Easter-2 (Yr C) April 24, 2022

The Holy Eucharist

The Second Sunday of Easter

 

 

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Dayton, Ohio, April 24, 2022, 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:

“O Sons and Daughters, Let Us Sing”                  Rebecca Groom Te Velde

 

WELCOME: The Rev. Jack Koepke

 

Please stand for the ringing of the bell and processional.

 

PROCESSIONAL:                        

“Welcome, happy morning”                The Hymnal 1982,  #179

 

1  “Welcome, happy morning!” age to age shall say:

    hell today is vanquished, heaven is won today!

    Lo! the dead is living, God for evermore!

    Him their true Creator, all his works adore!

    “Welcome, happy morning!” age to age shall say.

 

 

2  Earth her joy confesses, clothing her for spring,

    all fresh gifts returned with her returning King:

    bloom in every meadow, leaves on every bough,

    speak his sorrow ended, hail his triumph now.

    “Welcome, happy morning!” age to age shall say.

 

 

3  Months in due succession, days of lengthening light,

    hours and passing moments praise thee in their flight.

    Brightness of the morning, sky and fields and sea,

    Vanquisher of darkness, bring their praise to thee.

    “Welcome, happy morning,” age to age shall say.

 

 

4  Maker and Redeemer, life and health of all,

    thou from heaven beholding human nature’s fall,

    of the Father’s Godhead true and only Son,

    mankind to deliver, manhood didst put on.

    “Welcome, happy morning!” age to age shall say.

 

5  Thou, of life the author, death didst undergo,

    tread the path of darkness, saving strength to show;

    come then, true and faithful, now fulfill thy word,

    ’tis thine own third morning! rise, O buried Lord!

    “Welcome, happy morning!” age to age shall say.

 

 

6  Loose the souls long prisoned, bound with Satan’s chain;

    all that now is fallen raise to life again;

    show thy face in brightness, bid the nations see;

    bring again our daylight: day returns with thee!

    “Welcome, happy morning!” age to age shall say.

 

 

The Liturgy of the Word

 

Celebrant: Alleluia!  Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!  The Lord be with you.  And also with you. Let us pray.

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:  Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

 

SONG OF PRAISE:

 

“Hail, thou once despised Jesus”  

 

All: Worship, honor, power, and blessing thou art worthy to receive; loudest praises, without

ceasing, right it is for us to give. Help us, bright angelic spirits — joined with ours, your voices

 raise; help to show our Saviour’s mertis, help to sing Immanuel’s praise.

(Bakewell 1721-1819 and others, verse 4)

 

Please be seated

 

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF ACTS

Reader: When the temple police had brought the apostles, they had them stand before the council. The high priest questioned them, saying, “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and you are determined to bring this man’s blood on us.” But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than any human authority. The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior that he might give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.”

(5:27-32)

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

 

Please stand    

 

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF PSALMS

Reader: The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.

All:  There is a sound of exultation and victory in the tents of the righteous:  “The right hand of the Lord has triumphed! the right hand of the Lord is exalted! the right hand of the Lord has triumphed!”

 

Reader: I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.

All:  The Lord has punished me sorely, but he did not hand me over to death. Open for me the gates of righteousness; I will enter them; I will offer thanks to the Lord. “This is the gate of the Lord; he who is righteous may enter.”

 

Reader: I will give thanks to you, for you answered me and have become my salvation.

All:  The same stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes. On this day the Lord has acted; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Hosannah, Lord, hosannah! Lord, send us now success.

 

Reader: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; we bless you from the house of the Lord.

All:  God is the Lord; he has shined upon us; form a procession with branches up to the horns of the altar. “You are my God, and I will thank you; you are my God, and I will exalt you.” Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his mercy endures for ever.         (PS 118:14-29)

  

Please be seated

 

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF REVELATION:

Reader: John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Look! He is coming with the clouds; every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail. So it is to be. Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.     (1:4-8)

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

 

Please stand

 

GRADUAL:                           

“Through the Red Sea brought at last”     (verses 1-2)    The Hymnal 1982,  #187

 

1  Through the Red Sea brought at last,

    Egypt’s chains behind we cast.

        Deep and wide

        flows the tide

    severing us from bondage past, Alleluia!

 

 

2  Like the cloud that overhead,

    through the billows Israel led,

        by his tomb

        Christ makes room,

    souls restoring from the dead, Alleluia!

 

Please stand

 

THE GOSPEL

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

People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Celebrant: When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.” A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.         (20:19-31)

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

 

GRADUAL:                           

“Through the Red Sea brought at last”    (verse 3)    The Hymnal 1982,  #187

 

3  In that cloud and in that sea

    buried and baptized were we.

        Earthly night

        brought us light

    which is ours eternally, Alleluia!

