Advent-1 (Yr B) Nov 28, 2021

 

The Celebration of Holy Eucharist

The First Sunday of Advent

 

 

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Dayton, Ohio, November 28, 2021, 10:30 AM

 

Note: the service is being livestreamed and recorded and will be available on our Facebook page.

 

If you’re new to St. Mark’s please see an usher for a welcome packet so we might acknowledge your visit and include you on our email list for weekly updates and information regarding St. Mark’s and the Diocese of Southern Ohio. The RESTROOM is located to the right as you enter the building.

 

Throughout the service the people’s responses are in italics; directions are in bold italics.

 

If you prefer a gluten-free host please notify an usher prior to the service.

 

PRELUDE:

“A ‘Noel’”                         Charles Alexis Chauvet

 

WELCOME: The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor

 

Please stand for the ringing of the bell and processional.

 

PROCESSIONAL:                        

“Signs of ending all around us”               Wonder, Love & Praise, #721

 

1  Signs of endings all around us—

        darkness, death, and winter days

    shroud our lives in fear and sadness,

        numbing mouths that long to praise.

            Come, O Christ, and dwell among us!

        Hear our cries, come set us free.

    Give us hope and faith and gladness.

        Show us what there yet can be.

 

2  Can it be that from our endings,

        new beginnings you create?

    Life from death, and from our rendings,

        realms of wholeness generate?

    Take our fears, then, Lord, and turn them

        into hopes for life anew:

    Fading light and dying season

        sing their Glorias to you.

 

 

3  Speak, O God, your Word among us.

        Barren lives your presence fill.

    Swell our hearts with songs of gladness,

        terrors calm forebodings still.

    Let your promised realm of justice

        blossom now throughout the earth;

    your dominion bring now near us;

                we await the saving birth.

 

 

Lighting of the Advent Candle

 

Please remain standing

 

Celebrant:  A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots, a branch will bear fruit.  The Spirit of the Lord will rest upon him – the Spirit of wisdom and understanding. The Spirit of counsel and power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.      

 

ADVENT LIGHTING ANTHEM:

“Light one candle”   (The first Advent candle is lit.)

All: Light one candle for hope, one bright candle for hope, He brings hope to ev’ry heart, he comes! He comes!

 

 

The Liturgy of the Word

 

Celebrant:  Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (With gusto!) And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.

Celebrant:  Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no    secrets are hid.  Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy Name through Christ our Lord. Amen.

      

COLLECT OF THE DAY

Celebrant: The Lord be with you.  And also with you.  Let us pray. Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

SONG OF PRAISE:

“People look East”    (verse 1)                 Wonder, Love & Praise, #724

 

All: People, look East. The time is near of the crowning of the year. Make your house fair as

you are able, trim the hearth and set the table. People, look East and sing today: Love the

guest is on the way.

 

 

Please be seated

 

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH:

Reader:  The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: “The Lord is our righteousness.”         (33:14-16)    

Reader:  The Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.               

  

Please stand 

 

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF PSALMS:

Reader: To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; my God, I put my trust in you;
All: let me not be humiliated, nor let my enemies triumph over me. Let none who look to you be put to shame; let the treacherous be disappointed in their schemes.  Show me your ways, O Lord, and teach me your paths.

 

Reader: Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; in you have I trusted all the day long.

All: Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love, for they are from everlasting. Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions; remember me according to your love and for the sake of your goodness, O Lord.

 

Reader: Gracious and upright is the Lord; therefore he teaches sinners in his way.

All: He guides the humble in doing right and teaches his way to the lowly. All the paths of the Lord are love and faithfulness to those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.  (PS 25:1-9)

 

Please be seated

 

A READING FROM PAUL’S FIRST LETTER TO THE THESSALONIANS:

Reader: How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you? Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you face to face and restore whatever is lacking in your faith. Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you. And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.    (3:9-13)

Reader:  The Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

 

Please stand

 

GRADUAL:                           

“Watchmen, tell us of the night”  (verses 1-2)                The Hymnal 1982,  #640

 

1  Watchman, tell us of the night,

          what its signs of promise are.

     Traveler, o’er yon mountain’s height,

          see that glory-beaming star.

     Watchman, does its beauteous ray

          aught of joy or hope foretell?

