The Messenger of St. Mark's | Epiphany | February 17, 2023

For your thought:

While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.”

--Matthew 17:5-7

Study this Sunday's Readings.

Our offices will be closed on Monday, February 20 for Presidents’ Day (Observed).


Worship on Sunday is both in person and virtually every week at 9:30 a.m. We continue our live stream on our Facebook & YouTube channels.


Also, we offer a Midweek Eucharist every Thursday at 11 a.m. that is both in person and though our live-steaming platforms.

View Sunday's Order of Worship

Important dates:

  • Monday, February 20 - Presidents’ Day Observed (Offices Closed)
  • Tuesday, February 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m. - Mardi Gras Pancake & Costume Event & Palm Burning for Ash Wednesday
  • Wednesday, February 22 at 7 a.m., Noon, 7 p.m. - Ash Wednesday

CDC Guidelines show that local COVID levels are low/green. Masks are optional indoors.

For a complete listing and schedule of our online / in-person offerings available, please click on the button below:

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Deadline Extended: Please take the Building Renewal Parish-wide Survey


With the purpose or renewing and renovating St. Mark’s worship space and environs in our 75th year, the Rector and Vestry of St. Mark’s have commissioned a Building Team to carry out a process of discernment and design guided by gifted sacred space consultant Robert Habiger. We are working to widen the welcome and upgrade our facilities in a way that strengthens our connection to God and each other for generations to come.


As we begin this important work of celebrating our past and looking toward our future together, we would like to hear from the congregation. The following survey is anonymous and encourages some narrative responses along with multiple choice answers. We want to understand your perspective in your own voice. For families, we’d like each member to complete an individual survey. You can respond a little or a lot. There are no wrong comments. As a hallmark of ministry of the laity at St. Mark’s, we hope to have a nearly universal response. Both our individual and corporate voices will build something truly beautiful for God and the people of St. Mark’s as we look to our next 75 years of ministry together.


Please submit your response as soon as possible. Thank you!

Tuesday: Mardi Gras Pancake Supper

Wednesday: Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 22 - Ash Wednesday

7:00 a.m. Ash Wednesday Liturgy - A simple, spoken liturgy with Imposition of Ashes and Holy Eucharist (In-person)

12:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday Liturgy - Traditional Ash Wednesday Liturgy with organ & hymns, Imposition of Ashes, and Holy Eucharist (In-person)

7:00 p.m. Choral Ash Wednesday Liturgy - Traditional Ash Wednesday Liturgy, Choir & Organ, Imposition of Ashes, and Holy Eucharist (Hybrid)

Lenten Offerings & Holy Week Schedule

Pick one up to take home at the Lenten Resource table in the Hallway of the church between the entryway and the Parish Hall, or:

Click here to download a printable flyer.

Lent Madness

Learn about, then vote for your favorite saints from home by participating in Lent Madness. Got to the Lent Madness website for more information:

Click here to download a printable score-bracket poster in letter size.

Stations of the Cross

Station 1 - Marcelliano Varoz

Pray the stations in person in the Nave at St. Mark's or virtually any time here.

(Artwork by Marcel Vároz.).

St. Mark’s Supports Asylum Seekers

St. Mark’s provided financial donations of $1114 to ABQ Asylum Seekers Welcome and $1113 to ABQ FaithWorks in support of these organizations work with asylum seekers. These donations were made possible by a generous contribution of a St. Mark’s parishioner as well as the Vestry designation of our Christmas offering.

Call to Artists

Call to Artists for our “All Media” art exhibit scheduled for Saturday, March 11 - Saturday, June 3rd, 2023. Deadline for entries is Friday, March 3, 2023. For a copy of the prospectus e-mail Audrey Minard via email here.

Beads Wanted

We need more beads (new and/or used) with which to create sets of Prayer Beads that St. Mark's can offer as gifts to parishioners and guests in times of difficulty. This is a beautiful way to recycle/repurpose beads that you no longer use or wear. If you have beads to contribute to this ministry, please put them in a Ziploc® bag and leave them in the office for Mother Sylvia, who will gladly pass them along to our faithful team of rosary makers at St. Mark's. 

