Worship

“Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come before him. Worship the Lord in holy splendor.”
– 1 Chronicles 16:29

Take a Lead Part in Worship

At St. Mark’s we are blessed with a rich and diverse worship culture. Our lay ministers-that is, all members-bring with them their own voices, visions, and gifts. Because you are the most important representatives of the church in the world, lay ministers play key roles in our worship services each week.

Lay Eucharistic Ministers are members who have volunteered and been trained to help the clergy administer the communion bread and wine at Sunday’s Holy Eucharist as well as at weddings and funerals. Contact lems@stmarks-upland.org

Acolytes can be children or adults who have received training to carry the cross, the candle torches, special banners, and the Gospel book in Sunday worship services and at other times. Contact acolytes@stmarks-upland.org

Greeters welcome all worshippers as they arrive at Church. They talk to visitors and new members, answer their questions, introduce them to the clergy and other members, and invite them to Coffee Hour following the service.

Ushers help newcomers or visitors find seats. They distribute the service Bulletins, help members and visitors find nametags, pass the offering plates, and help as needed. The ushers also enlist volunteers to take the bread and wine forward to the altar for communion.  Contact  ushers@stmarks-upland.org

Lectors are those who have volunteered and come prepared to read the scripture Lessons and offer aloud the Prayers of the People each week. Contact lectors@stmarks-upland.org

Musicians lead the congregation in singing the selected hymns. They also perform special anthems, musical settings of Psalms, and instrumental music for the 10am Choral Holy Eucharist. The Adult Choir and the Choristers (children’s choir) are open to all volunteer musicians. The Handbell Choir also welcomes new members. Individual musicians perform occasionally by invitation. Contact music@stmarks-upland.org

Adult Bible Study called ‘Lectio Divina in Gratia’ meets every Sunday at 9am in the Guild Room. Each week the group reads together and carefully considers the Gospel Lesson for that day. All are invited to share their comments.

Sunday School meets at 10am in the classroom just off the Parish Hall. Experienced teachers and parents lead the children in activities that correspond to that day’s Gospel Lesson. Contact children@stmarks-upland.org

Visiting Eucharistic Ministers are volunteers who have been trained to take communion to other members who are either homebound or living in care facilities. Contact lev@stmarks-upland.org