Live Video Feed
Join us on Sunday morning at 10:30 for the live stream of our worship service. You can access our live feed on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stmarkscopperhill/ or you can access the recording of the service here on the website.
Nineth Sunday after Pentecost
Please find here the Order of Service and the Bulletin Insert with our readings.
You can also access the Book of Common Prayer online. Our liturgy is Rite Two with Eucharistic Prayer A.
We gather in a virtual community every Friday night for prayers at the end of the day (Compline). This is an interactive service, in other words, those calling in will be able to participate, if they want. To join us, simply click this link https://zoom.us/j/787157737 at 7:30 pm. You do not need a meeting ID or password to join us. You can also find the link on Facebook or our web page. The text for this brief service is attached to this email.
You can also join us by phone:
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
+1 253 215 8782 US
+1 301 715 8592 US
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
Enter Meeting ID: 787 157 737 to join us.
This is a recurring meeting, and you can use this URL every week.
The order of service for Compline is available here.
A letter to our congregation about our worship
Over the last few weeks, we have seen our worship practices change in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), from limiting the common cup to the ways we exchange signs of peace. Our local situation is rapidly changing, and it is time for us to take additional steps. I have had conversations with our Senior Warden, with our vestry members, and with other parishioners to discern what our next steps ought to be. We are of various minds, not wanting to be led by fear, nor wanting to put people in unhealthy situations. In the end, the steps we are taking next I do not take lightly, but I hope are wise and prudent.
On March 12, Bishop Brian gave guidelines to the diocese, requesting that “we forego gathering for large public worship, meetings, and social events in our churches for the next two weeks as an act of keeping faith with those friends and neighbors in East Tennessee who are most vulnerable to the virus.” Though ‘large’ is a relative term and may not apply to the more modest size of our collective body at St. Mark’s Church, the underlying concern does certainly apply to us, that is to care for those in our community who are vulnerable, or care for those who are vulnerable. In light of these new guidelines, we will suspend gathering for public worship and all meetings beginning immediately until April 5, 2020 (Palm Sunday).
In an effort to stay connected as a worshipping community at this time, we will offer the regular Sunday morning worship as a live stream on Facebook. You can go to the St. Mark’s Facebook page on Sunday morning and find a link to the live feed from our sanctuary. Our new streaming service will begin this Sunday, and will continue as long as there is a need for us to do so. This is a new way for us to worship together – please be patient as we work out any issues we may run into, and give us your kind feedback on how this is working, and what else we might do.
These are anxious times, and these are isolating times. Though many of our usual ways of being together are temporarily suspended, our desire to care for one another remains strong. Please check in on one another, especially on those parishioners who may experience a need of any kind. If you yourself have a need, may it be personal, material, medical, practical, spiritual, etc. please reach out to a fellow parishioner, or to me. Please know you can always call, text, or email. We are in it together.
It is my hope and prayer we will all see each other again in good health on Palm Sunday. In the meantime, let us persist in our prayers and in our love for one another.
Priest-in-Charge, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church