Divine Services — We gather for Divine Services at 6:30 pm on Wednesdays and 10:30 am on Sundays. During Lent and Advent we also have midweek Divine Services (Wednesdays, 6:30 pm).
St. Mark uses a liturgy organized according to the Western Rite. We are what many would call “liturgical.” Our pastor wears vestments. Our worship makes use of hymns, songs, the Word of God in lessons and sermons, and frequent celebration of the Lord’s Supper. In our worship the Gospel predominates, the people participate, the history of the Church is honored, and God’s creation is used.
An offering is collected every week. Guests and visitors should not feel compelled to give anything. The members of St. Mark support the ministry of St. Mark.
Scripture has not commanded the only right attire for attending Divine Services, therefore there is no “dress-code” for worshiping at St. Mark. While it makes sense that we would dress our best to come to God’s house, we do not require suits and ties. We strive for a balance of comfort and solemnity.
The Lord’s Supper — We currently offer the Lord’s Supper on the first and third Sundays of the month (and preceding Wednesdays).
St. Mark Lutheran Church practices what is called close(d) communion. This means that we ask all our guests and visitors who are not members of St. Mark, another WELS congregation, or another church body in our fellowship to wait to come to Holy Communion until we’ve had a chance to discuss with you what you believe.
We do this not because we’re convinced that only members of the WELS are going to heaven or that they are the only Christians on earth, but rather because of what Jesus says about the Lord’s Supper in the Bible. Scripture teaches us that in, with, and under the bread and wine Jesus Christ gives us His true body and blood to eat and drink for the forgiveness of our sins. It also warns us that to eat and drink this meal without recognizing that leads to eating and drinking judgment on yourself (1 Corinthians 11:23-29). We do not want anyone to do that.
The Bible also teaches us that in the Lord’s Supper we celebrate our unity in the Christian faith. As Jesus says through Paul, “We, though many, because we eat of the one loaf, are one loaf” (see 1 Corinthians 10:16-17). Therefore we ask that all those who wish to join us in Holy Communion would publicly announce their oneness in faith and doctrine with us after having studied Scripture together with us (e.g. in GOD 101, see below).
We do look forward with joy to that time when all those who desire to partake of this meal with us can and will!
Adult Bible Class — We offer Bible classes at 9:30 am on Wednesday mornings and 9:15 am on Sundays. Classes are held in our Fellowship Hall.
Sunday School — On Sunday morning we also have Sunday School for children, also beginning at 9:15 am. Classes are held in our Nursery.
Catechism — We provide Bible History instruction for students in grades 5-6 and instruction in Luther’s Small Catechism for students in grades 7-8.
Adult Catechism — Our course of basic Christian instruction, GOD 101, is provided whenever there are interested students. Arrangements are made between Pastor Tomczak and students regarding time and place of meetings.
For more information, please contact Pastor Benjamin Tomczak at St. Mark: 972-298-0891.