The Celebration of Holy Eucharist
The Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
Dayton, Ohio, September 19, 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.
“Chorale Prelude on ‘Lobe den Herren’” Larry Visser
GREETINGS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Please stand for the ringing of the bell and processional.
“Praise to the Lord” The Hymnal 1982, #390
1 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation;
O my soul, praise him, for he is thy health and salvation:
join the great throng, psaltery, organ, and song,
sounding in glad adoration.
2 Praise to the Lord; over all things he gloriously reigneth:
borne as on eagle-wings, safely his saints he sustaineth.
Hast thou not seen how all thou needest hath been
granted in what he ordaineth?
3 Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy way and defend thee;
surely his goodness and mercy shall ever attend thee;
ponder anew what the Almighty can do,
who with his love doth befriend thee.
4 Praise to the Lord! O let all that is in me adore him!
All that hath life and breath come now with praises before him!
Let the amen sound from his people again;
gladly for ever adore him.
The Liturgy of the Word
Please remain standing
Celebrant: Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 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.
COLLECT OF THE DAY:
Celebrant: The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us pray. Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
SONG OF PRAISE:
“Gloria in excelsis” The Hymnal 1982, #S280
All: Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of
the world; have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father; receive our
prayer. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.
Please be seated
A READING FROM THE BOOK OF PROVERBS:
Reader: A capable wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. She is like the ships of the merchant, she brings her food from far away. She rises while it is still night and provides food for her household and tasks for her servant-girls. She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. She girds herself with strength, and makes her arms strong. She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night. She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle. She opens her hand to the poor, and reaches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid for her household when it snows, for all her household are clothed in crimson. She makes herself coverings; her clothing is fine linen and purple. Her husband is known in the city gates, taking his seat among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them; she supplies the merchant with sashes. Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her happy; her husband too, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Give her a share in the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the city gates. (31:10-31)
Reader: The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
A READING FROM THE BOOK OF PSALMS:
Reader: Happy are they who have not walked in the counsel of the wicked,
All: nor lingered in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seats of the scornful! Their delight is in the law of the Lord, and they meditate on his law day and night. They are like trees planted by streams of water, bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither; everything they do shall prosper.
Reader: It is not so with the wicked; they are like chaff which the wind blows away.
All: Therefore the wicked shall not stand upright when judgment comes, nor the sinner in the council of the righteous. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked is doomed. (PS 1)
Please be seated
A READING FROM THE LETTER OF JAMES:
Reader: Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth. Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace. Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you? You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. (3:13-4:3,7-8a)
Reader: The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
“Commit thou all that grieves thee” (verses 1-2) The Hymnal 1982, #669
1 Commit thou all that grieves thee and fills thy heart with care
to him whose faithful mercy the skies above declare,
who gives the winds their courses,
who points the clouds their way;
’tis he will guide thy footsteps and be thy staff and stay.
2 O trust the Lord then wholly, if thou wouldst be secure;
his work must thou consider for thy work to endure.
What profit doth it bring thee
to pine in grief and care?
God ever sends his blessing in answer to thy prayer.
Celebrant: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.
People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.
Celebrant: Jesus and his disciples passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.” But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him. Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.” (9:30-37)
Celebrant: The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Christ.
“Commit thou all that grieves thee” (verses 3-4) The Hymnal 1982, #669
3 Thy lasting truth and mercy, O Father, see aright
the needs of all thy children, their anguish or delight:
what loving wisdom chooseth,
redeeming might will do,
and bring to sure fulfillment thy counsel good and true.
4 Hope on, then, broken spirit; hope on, be not afraid:
fear not the griefs that plague thee and keep thy heart dismayed:
thy God, in his great mercy,
will save thee, hold thee fast,
and in his own time grant thee the sun of joy at last.
Please be seated
THE NICENE CREED:
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.
Please stand or kneel
THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE:
Reader: Let us now call to mind all who are in want or need and commend them to God’s transforming care. Most kind and loving God, confident of your care and concern for the whole of creation, we offer you our prayers of adoration, intercession, and thanksgiving.
Reader: Gracious God, we pray for the faithful all over the world, that all who love you may be united in your service. We pray for the Church, for St. Mark’s and for all congregations worshipping and serving Christ and the world in his name. Lord, hear our prayer.
Reader: We pray for the oppressed: For victims of injustice, prejudice, wrongful imprisonment or violence, and for the safety of all refugees; remembering especially the people of Afghanistan, women, children, and all those who were unable to evacuate. Lord, hear our prayer.
Reader: For this assembly, having been fed on the Word and Sacraments of our common worship; Lord, hear our prayer.
Reader: For the church and its leaders, formed by worship, practice and shared life in community; Lord, hear our prayer.