     Traveler, yes; it brings the day,

          promised day of Israel.

 

 

2  Watchman, tell us of the night;

          higher yet that star ascends.

     Traveler, blessedness and light,

          peace and truth its course portends.

     Watchman, will its beams alone

          gild the spot that gave them birth?

     Traveler, ages are its own;

          see, it bursts o’er all the earth.

 

 

GOSPEL

Celebrant: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.

People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Celebrant: Jesus said, “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. “Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day catch you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”          (21:25-36)

Celebrant:  The Gospel of the Lord.   Praise to you, Lord Christ.  

 

GRADUAL:                           

“Watchmen, tell us of the night”  (verse 3)       The Hymnal 1982,  #640

 

3  Watchman, tell us of the night,

          for the morning seems to dawn.

     Traveler, darkness takes its flight,

          doubt and terror are withdrawn.

     Watchman, let thy wanderings cease;

          hie thee to thy quiet home.

     Traveler, lo! the Prince of Peace,

         lo! the Son of God is come!

 

Please be seated

 

THE SERMON 

 

Please stand

 

THE NICENE CREED:  

“I believe in God almighty”        Wonder, Love, & Praise,  #769

 

1  I believe in God almighty, author of all things that be,

     Maker of the earth and heavens, Keeper of the sky and sea.

     I believe in God’s son, Jesus, now for us both Lord and Christ,

     of the Spirit and of Mary born to bring abundant life.

 

 

2  I believe that Jesus suffered, scourged and scorned and crucified;

     taken from the cross, was buried— True Life there had truly died.

     I believe that on the third day Christ was raised up from the grave,

     then ascended to God right hand. He will come to judge and save.

 

 

3  I believe in God’s own Spirit, bonding all the saints within

     One church, catholic and holy, where forgiveness frees from sin;

     in the body’s resurrection, for the breaking of death’s chain

     gives the life that’s everlasting. This the faith that I have claimed.

 

 

Please stand or kneel

 

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE:  

Reader:  Let us call upon the name of God, who faithfully acts on behalf of those who wait in hope.

Reader:  That the leaders of nations may turn their hands from violence and iniquity and embrace instead the ways of righteousness and peace; we bless your holy name.

Reader:  That hardened hearts may be softened and straying steps guided home by the touch of God’s hand through the love of Christians; we bless your holy name.

Reader:  That the sick, especially those named on the parish prayer list, may be supported by the presence and prayers of family and friends, and so experience the healing power of our Redeemer; we bless your holy name.

Reader:  That this congregation may be shaped by God’s hand, enriched by God’s gifts, and strengthened to be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ; we bless your holy name.

Reader: That the departed may rejoice as they are called into fellowship with Christ by the One who is ever faithful; we bless your holy name.

Reader:  For your church, called to be a place of communion for every human being: we bless your holy name.

Reader:  For the coming of your kingdom within us by the gift of the Holy Spirit: we bless your holy name.

Reader:  By the coming of your kingdom at the end of time, when you will be all in all: we bless your holy name.

Celebrant:  In the psalms of David, in the words of the prophets, and in the dream of Joseph, your promise is spoken and takes flesh in the womb of the Mary.  May Emmanuel find welcome in our hearts, take flesh in our lives, and be for all peoples the welcome advent of redemption and grace.  We ask this through him whose coming is certain, whose Day draws near; your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

 

THE CONFESSION:

Celebrant:  Let us confess our sins to God and our neighbor.

All:  Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.  We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves; we are truly sorry and we humbly repent.  For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name.  Amen.

Celebrant:  Our Lord Jesus Christ has bestowed power and commandment to his ministers to declare and pronounce to those who are truly repentant, absolution and remission of sin.  Therefore, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, be reconciled to God through grace and “go and sin no more.” Amen.

 

Please stand

 

THE PASSING OF THE PEACE:  

Celebrant:  The peace of the Lord be always with you.  And also with you.

REMAINING IN THEIR PEWS,  the congregation offers the peace of God to one another.

 

Please be seated

 

ONLINE COMMENTS

 

BIRTHDAY and ANNIVERSARY PRAYERS

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

OFFERTORY SENTENCE

Celebrant: O Lord our God, you are worthy to receive glory and honor and power; because you have created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.  (Rev. 4:11)

  

Thank you for your generous weekly gifts.

