Sunday, August 15, 2021:
The Twelfth 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.
Photo of Saint Mark's newest virge by Kevin Johnson.

Dean Thomason in conversation with Buddhist monk Tan Nisabho

Stories from his excursions

The Night Watchman

Arrivals, departures, and returns
Clean Cars 2030 Coalition Rally

TOMORROW, SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 12 P.M. (Electric Vehicles meet at 10:30 A.M.)

Saint Mark’s is honored to host a Clean Cars 2030 Coalition rally sponsored by Coltura and Earth Ministry / Interfaith Power and Light on Saturday, August 14 at 12 p.m. There will be music, art, food, speakers, and an EV parade and car show at this family-friendly outdoor event. Earth Ministry writes:

"While the Clean Cars 2030 bill passed the WA legislature in 2021, Gov. Inslee vetoed it because it was tied to a road usage charge. Now we're asking the governor to issue an executive order to phase out new gas cars by 2030. We're excited to host this rally at Saint Mark's, who recently dedicated an EV charging station in their parking lot to the late Earth Ministry/WAIPL co-founder and long-time Saint Mark's member Jim Mulligan. This is our chance to get into the streets and show Governor Inslee that Washington is ready for 100% Clean Transportation."

Anyone who has an electric car is welcome to hop in the parade and you can meet in the parking lot at 10:30 a.m. to decorate. If you are able, bring your family by EV, bike, bus, or light rail to show your love for clean transportation! RSVP on Facebook here.
20s/30s: Dessert and Compline

AUGUST 22, 8 P.M., Leffler Living Room

Let’s meet for dessert before the inaugural return of Compline. Single-serving desserts will be provided. We’ll gather at Leffler from 89 p.m. and then go over to the nave together. Feel free to drop in for one or both. Questions? Email Adam Conley ([email protected]) or Emily Meeks ([email protected]).
Canon Kleinschmidt’s Sabbatical Report to the Community

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

Canon for Cathedral Music Michael Kleinschmidt has returned from his sabbatical, and has some interesting stories to share about his sabbatical excursions! Join using this Zoom link.
Friends Talking—Dean Thomason and Buddhist Monk Tan Nisabho

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. There will be time for those present to engage Nisabho with your questions. Read more about this branch of Buddhism.
Second Sunday Book Group: The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19. 2021, 1 P.M., via Zoom

NOTE: moved to the THIRD Sunday of the month, due to the Ministry Fair on September 12.

For the September meeting, we'll discuss Louise Erdrich's The Night Watchman (2020), the story of one man's determination to defeat a Congressional attempt to abrogate treaties between Native American nations and the U.S. government. The event is real, although the characters Erdrich creates in her story are fictional. However, the "night watchman" of the story is based on Erdrich's grandfather, who did enlist members of his Turtle Mountain Chippewa tribe to help oppose House Concurrent Resolution 108 in 1953. Through the many characters Erdrich introduces, she shows us the values and characteristics of tribal life: the symbiotic relationship between the Indigenous people and the natural world, their poverty but their love for their culture and traditions. She has fun with the uptight Mormon missionaries whose religious beliefs make little sense to their native spirituality. Each of her many characters widens our sense of the indigenous life of the Chippewas. NOTE: The Second Sunday Book Group, which meets in odd-numbered months, will continue to meet via Zoom in September, but is considering an in-person gathering in November. Contact Pearl McElheran with questions: [email protected]

The Cathedral Garden Ministry meets on the second Saturday of each month to maintain the cathedral's gardens. The supportive community has a lot of fun. Whether you have a green thumb or not... you are welcome and needed!

Bring gloves if you have them and any favorite tools, along with a bottle of water. We have tools to share. Any questions, write to [email protected].

The organizers of Saint Mark's Labyrinth Ministry invite everyone to an informal community labyrinth gathering on Sunday nights. Drop by any time between 7 and 9 p.m. Ministry members will be on hand to chat about the history, meaning, and spiritual significance of the Labyrinth.

Please contact Walter Stuteville with questions, or if you'd like to help out: [email protected]

Saint Mark's and the Compline Choir are thrilled to reopen the Office of Compline to a public congregation beginning the fourth Sunday in August. (Get your pillows and blankets ready!)

More here.
6:30-8 P.M. via Zoom

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.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2021, 6:30–8 P.M.

