Christ the King Pentecost-26 (Yr B) Nov 21, 2021


The Celebration of Holy Eucharist

The Last Sunday After Pentecost

Christ the King



St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Dayton, Ohio, November 21, 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.



“Come, Ye Thankful People, Come”                        Francis Cunningham Woods


WELCOME: The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor


Please stand for the ringing of the bell and processional.



“Come ye thankful people, come”                 The Hymnal 1982,  #290


1  Come, ye thankful people, come, raise the song of harvest-home:

    all is safely gathered in, ere the winter storms begin;

    God, our Maker, doth provide for our wants to be supplied;

    come to God’s own temple, come, raise the song of harvest-home.



2  All the world is God’s own field, fruit unto his praise to yield;

    wheat and tares together sown, unto joy or sorrow grown:

    first the blade, and then the ear, then the full corn shall appear:

    grant, O harvest Lord, that we wholesome grain and pure may be.



3  For the Lord our God shall come, and shall take his harvest home;

    from his field shall in that day   all offenses purge away;

    give his angels charge at last in the fire the tares to cast,

    but the fruitful ears to store in his garner evermore.



4  Even so, Lord, quickly come to thy final harvest-home;

    gather thou thy people in, free from sorrow, free from sin;

    there, for ever purified, in thy presence to abide;

    come, with all thine angels, come, raise the glorious harvest-home.




The Liturgy of the Word


Please remain standing


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.



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.



“Now thank we all our God”    (verse 1)                 The Hymnal 1982,  #397


All:  Now thank we all our God, with heart, and hands, and voices, who wondrous things hath done, in whom his world rejoices; who from our mother’s arms hath blessed us on our way with countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.


Please be seated



Reader:  Now these are the last words of David: The oracle of David, son of Jesse, the oracle of the man whom God exalted, the anointed of the God of Jacob, the favourite of the Strong One of Israel: The spirit of the Lord speaks through me, his word is upon my tongue.  The God of Israel has spoken, the Rock of Israel has said to me: One who rules over people justly, ruling in the fear of God, is like the light of morning, like the sun rising on a cloudless morning, gleaming from the rain on the grassy land. Is not my house like this with God?  For he has made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and secure. Will he not cause to prosper all my help and my desire? But the godless are all like thorns that are thrown away; for they cannot be picked up with the hand; to touch them one uses an iron bar or the shaft of a spear. And they are entirely consumed in fire on the spot.       (23:1-7)    

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


Please stand 



Reader: O Lord, remember in David’s favour all the hardships he endured;
All: how he swore to the Lord and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob, ‘I will not enter my house or get into my bed; I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids, until I find a place for the Lord,  a dwelling-place for the Mighty One of Jacob.’


Reader: We heard of it in Ephrathah; we found it in the fields of Jaar. ‘Let us go to his dwelling-place; let us worship at his footstool.’

All: Rise up, O Lord, and go to your resting-place, you and the ark of your might. Let your priests be clothed with righteousness, and let your faithful shout for joy. For your servant David’s sake  do not turn away the face of your anointed one.


Reader: The Lord swore to David a sure oath from which he will not turn back:
All: ‘One of the sons of your body I will set on your throne. If your sons keep my covenant
and my decrees that I shall teach them, their sons also, for evermore, shall sit on your throne.’

For the Lord has chosen Zion; he has desired it for his habitation.                       (PS 132:1-13)


Please be seated



Reader: 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.    (1:4b-8)

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


Please stand



“Give thanks for life”  (verses 1-2)             Wonder, Love, & Praise,  #775


1  Give thanks for life, the measure of our days,

     mortal, we pass through beauty that decays,

     yet sing to God our hope, our love, our praise,

          Alleluia, Alleluia!


2  Give thanks for those who made their life a light

     caught from the Christ flame bursting through the night,

     who touched the truth, who burned for what is right,

          Alleluia, Alleluia!