Reader: For preachers and teachers of the Christian tradition, who share the Word as a gift for all; Lord, hear our prayer.
Reader: For the people of the United States, for the community of Riverside and its sister communities, and for all those who hold authority in our nation and its municipalities; Lord, hear our prayer.
Reader: For the world, for refugees, victims of warfare and of oppression, for those impoverished physically and emotionally by racial, ethnic and gender discrimination; Lord, hear our prayer.
Reader: For the addicted and those imprisoned, for the unemployed and the homeless; Lord, hear our prayer.
Reader: For those who are ill or suffer from any especially those in this community we remember this day: Howard, Ruby, George, the Darnell Family, Judy, Juanita, Rob, Carmen, Mary, and Vern, and those named on the parish prayer list; and for the medical, health and wellness practitioners who care for them; Lord, hear our prayer.
Reader: For ourselves, for our ongoing evolution as we experience the adventure of being human, that we may use the spiritual gifts bestowed upon us for the good of all; Lord, hear our prayer.
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.
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.
Please be seated
BIRTHDAY and ANNIVERSARY PRAYERS
COMMISSIONING OF EDUCATORS AND STUDENTS: (see insert)
Commissioning of the Christian Education Director and Teachers, and Recognition of Students
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 ministry to which they are called.
Celebrant: Are these persons you are about 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 ministry to the honor of God, and the well-being of this Church?
Jim and TJ: I believe they are.
Celebrant: You have been called to a ministry in this congregation. Will you, as long as you are engaged in this work, perform it with diligence?
TJ and Teachers: I will.
Recognition of and Thanksgiving for Carol Nancarrow, retired Director of Christian Education.
Commissioning of the Christian Education Director:
Jim: I present to you TJ Walch to be admitted to the ministry of Director of Christian Education in this congregation.
Celebrant: Let us pray. Have regard to our supplication, O gracious Lord, and confirm with your heavenly benediction your servant TJ, commissioned to minister in your Church, that with sincere devotion of mind and body he may offer acceptable service to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Celebrant: In the Name of God and of this congregation, I commission you to serve as Christian Education Director in this Parish.
Commissioning of the Teachers: (they may stand in place)
TJ: I present to you Susan Kendall, Sandy Bultman, Janet Reuter, Kendall Rubino, Katherine Wagner, and Elizabeth Wagner to be admitted to the ministry of Teacher of Christian Education in this congregation.
Celebrant: Let us pray. God of all wisdom and knowledge, give your blessing and guidance to all who teach in your Church, that by word and example they may lead those whom they teach to the knowledge and love of you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Celebrant: In the Name of God and of this congregation, I commission you to serve as Teachers in this Parish.
Recognition of Students:
The Students of Christian Education are asked to stand in place to be recognized.
Celebrant: Let us pray. Most Holy and Almighty God, in whom we live and have our being, we ask that you regard these, your children, with the utmost care in their learning of Holy Scripture, the Sacraments, Spiritual Practices, and Just Action as they endeavor to live a Holy Life in Christ growing and maturing in a reasoned faith and following in the examples of the Saints in Light. Amen.
THE PASSING OF THE PEACE:
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.
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.
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
“Give Me a Song” Pepper Joplin
PRAYER FOR THE OFFERINGS OF THE PEOPLE:
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.
PRAYER FOR THE GIFTS OF FOOD:
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 speak with you.
Please remain standing
EUCHARISTIC PRAYER C:
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!)
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.
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.
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.
“One bread, one body” Lift Every Voice & Sing, #151
One bread, one body, one Lord of all,
one cup of blessing which we bless.
And we, though many, throughout the earth,
We are one body in this one Lord.
1 Gentile or Jew, servant or free,
woman or man, no more.
2 Many the gifts, many the works,
one in the Lord of all.
3 Grain for the fields, scattered and grown,
gathered to one for all.
POST COMMUNION PRAYER:
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 . . .
“Lord, dismiss us with thy blessing” The Hymnal 1982, #344
1 Lord, dismiss us with thy blessing;
fill our hearts with joy and peace;
let us each, thy love possessing,
triumph in redeeming grace:
O refresh us, O refresh us
traveling through this wilderness.
2 Thanks we give and adoration
for thy Gospel’s joyful sound:
may the fruits of thy salvation
in our hearts and lives abound:
ever faithful, ever faithful
to thy truth may we be found;
3 so that when thy love shall call us,
Savior, from the world away,
fear of death shall not appall us,
glad thy summons to obey.
May we ever, may we ever
reign with thee in endless day.
Celebrant: Alleluia! Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Thanks be to God. Alleluia!
“Lobe den Herren” Larry Visser
THE CANDLE IN THE SANCTUARY LAMP remains lighted throughout the week to indicate and honor the eternal presence of Christ. It is dedicated this week by Elizabeth Wagner.