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.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 3 P.M., in the cathedral nave, and livestreamed

Two decades after the 9/11 attacks, and enriched by a newfound appreciation for our first responders, we gather for an opportunity to share grief and gratitude, to offer hope and healing, to forge the scars of conflict and loss into the sacredness of wholeness and peace.

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.

2–5:15 P.M., pre-registration required

The September 26 20s/30s Stairway Walk will explore West Seattle and "Alki from Above," and visit St. John the Baptist Episcopal parish.

Learn more here, and contact Emily Meeks or Michael Perera with questions.
Cathedral Staff Transitions Update: Arrivals, Departures, and Returns

Earlier this week, Dean Thomason sent an email to the parish community about changes in the cathedral staff, including the return of Canon Michael Kleinschmidt, Canon Jennifer King Daugherty's upcoming sabbatical, the arrival of The Rev. Canon Dr. Marda Steedman Sanborn on an interim basis, and more. If you missed it, you can read his message here.
Episode 3—Vinnu Komanapalli

The latest episode of Cathedral Conversations About Race features the voice of community member Vinnu Komanapalli. In her converstion, she tells us about how she came to Saint Mark’s, and what it’s like being one of the few South Asian people in this community

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. Please listen wherever you get your podcasts, or here.
Discerning What’s Next in Your Life—A Communal Process for Your Consideration

Many people have reported how the pandemic has prompted reflection on what is important in life…and what’s next. How do you discern such decisions about work, relationships, vocation, life transitions, etc., and see it through the lens of your spiritual journey? Is God calling you to a new thing, and how do you discern that?

Drawing on a Quaker model of holy listening and mutuality, a small group of 5–6 people covenant for a prescribed period of time to confidentially reflect together. You bring your question to the group which reflects with you, and each person has their turn. Using the book Listening HeartsDiscerning Call in Community, by Suzanna Farnham, et al., as a guide, this is designed to aid Christians in seeing all aspects of their lives as holistically connected to the faith journey. If you are interested in joining a group, or would like to learn more, please email Dean Steve Thomason.
Wisdom School 2021–22 Offerings Now Published

The Wisdom School is now entering its sixth year. The complete schedule may now be seen at, and the full season brochure can be downloaded as a pdf. You can also pick up a brochure in the cathedral nave!

Selected highlights of the 2021/22 program year include:

  • Opening Plenary: A Spirituality of Desire, facilitated by Dean Steve Thomason
  • Following Jesus to a New Counter-Cultural, Post-Pandemic Normal, A Saturday gathering led by Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, the first Black woman to be elected a diocesan bishop in the Episcopal Church
  • Ravished by Nature’s Beauty: Christian Mystics and the Longing for God, A two-part workshop led by theologian and best-selling author Belden C. Lane
  • Women’s Retreat: Desire and Holy Longing, facilitated by Canon Jennifer King Daugherty
  • Men’s Retreat: “Our Shelter from the Stormy Blast”—Spiritual Reflections on 9/11, Pandemic, and Change, facilitated by The Rev. Dr. Stuart Hoke & Dean Steve Thomason

Plus the rescheduled pilgrimage to Britain, and much more. See the complete schedule here.

The funeral of Sandra Smith will be offered

This service will be livestreamed.
Sunday, August 15, 2021: The Twelfth 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.

The Rev. Canon Jennifer King Daugherty

The Rev. Earl Grout 

1 Kings 2:10–12, 3:3–14
Psalm 111
Ephesians 5:15–20 
John 6:51–58

When in our music, God is glorified [#420]
I am the bread of life [#335]
O praise ye the Lord [#432]

Francisco Correa de Arauxo, Tiento No. 5
Michael Praetorius, Prelude on Nun lob, mein Seel, den Herren
Saint Mark's and the Compline Choir are thrilled to reopen the Office of Compline to a public congregation beginning August 22. (Get your pillows and blankets ready!) More here.

Broadcast live on KING 98.1 FM, and; livestreamed on and Facebook and YouTube; and available as a podcast. Learn more here.

Highlights (observing the Feast of St. Mary the Virgin, transferred):
M. Searle Wright, Blest are the pure in heart
John Munday, Nunc Dimittis
Franz Biebl, Ave Maria
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 20s/30s Group has a new newsletter! Read it 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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