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St. Mark's Episcopal Church Field notes

I noticed the windows lining the walls of the church, which were all made of colorfully stained glass. This gave a warm, natural light filtering into the open hall, despite the fact that it was gloomy and rainy outside.

The church is found on 1957 Pruneridge Ave--a busy four-lane road-- and is connected to a school which the Church runs. The environment is a safe space with people who care deeply for their community and fellow parishioners.

The service I attended was at 10 AM on a rainy Sunday morning. However, despite the weather, all the congregation made me feel welcomed, supported, and involved in the proceedings.

The choir at St. Marks was difficult to follow, but their music was wonderful to hear. The songs were full of joy and kindness, with moments of solemnity allowing members to reflect on the world.

The Bible used in the service was covered in a golden case, embroidered with various decorations and often held high for members to witness.

The community at St. Marks is small, but that makes it all the stronger. Coming together before the service to greet each person, all parishioners were intensely involved with one another's lives.

During a portion of the service, members wished one another peace in their lives. This process lasted anywhere between ten and fifteen minutes--or it seemed so--as people walked around the room sharing signs of love towards one another.

In the sermon given by the Reverend, the theme of community was often touched upon, noting that we must come together as one people, accept all people, and involve all people, if we are to spread and share love around a world that is starving for it.

Most of the members in the parish were older, between 65 and 80 years old. However, from that population I saw people dedicated still to society and helping those in pain, those who are struggling, those who are looking for guidance in the world today.

I saw a few children there as well, and all people shared in the joy of seeing a newborn baby present for the service. This uniting emotion felt by the congregation strengthened what community I already felt there, and helped me feel included by all attendees.

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Kenny Gabel
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