The day-to-day mission and ministry of St. Mark’s

is funded primarily by gifts received in the offering plate each week.

 

Please be seated

 

OFFERTORY

“Rejoice, Rejoice, Emmanuel”                               Jay Althouse

 

Please stand

 

PRAYER FOR THE OFFERINGS OF THE PEOPLE: 

Celebrant:  Let us pray.

All: Most Holy God, the author of life and creator of all that is, receive and bless my offering this day; that the currency of worldly value may become the currency of transformation through the worship  and work of this community. Amen. 

 

 

The Liturgy of the Table

 

To receive the sacrament, please  line up in the center aisle; at your turn approach the  Celebrant to receive the Host. Return to your seat via the side aisles.

Those not receiving the sacrament are invited to come forward for a blessing; cross your arms across your chest to indicate this to the Celebrant who will administer the blessing.

If you are unsure about receiving the sacrament please make an appointment with The Rev. MacGregor who would be delighted to speak with you.

Please remain standing

 

EUCHARISTIC PRAYER B:                  

Celebrant: The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

Celebrant: Lift up your hearts.

People: We lift them to the Lord. 

Celebrant: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People: It is right to give God thanks and praise. 

Celebrant:  It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. Because you sent your beloved Son to redeem us from sin and death, and to make us heirs in him of everlasting life; that when he shall come again in power and great triumph to judge the world, we may without shame or fear rejoice to behold his appearing. Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:

 

THE SANCTUS:            The Hymnal 1982,  #S129

All sing: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your

glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in

the highest.

 

 

You may stand or kneel

 

Celebrant:  We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling of Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your Son.  For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world. In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you.  In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.

 

Celebrant: On the night before he died for us, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and give it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat:  This is my Body, which is given for you.  Do this for the remembrance of me.”  After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to the, and said, “Drink this, all of you:  This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.  Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.” Therefore, according to his command, O Father,

All: We remember his death, We proclaim his resurrection, We await his coming in glory.

 

Celebrant:  And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O Lord of all; presenting to you, from your creation, this bread and wine.  We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts that they may be the Sacrament of the Body of Christ and his Blood of the new Covenant.  +Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit.  In the fullness of time, put all things in subjection under Christ, and bring us to that heavenly country where, with all your saints, we may enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation.  By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever.

People:  AMEN! (with gusto!)

 

Please stand

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER:

All: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name,  your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever.  Amen.

 

FRACTION ANTHEM: “Agnus Dei “               The Hymnal 1982,  #S158

 

All: O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, Have mercy upon us. O Lamb of God, that takest  away the sins of the world, Have mercy upon us. O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, Grant us thy peace.

 

 

INVITATION TO COMMUNION:

Celebrant:  The Gifts of God for the People of God.

The people may now come forward to receive the Sacrament.

 

THE PRAYER OF RECEPTION FOR THOSE PARTICIPATING ONLINE:

(to be said by those at home)

Blessed Jesus, with your faithful people at every altar of your church where the Holy Eucharist is now being celebrated, I offer my praise and thanksgiving.  Since I cannot receive you today in the Sacrament of your Body and Blood, I ask you to come spiritually into my heart.  Cleanse and strengthen me with your grace, Lord Jesus, and let me never be separated from you.  May I live in you, and you in me, in this life and the life to come.  Amen.

 

Please stand

 

COMMUNION HYMN:  

“All who hunger gather gladly”                Wonder, Love, & Praise,  #761

 

1  All who hunger gather gladly;

        holy manna is our bread.

    Come from wilderness and wand’ring.

        Here in truth we will be fed.

    You that yearn for days of fullness,

        all around us is our food.

    Taste and see the grace eternal.

        Taste and see that God is good.

 

2  All who hunger, never strangers,

        seeker, be a welcome guest.

    Come from restlessness and roaming.

        Here, in joy we keep the feast.

    We that once were lost and scattered

        in communion’s love have stood.

    Taste and see the grace eternal.

        Taste and see that God is good.

 

3  All who hunger, sing together,

        Jesus Christ is living bread.

