Epiphany-Last (Yr B) Feb 14, 2021



“The Word Whom Earth and Sea And Sky Adore and Laud and Magnify”

Charles V. Stanford





Procession and Bells



(Please stand)

The Liturgy of the Word

(BCP p. 355)



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.


O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.   Amen.





A Reading from the Second Book of Kings 2:1-12


Now when the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; for the Lord has sent me as far as Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel. The company of prophets who were in Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that today the Lord will take your master away from you?” And he said, “Yes, I know; keep silent.”


Elijah said to him, “Elisha, stay here; for the Lord has sent me to Jericho.” But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they came to Jericho. The company of prophets who were at Jericho drew near to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that today the Lord will take your master away from you?” And he answered, “Yes, I know; be silent.”


Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; for the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.” But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them went on. Fifty men of the company of prophets also went, and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan. Then Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up, and struck the water; the water was parted to the one side and to the other, until the two of them crossed on dry ground.


When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.” Elisha said, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.”  He responded, “You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it will be granted you; if not, it will not.” As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven. Elisha kept watching and crying out, “Father, father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.


The Word of the Lord.


People   Thanks be to God






Psalm 50:1-6

(The Lector and the Congregation pray responsively)


The Lord, the God of gods, has spoken; *

    he has called the earth from

    the rising of the sun to its setting.

2  Out of Zion, perfect in its beauty, *

    God reveals himself in glory.

3  Our God will come and will not keep silence; *

    before him there is a consuming flame,

     and round about him a raging storm.

4  He calls the heavens and the earth from above *

   to witness the judgment of his people.

5  “Gather before me my loyal followers, *

    those who have made a covenant with me

     and sealed it with sacrifice.”

6  Let the heavens declare the rightness of his cause; *

       for God himself is judge.





A Reading from the Second Letter of Paul to the Corinthians 4:3-6


If our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.


     The Word of the Lord.


People    Thanks be to God.




 Musical Meditation

Hymn 7 in The Hymnal 1982

“Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies”

Hans-Arnold Metzger




(Please stand)


Celebrant          The Holy Gospel of Our  Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark 9:2-9


People        Glory to you,  Lord Christ.


Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!”  Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.


As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.


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 Eileen Tribby;

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.)



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


In the Diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for All Saints in Cincinnati, Mary Magdalene in Maineville, and St. Philip’s in Circleville.


In our Parish cycle of prayer, we pray for Hayward Jones; Matt, Justine, Scott, and Robert Kelly; and Susan Kendall.


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.




(Please sit, stand, or kneel as you are able)


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.



(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

Hymn 367 in The Hymnal 1982

“Round the Lord in Glory Seated”

 Richard Proulx





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. 




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:


Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of power and might,

heaven and earth

are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.


Blessed is he who comes

in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.



(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.



The Prayer of Reception for those participating online

(to be said by those at home)


Blessed Jesus,

With your faithful people at every altar of your church where the Holy Eucharist is now being celebrated, I offer my praise and thanksgiving.  Since I cannot receive you today in the Sacrament of your Body and Blood, I ask you to come spiritually into my heart.  Cleanse and strengthen me with your grace, Lord Jesus, and let me never be separated from you.  May I live in you, and you in me, in this life and the life to come.  Amen.



Post-Communion Musical Meditation

Hymn 676 in The Hymnal 1982

“There is a Balm in Gilead”

Balm in Gilead




(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.








The congregation is dismissed.



People Thanks be to God.





“Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones”

Rebecca Groom TeVelde







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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

Priest-in-Charge: Rev. Rowena MacGregor

Parish Administrator Katherine Wagner

Music Director Donna Larsen

Sexton Douglas Plummer

Webmaster Dave Reuter



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