A Celebration of Holy Eucharist
Second Sunday in Lent
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
Dayton, Ohio, February 28, 2021, 10:30 AM
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 mailing list. Restrooms are located in the Narthex, to the right as you enter the building. Throughout the service, the people’s responses are in italics; directions are in bold italics.
“Prelude in A Minor” Thomas Walmsley
GREETINGS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
SILENT PROCESSIONAL: Please stand
The Penitential Order
Celebrant: Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins. His mercy endures for ever.
Celebrant: Let us bow down before the Lord. Please kneel or sit.
Celebrant: Hear the commandments of God to his people: I am the Lord your God who brought you out of bondage. You shall have no other gods but me. Amen, Lord have mercy.
You shall not make for yourself any idol. Amen, Lord have mercy.
You shall not invoke with malice the Name of the Lord your God. Amen, Lord have mercy.
Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy. Amen, Lord have mercy.
Honor your father and your mother. Amen, Lord have mercy.
You shall not commit murder. Amen, Lord have mercy.
You shall not commit adultery. Amen, Lord have mercy.
You shall not steal. Amen, Lord have mercy.
You shall not be a false witness. Amen, Lord have mercy.
You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor. Amen, Lord have mercy.
Celebrant: Let us confess our sins to God and our neighbor.
All: 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: Our Lord Jesus Christ has bestowed power and commandment to his ministers to declare and pronounce to those who are truly repentant, absolution and remission of sin. Therefore, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, be reconciled to God through grace and “go and sin no more.” Amen.
COLLECT OF THE DAY: Please remain standing
Celebrant: The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us pray.
O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
KYRIE: Please remain standing
“Kyrie” Organ plays while congregation recites the prayer 1982 Hymnal, #S-164
All Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy, have mercy.
A READING FROM THE BOOK OF GENESIS: Please be seated
Reader: When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.” Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.” (17:1-7, 15-16)
Reader: The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
A READING FROM THE BOOK OF PSALMS: Please stand
Reader: Praise the Lord, you that fear him;
All: Stand in awe of him, O offspring of Israel; all you of Jacob’s line, give glory.
For he does not despise nor abhor the poor in their poverty;
neither does he hide his face from them; but when they cry to him he hears them.
My praise is of him in the great assembly;
I will perform my vows in the presence of those who worship him.
Reader: The poor shall eat and be satisfied,
All: and those who seek the Lord shall praise him: “May your heart live for ever!”
All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations shall bow before him.
For kingship belongs to the Lord; he rules over the nations.
Reader: To him alone all who sleep in the earth bow down in worship;
All: all who go down to the dust fall before him.
My soul shall live for him; my descendants shall serve him;
they shall be known as the Lord’s for ever.
They shall come and make known to a people yet unborn the saving deeds that he has done.
Please be seated
A READING FROM THE FIRST LETTER OF PETER:
Reader: The promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation. For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”)—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become “the father of many nations,” according to what was said, “So numerous shall your descendants be.” He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was already as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. Therefore his faith “was reckoned to him as righteousness.” Now the words, “it was reckoned to him,” were written not for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification. (4:13-25)
Reader: The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
“In the cross of Christ I glory” 1982 Hymnal, #441
THE GOSPEL: Please stand
Celebrant: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.
People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.
Celebrant: Jesus began to teach his disciples that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.” He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” (8:31-38)
Celebrant: The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Christ
THE SERMON: Please be seated
THE CREED: Please stand
All: 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.
THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE: Please stand or kneel
Reader: Gathered by the Holy Spirit and renewed in the Word, let us pray to our merciful God for the needs of the world.
Reader: We pray for your church as it welcomes the lost, that the forgiveness and steadfast love made known in Jesus Christ may meet us in word, meal, and mission. Merciful God, hear our prayer.
Reader: We pray for the creation filled with your goodness and for all who tend it, that seeds planted in springtime may produce a rich harvest to be shared with a hungry world. Merciful God, hear our prayer.