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

People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Celebrant:  Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”  Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?” Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?” Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.” Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”   (18:33-37)

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



“Give thanks for life”  (verses 3-4)                            Wonder, Love, & Praise,  #775


3  And for our own, our living and our dead,

     thanks for the love by which our life is fed,

     a love not changed by time or death or dread,

          Alleluia, Alleluia!


4  Give thanks for hope, that like the wheat, the grain

     lying in darkness does its life retain,

     in resurrection to grow green again.

                   Alleluia, Alleluia!



Please be seated




Please stand


“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 following is the Thanksgiving Address specific to the Onondaga Nation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy… “a river of words as old as the people themselves, known more accurately in the Onondaga language as the Words That Come Before All Else. This ancient order of protocol sets gratitude as the highest priority. The gratitude is directed straight to the ones who share their gifts with the world.” This litany of Thanksgiving is used with permission. Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass (107).


Reader 1:  Today we have gathered and when we look upon the faces around us we see that the cycles of life continue. We have been given the duty to live in balance and harmony with each other and all living things. So now let us bring our minds together as one as we give greetings and thanks to each other as People. Now our minds are one.

Reader 2:  We are thankful to our Mother the Earth, for she gives us everything that we need for life. She supports our feet as we walk about upon her. It gives us joy that she still continues to care for us, just as she has from the beginning of time. To our Mother, we send thanksgiving, love, and respect. Now our minds are one.

Reader 1:  We give thanks to all of the waters of the world for quenching our thirst, for providing strength and nurturing life for all beings. We know its power in many forms – waterfalls and rain, mists and streams, rivers and oceans, snow and ice. We are grateful that the waters are still here and meeting their responsibility to the rest of Creation. Can we agree that water is important to our lives and bring our minds together as one to send greetings and thanks to the Water? Now our minds are one.

Reader 2:  We turn our thoughts to all of the Fish life in the water. They were instructed to cleanse and purify the water. They also give themselves to us as food. We are grateful that they continue to do their duties and we send to the Fish our greetings and our thanks. Now our minds are one.

Reader 1: Now we turn toward the vast fields of Plant life. As far as the eye can see, the Plants grow, working many wonders. They sustain many life forms. With our minds gathered together, we give thanks and look forward to seeing Plant life for many generations to come. Now our minds are one.

Reader 2: When we look about us, we see that the berries are still here, providing us with delicious foods. The leader of the berries is the strawberry, the first to ripen in the spring. Can we agree that we are grateful that the berries are with us in the world and send our thanksgiving, love, and respect to the berries? Now our minds are one.

Reader 1: With one mind, we honor and thank all the Food Plants we harvest from the garden, especially the Three Sisters who feed the people with such abundance. Since the beginning of time, the grains, vegetables, beans, and fruit have helped the people survive. Many other living things draw strength from them as well. We gather together in our minds all the plant foods and send them a greeting and thanks. Now our minds are one.

Reader 2: Now we turn to the Medicine Herbs of the world. From the beginning they were instructed to take away sickness. They are always waiting and ready to heal us. We are so happy that there are still among us those special few who remember how to use the plants for healing. With one mind, we send thanksgiving, love, and respect to the Medicines and the keepers of the Medicines. Now our minds are one.

Reader 1: We gather our minds together to send our greetings and thanks to all the beautiful animal life of the world, who walk about with us. They have many things to teach us as people. We are grateful that they continue to share their lives with us and hope that it will always be so. Let us put our minds together as one and send our thanks to the Animals. Now our minds are one.

Reader 2: We put our minds together as one and thank all the birds who move and fly about over our heads. The Creator gave them the gift of beautiful songs. Each morning they greet the day and with their songs remind us to enjoy and appreciate life. The Eagle was chosen to be their leader and to watch over the world. To all the Birds, from the smallest to the largest, we send our joyful greetings and thanks. Now our minds are one.

