Welcome to St. Mary's!
St. Mary's has temporarily suspended our Sunday worship services to help curb the spread of the corona virus/Covid-19. A new homily or meditation from our clergy will be posted here for Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. You can listen through the "Listen Now" link above.
Worship services are being live streamed from several Episcopal churches. Here are two live streamed virtual worship and prayer resources you may enjoy:
Washington National Cathedral – Live at 10:15 a.m. (CDT) Sunday (or view archived recordings any time)
The Cathedral is offering numerous meditations and daily prayer offerings seven days a week.
St. Mark’s Cathedral – Live at 10:30 a.m. (CDT) Sunday
www.ourcathedral.org (Click “Livestream” Link)
We have also provided a link to the Daily Office for Morning Prayer and other lay-led worship below.
One of the cruelties of this virus is that it is keeping us apart just when we most need to come together. We must trust that God’s almighty love will continue to unite and strengthen us even during this time when we cannot be together face-to-face.
May God bless, strengthen and protect us all,
The Rev. Scott Monson
A Prayer for God's Beloved Community
Protect us, O God, from the fear and isolation we face as familiar institutions shut down in an effort to protect us from this worldwide disease. It is often in moments like this that we find comfort in being with one another; yet many of those options are being temporarily removed. In their place, help us to seek your face. Help us to model Christ, who often retreated to quiet spaces to seek solace and intercede on behalf of others. Give us insight into ways we can celebrate community from a distance. Help us to pray for our neighbors, co-workers, and even our enemies. Show us how to best make use of these unexpected “time outs” to grow closer to you and listen for the comfort and hope of your Word. Amen.
Welcome. You’ve found home – a church home – where whatever your background, however you see God today, no matter how challenging your journey is right now, you are welcome. At St. Mary’s, we strive to be an inclusive, safe place for all people. You will encounter the unconditional love of God and the fellowship of friends right here. We’re a multi-generational faith community, living out the central invitation from Jesus: Love God, Love Others and Serve the World. We smile a lot around here, and it’s authentic! We believe that people desire relationships over religion, and our Sunday services are joyful, relevant and hope-filled. And, we believe that fun and church are not mutually exclusive. Love and joy are the byproducts of life with God and with each other. Our congregation ranges from those who have just begun to explore their faith to those who have been going to church for years. Questions, doubts and dreams combine in our quest for the holy. Come, see and experience the beauty and love of Christ with us. Welcome home.
Daily Prayer at Home or On the Road
Praying the Daily Office is an ancient practice that uses traditional prayers to mark the times of the day. For Anglicans, this generally comes in the form of the two main offices of Daily Morning Prayer and Daily Evening Prayer. They may be led by lay people and may be said with others (communally) or individually. Other offices as set forth in the Book of Common Prayer include Noonday Prayer and Compline (an office said before going to sleep). The link to the left will take you to the Daily Office appointed for this particular time of day.
The site is optimized for use on desktop or mobile devices. It was developed and is provided by the Brotherhood of St. Gregory, a Christian Community of the Episcopal Church.