Reader: We pray for the world ruled in righteousness, that peoples alienated by fear and war may be reconciled and sit down at one table in peace. Merciful God, hear our prayer.
Reader: We pray for the lonely, the estranged, and those battling addictions, that you will come to the aid of all who suffer in body, mind or spirit; we remembering those named on the parish prayer list. Merciful God, hear our prayer.
Reader: We pray for the families of this congregation and all families, that trusting in your care, they make their homes places of forgiveness and nurture. Merciful God, hear our prayer.
Reader: We give thanks for the saints of every time and place, that the great welcome they receive may strengthen us with hope for life in the midst of death. Merciful God, hear our prayer.
Celebrant: Receive these, our prayers, O God, for the sake of Jesus Christ who restores us to life. Amen.
PRAYER AND BLESSING for Paul Shima
THE PASSING OF THE PEACE: Please stand
Celebrant: The peace of the Lord be always with you. And also with you.
The congregation offers the peace of God to one another.
Celebrant: All things come of thee, O Lord, and of thine own, have we given thee. Amen.
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.
MUSICAL MEDITATION AT THE OFFERTORY: Please be seated
“Out of the depths I call” Christian Geist
Please stand as the offering is brought forward
PRAYER FOR THE OFFERING OF THE PEOPLE:
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.
The Liturgy of the Table
To receive the sacrament, which will be given in one kind only, please line up in the center aisle 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. If you prefer a gluten-free host, please notify an usher prior to the service.
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.
EUCHARISTIC PRAYER A: 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 God 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. You bid your faithful people cleanse their hearts, and prepare with joy for the Pascal feast; that, fervent in prayer and in works of mercy, and renewed by your Word and Sacraments, they may come to the fullness of grace which you have prepared for those who love you.
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:
All: 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.
You may stand or kneel
Celebrant: Holy and gracious Father: In your infinite love you made us for yourself; and, when we had fallen into sin and become subject to evil and death, you, in your mercy, sent Jesus Christ, your only and eternal Son, to share our human nature, to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all. He stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself, in obedience to your will, a perfect sacrifice for the whole world. On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.” After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.” Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith:
All: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.
Celebrant: We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O Father, in this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Recalling his death, resurrection, and ascension, we offer you these gifts. Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of your Son, the holy food and drink of new and unending life in him. +Sanctify us also that we may faithfully receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you in unity, constancy, and peace; and at the last day bring us with all your saints into the joy of your eternal kingdom. All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ. By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever.
THE LORD’S PRAYER:
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.
THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD:
Celebrant Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us; therefore let us keep the feast.
INVITATION TO COMMUNION:
Celebrant: The Gifts of God for the People of God.
The people may now come forward to receive the Sacrament.
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.
MUSICAL MEDITATION: Please be seated.
“My faith looks up to thee” 1982 Hymnal, #691
POST COMMUNION PRAYER: Please stand.
Celebrant: Let us pray.
All: Almighty and everliving God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the Body of your Son, and heirs of your eternal kingdom. And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
Celebrant: ….. +And may the blessing . . .
Celebrant: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Thanks be to God.
“Jesus lover of my soul” 1982 Hymnal, #699
THE CANDLE IN THE SANCTUARY LAMP shines over the Diocesan Bishop’s Search Committee.
GROUNDED IN COMMUNITY
THIS SUNDAY – 2 LENT– HOLY EUCHARIST – FEBRAURY 28
Celebrant: The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor
Lay Eucharist Ministers: Readers: OT/PS: TJ Walch; EP/POP: Gabriel Walch
Acolyte: Elizabeth Wagner
Music Director: Donna Larsen
Altar Guild: Katherine Wagner, Elizabeth Wagner
Altar Flowers: NA (Lent)
Coffee Host: NA (until further notice)
NEXT SUNDAY – 3 LENT– HOLY EUCHARIST – MARCH 7
Celebrant: The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor
Lay Eucharist Ministers: Readers: OT/PS: Judy Rudd; EP/POP: Don Nancarrow
Acolyte: Gary and Stephanie Welch
Music Director: Donna Larsen
Altar Guild: Mary-Anna Welch, Stephanie Welch, Janet Reuter
Altar Flowers: NA (Lent)
Coffee Host: NA (until further notice)
Events at St. Mark’s this Week
THIS SUNDAY (2 Lent, February 28): HOLY EUCHARIST, 10:30am, in person and
on Facebook Live
MONDAY: SAA MEETING 6:30am, Lounge
TUESDAY: There are no events this day.