 

 

Please be seated

 

THE SERMON

 

Please stand or kneel

 

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE:  

Reader:  With shouts of Alleluia at Christ’s victory over death, let us pray for the church, the world, and all those in need.

Reader:  Almighty God, we give you thanks for making us witnesses to your resurrection. Give us eyes to see your ongoing works of revelation, ears to hear you call us into a more meaningful life, and voices to tell of your mighty works and deeds.  Hear us, O God, your mercy is great.

Reader:  We give you thanks for all of creation.  Make us good stewards of the earth and its resources, that all may share in its bounty for many years to come; that we may live in harmony with all our relations.  Hear us, O God, your mercy is great.

Reader:  We pray for an end to war, remembering especially the people of Ukraine: for refugees and for those who are providing sanctuary and aid, for civilians joining the Ukrainian army in defense of their country, for those who have died, for the wounded and those who grieve, for those who are living in fear, for the whole world watching and praying, and for nations who discern right action as well as measures of mercy and aid. Assist us Lord in the restoration of peace. Hear us, O God, your mercy is great.

Reader:   We pray for those who suffer in mind, body, or spirit, we remember especially those named on the parish prayer list, especially Carol S, Ruby, Howard, the Darnell family, Judy, Juanita, Rob, Mary, Carmen, George, and Vern.  Hear us, O God, your mercy is great.  

Reader: We pray for all those who live in the Dayton area; remembering especially the residents of Riverside who are served by this parish. Hear us O God, your mercy is great.

Reader:  We pray for the ministries and mission work of this congregation; the work of the Spirit in the midst of unrest and distress; keep us faithful and diligent in our service to you.  Hear us, O God, your mercy is great.

Reader: In the sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ, we commend to you all who have died, remembering especially all those remembered with Easter flowers: May light perpetual shine upon them.  Hear us, O God, your mercy is great.

Celebrant: God of All Creation, you call each of us to evolve, to recognize that you hold all that is in your loving embrace. As we grow in your love, may we learn to hold others in an ever expanding embrace as well. May we see the entire sweep of history as your self-communication that calls us to awaken to who we are in you – and who you are in us. In the mutual embrace that we share, may we together hold the entire cosmos, each and every person, each and every creature, in a way that nurtures and sustains and calls forth the gifts that are given for all. May each of us participate fully in a personal evolution that transforms us and transforms the world. Amen. (Judy Cannoto, Field of Compassion)

 

(As is customary, the confession will be omitted through the Great 50 Days of Easter.)

 

Please stand

 

THE PASSING OF THE PEACE:  

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

The Ministers and People may greet one another in the name of the Lord. Please do not attempt to shake hands with those who do not appear comfortable doing so.  Hand sanitizer is available in the aisle inset as you come up for Communion.

 

Please be seated

 

BIRTHDAY and ANNIVERSARY PRAYERS

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:      Wardens

 

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.

 

OFFERTORY

“I Know That My Redeemer Lives”     S. Drummond Wolff

 

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. You may drink from the common cup, then return to your seat via the side aisles. Each person should decide whether to receive in one kind (bread only) or to drink from the cup as well.  Intinction, once so common in the Episcopal Church, contributes to the spread of communicable diseases.

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 A

Celebrant: The Lord be with you. And also with you.

Celebrant: Lift up your hearts.  We lift them to the Lord. 

Celebrant: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. 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. But chiefly are we bound to praise you for the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; for he is the true Paschal Lamb, who was sacrificed for us, and has taken away the sin of the world. By his death he has  destroyed death, and by his rising to life again he has won for us everlasting life.

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:                                                                                         

“Holy, holy, Holy Lord” The Hymnal 1982,  #S128

 

All: 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: Holy and gracious Father: In your infinite love you made us for yourself; and, when we had fallen into sin and become subject to evil and death, you, in your mercy, sent Jesus Christ, your only and eternal Son, to share our human nature, to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all.  He stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself, in obedience to your will, a perfect sacrifice for the whole world.  On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave 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 them, 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 we proclaim the mystery of faith:

All:  Christ has died.  Christ is risen.  Christ will come again.

 

Celebrant: We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O Father, in this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Recalling his death, resurrection, and ascension, we offer you these gifts. Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of your Son, the holy food and drink of new and unending life in him. +Sanctify us also that we may faithfully receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you in unity, constancy, and peace; and at the last day bring us with all your saints into the joy of your eternal kingdom.  All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ. 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. Amen.

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.

 

THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD:

Celebrant:  Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us; therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia!

 

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:  

“I want to walk as a child of light”                 The Hymnal 1982,  #490

 

1  I want to walk as a child of the light.

        I want to follow Jesus.

    God set the stars to give light to the world.