Formation & Lenten Offerings

There are several ongoing formation classes happening for both youth and adults each Sunday. There are also several Lenten offerings coming up in the near future. All current and near-future class descriptions may be found on our website by going to the "Nurture" menu item, then click on "Formation Class Schedule." Or:

To see a daily snapshot of what is happening at St. Marks, go to:

Visit our Lenten Resource table in the hallway that leads to the Parish Hall (pictured above).

Building History & Renewal Forum

Sundays at 11:15 a.m. (ongoing)

Facilitators: Fr. Christopher McLaren+

Hybrid (in person in the Parish Hall)

Join us on Zoom here, Meeting ID: 881 1943 7340, Passcode: teach

  • Sunday, Feb. 19 - “For the Love of Music” – Learn about our 40 rank, 3 manual Pipe Organ made by Reuter Organ Company in Lawrence, Kansas and Look with us to the Future of a vibrant Music Program at St. Mark’s – Jeremy Wirths and Fr. Christopher+ 
  • Sunday, Feb. 26 - Town Hall #1 with Architectural Consultant Robert Habiger: Sharing the Survey Results, Question and Answer

​Drop-ins welcome.

Surprise Saints

Biblical Storytelling (adults and youth ages 12+)

Sundays at 11:15 a.m. (ongoing)

Facilitators: Harriet Cole

In Person (Library)

Join St. Mark’s member Harriet Cole for this eight-session introduction to the art of learning, telling, and listening to sacred stories. From winter through spring, we will be focusing on surprise saints:

·    19-Feb Venerable Bede

·    26-Feb Theodora of Armenia

·    5-Mar Frederick Douglass

·    12-Mar Wilgefortis

·    19-Mar Thomas Cramner

·    26-Mar Fifth Sunday


·    2-Apr Palm Sunday

·    9-Apr Easter Sunday

·    16-Apr Matthias Chosen Acts 1:12-26

·    23-Apr The Apostles Persecuted Acts 5:17--42

·    30-Aor Fifth Sunday

·    7-Mav Paul's Conversion Acts 9:1-19

·    14-May Peter's Miraculous Escape from Prison Acts 12:1-19

​Drop-ins welcome.

Contemplative Prayer: An Introduction

A Way to Companionship with God and the True Self

Led by the Rev. Michael Jupin

Saturday, February 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and

Five Mondays, February 27, March 6, 20, 27 & April 3 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.


In contemplative prayer (meditation in the East) one uses some means (a word, phrase, image, breathing, etc.) to quiet the mind so that eventually thoughts disappear, and one sits in silence. The silence provides an empty space in which we can be present to the every-present God. This is the crucial underlying intent at the heart of all prayer: to be present to and know communion with God. In this silent communion, over time and with consistent practice, the person at prayer receives all things from God: guidance, instruction, healing, forgiveness, etc. In a word the person receives her or his very self in God, what Thomas Merton and Richard Rohr have called the “True Self,” the person who God created and the only person who God knows.

Read more here...

Please sign up for this class at church in the hallway toward the Parish Hall.

Book Study: The Place of the Lion

(adults and youth ages 16+)

Begins Sunday, February 26 from 11:15-12:15

Facilitators: Rev. Rob Clarke

In person (Classroom #3)

(please obtain your own book prior to the first class) 

Long before The Lion King, long before The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, there was The Place of the Lion. Charles Williams, while not an Oxford don, was a member of the Inklings and his writings influenced the works of C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Owen Barfield as well as many others. While not a Christian allegory it contains many of the themes that are encountered in a spiritual journey. Come join me, during Lent, as we read our way through this seminal work in what has become an important genre. We have a few books available for this study. They are $5.00 (if taking one of the books we are offering, please help us recoup our costs by dropping by your funds for the book by stopping by the office during the week, drop it in giving box on the Lenten Resource table on Sunday or give electronically here *select "Other" for the purpose and let us know "Lenten Book" in the memo field).

Please sign up for this class at church in the hallway toward the Parish Hall.