WEDNESDAY: There are no events this day.
THURSDAY: SAA MEETING, 7:30pm, Lounge; LENTEN STORY SHARING CIRCLES, 7-8:30 PM, Zoom
FRIDAY: There are no events this day.
SATURDAY: NEEDMORE SOBRIETY MEETING, 10:30am, Parish Hall
SUNDAY (3 Lent, March 7): HOLY EUCHARIST, 10:30am, in person and
on Facebook Live
Places to be, things to do
BISHOP PRICE MEETING WITH THE LAITY: Bishop Price is hosting periodic opportunities for lay people in the diocese to gather virtually with him and chat. The next meeting is Tuesday, March 2 at 6:30pm on Zoom. Register online at the DSO website episcopaliansinconnection.org
CARE HOUSE SUNDAY is March 7. Donations of small water bottles, healthy snacks, and huggable-sized new stuffed animals are welcome.
THE NEXT VESTRY MEETING will be Thursday, March 18 at 6:30pm, venue TBA.
STORY SHARING CIRCLES: You are invited to join in a Lenten Story Sharing Series each Thursday throughout Lent, from 7-8:30pm on Zoom. Register online on the DSO website.
THE COMMUNICATIONS TEAM will meet in the Lounge every other Friday. Discussion topics will include both internal and external communications. The next meeting is March 12.
The Community of St. Mark’s Classifieds
LENTEN MATERIALS are available in the Narthex. Check out our Facebook page and Constant Contact for more Lenten practice ideas.
SOCIAL MEDIA: If you are on social media, please help us get the word out about what’s happening at St. Mark’s. Please remember to “like” our Facebook page, and share the posts!
ALTAR FLOWERS FOR 2021: The flower schedule is posted in the Narthex. The cost is still only $30, and you keep the arrangement. What a great way to celebrate a special occasion or honor a loved one!
THE SANCTUARY LAMP schedule is also in the Narthex. It costs only $5 per week to have the lamp dedicated to someone you love.
VESTRY MEETING: The minutes of the February vestry meeting are available in the Narthex.
Lesser Feasts and Fasts
RECOMMENDED FEAST DAY TO OBSERVE:
Sunday, February 28 is the Lesser Feast of Anna Julia Haywood Cooper and Elizabeth Evelyn Wright. Anna Julia Haywood Cooper was born about 1859 in Raleigh, North Carolina, to an enslaved woman and a white man, presumably her mother’s master. She attended St. Augustine Normal School and Collegiate Institute, founded by the Episcopal Church to educate African American teachers and clergy. There she became an Episcopalian and married George Cooper, one of her instructors, who was the second African American ordained to the Episcopal priesthood in North Carolina. Elizabeth Evelyn Wright was born in Talbotton, Georgia, in 1872. Her father was an African American and her mother of Cherokee descent. With the encouragement of her teachers, Lizzie, as she was called, enrolled at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. She worked for the school during the day and attended night classes, but Olivia Washington, wife of the head of Tuskegee, Booker T. Washington, noted her promise and strength of character. Mrs. Washington made it possible for Lizzie to attend day classes. Eternal God, you inspired Anna Julia Haywood Cooper and Elizabeth Evelyn Wright with the love of learning and the joy of teaching: Help us also to gather and use the resources of our communities for the education of all your children; through Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (Holy Women, Holy Men)
Prayers for the Week of February 28:
