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Liturgy & Worship 2018-04-26T13:57:27+00:00

WORSHIP

The central act of our worship is the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. There are two regular Sunday services as well as an alternating and monthly Wednesday service.

Sunday Service 8 a.m.

The Service at 8 a.m. is a Said Eucharist, using traditional language, with congregational participation in the reading of the lessons and the psalm, the recital of the Nicene Creed, and response throughout the service. It is a quiet-spoken service, with no music and a short sermon. After the service, many of the worshippers go out for breakfast together.

Sunday Service 10:30 a.m.

The Sung Eucharist at 10.30 a.m. uses music to enhance our worship of God. The services alternate every other week between traditional and contemporary language, using the Book of Alternative Services (BAS). Lay persons are involved as readers, servers, intercessors and in the administration of Holy Communion. Sermons are succinct, challenging and focused on the Bible. There is a period for fellowship and refreshment, in the new parish hall, following the service. Healing, with the anointing of oil, is offered at both services on the second Sunday of each month.

Wednesday Services

On Wednesday mornings, a Said Eucharist is celebrated at 10 a.m. These services are shared with St John the Evangelist Church on Pine Street on a monthly basis as follows: December, February, April, June, August – St Mark’s; November, January, March, May, July – St John’s. Fellowship and refreshments follow.

On the first Wednesday of every month a traditional Choral Evensong is offered at 4:30(Book of Common Prayer) by St Mark’s Junior Choir. This evocative service is entirely led by young choristers.

Eucharist for Seniors and Shut-Ins

Regularly monthly services of Holy Communion (Eucharist) are celebrated at Extendicare nursing home in Port Hope for those seniors unable to worship at a church because of infirmity.

In addition, the sacrament is brought to any ‘shut-ins’ who would like to receive it. Please contact the Church Office at 905 885 4017 or office@stmarksporthope.ca.

THE REVEREND
RANDY MURRAY

Father Randy is a skilled preacher and liturgist with strong interests in music, Centering Prayer, pastoral care and walking with those who have little or no church background. For a brief bio click here. Contact him at randydmurray@yahoo.com

THE REVEREND CANON GRAHAM COTTER

Graham has been an honorary Assistant Priest at St Mark’s Port Hope since 1988, and also authors
a weekly Faith and Science letter. For a brief bio click here.
Contact him at gandecotter@gmail.com.

THE REVEREND
DR. PATRICK GRAY

Patrick, a professor of religious studies and theology for most of his life, now leads a book discussion group at St Mark’s and assists as an Honourary Assistant Priest. For a brief bio click here.
Contact him at patrickgray@xplornet.ca

THE REVEREND
CANON ANN SMITH

Ann, a graduate in music and former teacher, sings in the St Mark’s choir and is an Honourary Assistant Priest. She obtained her B.A. in music with honours in 1969.  For a brief bio click here.
Contact her at aswordsmith204@gmail.com.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IF I’M UNCERTAIN ABOUT ANGLICANISM? 2018-04-07T10:53:54+00:00

Yes, for sure! The message is not “change, then come”.   No, it’s “come as you are and enjoy exploring Anglicanism as a Christian faith with others.

WHAT EVENTS ARE AVAILABLE FOR NEWCOMERS? 2018-01-11T10:55:10+00:00

Newcomers are always welcome. Following the 10:30 sung Eucharist, we gather for coffee and snacks as fellowship in the Parish Hall. The Maintaining and Growing the congregation committee hold newcomers’ dinners. This is a great time to get to know us better and to meet both other newcomers and also regular visitors. Check out the events page for activities to suit your interests.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT? 2018-04-07T10:58:30+00:00

You can expect a warm welcome, a nurturing spiritual experience and a moment of peace with God and yourself. There will be uplifting music, friendly people and positive teaching that we believe will encourage you in whatever stage of life you are currently in.

WHAT ANGLICAN LITURGY DOES ST MARK’S FOLLOW? 2018-01-11T10:51:46+00:00

St Mark’s regularly has SAID and SUNG EUCHARISTS (Book of Alternate Services) on Sundays at 8:00 and 10:30 respectively. HIGH mass is held on Feast Days and Holy Days with processions and incense. Traditional (Book of Common Prayer) EVENSONG is sung by the Junior Choir on the first Wednesday of the month at 4:30.

IS THERE A SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN? 2018-01-11T10:50:52+00:00

Insufficient numbers of children preclude weekly Sunday school. Children including those in the Junior Choir under 12 enjoy their own church bulletin related to the week’s theme. These bulletins contain games, puzzles and colouring to help children understand the theme of the week. Children sit at an activity table at the back of the church during the sermon and prayers of the people.

IS PARKING AVAILABLE? 2018-01-11T10:52:39+00:00

Free on-street parking is available around the church and Parish Hall.

IS THERE DISABLED ACCESS? 2018-04-07T11:07:16+00:00

Yes, both the Church and Parish Hall have disabled entrances.  For the Church, it is through the Lady Chapel on the south side of the building.  There is an elevator to the 2nd floor of the Parish Hall opposite the lobby atrium.  Fully accessible facilities exist on both floors of the Parish Hall.

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