Lent-5 (Yr B) March 17, 2024


PRELUDE                   from The Wondrous Cross for Piano                     John Carter

                         “When I survey the wondrous cross” & “In the cross of Christ I glory”


OPENING HYMN               “In the cross of Christ I glory”                HYMN #441


1  In the cross of Christ I glory,

          towering o’er the wrecks of time;

     all the light of sacred story

          gathers round its head sublime.


2  When the woes of life o’ertake me,

          hopes deceive, and fears annoy,

     never shall the cross forsake me:

          lo, it glows with peace and joy.


3  When the sun of bliss is beaming

          light and love upon my way,

     from the cross the radiance streaming

          adds new luster to the day.


4  Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure,

          by the cross are sanctified;

     peace is there that knows no measure,

          joys that through all time abide.


5  In the cross of Christ I glory,

          towering o’er the wrecks of time;

     all the light of sacred story

          gathers round its head sublime.



Celebrant:   Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.
People:        His mercy endures for ever.





Hear the commandments of God to his people:
I am the Lord your God who brought you out of bondage.
You shall have no other gods but me.
Amen. Lord have mercy.


You shall not make for yourself any idol.
Amen. Lord have mercy.


You shall not invoke with malice the Name of the Lord your God.
Amen. Lord have mercy.


Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.
Amen. Lord have mercy.


Honor your father and your mother.
Amen. Lord have mercy.


You shall not commit murder.
Amen. Lord have mercy.


You shall not commit adultery.
Amen. Lord have mercy.


You shall not steal.
Amen. Lord have mercy.


You shall not be a false witness.
Amen. Lord have mercy.


You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor.
Amen. Lord have mercy.


If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if
we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us
from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:8,9


The Deacon or Priest invites the congregation to confession.
Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.


Silence may be kept.


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.


Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus
Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you
in eternal life. Amen.


Celebrant:  Let us pray.


Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of
sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you
promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may
surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our
Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for
ever.  Amen.


                                    Please be seated for the lessons.



Old Testament      Jeremiah 31: 31-34

A Reading from the book of the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah.


The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant
with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant
that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of
the land of Egypt—a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says
the LORD. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after
those days, says the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their
hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer shall they
teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the LORD,” for they shall all know
me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the LORD; for I will forgive their
iniquity, and remember their sin no more.


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



PSALM                      Psalm 51: 1-13           Please read responsively.


1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving-kindness; *
in your great compassion blot out my offenses.


2 Wash me through and through from my wickedness *
and cleanse me from my sin.


3 For I know my transgressions, *
and my sin is ever before me.


4 Against you only have I sinned *
and done what is evil in your sight.


5 And so you are justified when you speak *
and upright in your judgment.


6 Indeed, I have been wicked from my birth, *
a sinner from my mother’s womb.


7 For behold, you look for truth deep within me, *
and will make me understand wisdom secretly.


8 Purge me from my sin, and I shall be pure; *
wash me, and I shall be clean indeed.


9 Make me hear of joy and gladness, *
that the body you have broken may rejoice.


10 Hide your face from my sins *
and blot out all my iniquities.


11 Create in me a clean heart, O God, *
and renew a right spirit within me.


12 Cast me not away from your presence *
and take not your holy Spirit from me.


13 Give me the joy of your saving help again *
and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.



EPISTLE    Hebrews 5:5-10   A Reading from the Letter of the Hebrews


Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the
one who said to him,

    “You are my Son,
         today I have begotten you”;
as he says also in another place,
   “You are a priest forever,
         according to the order of Melchizedek.”


In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries
and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because
of his reverent submission. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience
through what he suffered; and having been made perfect, he became the source
of eternal salvation for all who obey him, having been designated by God a high
priest according to the order of Melchizedek.



