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St. Lucia Festival

St. Lucia Festival

Since 1976, St. Mark’s Lutheran church has hosted the St. Lucia Festival.   All are welcome for this unique and meaningful event.  The St. Lucia Festival celebrates the best things of Christmas:  community, light, family, children, and good food.  We share an invitation to our community to consider making a St. Lucia performance part of their 2014 Christmas experience. The story of Lucia, the symbol of light amid the darkness of winter in Sweden, has many different versions.  It is not clear how the saint from Sicily became Sweden’s beacon of light, but legend says that Lucia brought food to people who were dying of hunger during a famine.  Today, it is one of the high points of the Christmas season and candles are lit all over Sweden to bear light against the darkness.  . 

This year's festival performances will be Thursday, December 11th at 7:00pm, Friday, December 12th at 7:00pm, and Saturday, December 13th at 10:00am, and all proceeds will be given to the Berakhah House for Homeless Veterans.  This distinctive event hosted by St. Mark’s Lutheran, now in its 38th year, is attended by folks throughout the community. 

Weekly Worship


Saturday Evening Worship

5:30pm with Holy Communion

      Sunday Morning Worship   

8:15am & 10:45am

9:30am Sunday School, Adult Forum and Fellowship Hour


November 26, 7:00pm with Holy Communion





about St. Mark's

.......... about St. Mark's

St. Mark's Lutheran is located in the heart of Sioux Falls. We are a caring, compassionate, mission-oriented congregation of diverse peoples. Come explore your faith with us!

Our Mission: to nurture faith and life for loving service in Christ's name. St. Mark's has its roots in the Swedish-Lutheran tradition and is today a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the largest Lutheran denomination in America. The ELCA has a proud history of diversity in its people and ideas, along with a focus on helping others throughout the world, and these values represent our congregation well.

If you are interested in visiting or joining, feel free to explore the website, check out the "First Visit" button, and contact the church office via email or phone or social media. We would greatly enjoy your presence at worship and would love to answer any questions about the congregation, about weddings and baptisms, or about our work in the community.

Pastor Lori Hope sermon August 24, 2014 - - click to listen