THE ALTAR FLOWERS are given by Ginny Tuxhorn in loving memory of Bill.
GROUNDED IN COMMUNITY
THIS SUNDAY– PENTECOST 17 – HOLY EUCHARIST – SEPTEMBER 19:
Celebrant: The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor
Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen
Ushers: Wayne Harper, Jim Rudd
Tech: Gary Welch, Mary-Anna Welch
Acolyte: Elizabeth Wagner
Lay Eucharist Ministers: Readers: OT/PS: TJ Walch EP/POP: Gabriel Walch
Counters: Jim Rudd, Mary-Anna Welch
Altar Guild: Carol Nancarrow, Kendall Rubino
Coffee Hour: OPEN
NEXT SUNDAY– PENTECOST 17 – HOLY EUCHARIST – SEPTEMBER 26:
Celebrant: The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor
Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen
Ushers: Ginny Tuxhorn, Jim Rudd
Tech: TJ Walch, TBD
Lay Eucharist Ministers: Readers: OT/PS: Judy Rudd EP/POP: Don Nancarrow
Counters: Janet Reuter, Gary Welch
Altar Guild: Carol Nancarrow, Kendall Rubino
Coffee Hour: OPEN
Altar Flowers: Nicholson
Sanctuary Lamp: K. Wagner
Events at St. Mark’s this Week
THIS SUNDAY (Pentecost 17, Sept 19): HOLY EUCHARIST,10:30am, in person and on Facebook Live
MONDAY: SAA MEETING, 6:30am, Lounge; AA MEETING, 7:30pm, Parish Hall
TUESDAY: TOPS MEETING, 9:30am, Bride’s Room; NA MEETING, 7:30pm, Parish Hall
WEDNESDAY: STAFF MEETING, 9:30am, Office; BOOK STUDY CIRCLE, 7pm, Zoom
THURSDAY: SAA MEETING, 7:30pm, Lounge
FRIDAY: COMMUNICATIONS MEETING, 9:00am, Zoom
SATURDAY: HIDDEN GEMS, noon, parking lot; AA MEETING, 7:30pm, Parish Hall
NEXT SUNDAY (Pentecost 18, Sept. 26): HOLY EUCHARIST 10:30am, in person and on Facebook Live.
Places to be, things to do
SUNDAY SCHOOL begins TODAY! Susan Kendall and Sandy Bultman will be in the Nursery (10:15am), Janet Reuter and Kendall Rubino will teach the elementary grades (10:15am) and Katherine Wagner and Elizabeth Wagner will teach the middle-and high-schoolers (9:30-10:15am). The children in the Nursery and elementary class will be brought into the church at the Peace.
HUNGER SUNDAY is TODAY. St. Paul’s UMC says there’s a real shortage of jelly, which is essential for PB&J. They also need canned veggies, fruit, meat, soup, and beans; shelf milk, crackers, mac and cheese, salty snacks, pasta, boxed potatoes and rice; and personal care products such as shampoo, soap, and TP. Financial donations are also welcome.
YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND! The Procter Center will be the site for the Diocesan Convocation “Proclaiming the Dream”, on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 10am-4pm. See the Constant Contact or the Narthex bulletin board for details.
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS: In honor of the Feast of St. Francis, we’ll celebrate with our pets during the Sunday, Oct. 10 service. All critters encouraged (properly restrained); for shyer pets, photos are welcome. For more information see the Narthex bulletin board.
SECOND SUNDAY CHOIR: For those who love to sing, please consider joining other members of St. Mark’s in a monthly choral (with safety protocols) offering. Please let music director, Donna Larsen, know you are interested so you can get the music ahead of time. Practice will be at 10am on the second Sunday; the anthem will be sung that day. Family members are encouraged to sing together! The next choir performance will be Sunday, Oct. 10.
VALLEY VINEYARDS: Come enjoy St. Mark’s annual parish dinner at this lovely winery on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 6:30pm. There’s a sign-up sheet in the Narthex with the menus as well as the phone number needed to make your reservation by October 14. Contact Tony Rubino for more information.
The Community of St. Mark’s Classifieds
THE CONSTANT CONTACT will be now be published weekly on Saturdays. Special issues will be provided as needed.
HOW TO DONATE ONLINE: From your phone, text the word “give” to 937-932-1082 and it will take you through the steps to set up your account. Contact the office if you have questions.