    Come from loneliness and longing.

        Here, in peace, we have been fed.

    Blest are those who from this table

        live their days in gratitude.

    Taste and see the grace eternal.

                Taste and see that God is good.

 

 

POST COMMUNION PRAYER

Celebrant:  Let us pray.  Eternal God, heavenly Father, you have graciously accepted us as living members of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and you have fed us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood.  Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

THE BLESSING:

Celebrant:  ….. +And may the blessing . . .

 

RECESSIONAL:

“Hark! the glad sounds”            The Hymnal 1982,  #72

 

1 Hark! the glad sound! the Savior comes,

      the Savior promised long:

   let every heart prepare a throne,

      and every voice a song.

 

 

2 He comes, the prisoners to release

      in Satan’s bondage held;

   the gates of brass before him burst,

      the iron fetters yield.

 

 

3 He comes, the broken heart to bind,

      the bleeding soul to cure;

   and with the treasures of his grace

      to enrich the humble poor.

 

 

4 Our glad hosannas, Prince of Peace,

      thy welcome shall proclaim;

   and heaven’s eternal arches ring

            with thy beloved Name.

 

 

DISMISSAL:

Celebrant:  Alleluia! Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.  Thanks be to God. Alleluia!

 

POSTLUDE:

“People, Look East”                     Franklin Ashdown

 

THE CANDLE IN THE SANCTUARY LAMP remains lighted throughout the week to indicate and honor the eternal presence of Christ. It is given by the Wagners in memory of beloved grandfathers Daniel Babcock and Robert Wagner.

 

THE ALTAR FLOWERS are given by the Wagners.

 

 

 

GROUNDED IN COMMUNITY

 

THIS SUNDAY– ADVENT 1- HOLY EUCHARIST – NOVEMBER 28:

Celebrant: The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor

Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen

Ushers:  Tony Rubino, Jim Rudd

Tech: Jenna Walch, Elizabeth Wagner

Acolyte: Jackie Hoskinson

Lay Eucharist Ministers: Readers: OT/PS: Elizabeth Wagner EP/POP: Judy Rudd

Counters: Dave Reuter, Kendall Rubino

Altar Guild: Norma Peachey, Ginny Tuxhorn

 

NEXT SUNDAY– ADVENT 2- HOLY EUCHARIST – DECEMBER 5:

Celebrant: The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor

Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen

Ushers:  Dave Reuter, Tony Rubino

Tech: TJ Walch, Mary-Anna Welch

Acolyte: Elizabeth Wagner

Lay Eucharist Ministers: Readers: OT/PS: Carol Williamson EP/POP: Gary Welch

Counters: Carol Nancarrow, Tony Rubino

Altar Guild: Mary-Anna Welch, Stephanie Welch, Janet Reuter

Altar Flowers: OPEN

Sanctuary Lamp: OPEN

 

 

Events at St. Mark’s this Week

 

THIS SUNDAY (Advent 1, Nov. 28): HOLY EUCHARIST, 10:30am, in person and on  Facebook Live.  CLERGY DISCRETIONARY FUND collection.

MONDAY: SAA MEETING, 6:30am, Lounge; AA MEETING, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

TUESDAY:  TOPS MEETING, 9:30am, Fellowship Room;  NA MEETING, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

WEDNESDAY: STAFF MEETING, 10:00am, Office; BOOK STUDY, 7pm, Zoom

THURSDAY: SAA MEETING, 7:30pm, Lounge

FRIDAY:  There are no events this day

SATURDAYHIDDEN GEMS, noon, parking lot; AA MEETING, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

NEXT SUNDAY (Advent 2, Dec. 5): HOLY EUCHARIST, 10:30am, in person  and on Facebook Live.  CARE HOUSE SUNDAY.

 

 

Places to be, things to do

 

THE CHRISTMAS PROJECT BEGINS! Be sure to pick up a gift request card or two in the Bride’s Room TODAY. Financial donations also welcome, as are donations of gift wrap supplies: wrapping paper, ribbon, and tape.  See the Constant Contact or Carol Nancarrow for more information.

THE CHURCH CRACKED OPEN BOOK GROUP will meet again at 7pm on Wednesday, Dec. 1 via Zoom.  St. Margaret’s is participating with St Mark’s in this important work.

