Aug
25
9:46 AM09:46

Practicing the Presence of God

Practicing the Presence of God

Join us on Sunday, August 25 at 9:46 AM or 11:06 AM for a presentation and conversation led by Yvette Moy on deepening our awareness of God’s ever-present activity in and through us. Yvette will be using The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence as the foundation for this event.

The Practice of the Presence of God, by Brother Lawrence

Brother Lawrence was a man of humble beginnings who discovered the greatest secret of living in the kingdom of God here on earth. It is the art of “practicing the presence of God in one single act that does not end.” He often stated that it is God who paints Himself in the depths of our souls. We must merely open our hearts to receive Him and His loving presence.

As a humble cook, Brother Lawrence learned an important lesson through each daily chore: The time he spent in communion with the Lord should be the same, whether he was bustling around in the kitchen—with several people asking questions at the same time—or on his knees in prayer. He learned to cultivate the deep presence of God so thoroughly in his own heart that he was able to joyfully exclaim, “I am doing now what I will do for all eternity. I am blessing God, praising Him, adoring Him, and loving Him with all my heart.”

This classic, available at your favorite retailers, has given both blessing and instruction to those who can be content with nothing less than knowing God in all His majesty and feeling His loving presence throughout each simple day.

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Sep
1
9:46 AM09:46

No Classes--Special Congregational Meetings

** SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING! **

WHAT ... SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING, duplicate meetings so you may attend either
WHEN ... At 9:45 AM and 11:15 AM on Sunday, September 1
WHERE ... St. Mark’s Sanctuary
WHY ... To approve funds for Initial Architect Fees for Our Facilities Upgrades

The MOTION: The members of St. Mark’s authorize a fixed $28,000 expense from the Capital Improvement Fund for the following architect services:

(1) Design options that would consider narthex level ADA compliant bathrooms, nursery, and kitchenette locations:

  • as part of the courtyard (while preserving the courtyard legacy)

  • as part of an expansion of the narthex towards the bell tower (which will also bring a more open and lighted narthex)

  • as part of an additional floor above the existing lounge area

(2) A design option for curbside/covered parking access to the narthex door.

(3) Design visuals/renderings and associated rough order cost estimates for each design option so that the council and congregation can consider and determine the the most appropriate and cost-effective path forward.

NOTE: The price of follow-on architect support for construction drawings and contractor selection will be negotiated once the congregation selects the final design.

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Sep
8
11:00 AM11:00

Reconnect Sunday

Join the congregation for a potluck Brunch in the Fellowship Hall between the 10:00 AM and 12:00 NOON services. Enjoy a reconnecting experience with your fellow St. Mark’s members and make new friends as well as greeting old ones!

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Apr
7
9:46 AM09:46

"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--Revelation

Revelation’s Vision of New Creation

[Revelation] Conclude the course with a lecture on perhaps the most evocative, unsettling, and yet hopeful book in the Bible:  Revelation. After considering the narrative’s vivid word pictures, dramatic plot, and unforgettable characters, you’ll see how Revelation fits into a comprehensive, informed reading of the entire Bible.

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Mar
31
9:46 AM09:46

"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--Hebrews, James, 1 Peter

Letters for Sojourners

[Hebrews, James, 1 Peter] Paul wasn’t the only letter writer in the New Testament. Join Professor Koester for a discussion of the books of Hebrews, James, and 1 Peter, which sought to comfort and inspire early Christian outsiders through keeping the faith, focusing on integrity, and questioning what it means to belong.

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Mar
24
9:46 AM09:46

"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--Philippians, Philemon, Ephesians, 1 Timothy

Paul on Gender Roles and Slavery

[Philippians, Philemon, Ephesians, 1 Timothy] What did Paul have to say about women and about slaves? We find different viewpoints in the letters known as Philippians, Philemon, Ephesians, and 1 Timothy. How do these texts relate social roles to Christian love? How might they reflect patterns of community life that were changing over time?

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Mar
17
9:46 AM09:46

"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--Galatians, Romans

Freedom and the Law in Paul’s Letters

[Galatians, Romans] Continue your exploration of Paul’s letters, this time by studying the correspondence he wrote to the Galatians and the Romans. In these letters, you’ll find some of Paul’s most provocative ideas about freedom and law-ideas that would play a profound role in shaping subsequent Christian communities.

