The Celebration of Holy Eucharist
The Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
Dayton, Ohio, October 3, 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.
“Moderato in C Minor” Frank Bridge
GREETINGS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Please stand for the ringing of the bell and processional.
“Rejoice! The Lord is King” The Hymnal 1982, #481
1 Rejoice, the Lord is King! Your Lord and King adore!
Mortals, give thanks and sing, and triumph evermore.
Lift up your heart! lift up your voice!
Rejoice! again I say, rejoice!
2 The Lord the Savior reigns, the God of truth and love:
when he had purged our stains, he took his seat above.
3 His kingdom cannot fail; he rules o’er earth and heaven;
the keys of death and hell to Christ the Lord are given.
4 Rejoice in glorious hope! Our Lord the Judge shall come,
and take his servants up to their eternal home.
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. Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; 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 JOB:
Reader: There was once a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job. That man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. One day the heavenly beings came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them to present himself before the Lord. The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the Lord, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” The Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man who fears God and turns away from evil. He still persists in his integrity, although you incited me against him, to destroy him for no reason.” Then Satan answered the Lord, “Skin for skin! All that people have they will give to save their lives. But stretch out your hand now and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face.” The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, he is in your power; only spare his life.” So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord, and inflicted loathsome sores on Job from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. Job took a potsherd with which to scrape himself, and sat among the ashes. Then his wife said to him, “Do you still persist in your integrity? Curse God, and die.” But he said to her, “You speak as any foolish woman would speak. Shall we receive the good at the hand of God, and not receive the bad?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips. (1:1; 2:1-10)
Reader: The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
A READING FROM THE BOOK OF PSALMS:
Reader: Give judgment for me, O Lord, for I have lived with integrity;
All: I have trusted in the Lord and have not faltered. Test me, O Lord, and try me; examine my heart and my mind. For your love is before my eyes; I have walked faithfully with you. I have not sat with the worthless, nor do I consort with the deceitful.
Reader: I have hated the company of evildoers; I will not sit down with the wicked.
All: I will wash my hands in innocence, O Lord, that I may go in procession round your altar, Singing aloud a song of thanksgiving and recounting all your wonderful deeds. Lord, I love the house in which you dwell and the place where your glory abides.
Reader: Do not sweep me away with sinners, nor my life with those who thirst for blood,
All: Whose hands are full of evil plots, and their right hand full of bribes. As for me, I will live with integrity; redeem me, O Lord, and have pity on me. My foot stands on level ground;
in the full assembly I will bless the Lord. (PS 26)
Please be seated
A READING FROM THE LETTER TO THE HEBREWS:
Reader: Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. Now God did not subject the coming world, about which we are speaking, to angels. But someone has testified somewhere, “What are human beings that you are mindful of them, or mortals, that you care for them? You have made them for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned them with glory and honor, subjecting all things under their feet.” Now in subjecting all things to them, God left nothing outside their control. As it is, we do not yet see everything in subjection to them, but we do see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, saying, “I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters, in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.” (1:1-4; 2:5-12)
Reader: The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
“God the Sculptor of the Mountains” (verses 1-2) Wonder, Love, & Praise, #746
1 God the sculptor of the mountains,
God the miller of the sand,
God the jeweler of the heavens,
God the potter of the land:
you are womb of all creation,
we are formless; shape us now.
2 God the nuisance to the Pharaoh,
God the cleaver of the sea,
God the pillar of the darkness,
God the beacon of the free:
you are gate of all deliv’rance,
we are sightless; lead us now.
Celebrant: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.
People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.
Celebrant: Some Pharisees came, and to test him they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.” But Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.” People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them. (10:2-16)
Celebrant: The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Christ.
“God the Sculptor of the Mountains” (verses 3-4) Wonder, Love, & Praise, #746
3 God the unexpected infant,
God the calm, determined youth,
God the table turning prophet,
God the resurrected Truth:
you are present every moment,
we are searching; meet us now.
4 God the dresser of the vineyard,
God the planter of the wheat,
God the reaper of the harvest,
God the source of all we eat:
you are host at every table,
we are hungry; feed us now.
Please be seated
THE NICENE CREED:
“I believe in God almighty” Wonder, Love, & Praise, #769
1 I believe in God almighty, author of all things that be,
Maker of the earth and heavens, Keeper of the sky and sea.
I believe in God’s son, Jesus, now for us both Lord and Christ,
of the Spirit and of Mary born to bring abundant life.
2 I believe that Jesus suffered, scourged and scorned and crucified;
taken from the cross, was buried— True Life there had truly died.
I believe that on the third day Christ was raised up from the grave,
then ascended to God right hand. He will come to judge and save.
3 I believe in God’s own Spirit, bonding all the saints within
One church, catholic and holy, where forgiveness frees from sin;
in the body’s resurrection, for the breaking of death’s chain
gives the life that’s everlasting. This the faith that I have claimed.
(The cantor sings verse 1, and the congregation sings verses 2&3)
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 adversity, 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
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
“All the Way My Savior Leads Me” Charles McCartha
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 RECEIVED FOR CARE HOUSE:
Celebrant: Let us pray. 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
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.
“Spirit of the Living God” (sing three times) Lift Every Voice & Sing, #115
Spirit of the Living God,
Fall fresh on me.
Spirit of the Living God,
Fall fresh on me.