This is an open group; please read all or part of the book before joining the group. We do have one copy of the book available for $16.00; contact the office if you’d like to be on the backorder list and we’ll make sure you get a copy.

COMPLINE will be said via Zoom at 7pm on Wednesday Dec. 8 & 22, by the Rev. Rowena  MacGregor.

 

 

The Community of St. Mark’s Classifieds

 

DAY OF CHANGE COLLECTION: Thanks to everyone who donated; we’re sending  $501 to St Paul’s Food Pantry!

FOLLOWING DSO/CDC GUIDELINES: the church windows will be open, even during colder weather, for ventilation during the ongoing pandemic.  There are shawls in the Narthex if you wish to borrow one; remember to dress for the weather!

ADVENT CALENDARS from Forward Movement are available on the Ushers’ Table. These poster-size calendars have the humorous artwork of the Rev. Jay Sidebotham with the creative suggestions of Susan Elliott.

CHRISTMAS FLOWERS: are a lovely way to celebrate or remember someone special.  If you would like to make a donation toward our beautiful Christmas flowers, there will be envelopes in the pews today through Dec. 19.

2021 CONTRIBUTIONSIn order to claim a charitable contribution  deduction for 2021, contributions must be  received in the church office no later than NOON Tuesday, Dec. 28.

 

 

Lesser Feasts and Fasts

 

RECOMMENDED FEAST DAY TO OBSERVE:  Sunday, Nov. 28  is the Feast of  Kamehameha and Emma, King and Queen of Hawaii, 1864, 1885. Within a year of ascending the throne in 1855 King Kamehameha IV and his bride, Emma Rooke, embarked on a path of altruism and unassuming humility. In 1854 Honolulu had been horribly afflicted by smallpox, and the people were amazed by a king and queen who went about soliciting from rich and poor the funds to build a hospital. Queen’s Hospital, named for Emma, is now the largest civilian hospital in Hawaii. In 1860 they  petitioned the Bishop of Oxford to send missionaries to establish the Anglican Church in Hawaii. England responded by sending the Rt. Rev. Thomas N. Staley and two priests. They arrived on October 11, 1862, and the king and queen were confirmed a month later, on November 28, 1862. They then began preparations for a cathedral and school, and the king set about to translate the Book of Common Prayer and much of the Hymnal. Kamehameha’s life was marred by the tragic death of his four-year-old son and only child, in 1863. He seemed unable to survive his sadness, and his own death took place only a year later.. Emma declined to rule; committing herself to good works, she was responsible for schools, churches, and efforts on behalf of the poor and sick. The Cathedral was completed after Emma died. It was named St. Andrew’s in memory of the king, who died on that saint’s day. Among the Hawaiian people, Emma is still referred to as our beloved Queen.

O Sovereign God, who raised up (King) Kamehameha (IV) and (Queen) Emma to be rulers in Hawaii, and inspired and enabled them to be diligent in good works for the welfare of their people and the good of your Church: Receive our thanks for their witness to the Gospel; and grant that we, with them, may attain to the crown of glory that never fades away; through Jesus Christ our Savior and Redeemer, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.   (Holy Women, Holy Men)

 

 

Prayers for the Week of Nov. 28

 

FOR PEACE.  For those who have died; For medical professionals,  and all those who are suffering from exhaustion and burnout in the midst of the pandemic; For the homeless; For all those addicted to heroin, remembering especially those who died this week from overdose; For all those who have committed suicide; For all our brothers and sisters who have died by violence around the world, remembering especially the recent acts of violence across the nation; For our enemies; For the safety of all American military and civilian personnel where ever they serve, remembering especially all those serving at Wright-Patterson AFB; For those who struggle with the basic necessities of life after natural catastrophic events, especially those misplaced by earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, drought, fire, mudslides, and tornadoes; For the millions of refugees worldwide who wander the lands of the earth and whose suffering is greater than we can ever know.

