Epiphany-5 (Yr B) Feb 7, 2021



“Where True Charity and Love Dwell, God Is There”

Alan Bullard





The Word of God


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

People           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.





(BCP p.82)


Come, let us sing to the Lord;
    let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving 
    and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.


For the Lord is a great God,
    and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the caverns of the earth,
    and the heights of the hills are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it, 
    and his hands have molded the dry land.


Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee, 
    and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand.
    Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice!





Collect of the Day


Celebrant         The Lord be with you.

People               And also with you

Celebrant         Let us pray.


Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins, and give us the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known to us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.





A Reading from the Book of Isaiah 40:21-31


Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to live in; who brings princes to naught, and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing. Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown, scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth, when he blows upon them, and they wither, and the tempest carries them off like stubble. To whom then will you compare me, or who is my equal? says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high and see: Who created these? He who brings out their host and numbers them, calling them all by name; because he is great in strength, mighty in power, not one is missing. Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord, and my right is disregarded by my God”? Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.


The Word of the Lord.


People   Thanks be to God






Psalm 147:1-12, 20c

(The Lector and the Congregation pray responsively)


1  Hallelujah!

    How good it is to sing praises to our God!

    how pleasant it is to honor him with praise!

2  The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem;

    he gathers the exiles of Israel.

3  He heals the brokenhearted

    and binds up their wounds.

4  He counts the number of the stars

    and calls them all by their names.

5  Great is our Lord and mighty in power;

     there is no limit to his wisdom.

6  The Lord lifts up the lowly,

    but casts the wicked to the ground.

7  Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;

    make music to our God upon the harp.

8  He covers the heavens with clouds

    and prepares rain for the earth;

9  He makes grass to grow upon the mountains

    and green plants to serve mankind.

10 He provides food for flocks and herds

     and for the young ravens when they cry.

11 He is not impressed by the might of a horse;

      he has no pleasure in the strength of a man;

12 But the Lord has pleasure in those  who fear him,

      in those who await his gracious favor.






A Reading from the First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians 9:16-23


If I proclaim the gospel, this gives me no ground for boasting, for an obligation is laid on me, and woe to me if I do not proclaim the gospel! For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward; but if not of my own will, I am entrusted with a commission. What then is my reward? Just this: that in my proclamation I may make the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my rights in the gospel. For though I am free with respect to all, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though I myself am not under the law) so that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law) so that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, so that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings.


     The Word of the Lord.


People    Thanks be to God.




 Musical Meditation

       Hymn 773 in Wonder, Love & Praise

 “Heal Me, Hands of Jesus”







Celebrant          The Holy Gospel of Our  Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark 1:29-39


People        Glory to you,  Lord Christ.


Jesus left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them. That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. And the whole city was gathered around the door. And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him. In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. And Simon and his companions hunted for him. When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.”  He answered, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.” And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.


The Gospel of the Lord.


People      Praise to you,  Lord  Christ.




(Please be seated)


The Sermon







(Please be 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


Most holy and merciful God, you have promised to hear when we pray in the name of Jesus your Son.  Therefore, in confidence we offer you our prayers.


Triune God, Creator, Sustainer and Redeemer, enliven the Church for its mission;

that we may be the salt of the earth and light to the world.


Creating God, awaken in us a sense of wonder for the earth and all that is in it;

that we may care for the created world.


Redeeming God, teach us the ways of justice and peace;

that we may respect the dignity of every person.


Sustaining God, call us into the service of compassion;

that in serving you we may be made whole.


Creating God, we pray for all persons in authority whose decisions affect the lives of others;

that they may grow in wisdom and act with integrity and courage.


Redeeming God, we pray for all whose lives are linked with ours;

that we may we love and serve Christ in one another.


Sustaining God, we lift up to you those named on the parish prayer list (N.) and others who are known to us;

that we may always be mindful of those who suffer from any need or adversity.


(Time is given for the congregation to offer their own petitions, silently or aloud.)


And we remember those who have died, remembering especially Zachary Johnson;

that we may be a support and help to those who mourn.


 (Time is given for the congregation to offer their own petitions, silently or aloud.)



Celebrant     Almighty God, by your Holy Spirit you have made us one with your saints in heaven and on earth: Grant that in our earthly pilgrimage we may always be supported by this fellowship of love and prayer, and know ourselves to be surrounded by their witness to your power and mercy. We ask this for the sake of Jesus Christ, in whom all our intercessions are acceptable through the Spirit, and who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.



