Welcome to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. St. Mark’s is an historic congregation of the ELCA that unconditionally welcomes all people of all ethnicities, genders, identities and backgrounds. Please join us for worship on Sundays at 8:30 or 10:30 am with inspiring music and talented musicians as we gather to grow together […]

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Jesus is the great divide in human history. He invites us to follow him alone so that he might bless and renew all of our relationships. Jesus is the pioneer and perfecter our faith, and so we run with perseverance the race set before us, always surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, and […]

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Abraham and Sarah believed God’s promises, and it was reckoned to them as righteousness. Faith is “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Faith is the power to trust in God’s grace today and tomorrow. Faith drives out fear, encouraging us to always be ready to act with God’s steadfast […]

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Today’s readings remind us of the “vanity” and emptiness of human wisdom and greed. Jesus tells the parable of the rich man who built ever larger barns to store his wealth, planning for his future, rather than using his wealth in the present for others. God said to him, “You fool!” This very night your […]

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The readings for today remind us about perseverance in prayer. In prayer we ask, seek and knock, taking all things to God and making conversation with God the center of our lives. God hears and answers prayer and so strengthens all who call upon God’s name. As “the Psalmist writes, When I called, you answered […]

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Jesus visited Mary and Martha revealing a God who seeks to dwell with us. We are often like Martha, too busy to spend time with Jesus, yet in spending time with Jesus, Mary received a gift of grace that could never be taken from her. In an anxious and distracted world, Jesus Christ is the […]

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“What must I do to inherit eternal life?” The question is one that concerns us all. It is answered by how we live our lives now. Jesus told the Parable of the Good Samaritan so that we might know how to love not only those who are like us, but those who are different and […]

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Paul reminds us that we are to sow in the Spirit, not growing weary in doing what is right, so that we may reap at harvest time. Jesus sent his messengers into the world without purse, bag, and sandals, a reminder that the mission of the church relies upon the generosity those who hear the […]

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Paul writes, “For freedom Christ has set you free,” meaning that Christian freedom is given for the purpose of loving and serving one’s neighbors. This is contrary to our often self-centered understanding of freedom, which can mean doing what I want when I want at the expense of others. Guided by the Holy Spirit, Christian […]

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As we step into the season after Pentecost, we remember and give thanks for our unity in Christ Jesus. In Holy Baptism we are clothed with Christ and given a new identity as children of God. No matter what our world or culture says about us, or about who we are supposed to be, in […]

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