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Mar
10
9:46 AM09:46

"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--1 and 2 Corinthians

Paul’s Letters to a Community in Conflict

[1 and 2 Corinthians] While in Ephesus, Paul wrote letters now known as 1 and 2 Corinthians to the Christian community of Corinth. Here, unpack the four major sections of these two iconic letters to a conflicted community, which offer insights into Paul’s views on the cross, the Holy Spirit, the resurrection, and reconciliation.

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Mar
3
9:46 AM09:46

"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--Acts 17-38, 1 Thessalonians

Paul and the Roman Empire

[Acts 17-38, 1 Thessalonians] Paul’s travels to cities like Corinth and Philippi, and his letters to the Christian communities there, offer a lens into the relationship between early Christianity and the Roman Empire. From conflicts between Jesus’s kingship and Roman imperial rule to the events of Paul’s imprisonment, consider some narrative and spiritual challenges faced by the writer of Acts.

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Feb
10
9:46 AM09:46

No Class Today ...

Due to the celebration of the Presentation of Our Lord in a combined bilingual service at 11:00 AM and then a 12:30 PM catered lunch in the Fellowship Hall, followed by a special Congregational Meeting with the ceremonial Mortgage Burning, the Adult Forums of The 9:46 Crowd and The 11:06 Crowd will not meet today. See you next week!

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Feb
3
9:46 AM09:46

"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--John 13-21

Self-Giving Love According to John

[John 13-21] If Jesus is the giver of life, how does his crucifixion fit into the New Testament’s larger spiritual narrative? To consider this question, you’ll have to find new ways to think about events like the Last Supper, the Farewell Discourses, the crucifixion itself, and the story of doubting Thomas.

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Jan
27
9:46 AM09:46

"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--John 1-10

John on the Word Made Flesh

[John 1-12] In the first of two lectures on the gospel of John, probe the first 12 chapter of this book’s poetic prose, which takes readers back to the dawn of time. What does it mean for Jesus to embody the word of God in the flesh? Consider possible answers in this most distinctive account of Jesus’s life.

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Jan
20
9:46 AM09:46

"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--Luke

Luke on a World Upside Down

[Luke] The gospel of Luke is home to some of the New Testament’s best-loved passages. Here, Professor Loester asks you to consider the more subversive dimensions of Luke’s narrative. How do the inaugural sermon at Nazareth and the parables of the good Samaritan and the prodigal son challenge established patterns? How do they demonstrate the values espoused by Jesus?

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Dec
2
9:46 AM09:46

"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--Matthew

The Dynamics of Forgiveness in Matthew

[Matthew] Learn how Matthew reshaped the story of Jesus in startling new ways, specifically with its ideas on forgiveness. Start by confronting Jesus’s relationship to Israel’s heritage. Then, read between the lines of the iconic Sermon on the Mount. Finally, examine the coexistence of faith and doubt during Jesus’ resurrection.

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Nov
11
9:46 AM09:46

"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--Mark 1-10

Jesus as Messiah in Mark

[Mark 1-10] Begin your look at the New Testament with the first of several lectures on the four gospels—the narratives of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. In Mark (which was likely the first to be written), you’ll be reintroduced to the powerful story that continues to captivate people around the world.

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Oct
28
9:46 AM09:46

No Class Today--Reformation Sunday

No class today due to Reformation Sunday—enjoy our services as well as the additional service at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC

The Metro DC Synod will again be hosting the Reformation Service at the National Cathedral today, Sunday, October 28th at 4:00 PM. All are invited to this service. Bishop Graham will be preaching.

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Oct
21
9:46 AM09:46

"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--1 Maccabees

Resistance, Adaptation, and the Maccabees

[1 Maccabees] Dive into Jewish life under Greek rule in the 2nd century BC in 1 Maccabees. View the struggle for Jewish independence as a dramatic story marked by the tension between resistance and adaptation. Also, consider the debate over whether or not this book truly belongs in the Bible.

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Oct
14
9:46 AM09:46

"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--Esther, Daniel

Esther, Daniel, and Life under Empire

[Esther, Daniel] Delightful and playful, the books of Esther and Daniel tell stories of life under the Babylonian, Median, Persian, and Greek empires. Here, you’ll learn how these two important biblical heroes respectively illustrate the value of human initiative and the call for resistance against injustice and oppression.

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