 

For those in our prayer cycles: in the Anglican cycle of prayer, we pray for Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil;  in the Diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for St. Anne in West Chester, St. James in Zanesville, and St. Margaret’s in Trotwood;  in our Parish cycle of prayer, we pray for Jim and Jackie Hoskinson, Hayward Jones, and Matt, Justine, Scott, and Robert Kelly;  For those celebrating upcoming birthdays: Annabelle Leach (11/28), Hay Jones (12/3), Vern Hogden (12/10), Janet Reuter (12/15), Carol Sharp (12/15), Elizabeth Wagner (12/21), Jim Hoskinson (12/26), Sean Weber (12/26), Jackie Hoskinson (12/27); For those celebrating wedding anniversaries: Bridgette & Jen Bonifas (12/20);  For those on our parish prayer list: Howard, Ruby, George, the Darnell Family, Judy, Juanita, Rob, Carmen, Mary, Vern; For those who suffer from illness, grief, or any other adversity: Ann – Carol Nancarrow’s mother; Ann –  friend of the Bertas; Caiti  – friend of Ann Phillips; Carl – friend of the Welches; Carol – friend of the Rubinos; Carrie – Susan Kendall’s daughter; Cassie and Jane – friends of the Tallmans; Chip – Jim Rudd’s step-mother; Chris & family – friends of the Reuters; Cindy & Marvin – friends of  Elizabeth Wagner; Clara – Pat Tallman’s cousin; Danielle – Jenna Walch’s sister; David – Vern Hogden’s son; Dick & Sandy – friends of the Wagners; Emily – Ann Phillips’ niece; Emma, Lowell, & the Burton Family – friends of Juanita Limes and the Darnells; Helen – Wayne Harper’s mother-in-law;  James – Linda Stagles’ brother; Joni & Leslie – family of  softball team member; Jose & Elena – friends of the Welches;  Katie – friend of the Reuters; Keith & Jeff – friends of Jim Larsen; Ken – the Berta’s son; Leslie – friend of Juanita Limes; Leslie – friend of the Welches; Lynne – friend of the parish; Margaret – Rowena MacGregor’s mother;  Meghan – friend of Elizabeth Wagner; Maya, Liz, and Peter –  Rowena MacGregor’s family;  Nanci – friend of the Larsens; the Pitcher Family – friends of Katherine Wagner; Renea – friend of Juanita and Lisa; Roberta – Tracey Swartz’ mother; Ron – friend of Ruby Webster; Sarah – friend of the Wagners; Steve & Debi – friends of Linda  Stagles; Steve & Elinor – friends of the Bertas; Sue & Tom – friends of the Phillips’; Susan – friend of the Nancarrows; Tonia – Juanita Limes’ daughter-in-law; Tony – Judy Rudd’s  brother; Tracy – friend of the parish.; Vickie – friend of Rowena MacGregor.

 

For faithful animal companions: Max, longtime canine companion to  the Tallman family, and Coco, canine companion to Norma Peachey, and those who care for all animals;  For the mission work of this congregation: CARE House, Canterbury Court, St. Paul’s UMC Food Pantry, Becoming Beloved Community Initiative, and for the non-profit groups who use our Community Building;  For our Diocesan Bishops: for our Provisional Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Wayne Smith; The Rt. Rev. Kenneth Price, the Rt. Rev. Nedi Rivera, and the Rt. Rev. Wendell Gibbs; For our Presiding Bishop, The Most Rev. Michael Curry; For all postulants and candidates for holy orders in this Diocese: Patricia Rose, Jacob Cunliffe, Dan Carlson, Amy Cochran, Phoebe Myhrum, Brice Patterson, Martha Camele, Maggie Gough, Brad Gough, Catherine Duffy, Alane Osborne, Libbie Crawford, Gayland Trim.

 

For all faith communities as we navigate the way forward in a world being transformed by a number of crises – that we remain faithful in our devotion to God and open to constant change and ongoing self-evaluation.

 

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ADULT EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES

 

 The Rev. Rowena MacGregor facilitates various adult educational/spiritual development offerings (Zoom).  Be sure to check the Sunday bulletin for times and dates of her most recent programs.

 

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The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor, Priest-In-Charge

570-404-2025   rector@stmarksdayton.org

 

Katherine Wagner, Parish Administrator

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Donna Larsen, Music Director

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Carol Nancarrow, Senior Warden

Jim Rudd, Junior Warden

wardens@stmarksdayton.org

 

 

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