GRADUAL HYMN          “Glory be to Jesus”                           HYMN #479


1 Glory be to Jesus,
who in bitter pains
poured for me the lifeblood
from his sacred veins.


2 Grace and life eternal
in that blood I find;
blest be his compassion,
infinitely kind.


3 Blest through endless ages
be the precious stream
which from endless torment
did the world redeem.


4 Oft as earth exulting
lifts its praise on high,
angel hosts rejoicing
make their glad reply.


5 Lift we, then, our voices,
swell the mighty flood;
louder still and louder
praise the precious blood!



Please stand as you are able for the Gospel proclamation.


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

People:  Glory to you Lord Christ.


GOSPEL                      John 12: 20-33


Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks.
They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir,
we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip
went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of
Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the
earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will
keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am,
there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.


“Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—‘Father, save me from this
hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your
name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it
again.” The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others
said, “An angel has spoken to him.” Jesus answered, “This voice has come for
your sake, not for mine. Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this
world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all
people to myself.” He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die.


The Gospel of the Lord. Response:    Praise to you Lord Christ



SERMON                                                                                                    The Rev. Cricket Park





We believe in one God,

     the Father, the Almighty,

     maker of heaven and earth,

     of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

     the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father,

     God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,

     begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.

     Through him all things were made.

     For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven:

          by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin

          Mary, and was made man.

     For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death

          and was buried.

     On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;

          he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the


     He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

          and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

     who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

     With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.

     He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.




                          PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE                        Form II, BCP page 387


Reader Father we pray for your holy Catholic Church;
Response That we all may be one.


Reader Grant that every member of the Church may truly and humbly serve you.
Response That your Name may be glorified by all people.


Reader We pray for all bishops, priests, and deacons;
Response That they may be faithful ministers of your Word and Sacraments.


Reader We pray for all who govern and hold authority in the nations of the world;
Response That there may be justice and peace on the earth.


Reader Give us grace to do your will in all that we undertake;
Response That our works may find favor in your sight.


Reader Have compassion on those who suffer from any grief or trouble;
Response That they may be delivered from their distress.


Reader Give to the departed eternal rest;
Response Let light perpetual shine upon them.


Reader We praise you for your saints who have entered into joy;
Response May we also come to share in your heavenly kingdom.


Reader Let us pray for our own needs and those of others.


Please offer your prayers silently or aloud.


Almighty and eternal God, ruler of all things in heaven and on earth: Mercifully accept
the prayers of your people, and strengthen us to do your will; through Jesus Christ our
Lord.  Amen.




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






OFFERTORY“                      “Near the cross“                                               Craig Courtney




Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

Praise God all creatures here below;

Praise God above ye heavenly host;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.





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 him thanks and praise.


The Celebrant proceeds


It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you,
Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.


Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who was tempted in every way as we are, yet did not
sin. By his grace we are able to triumph over every evil, and to live no longer for ourselves
alone, but for him who died for us and rose again.


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:


Celebrant and People                                                                      HYMNAL 1982 #S130


Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Hosanna in the highest.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

Hosanna in the highest.



The people stand or kneel.


Then the Celebrant continues


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:


Celebrant and People


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


The Celebrant continues
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
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.



As our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,


Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power,
and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.





The Celebrant breaks the consecrated Bread. A period of silence is kept.


Agnus Dei                                                                   Hymnal 1982 #S164


 Jesus, Lamb of God:

Have mercy on us.


Jesus, bearer of our sins:

Have mercy on us.


Jesus, redeemer,

redeemer of the world:

Give us your peace.,

Give us your peace



Facing the people, the Celebrant says the following Invitation


The Gifts of God for the People of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died
for you and feed on him in your hearts by faith with thanksgiving.


Come to God’s altar. You are welcome to receive communion. If you wish only to receive a blessing
from the priest, please cross your arms when you come forward. If you require a gluten-free wafer,
please let the ushers know.



COMMUNION HYMN          “When I survey the wondrous cross”             HYMN #474


1  When I survey the wondrous cross

        where the young Prince of Glory died,

    my richest gain I count but loss,

        and pour contempt on all my pride.


2  Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,

        save in the cross of Christ, my God:

    all the vain things that charm me most,

        I sacrifice them to his blood.


