, Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 661
Presider: The Reverend Canon Eliacín Rosario-Cruz

Musician: Rebekah Gilmore
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.

Plainsong, Redeemer of the nations, come
Peter R. Hallock, First Song of Isaiah
Richard Proulx, Nunc dimittis
Hallock, Rorate caeli desuper
Newcomer's Coffee with Clergy

SUNDAY, JANUARY 2, 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. Please share this information with anyone you know who might be interested!
There is a new edition of the Children, Families, & Youth newsletter, looking forward to intergenerational offerings in Advent. Read it here.
Click here to read the most recent issue of the 20s/30s Group newsletter.
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.
Kirkland Choral Society presents: GLORIA! Music for the Season and our Time

TOMORROW, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 7:30 P.M., in the cathedral nave

The Kirkland Choral Society 2021-22 season begins with an enchanting holiday concert, this year at Saint Mark's Cathedral in Seattle. We can again connect our hearts through music, together, in the concert hall. This concert, a favorite holiday tradition for so many, features the full choral-orchestral version of the Vivaldi Gloria, performed with their wonderful partner orchestra, Philharmonia Northwest. The beautiful music and setting for this performance will remind you why people frequent this concert year after year. For tickets please visit the ticket page.​
Please note: proof of vaccination, ID, and masks are required at our Gloria! holiday concert. You may also appreciate that all performers are fully vaccinated and will wear masks, and that ticket sales will be limited to approximately half the fire code maximum occupancy. KCS will comply with all state and local COVID-19 restrictions in effect at the time of the concert.
YULE from St. Luke's Renton

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19, 7 P.M., at St. Luke's in Renton

Every solstice and equinox, St Luke's Renton presents a unique liturgy which uses music and poetry, ritual and movement to acknowledge the beauty of the natural world and the interweave of the seasons with our own spiritual lives. With the upcoming Winter Solstice service, these seasonal liturgies resume as in-person offerings. The music, led by former Saint Mark's Cathedral Canon Musician Mel Butler will features organ, piano, guitar, trumpet, clarinet, and voices. Learn more here.
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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