        The star of my life is Jesus.

 

            In him there is no darkness at all.

            The night and the day are both alike.

            The Lamb is the light of the city of God.

            Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.

 

2  I want to see the brightness of God.

        I want to look at Jesus.

    Clear sun of righteousness, shine on my path,

        and show me the way to the Father.

 

 

    Refrain

 

 

3  I’m looking for the coming of Christ.

        I want to be with Jesus.

    When we have run with patience the race,

        we shall know the joy of Jesus.

 

 

    Refrain

 

 

Please stand

 

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:

“Jesus is Lord of all the earth ”                   The Hymnal 1982,  #178

 

Alleluia, alleluia!

            Give thanks to the risen Lord.

            Alleluia, alleluia!

            Give Praise to his Name.

 

1  Jesus is Lord of all the earth.

    He is the King of creation.

 

    Refrain

  

2  Spread the good news o’er all the earth:

    Jesus has died and has risen.

 

    Refrain

 

3  We have been crucified with Christ.

    Now we shall live for ever.

 

    Refrain

 

4  Come, let us praise the living God,

    joyfully sing to our Savior

 

    Refrain

 

 

DISMISSAL:

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

 

POSTLUDE:

“He Is Risen”                     Anna Laura Page

  

THE CANDLE IN THE SANCTUARY LAMP remains lighted throughout the week to

indicate and honor the eternal presence of Christ. It is given this week by Rowena MacGregor, in honor of her mother, Margaret Gregg.

 

 

GROUNDED IN COMMUNITY

 

THIS SUNDAY — SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER HOLY EUCHARIST –  APRIL 24:

Celebrant: The Rev. Jack Koepke

Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen

Ushers:  Dave Reuter, Wayne Harper

Acolytes: Gary Welch, Stephanie Welch

Lay Eucharist Ministers: Readers:

                                                   OT/PS: Jim Rudd

                                                   EP/POP: Elizabeth Wagner

                                                   Chalicists: Elizabeth Wagner, Carol Williamson

Tech: Katherine Wagner, Elizabeth Wagner

Counters: Dave Reuter, Kendall Rubino

Altar Guild: Norma Peachey, Ginny Tuxhorn

Open/Close: Reuter, Rubino

 

 

NEXT SUNDAY– THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER HOLY EUCHARIST –  MAY 1:

Celebrant: The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor

Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen

Ushers:  Ginny Tuxhorn, Jim Rudd

Acolytes: Elizabeth Wagner, Scott Kelly

Lay Eucharist Ministers: Readers:

                                                   OT/PS: Don Nancarrow

                                                   EP/POP: TJ Walch

                                                  Chalicists: Elizabeth Wagner, Don Nancarrow

Tech: TJ Walch, Mary-Anna Welch

Counters: Janet Reuter, Tony Rubino

Altar Guild: Elizabeth Wagner, Katherine Wagner

Open/Close: Wagner, Reuter

Sanctuary Lamp: OPEN

 

 

Events at St. Mark’s this Week

 

THIS SUNDAY  (Easter 2, April 24): HOLY EUCHARIST, 10:30am, in person and on Facebook Live; EDUCATION FOR MINISTRY, 1:00pm, Fellowship Room.

 

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

 

TUESDAY:  TOPS MEETING, 10a, Lounge;  NA MEETING, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

 

WEDNESDAY:  BOOK STUDY, 7pm, Zoom

 

THURSDAY:  SAA MEETING, 7:30pm, Lounge

 

FRIDAY:  There are no events scheduled this day

 

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

 

SUNDAY (Easter 3, May 1): HOLY EUCHARIST, 10:30am, in person and on Facebook Live; CARE HOUSE SUNDAY;  EDUCATION FOR MINISTRY, 1:00pm, Fellowship Room.

 

 

Places to be, things to do

 

THE CHURCH CRACKED OPEN BOOK STUDY resumes on Zoom on Wednesday, April 27 at 7pm. This is a joint study between St. Mark’s and St. Margaret’s.

 

THE ST. MARK’S MEN’S LUNCH BUNCH will meet at The Pub, located at The Green Town Center in Beavercreek on Thursday, Apr. 28 at 12:30pm.  All St Mark’s men are invited–no need to RSVP!  This is a new offering for men. For more information contact Fred Berta at 704-309-3152 or flbretiredncr@aol.com.

 

THE APRIL VESTRY MEETING will be held via Zoom on Thursday, April 28, at 7:15pm.  Contact the Office if you would like the link sent to you.

 

CARE HOUSE SUNDAY is next Sunday, May 1.  Donations of small water bottles, healthy snacks, and gift cards (gas, Kroger, Wal-Mart) are welcome. Monetary donations will be noted on your contribution sheet. NOTE: Please check the expiration dates of all food products, as CARE House cannot distribute anything that has expired.

