Pentecost-18 (Yr A) Oct 4, 2020



“O Day of Radiant Gladness”

Dale Wood

(Please stand)

The Word of God

(BCP p. 355)


Celebrant         Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

People And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever.


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.


(BCP p.356)

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.  Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.  Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Collect of the Day

Celebrant The Lord be with you.

People And also with you

Celebrant Let us pray.


Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy,  forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

(Please be seated)


A Reading from the Book of Exodus 20: 1-4, 7-9, 12-20


Then God spoke all these words: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name. Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor. When all the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking, they were afraid and trembled and stood at a distance, and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, or we will die.”  Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid; for God has come only to test you and to put the fear of him upon you so that you do not sin.”

The Word of the Lord.


People   Thanks be to God.

Psalm 19

(The Lector and the Congregation pray responsively)


1   The heavens declare the glory of God, *

      and the firmament shows his handiwork.

2    One day tells its tale to another, *

      and one night imparts knowledge

     to another.

3    Although they have no words or language, *

      and their voices are not heard,

4    Their sound has gone out into all lands, *

      and their message to the ends of the world.

5    In the deep has he set a pavilion for  the sun; *

      it comes forth like a bridegroom out of his chamber;

     it rejoices like a champion to run its course.

6     It goes forth from the uttermost edge of the heavens

      and runs about to the end of it again; *

     nothing is hidden from its burning heat.

7     The law of the Lord is perfect and revives the soul; *

      the testimony of the Lord is sure and gives wisdom to the innocent.

8     The statutes of the Lord are just and rejoice the heart; *

      the commandment of the Lord is clear and gives light to the eyes.

9    The fear of the Lord is clean and endures for ever; *

     the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

10   More to be desired are they than gold,

      more than much fine gold, *

      sweeter far than honey, than honey in the comb.

11  By them also is your servant enlightened, *

      and in keeping them there is great reward.

12  Who can tell how often he offends? *

      cleanse me from my secret faults.

13   Above all, keep your servant from presumptuous sins;

      let them not get dominion over me; *

     then shall I be whole and sound,

   and innocent of a great offense.

14  Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart

      be acceptable in your sight, *

      O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.



A Reading from the Letter of Paul to the Philippians 3:4b-14

I, too, have reason for confidence in the flesh. If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ.  More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.

The Word of the Lord.


People   Thanks be to God.

(Please stand)

Deacon       The Holy Gospel of Our  Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew 21:33-46

People        Glory to you,  Lord Christ.

Jesus said, “Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce. But the tenants seized his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they treated them in the same way. Finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him and get his inheritance.’ So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.  Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the harvest time.” Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the scriptures: ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is amazing in our eyes’? Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom. The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls.” When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they realized that he was speaking about them. They wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowds, because they regarded him as a prophet.


The Gospel of the Lord.


People      Praise to you,  Lord  Christ.

(Please be seated)

The Sermon

The Rev. Dr. John Agbaje


How accountable are we?


The Vineyard in today’s Gospel is God’s Kingdom. Christ used this parable to answer the question He was asked about where His authority was from. Jesus’ responded with a parable to challenge the Jewish authority for not being productive as far as the Kingdom of heaven is concerned.


The productivity Jesus was talking about was in regards to winning souls to grow God’s Kingdom. The challenge Jesus would give the leaders of our world is the same He gave the religious leaders of His world: How productive and how accountable are we? Christ is probably asking today’s Church members how proactive we’ve been and how accountable we’ve been in God’s vineyard.


Like the tenants that the Vineyard owner put in charge of the vineyard in today’s Gospel, Christ has put each of us in charge of God’s Vineyard, the Church and the world, to grow God’s Kingdom. As the Vineyard owner held the tenants in today’s Gospel accountable, Christ is asking us today if we will be ready to be held accountable when our time comes?


As wonderful as this Gospel is, the challenge is what happens if we cannot be counted on like those tenants? What happens when we reject the people Christ sends to hold us accountable? This Gospel is calling us to be faithful in making use of whatever talent God has given us and to be productive wherever we have been put so that when the time comes for us to be held accountable, we will not act like the tenants in today’s Gospel.  I don’t know about you but this Gospel sounds like a stewardship Gospel.