Lesser Feasts and Fasts
RECOMMENDED FEAST DAY TO OBSERVE: Wednesday, Sept. 22, is the Feast of Philander Chase, Bishop of Ohio and of Illinois, 1852. While at Dartmouth College, he happened upon a copy of the Book of Common Prayer, which, next to the Bible, he thought it was the most excellent book he had ever studied. Ordained a deacon in 1798, he began mission work on the northern and western frontiers; ordained a priest in 1799, Chase served as rector of Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, New York, until 1805. He then moved to New Orleans, where he organized the first Protestant congregation in Louisiana. That parish now serves as the cathedral church for the Diocese of Louisiana. In 1810 he returned north to Hartford, Connecticut as rector of Christ Church, now the cathedral church of the Diocese of Connecticut. In 1817 he accepted a call to be the first rector of St. John’s Church in Worthington, Ohio. A year later he was elected the first Bishop of Ohio, establishing Kenyon College and Bexley Hall Seminary. In 1831 Chase resigned as Bishop of Ohio and in 1835 he was elected the first Bishop of Illinois, serving in this office until he died on September 20, 1852. As the senior bishop in the Episcopal Church, he served as the Presiding Bishop from 1843 until his death.
Prayers for the Week of Sept. 19:
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, especially the people of Afghanistan who seek asylum, may they find safety and peace.
For those in our prayer cycles: in the Anglican cycle of prayer, we pray for the Church of the Province of Uganda; in the Diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for St. Patrick’s in Dublin, St. James in Cincinnati, and St. George’s in Dayton; in our Parish cycle of prayer, we pray for Dave and Janet Reuter, Rob, Eva, Madeline, and Elizabeth Reuter, and Tony, Kendall Rubino, and Justin Rubino; For those celebrating September birthdays: Eva Reuter (9/1), Jim Tallman (9/6), Tibby Day (9/10), Steve Darnell (9/14), Paul Sharp (9/20), Katherine Wagner (9/26); For those celebrating wedding anniversaries: Rob & Eva Reuter (9/4), Mike and Katherine Wagner (9/25); 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 – 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; Emily – Ann Phillips’ niece; Emma, Lowell, & the Burton Family – friends of Juanita Limes and the Darnells; Helen – Wayne Harper’s mother-in-law; Holzwarth Family – friends of the Wagners; Jaime & Ryan – Linda Stagles’ daughter & son-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; Lark – friend of Katherine Wagner; Leslie – friend of Juanita Limes; Margaret – Rowena MacGregor’s mother; Mary – friend of the Wagners; Meghan – friend of Elizabeth Wagner ; Mya – Rowena MacGregor’s great-niece; 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; Steve & Debi – friends of Linda Stagles; Sue & Tom – friends of the Phillips’; Susan – friend of the Nancarrow’s; 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, 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.
ADULT EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES
The Rev. Rowena MacGregor will be facilitating the following adult educational/spiritual development offerings beginning in September. These are only the first offerings for this fall into winter; additional study and sharing opportunities TBA. Offerings will be on Zoom unless otherwise specified. Some will be recorded, such as the book study and bible study; others, like practice circles and meditation will not be recorded as they may contain personal content given by the participants wherein confidentiality and safety in the group is essential. Recordings will be available by request only to those who are unable to attend or miss a session. All offerings are open to friends and family that participants feel would be interested and because they are on Zoom, people may attend from anywhere in the world.
Book Study Circle: “The Church Cracked Open: Disruption, Decline, and New Hope for Beloved Community” by Stephanie Spellers. Spellers will be preaching at the upcoming Diocesan Convocation at the Proctor Center on Saturday, September 25. So this is the perfect time to read and share in mutual conversation about the relevant topics she covers in her new book which is being read by churches across the diocese. “Spellers serves as Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Canon for Evangelism, Reconciliation, and Creation, helping Episcopalians to share the good news and cross boundaries as part of the Jesus Movement. A former church planter and seminary faculty member, she is the author of Radical Welcome: Embracing God, the Other and the Spirit of Transformation.” (from book back cover) This book study will be held over two sessions as it is a book of only 8 chapters over 126 pages. It is expected that the first four chapters of the book will be read PRIOR to the first meeting and the remaining four chapters prior to the second and last meeting. This circle will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 15 and 22 at 7pm on Zoom.
Healing and Peacemaking Practice Circle: This offering contains both a healing litany as well as an opportunity for sharing. This circle is for those who are experiencing health challenges, the changes that come from aging, grief and loss, significant life changes, COVID fatigue or any other adverse circumstance. The sharing circle, educational materials, and healing litany will focus on learning to cope with external challenges/opportunities to promote spiritual growth through self-inquiry, self-evaluation, and self-forgiveness. The first class will be held at 11:45pm – 1pm, on Friday, Sept. 17; the fixed meeting time and meeting frequency will be decided by participants at this meeting.
Extra: If there is interest in Intro to Meditation I will offer that as well; please communicate with me if you feel you would try such an offering.
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Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – noon
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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