 

 

 

The Community of St. Mark’s Classifieds

 

DOUG PLUMMER, SEXTON, RETIRES from St. Mark’s after 20 years of service. When I sat down with Doug recently he told me that Tony Rubino had interviewed and hired him and that he had enjoyed his work over the years at St. Mark’s very much. In his resignation letter he said that he was so appreciative to have the extra income for the private school and college tuition for his daughters. Let us offer our heartfelt thanks to Doug for his two decades of service to St. Mark’s. A “Stephanie” card is going around today so that you may offer your well wishes.  Rowena+

 

THE SUNDAY READINGS can be found at www.lectionarypage.net.  The readings for

Sunday, May 1 are: Acts 9:1-6, (7-20) , Psalm 30 , Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19.

 

COFFEE HOUR RETURNS! .  Let’s celebrate fun, fellowship, and food with our church family!

 

THE SANCTUARY LAMP schedule is in the Narthex. Cost is only $5 per week to have the lamp dedicated to someone you love. 

 

 

Lesser Feasts and Fasts

 

RECOMMENDED FEAST DAY TO OBSERVE: Monday, April 25 is the Feast of Saint Mark the Evangelist. Mark appears in several places in the New Testament, and if references to him can be accepted as referring to the same person, we learn that he was the son of a woman who owned a house in Jerusalem, perhaps the same house in which Jesus ate the Last Supper with his disciples. Mark may have been the young man who fled naked when Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane. In his letter to the Colossians, Paul refers to Mark the cousin of Barnabas, who was with him in his imprisonment. Mark set out with Paul and Barnabas on their first missionary journey, but he turned back for reasons which failed to satisfy Paul. When another journey was planned, Paul refused to have Mark with him, and instead Mark went with Barnabas to Cyprus. The breach between Paul and Mark was later healed, and Mark became one of Paul’s companions in Rome, as well as a close friend of Peter’s. An early tradition recorded by Papias, Bishop of Hieropolis in Asia Minor at the beginning of the second century, names Mark as the author of the Gospel bearing his name. This tradition, which holds that Mark drew his information from the teaching of Peter, is generally accepted. In his First Letter, Peter refers to “my son Mark,” which shows a close relationship between the two men (1Peter 5:13). The Church of Alexandria claimed Mark as its first bishop and most illustrious martyr, and the great Church of St. Mark in Venice commemorates the disciple who progressed from turning back while on a missionary journey with Paul and Barnabas to proclaiming in his Gospel Jesus of Nazareth as Son of God, and bearing witness to that faith in his later life as friend and companion to the apostles Peter and Paul.

 

Almighty God, by the hand of Mark the evangelist you have given to your Church the Gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God: We thank you for this witness, and pray that we may be firmly grounded in its truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. Holy Women, Holy Men)

 

 

Prayers for the Week of April 24

 

FOR PEACE.  For the victims of violence; For the people of Ukraine: for refugees, for those who have died and those who grieve, for those in the military defending the sovereignty of this nation; For those who have died; For those affected by  natural disasters, remembering especially those devastated by tornados, and the wildfires burning in Arizona and New Mexico; For medical and wellness practitioners, who are assisting people with mental, physical, and financial conditions and issues related to the Covid 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: remembering especially teens and young adults who took their own lives this week; For all our brothers and sisters who have died by violence around the world, remembering especially violence in our 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 the Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea;  in the Diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for St. Paul’s in Greenville, St. Andrew’s in Cincinnati, and Christ Church in Xenia;

 

 

For St. Mark’s Families in our parish prayer cycle;

 

For those celebrating April birthdays;

 

For those celebrating April wedding anniversaries;

 

For those on our parish prayer list;

 

For those who suffer from illness, grief, or any other adversity.

 

For faithful animal companions 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, Phoebe Myhrum, Brice Patterson, Martha Camele, Maggie Gough, Brad Gough, Catherine Duffy, Alane Osborne, Libbie Crawford, Gayland Trim, Molly Cook, Victoria Lewis, Kate Meeks, Kyle Schenkewicz, Gregory Williams.

 

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.

 

                       

 

 

 

For more announcements, click HERE.

 

To read a copy of the February 24, 2022 Vestry Minutes, click HERE.

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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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937-256-1082

Email: st_marks@ameritech.net

Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – noon

 

 

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

570-404-2025   rector@stmarksdayton.org

 

Katherine Wagner, Parish Administrator

parishadmin@stmarksdayton.org

 

Donna Larsen, Music Director

musicdirector@stmarksdayton.org

 

Libby Nicholson, Senior Warden

Kendall Rubino, Junior Warden

wardens@stmarksdayton.org

 

 

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