FOR PEACE. For those who have died; For the homeless who suffer from exposure during the winter months; 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; For our enemies; For the safety of all American military and civilian personnel where ever they serve; 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 refuges worldwide who wander the lands of the earth and who suffering is greater than we can ever know, may they find rest and peace in their unending trial; For those serving in the Armed Forces; and for the safety of all American men and women serving in harm’s way around the world;
For those in our prayer cycles: in the Anglican cycle of prayer, we pray for the Anglican Church of Central America; in the Diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati, Good Samaritan in Amelia, and St. Peter’s in Gallipolis; in our Parish cycle of prayer, we pray for Juanita Limes, Don and Carol Nancarrow, and Jeff and Libby Nicholson; For those celebrating February birthdays: Howard Phillips (2/2), Gary Welch (2/10), George Snyder (2/11), Jim Larsen (2/13), Jim Rudd (2/13), Gail Harper (2/18), Lily Levy (2/26), Tracey Swartz (2/26), and Don Nancarrow (2/28); For those celebrating February anniversaries: Don and Carol Nancarrow (2/28); For those on our parish prayer list: Jackie, Carolyn, Howard, Ruby, Kirby, George, the Darnell Family, Judy, Juanita, Rob, Carmen, Joanne, Mary, Vern; For those who suffer from illness, grief, or any other adversity: Alexis – the Reuters’ niece; Ann & Donna, – friends of the Bertas; Bisi & Bitrus – friends of Joanne Stearns; Carl – friend of the Welches; Carol – friend of the Reuters; Carol – friend of the Rubinos; Carrie & Stefani – Susan Kendall’s daughters; Cassie & Debbie – friends of the Tallmans; Chip – Jim Rudd’s step-mother; Chris & family –
friends of the Reuters; Clara – Pat Tallman’s cousin; Danielle – Jenna Walch’s sister; David- Vern Hogden’s son; Debbie – friend of the Tallmans; Emily – Ann Phillips’ niece; Emma, Lowell, & the Burton Family – friends of Juanita Limes and the Darnells; Gary – Dave Reuter’s brother; Helen C – Wayne Harper’s mother in law; Jaime & Ryan – Linda Stagles’ daughter & son-in-law; James – Linda Stagles’ brother; Jane – friends of the Tallmans; Jose & Elena – friends of the Welches; Joe – friend of the Bertas; Keith & Jeff – friends of Jim Larsen; Leah & family – friend of Elizabeth Wagner; Leslie – friend of Juanita Limes; Margaret – Rowena MacGregor’s mother; Mary – friend of the Wagners; Nanci – friend of the Larsens; Renea – friend of Juanita and Lisa; Roberta – Tracey Swartz’ mother; Ron – friend of Ruby Webster; Steve & Debi – friends of Linda Stagles; Sue & Tom – friends of the Phillips’; Tonia – Juanita Limes’ daughter-in-law; Tony – Judy Rudd’s brother; Tracy – friend of the parish.
For faithful animal companions and those who care for them; For the mission work of this congregation: CARE House, Canterbury Court, St Paul’s UMC Food Pantry, and for the non-profit groups who use our Community Building; For our Diocesan Bishops: The Rt. Rev. Kenneth Price, the Rt. Rev. Nedi Rivera, and the Rt. Rev. Wendell Gibbs, and for the search process to call a new bishop; For our Presiding Bishop, The Most Rev. Michael Curry; For those persons recently ordained in this Diocese: The Rev. Jed Joseph Dearing, The Rev. Michelle Suzanne Dayton, The Rev. Jean Ann Cotting, and The Rev. Paul Andrew Bennett.
We pray for Paul Shima, who returns to Nigeria this week; for safe travel and for a good life in his home community.
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The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor, Priest-In-Charge
Katherine Wagner, Parish Administrator
Carol Nancarrow, Senior Warden
Jim Rudd, Junior Warden
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