3  See, from his head, his hands, his feet

        sorrow and love flow mingled down!

    Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,

        or thorns compose so rich a crown?


4  Were the whole realm of nature mine,

        that were an offering far too small;

    love so amazing, so divine,

        demands my soul, my life, my all.


After Communion, the Celebrant says     Let us pray.


Celebrant and People:

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.





Celebrant   Bow down before the Lord.


Look down in mercy, Lord, on your people who kneel before you; and grant that
those whom you have nourished by your Word and Sacraments may bring forth fruit
worthy of repentance; through Christ our Lord. Amen


The blessing of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, be with you this day and remain
with you always.   Amen.



CLOSING HYMN               “Hail thou Once Despised Jesus”                     HYMN #495


1  Hail, thou once despisèd Jesus! Hail, thou Galilean King!

     Thou didst suffer to release us; thou didst free salvation bring.

     Hail, thou universal Savior, bearer of our sin and shame!

     By thy merit we find favor: life is given through thy Name



2  Paschal Lamb, by God appointed, all our sins on thee were laid:

     by almighty love anointed, thou hast full atonement made.

     All thy people are forgiven through the virtue of thy blood:

     opened is the gate of heaven, reconciled are we with God.



3  Jesus, hail! enthroned in glory,    there for ever to abide;

     all the heavenly hosts adore thee, seated at thy Father’s side.

     There for sinners thou art pleading: there thou dost our place prepare;

     ever for us interceding, till in glory we appear.



4  Worship, honor, power, and blessing thou art worthy to receive;

     highest praises, without ceasing, right it is for us to give.

     Help, ye bright angelic spirits, all your noblest anthems raise;

     help to sing our Savior’s merits, help to chant Emmanuel’s praise!





Deacon:     Let us bless the Lord

People       Thanks be to God.


POSTLUDE                            “Festal postlude”                                 Henry Smart



        Please join us for coffee in the Fellowship Room of the Community Building.






Welcome to St. Mark’s! During the service, please assume the postures of prayer and
devotion as best suits your ability. If you are able, please stand for the Gospel, singing
hymns, and the prayers. Kneeling and sitting are also appropriate for the prayers of
the people and the Eucharistic prayers. Remember, the posture of your heart is more
important to God than the position of your body.



Day of Change—TODAY!
We moved our clocks forward and now it’s time to collect much needed donations for
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church food pantry. No donation is too small – or too



Ministry Assignments for Lent V, March 17
Acolyte(s): Elizabeth Reuter
Lay Readers: Don Nancarrow and Jackie Hoskinson
Chalice Bearers: Judy Rudd and Kendall Rubino
Tech Table: Dave Reuter
Ushers: Dave Reuter and Ginny Tuxhorn
Counters: Jim Rudd and Gary Welch
Open Close: Wagner/Rubino
Coffee Hour: Leach/Nancarrow
Altar Guild: Mary-Anna Welch, Stephanie Welch, & Janet Reuter



Ministry Assignments for Palm Sunday, March 24
Acolyte(s): Faggio Nocero-Sargent
Lay Readers: Judy Rudd and TJ Walch
Chalice Bearers: Elizabeth Wagner-Weber and Don Nancarrow
Tech Table: Gary Welch
Ushers: Tony Rubino and Jim Rudd
Counters: Jim Rudd and Gary Welch
Open Close: Wagner/Rubino
Coffee Hour: Elizabeth Reuter
Altar Guild: Mary-Anna Welch, Stephanie Welch, & Janet Reuter


If you are unable to serve on your date, please find your substitute and notify the
church office.