Homelessness, Affordable Housing, and Our Christian Response

(adults and youth ages 16+)

Sundays: March 5, 12, 19, 26 from 11:15 - 12:15

Facilitators: Richard Meadows

In person (Parish Hall)

In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus tells us when we feed, clothe, and visit the poor we are serving Him. Our baptismal covenant states we will “respect the dignity of every human being.” For this four-week class during Lent we will read Grace Can Lead Us Home and hear from homeless advocates in the diocese and city government. We will explore our individual and collective response to needs in the community and what it means to experience Christ in serving the homeless. 

Book Required: Grace Can Lead Us Home: A Christian call to end homelessness, by Kevin Nye (we have preordered several books for this class). The books are $15. If you'd like to help cover a book for someone who many not be able to afford it, please let us know. (If taking one of the books we are offering, please help us recoup our costs by dropping by your funds for the book by stopping by the office during the week, drop it in giving box on the Lenten Resource table on Sunday or give electronically here *select "Other" for the purpose and let us know "Lenten Book" in the memo field).

Please sign up for this class at church in the hallway toward the Parish Hall.

Lenten Book: Choose Life: Celebrations for Lent, by Chris Chivers


This book was written by a seminary classmate of our Bishop Hunn, as a gift to the Diocese of the Rio Grande for Lent 2023.  

In this book, Chris Chivers shares with us the lives of many of the friends and companions he has met along the Way of Jesus. He opens his eyes to gaze at the ordinary people he has loved and befriended as he continually seeks to figure out what it means for him to be a disciple of Jesus. Seeing the church, and these ordinary, struggling, broken, and beautiful people through Chris' loving eyes helps me to see, or rather to feel, what we all must look like to God. I think you will recognize the people here. Perhaps you don't know them specifically, but you have met them, or people very like them on your own journey. I hope that meeting Chris' friends will remind you of your friends, those who have shown you the Way of Jesus in your life. I hope this Lenten season will be full of prayers and thanksgivings throughout the diocese as we give thanks to those who, in their ordinary lives, have given us glimpses of Jesus Christ and the holiness of God.

Mother Sylvia will read aloud from the book, one chapter each day between Shrove Tuesday through Easter Monday. You will be able to access daily video recordings of Mother Sylvia's "read-alouds" on St. Mark's Facebook Page.   In addition, a limited number of books will be available to borrow from St. Mark's.


...By Mail (St. Mark's has a secure mailbox and is checked regularly):

431 Richmond Place NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106.

...By PayPal®.

Please consider checking the box that reads, "I’d like to add to my donation to help offset the cost of processing."

...Electronically through the Diocese of the Rio Grande Parish Donation site and check the box next to "Albuquerque-St. Mark's".

Just fill out the rest of the information and click the Next button at the bottom of the page. Please make sure fill out "special instructions or comment" to let us know how to apply your gift (e.g., pledge, congregational relief fund, etc.).


Help Plan Future Events for the LGBTQ+ Ministries of the DRG

The LGBTQ+ Ministry of the Diocese of the Rio Grande would like to reach all members of the queer community and our allies in our geographically large diocese. We are having a Zoom Meeting on Tuesday, February 28 (6:00 pm mountain time). Everyone is invited to meet and greet each other and then discuss ideas for future events (online and/or in-person) that can include as many people as possible.


Here is the link for the Zoom Meeting:

The meeting ID is 849 9700 8446


Everyone is welcome to this Zoom Meeting. We’d especially like to hear from friends who live outside the Albuquerque metropolitan area. Please share this information with anyone you think might like to attend.


If you have any questions, please contact us at

Province 7 Daughters of the King/Episcopal Church Women Event (Hybrid)

Province 7 Daughters of the King/Episcopal Church Women Event (Hybrid)

Feb. 24-25, 2023

Facilitators: Daughters of the King/Episcopal Church Women


Province 7 Daughters of the King/Episcopal Church Women Event (Hybrid): February 24-25 “Our Response to Today’s World as Christian Women” with Stephanie SpellersClick here for information and registration. Cost: $20 for Zoom.

You can download the registration flyer

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