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The Messenger—
St. Mark's newsletter

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Worship with us

Sunday worship services are at 8:30 and 11:00am. We celebrate the Lord's Supper every Sunday. A supervised nursery is provided during worship. Kids are always welcome in worship. Fellowship hour follows worship.

Education hour for all ages is at 9:45am. The adult class meets in the San Marco room.

The Saturday evening worship service is at 5:30pm. Services are held on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of each month throughout the year. The service is casual and contemporary service. Great for those who work Sundays. We celebrate the Lord's Supper at each service.

We welcome all baptized believers to share in the Lord's Supper. Children or adults not yet communinig are welcome to come forward for a blessing.

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About St. Mark's new logo

St. Mark's logo

Check out our new logo (or brandmark) and its meaning on our About Us page.

The four-quadrant cross is based on the traditional Quadrate cross and echoes the brickwork and wood crosses behind our altar.

Green is the liturgical color of Epiphany and the Sundays after Pentecost. Blue is the liturgical color of Baptism and Advent and is symbolic of life and water. Just as we need water to live, we receive new life through the water of our baptism into Christ.

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Pr Tom HansonPastor Hanson's sermons

Thanks to Ellen and Eric Olson for recording and posting these sermons.

Click here for Sermon archives

You may also want to read Pastor Tom's blog "St. Mark the EvangeLion."


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There's a place for you here

St. Mark's logoSt. Mark's Lutheran Church (ELCA) is an urban, welcoming, and vibrant congregation in the San Marco/Miramar neighborhoods of south Jacksonville. We are known for our social outreach and our attention to liturgical worship and music.

We are a proud member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), a church that shares a living, daring confidence in God's grace. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person—questions, complexities, and all. Learn more about us here.

"Join us as we do God's work in Christ's name
for the life of the world."

Pastor Thomas S. Hanson (email link)

Link to Google map: 3976 Hendricks Avenue

Sunday, December 28
One Service Only @ 10:00am

10 AM Worship Service only

Join us for a whole worship service chock full of Christmas carols. We will begin singing at 10:00am, then hear again the best loved readings from the Old Testament and the New Testament announcing that God now dwells with his people.

Invite your friends, family, and neighbors to take part in this festive service. We never seem to have enough Christmas carols in our lives. You are welcome here.

Special Event at St. Mark's
Service of the Longest Night

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Join us for a service of song, prayer, meditation, and healing. Attend Service of the Longest Night on Sunday, December 21 at 7:00pm.

The Christmas season is often marked by expressions of joy, excitement, and happiness. It's a time for family to gather and for churches to worship pointing to the hope that is found in the coming of the Christ child. However, this time of joy and expectation can often overshadow the pain and hurt many experience during this season, when the world's merriment puts their grief and sorrow in start relief.

Again this year, St Mark's will offer a service known as Service of the Longest Night on Sunday, December 21 at 7:00 pm. It's a worship service scheduled at the winter solstice (the longest night of the calendar year) that happens to fall on or around December 21st every year.

It is also the traditional feast day for Saint Thomas the Apostle. This linkage invites making some connections between Thomas's struggle to believe the tale of Jesus' resurrection, the long nights just before Christmas, and the struggle with darkness and grief faced by those living with loss.

St. Mark's member blogs

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A new blog page is now open for our members to share the thoughts, ideas, and experiences that shape their lives of faith. If you are interested in writing a blog for this page, email Pastor Tom or call 904-396-9608. Keep your essay to 400 to 600 words.

Member blogs

  1. The irony of hope and despair by Bernie Jorn — December 2014
  2. Mission to Haiti by Gina Olson — July 2014
  3. The gospel of accessibility by Bernie Jorn — June 2014
  4. Let's all sing together! by Tony Cruz — June 2014

Welcoming new members

Families at St. Mark's

IF YOU ARE looking for a place to find meaning and purpose in your life, you are sure to find that place at St. Mark's Lutheran Church.

On Sunday, July 27, we welcomed six new members and are looking forward to our next new member Sunday on November 23. Talk with Pr. Tom Hanson or Wendi Orr. Call 904-396-9608 or email info@stmarksjax.org if you are interested in joining St. Mark's.


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