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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At the heart of our Advent preparation stands John the Baptist, who calls us to repent and make a new beginning. As the darkness increases we turn toward the approaching light of Christ. For Christians he is the root of Jesse, the righteous judge who welcomes all, especially the poor and meek of the earth. […]

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This year’s Advent Midweek “Service of Word and Prayer” is adapted from All Creation Sings, a new worship resource of the ELCA. The theme of this year’s Advent series, is “Holy Interruptions, Holy In-dwellings,” a reminder that God often interrupts our plans and encounters us in the midst of life’s busyness, dwelling in us with grace and […]

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Christ is coming! The season of Advent reminds us that Christians are a people awaiting Christ. As we wait, Christ continues to come to us in Word and Sacrament. He comes to us in the holy supper in the bread and in the wine. Though we vigilantly watch for the promised day of salvation, we […]

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For many of us the celebration of Thanksgiving centers around meals shared with family and friends as we give thanks to God for the abundance of the created world, the harvest season and for all of God’s gracious gifts. We also offer thanksgiving for our common life together as a society and for the peace […]

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Today, the church year ends with Jeremiah’s promise of a righteous Branch, a shepherd and king, who will execute justice and righteousness in all the land. On Christ the King Sunday, we celebrate and worship Jesus Christ, the image of the invisible God, through whom all things hold together. Christ is the prophet, priest and […]

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“O sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things.” As the church year draws to a close, the words of the Psalmist remind us, “He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.” We are not to be weary in […]

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In holy baptism God makes saints out of sinners, and in holy communion God forgives the sins of all the saints. Today we give thanks for all the saints who from their labors rest in God’s heavenly kingdom. Inspired by their witness, we live nourished by the sacraments as God gives us breath to joyfully […]

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We celebrate the good news of God’s grace: every day Jesus Christ sets us free from sin to do this life-transforming work. Trusting in the freedom given to us in baptism, we pray for the church, that Christians will always find their unity Jesus Christ – proclaiming him and serving their neighbor.

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Genuine repentance and pretentious piety stand in stark contrast in the gospel and all around us in the world today. Yet the good news is that God is merciful to sinners who call upon God’s name with humility. Paul encourages us to keep the faith over the entirety of the race, as we strive toward […]

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