All of us have been blessed by God it is time to prepare for accountability. An example is found every week in Church. When we were in person, the time for offertory is not the time to go to the bathroom or wander around. It is time to be held accountable to God for blessing us all last week. This means our being held to account is really between us and God. God knows how much He has put us in charge of. The bottom line is that as a Church, Christ has called us to promote stewardship, to find ways to invite and welcome others to our Churches. He has put many in charge of teaching so that others may grow in faith, others are put in charge of caring for the sick or the homeless and those in need among us. Can you imagine if Christ asks for us to be accountable for our ministry, I wonder how different from the tenants who were put in charge of the vineyard we would be. It is time to be held accountable to God for what we have been put in charge of..


Rather than agreeing to judge the tenants in today’s Gospel harshly, Jesus reminded them “that the stone which the builder rejected has become the chief corner stone.” Meaning, Jesus who they rejected has now become the One through whom their salvation will come and He will be the One who will decide who will be saved and who will not in God’s Kingdom. May God enhance our understanding of what Christ says so that we will be vessels through whom others will learn to be accountable.


I also pray that God will open our hearts and ears may be opened to be accountable to God. May it be so. Amen.



(Please stand)



The Nicene Creed

(BCP p. 358)

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 Father.

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

worshipped 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.  Amen.





Prayers of the People


In the Anglican cycle of prayer, we pray for the Anglican Church of Tanzania.


In the Diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for St. John’s in Columbus, St. Mary’s in Waynesville, and  St. Philip’s in Circleville.


In our Parish cycle of prayer, we pray for Gary, Mary-Anna, and Stephanie Welch; Carol Williamson; and John and Bunmi Agbaje



In peace, let us pray to the Lord.


For the holy Church of God, that it may be filled with truth and love, and be found without fault at the day of your coming, we pray to you, O Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


For Michael, our Presiding Bishop, for Thomas, our own Bishop, for all bishops and other ministers, and for all the holy people of God, we pray to you, O Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


For all who fear God and believe in you, Lord Christ, that our divisions may cease, and that all may be one as you and the Father are one, we pray to you, O Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


For the mission of the Church, that in faithful witness it may preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth, we pray to you, O Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


For the peace of the world, that a spirit of respect and forbearance may grow among nations and peoples, we pray to you, O Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


For those in positions of public trust, that they may serve justice, and promote the dignity and freedom of every person, we pray to you, O Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


For the sick, especially those on our Parish Prayer List (N); for the poor, the persecuted, the sick, and all who suffer; for refugees, prisoners, and all who are in danger; that they may be relieved and protected, we pray to you, O Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


For this congregation, for those who are present, and for those who are absent, that we may be delivered from hardness of heart, and show forth your glory in all that we do, we pray to you, O Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


For all who have commended themselves to our prayers; for our families, friends, and neighbors; that being freed from anxiety, they may live in joy, peace, and health, we pray to you, O Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


 For all who have died in the communion of your Church, and those whose faith is known to you alone, that, with all the saints, they may have rest in that place where there is no pain or grief, but life eternal, we pray to you, O Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


Rejoicing in the fellowship of the ever-blessed Virgin Mary, St. Mark and all the saints, let us commend ourselves, and one another, and all our life to Christ our God.

To you, O Lord our God.




Celebrant   Lord, hear the prayers of your people; and what we have asked faithfully, grant that we may obtain effectually, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.





The Confession of Sin

(BCP p. 360)


Deacon 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.


Celebrant 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.


People   Amen.



The Peace


Celebrant         The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People               And also with you.



Celebrant    Ascribe to the Lord the honor due his Name; bring offerings and come into his courts


(Please be seated)




Offertory Meditation


“New Songs of Celebration Render”

Michael Burkhardt



The Offering is brought to the Altar

Celebrant  All things come of thee O Lord and of thy own have we given thee.


(Please stand)




The Lord’s Prayer


Celebrant As our Savior Christ has taught us, we now pray,


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 for ever.  Amen.




The General Thanksgiving


Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made.


We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.


And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up our selves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.



Birthdays and Anniversaries













The congregation is dismissed.

People Thanks be to God.





“I’ll Praise My Maker”

Anna Laura Page




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St. Mark’s Vestry


Senior Warden: Gary Welch

Junior Warden: Katherine Wagner

Treasurer: Don Nancarrow

Secretary: Dave Reuter


Vestry Members:

Carol Nancarrow, Tracey Swartz

Susan Kendall

Kendall Rubino, Jenna Walch


St. Mark’s Staff

Transitional Priest in Charge The Rev. Dr. John Agbaje

Parish Administrator Katherine Wagner

Music Director Donna Larsen

Sexton Douglas Plummer

Webmaster Dave Reuter



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