Reader 1: We are thankful for the powers we know as the Four Winds. We hear their voices in the moving air as they refresh us and purify the air we breathe. They help to bring the change of seasons. From the four directions they come, bringing us messages and giving us strength. With one mind we send our greetings and thanks to the Four Winds. Now our minds are one.

Reader 2: Now we turn to the West where our grandfathers the Thunder beings live. With lightning and thundering voices they bring with them the water that renews life. We bring our minds together as one to send greetings and thanks to our Grandfathers, the Thunderers. We now send greetings and thanks to our eldest brother the Sun. Each day without fail he travels the sky from east to west, bringing the light of a new day. He is the source of all the fires of life. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to our brother the Sun. Now our minds are one.

Reader 1: We put our minds together and give thanks to our oldest Grandmother, the Moon, who lights the nighttime sky. She is the leader of women all over the world and she governs the movement of the ocean tides. By her changing face we measure time and it is the Moon who watches over the arrival of children here on Earth. Let us gather our thanks for Grandmother Moon together in a pile, layer upon layer of gratitude, and then joyfully fling that pile of thanks high into the night sky that she will know. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to our Grandmother, the Moon. We give thanks to the Stars who are spread across the sky like jewelry. We see them at night, helping the Moon to light the darkness and bringing dew to the gardens and growing things. When we travel at night, they guide us home. With our minds gathered as one, we send greetings and thanks to all the Stars. Now our minds are one.

Reader 2: We gather our minds to greet and thank the enlightened Teachers who have come to help throughout the ages. When we forget how to live in harmony, they remind us of the way we were instructed to live as people. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to these caring Teachers. Now our minds are one.

Reader 1: We now turn our thoughts to the Creator, or Great Spirit, and send greetings and thanks for all the gifts of Creation. Everything we need to live a good life is here on Mother Earth. For all the love that is still around us, we gather our minds together as one and send our choicest words of greetings and thanks to the Creator. Now our minds are one.

Reader 2: We have now arrived at the place where we end our words. Of all the things we have named, it is not our intention to leave anything out. If something was forgotten we leave it to each individual to send such greetings and thanks in their own way. Now our minds are one.

Celebrant: Most Blessed Creator, we pray that the teachings of Jesus guide and direct our lives in the ways of wisdom, and that we may begin and end each day with a thankful heart; may the boldness of your Spirit transform us, may the gentleness of your Spirit lead us, and may the gifts of your Spirit be our strength now and always. Amen.



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

All:  Almighty God, in our weakness we are not always the messengers of your love and vessels of hope that you wish us to be; so also are we not always the faithful stewards of the created world that you entrusted into our care from the beginning. Renew us daily by your Holy Spirit, that we may follow in your way and proclaim a reign of peace and love to the ends of the earth; and so also, in that spirit of peace and love direct us in our vigilant care of the earth, this living planet that is our home, our mother, and for the care of all our relations. So guide and direct our lives that we become the change we want to see in the world; this we pray in the name of Jesus Christ our teacher and our Lord.  Amen.


Celebrant: In the name of Most Holy One, Creator, Sustainer and Redeemer, be reconciled to God through grace and go and sin no more. Amen.


Please stand



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









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



“Sing To the Lord of Harvest”                  Lloyd Larson


Please stand



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. 



Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them.  We thank you for the generosity of your people who give of themselves and of all that they have in order to do your work in the world.  Make us always, we pray, faithful stewards of your bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.



Celebrant: Remembering Jesus, who fed friends and strangers on the hillside, accept our gifts of food for the hungry in our community. 

Celebrant: United in Christ, instill in us sincere appreciation for the food on our tables and the will to provide for those who are hungry.   Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten, nor the hope of the poor be taken away.



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 spea


Please remain standing



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.

Celebrant: God of all power, Ruler of the Universe, you are worthy of glory and praise.

People: Glory to you for ever and ever.

Celebrant: At your command all things came to be: the vast expanse of interstellar space,   galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses, and this fragile earth, our island home.

