St Mark Lutheran Church

Connecting people to Jesus, to his family, and to his work

Who We Are

St. Mark Lutheran Church is a group of Christians gathered around Word and Sacraments in Duncanville, Texas (on the south side of Dallas), proclaiming Christ crucified and risen to the world!

We hold the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the sole rule, judge, and norm of our faith and doctrine because they are the inspired, inerrant, and infallible Word of God.

We hold to the three solas of the Reformation as our guiding principles:

Sola Gratia — We believe that sinners are saved by grace alone through the work of Jesus Christ on our behalf. “For it is by grace you have been saved…” (Eph. 2:8ff).
Sola Fide — We believe that it is only by faith in the work of Jesus Christ — true God, begotton from all eternity, and also true man, born of the Virgin Mary — that sinners are saved from eternal death in hell.
Sola Scriptura — We believe that the Holy Scriptures, the Bible, are the inspired Word of God and the only source of wisdom, strength, comfort, teaching, and instruction for life — not human reason, not experience, not Tradition, or manmade laws.
We also subscribe to the The Book of Concord , the Lutheran Confessions, not as a rule, judge, and norm for our life on a par with the Scriptures, but because they are correct expositions of what the Old and New Testaments teach.

We believe that confessions like those found in the The Book of Concord are necessary because there are so many different interpretations of the Bible we hold in common, and so we must confess what we believe.

We are a congregation in confessional fellowship with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.

We’re located at 610 N. Cedar Ridge Road, Duncanville, TX, about a mile south of Interstate 20 and kitty-corner from Duncanville High School.

You can contact St. Mark or Pastor Glaeske at 972-298-0891.

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What are services like?

Divine Services — We gather for Divine Services at 10:30 am on Sundays, with Sunday School and Bible Study starting at 9:15 am. St. Mark uses a liturgy organized according to the Western Rite. We are what many would call “liturgical.” Our pastor wears vestments. Our worship makes use of hymns, songs, the Word of God in lessons and sermons, and frequent celebration of the Lord’s Supper. In our worship the Gospel predominates, the people participate, the history of the Church is honored, and God’s creation is used. An offering is collected every week. Guests and visitors should not feel compelled to give anything. The members of St. Mark support the ministry of St. Mark. Scripture has not commanded the only right attire for attending Divine Services, therefore there is no “dress-code” for worshiping at St. Mark. While it makes sense that we would dress our best to come to God’s house, we do not require suits and ties. We strive for a balance of comfort and solemnity. The Lord’s Supper — We currently offer the Lord’s Supper on the first and third Sundays of the month. St. Mark Lutheran Church practices what is called close(d) communion. This means that we ask all our guests and visitors who are not members of St. Mark, another WELS congregation, or another church body in our fellowship to wait to come to Holy Communion until we’ve had a chance to discuss with you what you believe. We do this not because we’re convinced that only members of the WELS are going to heaven or that they are the only Christians on earth, but rather because of what Jesus says about the Lord’s Supper in the Bible. Scripture teaches us that in, with, and under the bread and wine Jesus Christ gives us His true body and blood to eat and drink for the forgiveness of our sins. It also warns us that to eat and drink this meal without recognizing that leads to eating and drinking judgment on yourself (1 Corinthians 11:23-29). We do not want anyone to do that. The Bible also teaches us that in the Lord’s Supper we celebrate our unity in the Christian faith. As Jesus says through Paul, “We, though many, because we eat of the one loaf, are one loaf” (see 1 Corinthians 10:16-17). Therefore we ask that all those who wish to join us in Holy Communion would publicly announce their oneness in faith and doctrine with us after having studied Scripture together with us (e.g. in GOD 101, see below). We do look forward with joy to that time when all those who desire to partake of this meal with us can and will!


What is the community like?

Duncanville is a suburb on the southwestern side of Dallas. About 40,000 people live in Duncanville proper, but members come to St. Mark from surrounding communities like Cedar Hill, Midlothian, Grand Prairie, Waxahachie, and, of course, Dallas. Duncanville is a very multicultural area, with most people belonging to one of three groups: Anglos, Hispanics, or African Americans.


What if I'm not a Christian?

Then you're in the right place! St. Mark exists to share the Good News about Jesus with those who know about Him already and those who don't know about Him but need too!

Our Services

Sunday: 10:30am

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610 N Cedar Ridge Dr
Duncanville, TX 75116
972-298-0891

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About Us

Denomination:
Lutheran (WELS)

Language:
English

Size: Small

Music:
Traditional Hymns,Organ

Vibe:
Traditional Liturgy, Friendly, Conservative, Multigenerational, Down to Earth

Programs:
Children's Ministry, Choir, Missions, Adult Education, Faith and Work, Community Service

Website: Visit Website

Founded:
1964


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Pastor Aaron Glaeske


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