March 17—Adult Forum (9:15am); Jr./Sr. Sunday School (9:30am); Holy Eucharist
and Sunday School (10:30am)


March 20—”St. Arbuck’s” at the Kroger Starbucks on Woodman Drive


Adult Forum (9:15am); Jr./Sr. Sunday School (9:30am); Holy Eucharist and Sunday
School (10:30am)


March 27—”St. Arbuck’s” at the Kroger Starbucks on Woodman Drive


March 28—Maundy Thursday
Simple Supper at 6:00pm; Holy Eucharist at 7:00pm


March 29—Good Friday
Stations of the Cross at Noon; Good Friday liturgy at 7:00pm


Holy Eucharist at 10:30am with Coffee Hour and Easter Egg Hunt following


*Simple Supper: Mediterranean Menu.
Please sign up and indicate what you can provide. The sign-up sheet will be on the bulletin
board with the Lent Madness poster.
Possibilities include: Lentil soup, hummus, tabouli salad, falafel, dolmades, etc.
We’ll begin dinner at 6:00pm, so please have your dish here by 5:45pm, if possible.



Canterbury Court (CCT) Ministry Opportunities
Arts & Crafts Classes. Provide materials and conduct class for “Make it & Take it”
classes for 10 residents of CCT at 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. on April 15th and May 20th.


Butterfly Garden Party. Donate annuals, perennials, and monetary contributions and
weed and plant gardens on April 15th and May 20th.


Dismantling Racism Course
Miriam McKenny and Canon Oden have worked hard to get a great program in place.
Classes are offered via zoom with a good amount of flexibility. Not only is this an opportunity
to learn about and have an open conversation about Dismantling Racism but
a great way to interact with other Episcopalians all throughout the Diocese and some
other Dioceses as well. We do strongly encourage people, especially those who are
seeking lay licensing, to participate in one of the sessions.

The next sessions are:

April (10, 17, 24 from 1 to 3 p.m.) Sign up here.
May (15, 22, 29 from to 8 p.m.). Sign up here.
June (4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 from 12 to 1 p.m.). Sign up here.
August (14, 21, 28 from 6 to 8 p.m.). Sign up here.


See more information in the weekly email from the diocese or by visiting


Good Friday Offering
For 102 years, donations to the Good Friday Offering have directly supported ministries
of the Anglican Communion Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East. Read
the Presiding Bishop’s letter; learn about the places impacted by your donations;
watch the Good Friday concert online; and give generously to the Good Friday Offering
at iam.ec/goodfridayoffering.


New Camps at Procter!
Camp Launch, July 14-16, for young adults ages 18-24
Designed for young adults in transition. Usual camp fun is included as well as practical
learning activities like budgeting/monetary responsibility and rental/lease agreements
and roommate practices.
Choose-Ur-Own-Adventure Camp, July 18-20, for all adults
Outdoor and indoor activities for all, as well as time for community and memorymaking
around the campfire.
Conservation Camp, July 21-25, ages 12-16
Usual camp fun with added adventures like hands-on farming and forestry, lake activitivities,
campfire cooking and star gazing.
Register for camps at www.proctercenter.org/camp.


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Libby Nicholson, Senior Warden

Kendall Rubino, Junior Warden

Jackie Hoskinson

Jim Rudd

Mary Sones

Patricia Tallman

Jenna Walch


Don Nancarrow, Treasurer

Dave Reuter, Recorder



Rev. Cricket Park   st_marks@ameritech.net;

Office Hours by appointment. 937-256-1082







Our Mission Statement:


“We gather for worship, education and mutual support;

welcome all people; and serve the community in God’s name”.


A prayer for St. Mark’s in a time of transition

O Lord, Father of life and change, of new and old: You gifted us with abilities to speak and listen, to hear and decide, to choose and know. We thank you for teaching us how to used these abilities, though we must at times remember to combine them with patience. Remind us to speak with kindness, to listen to understand, to hear all voices, to decide on what is just and true, to choose the path of peace, and to know we are not alone. Be with us in this time of transition, that it is as effective as it is unsettling, as comforting as it is confusing. And never leave our side on the journey ahead, as we strive for an unknown destination. In the name of your Son Jesus, who walks alongside us, we pray. Amen.

(written by Elizabeth Wagner-Weber)



The Rev. Cricket Park, Interim




Libby Nicholson – Senior Warden; Kendall Rubino – Junior Warden,



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