People: By your will they were created and have their being.

Celebrant: From the primal elements you brought forth the human race, and blessed us with memory, reason, and skill. You made us the rulers of creation. But we turned against you, and betrayed your trust; and we turned against one another.

People: Have mercy, Lord, for we are sinners in your sight.

Celebrant: Again and again, you called us to return. Through prophets and sages you revealed your righteous Law. And in the fullness of time you sent your only Son, born of a woman, to fulfill your Law, to open for us the way of freedom and peace.

People: By his blood, he reconciled us. By his wounds, we are healed.

Celebrant: And therefore we praise you, joining with the heavenly chorus, with prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and with all those in every generation who have looked to you in hope, to proclaim with them your glory, in their unending hymn:


THE SANCTUS:                                     The Hymnal 1982,  #S130


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

might, Heaven and earth are full, full of your glory. 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.


You may stand or kneel


Celebrant: And so, Father, we who have been redeemed by him, and made a new people by water and the Spirit, now bring before you these gifts. Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ our Lord. On the night he was betrayed he took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread, and gave it to his friends, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

Celebrant: After supper, he took the cup of wine, gave thanks, 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.”

Celebrant: Remembering now his work of redemption, and offering to you this sacrifice of thanksgiving,

People: We celebrate his death and resurrection, as we await the day of his coming.


Celebrant: Lord God of our Fathers and Mothers; God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, and Rachel; God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ: Open our eyes to see your hand at work in the world about us. Deliver us from the presumption of coming to this Table for   solace only, and not for strength; for pardon only, and not for renewal. Let the grace of this  Holy Communion make us one body, one spirit in Christ, that we may worthily serve the world in his name.

People: Risen Lord, be known to us in the breaking of the Bread.


Celebrant: Accept these prayers and praises, Father, through Jesus Christ our great High Priest, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, your Church gives honor, glory, and worship, from generation to generation. AMEN!   (with gusto!)


Please stand



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,  #S164   


All: 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.



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

The people may now come forward to receive the Sacrament.



(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



“Let all mortal flesh”                       The Hymnal 1982,  #324


1  Let all mortal flesh keep silence,

        and with fear and trembling stand;

    ponder nothing earthly-minded,

        for with blessing in his hand

    Christ our God to earth descendeth,

        our full homage to demand.


2  King of kings, yet born of Mary,

        as of old on earth he stood,

    Lord of lords in human vesture,

        in the Body and the Blood

    he will give to all the faithful

        his own self for heavenly food.


3  Rank on rank the host of heaven

        spreads its vanguard on the way,

    as the Light of Light descendeth

        from the realms of endless day,

    that the powers of hell may vanish

        as the darkness clears away.


4  At his feet the six-winged seraph;

        cherubim with sleepless eye

    veil their faces to the Presence,

        as with ceaseless voice they cry,

    “Alleluia, alleluia!

       Alleluia, Lord Most High!”




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.



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



“Crown him with many crowns”     (verses 1-3)                The Hymnal 1982,  #494



1  Crown him with many crowns,

          the Lamb upon his throne;

     Hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns

          all music but its own;

     awake, my soul, and sing

          of him who died for thee,

     and hail him as thy matchless King

          through all eternity.



2  Crown him the Son of God

          before the worlds began,

     and ye, who tread where he hath trod,

          crown him the Son of man;

     who every grief hath known

          that wrings the human breast,

     and takes and bears them for his own,

          that all in him may rest.



3  Crown him the Lord of life,

          who triumphed o’er the grave,

     and rose victorious in the strife

          for those he came to save;

     his glories now we sing

          who died, and rose on high,

     who died, eternal life to bring,

         and lives that death may die.



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



“Festival Postlude On the Old 100th”                                              Clarence Eddy


THE CANDLE IN THE SANCTUARY LAMP remains lighted throughout the week to indicate and honor the eternal presence of Christ.