The Confession of Sin

The Book of Common Prayer, page 360


Celebrant         Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.


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 Commissioning of St. Mark’s Wardens, Vestry Members,

and Delegates to the Diocesan Convention


Opening Remarks by the Senior Warden


Celebrant        Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus, we are all baptized by the one Spirit into one Body, and given gifts for a variety of ministries for the common good. Our purpose is to commission these persons in the Name of God and of this congregation to the special ministries to which they are called.


The Celebrant asks the sponsor

Are these persons you are to present prepared by a commitment to Christ as Lord, by regular attendance at worship, and by the knowledge of their duties, to exercise their ministries to the honor of God, and the well-being of his Church?


Sponsor I believe they are.


Celebrant You have been called to ministry in this congregation. Will you, as long as you are engaged in this work, perform it with diligence?


Candidates I will.


Celebrant Will you faithfully and reverently execute the duties of your ministry to the honor of God, and the benefit of the members of this congregation?


Candidates I will.


Celebrant The Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity.


Celebrant I am your servant; grant me understanding:


All That I may know your decrees.


Let us pray. (Silence)


O Eternal God, the foundation of all wisdom and the source of all courage: Enlighten with your grace the Wardens and Vestry of this congregation and those who will serve as our Diocesan Convention Delegates; and so rule their minds, and guide their counsels, that in all things they may seek your glory and promote the mission of your Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


In the Name of God and of this congregation, I commission you for the

ministries to which you have been chosen.  Amen.




(Please be seated)


Birthday and Anniversary Prayers





The Peace


Celebrant          The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People                And also with you



Celebrant         All things come of thee, O Lord, 

People               and of thine own, have we given thee. Amen.





(Please stand as the offerings are brought up)




Musical Meditation

“On Eagles Wings”

 Michael Joncas




Prayer for the offerings of the people


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. 



A Prayer over the Gifts Received

 for the Children of CARE House


Lord Jesus, who took the children into your arms and embraced them with your love, receive these gifts for the children of CARE House. Through the power of your Spirit, may these offerings and the offering of all our ministries to them, bring them comfort and healing. May they come to know and feel in their hearts and in their souls the fullness of life and of love given to all of us by our one God and Father. In your holy name we pray. Amen.



The Liturgy of the Table


Eucharistic Prayer B


Celebrant         The Lord be with you.

People               And also with you.

Celebrant         Lift up your hearts.

People              We lift them to the Lord.

Celebrant         Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People It is right to give him thanks and praise.


Celebrant  It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; because in the mystery of the Word made flesh, you have caused a new light to shine in our hearts, to give the knowledge of your glory in the face of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

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:


(Please stand or kneel)


Celebrant     We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling of Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world.


In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you. In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.

On the night before he died for us, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and 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, according to his command, O Father,


Celebrant and People

We remember his death,

We proclaim his resurrection,

We await his coming in glory;


Celebrant And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O Lord of all; presenting to you, from your creation, this bread and this wine.


We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts that they may be the Sacrament of the Body of Christ and his Blood of the new Covenant. Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In the fullness of time, put all things in subjection under your Christ, and bring us to that heavenly country where, with St. Mark and all your saints, we may enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation.


By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever.


All Amen.



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 Breaking of the Bread

The Celebrant breaks the consecrated Bread.

A period of silence is kept.


Celebrant         Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;
People               Therefore let us keep the feast.

Celebrant         The gifts of God for the people of God.



To receive the sacrament, which will be given in one kind only, please  line up in the center aisle as directed by the ushers, keeping at least six feet between households; at your turn approach the Celebrant, who will use tongs to safely distribute the host to you. 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 from a safe distance and without touch.


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



Musical Meditation


Hymn 314 in The Hymnal 1982

     “Humbly I Adore Thee”

Adoro Devote



(Please stand)


Prayer After Communion


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.





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Act of Spiritual Communion


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.








The congregation is dismissed.



People Thanks be to God.





“O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing”

Anna Laura Page







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St. Mark’s Vestry


Senior Warden: Carol Nancarrow

Junior Warden: Jim Rudd

Treasurer: Don Nancarrow

Secretary: Dave Reuter


Vestry Members:

Justine Kelly, Susan Kendall

Kendall Rubino, Jenna Walch

Libby Nicholson, Elizabeth Wagner


St. Mark’s Staff


Parish Administrator Katherine Wagner

Music Director Donna Larsen

Sexton Douglas Plummer

Webmaster Dave Reuter



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