The words that we use in worship express something, however inadequately, of who we understand God to be. They are also an important way to grow in faith and understanding as individuals and as a community.
As a parish church in the Church of England we are inheritors of a rich tradition, as seen in the words of some services e.g. Book of Common Prayer (BCP) Communion, and through the use of Common Worship texts.
These remain valuable resources, but many at St Mark’s experience them as limited in scope, exclusive or irrelevant. Therefore we also try to allow a greater diversity of imagery and language through using texts from other sources and traditions, both old and new – and are open to being stretched and challenged by this.
You’ll find a selection of service booklets from recent 10 am services shared here to show you what we mean. You are welcome to use these but please always credit St Marks, and also include the copyright notice found on the last page of each booklet.