THE ALTAR FLOWERS are given by the Bertas, in loving memory of  Karyl Danford, sister of Phyllis.






Celebrant: The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor

Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen

Ushers:  Dave Reuter, Ginny Tuxhorn

Tech: Gary Welch, Mary-Anna Welch

Acolyte: Elizabeth Wagner

Lay Eucharist Ministers: Readers: OT/PS: Don Nancarrow EP/POP: Jim Rudd

Counters: Tony Rubino, Mary-Anna Welch

Altar Guild: Norma Peachey, Ginny Tuxhorn




Celebrant: The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor

Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen

Ushers:  Tony Rubino, Jim Rudd

Tech: TJ Walch, TBD

Acolyte: Elizabeth Wagner/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

Altar Flowers: Wagner

Sanctuary Lamp: Wagner



Events at St. Mark’s this Week


THIS SUNDAY (Christ the King, Nov. 21): HOLY EUCHARIST 10:30am, in person and on  Facebook Live.  HUNGER SUNDAY.

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




SATURDAYMUSIC PLANNING MEETING, 10:30am, sanctuary; HIDDEN GEMS, noon, parking lot; AA MEETING, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

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




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 and Nov. 28; financial donations also welcome!  See the Constant Contact or Carol Nancarrow for more information.

THE NUTCRACKER will be performed by Pontecorvo Ballet Studios TODAY, with our own CARLY DARNELL dancing the principal role of the Sugar Plum Fairy at 2:00pm. Tickets (live and online) can be purchased by calling the studio at 937-550-4931.

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

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


2022 STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN: “Every Perfect Gift” is the theme for this year’s campaign. All pledges received to date will be gathered together and presented as a special offering during our worship service today.  Many thanks to everyone who supported the 2022 St. Mark’s Stewardship Campaign.   If you have not submitted a pledge to date but would still like to do so, you are highly encouraged to submit it  ASAP.  Every pledge is direly needed and greatly appreciated to allow our parish to fulfill its mission to do God’s work.

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!

THE OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED Wednesday-Friday, Nov. 24-26, for the Thanksgiving   holiday.

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. Advent begins next Sunday, Nov. 28!



Lesser Feasts and Fasts


RECOMMENDED FEAST DAY TO OBSERVEThursday, Nov. 25 is the Feast of  Thanksgiving Day.  Agricultural festivals are of great antiquity, and common to many religions. Among the Jews, the three pilgrimage feasts, Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles, each had agricultural significance. Medieval Christianity also developed a number of such observances, none of which, however, were incorporated into the Prayer Book. Our own Thanksgiving Day finds its roots in observances begun by colonists in Massachusetts and Virginia, a tradition later taken up and extended to the whole of the new American nation by action of the Continental Congress. Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.   (Holy Women, Holy Men)



Prayers for the Week of Nov. 21


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 the Church of Bangladesh;  in the Diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for Holy Trinity in Cincinnati, St. John’s in Worthington, and St. Paul’s in Chillicothe;  in our Parish cycle of prayer, we pray for Steve, Tibby, and Will Day, Wayne and Gail Harper, and Vern Hogden;  For those celebrating November birthdays: Ginny Tuxhorn (11/5), Mary-Anna Welch (11/5), Sharron Lewis-Watts (11/6), Stephanie Welch (11/8), Carmen Davis (11/9), Carol Williamson (11/9), Wesley Walch (11/11), Norma Peachey (11/13), Mary Sones (11/18), Megan Rubino (11/23), Sandy Bultman (11/26); Judy Rudd (11/26), Annabelle Leach (11/28); For those celebrating wedding anniversaries: Dave & Janet Reuter (11/12), Tony & Kendall Rubino (11/16);  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; 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.






 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



Katherine Wagner, Parish Administrator


Donna Larsen, Music Director


Carol Nancarrow, Senior Warden

Jim Rudd, Junior Warden



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