Melt me, mold me,
Fill me, use me.
Spirit of the Living God,
Fall fresh on me.
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 . . .
“Alleluia! Sing to Jesus” The Hymnal 1982, #460
1. Alleluia! Sing to Jesus, His the scepter, his the throne
Alleluia! His the triumph, His the victory alone
Hark! The songs of peaceful Zion thunder like a mighty flood
Jesus out of every nation hath redeemed us by his blood.
2. Alleluia! Not as orphans are we left in sorrow now
Alleluia! He is near us, faith believes nor questions how
Though the cloud from sight received him when the forty days were o’er
Shall our hearts forget his promise, I am with you evermore?
3. Alleluia! Bread of heaven, here on earth our food and stay
Alleluia! Here the sinful flee to thee from day to day
Intercessor, Friend of sinners, earth’s Redeemer, plead for me
Where the songs of all the sinless sweep across the crystal sea.
4. Alleluia! King eternal, thee the Lord of Lords we own
Alleluia! Born of Mary, earth thy footstool, heaven thy throne
Thou within the veil hast entered, robed in flesh, our great High Priest
Thou on earth both Priest and Victim in the Eucharistic Feast…
Celebrant: Alleluia! Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Thanks be to God. Alleluia!
“Postlude” Charles Vincent
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 Katherine Wagner, in loving memory of Edward Joseph Veazey.
THE ALTAR FLOWERS are given in loving memory of John Webster, whose birthday was October 5; from all his children and grandchildren.
GROUNDED IN COMMUNITY
THIS SUNDAY– PENTECOST 19 – HOLY EUCHARIST – OCTOBER 3:
Celebrant and Preacher: The Rev. Jack Koepke
Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen
Ushers: Wayne Harper, Tony Rubino
Tech: Gary Welch, Mary-Anna Welch
Acolyte: Jackie Hoskinson
Lay Eucharist Ministers: Readers: OT/PS: Jim Rudd EP/POP: Elizabeth Wagner
Counters: Carol Nancarrow, Dave Reuter
Altar Guild: Katherine Wagner, Elizabeth Wagner
Coffee Hour: OPEN
NEXT SUNDAY– PENTECOST 20 – HOLY EUCHARIST – OCTOBER 10:
Celebrant and Preacher: The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor
Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen
Ushers: Dave Reuter, Wayne Harper
Tech: TJ Walch, Mary-Anna Welch
Acolyte: Jennifer Phillips/Elizabeth Wagner
Lay Eucharist Ministers: Readers: OT/PS: Carol Williamson EP/POP: Judy Rudd
Counters: Janet Reuter, Tony Rubino
Altar Guild: Katherine Wagner, Elizabeth Wagner
Coffee Hour: OPEN
Altar Flowers: Day
Sanctuary Lamp: Wagner
Events at St. Mark’s this Week
THIS SUNDAY (Pentecost 19, Oct. 3): HOLY EUCHARIST,10:30am, in person and on
Facebook Live; CARE HOUSE SUNDAY.
MONDAY: SAA MEETING, 6:30am, Lounge; STEWARDSHIP MEETING, 7pm, Lounge;
AA MEETING, 7:30pm, Parish Hall
TUESDAY: TOPS MEETING, 9:30am, Bride’s Room; NA MEETING, 7:30pm, Parish Hall
WEDNESDAY: No events this day
THURSDAY: SAA MEETING, 7:30pm, Lounge
FRIDAY: No events this day
SATURDAY: HIDDEN GEMS, noon, parking lot; AA MEETING, 7:30pm, Parish Hall
NEXT SUNDAY (Pentecost 20, Oct. 10): HOLY EUCHARIST with THE SECOND SUNDAY CHOIR and BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS, 10:30am, in person and on Facebook Live.
Places to be, things to do
WELCOME TO FR. JACK! Thank you for celebrating with us while Rowena is gone.
CARE HOUSE SUNDAY is TODAY. Donations of small water bottles, healthy snacks, and gift cards (gas, Kroger, Wal-Mart) are welcome. Monetary donations will be noted on your contribution sheet.
DSO BOOK GROUP TO READ ‘THE CHURCH CRACKED OPEN’: join others in the Diocese for an in-depth study of Stephanie Sellers’ book. Meet via zoom every Thursday in October from 6-7:30pm. See the latest Constant Contact or www.diosohio.org for details.
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS: In honor of the Feast of St. Francis, we’ll celebrate with our pets NEXT SUNDAY, Oct. 10, during the service. All animals are welcome in the sanctuary (properly restrained); for shyer pets, photos are welcome. For more information see the Narthex bulletin board or contact the office at 937-256-1082.
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 NEXT Sunday, Oct. 10.
THE CHURCH CRACKED OPEN BOOK GROUP will meet at 7pm on Wednesday, Oct. 13 via Zoom. This is an open group; please read all or part of the book before joining the group.
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.
ALL SAINTS DAY NECROLOGY: On Sunday, November 7 we will celebrate All Saints Day. In that day’s Eucharistic Prayers, we include the names of our parishioners, relatives, and friends who have died during the past year. If you have a loved one whose name you would like included, please contact Katherine by November 1.
The Community of St. Mark’s Classifieds
STEWARDSHIP NOTES FOR SEPTEMBER: There were four Sunday services; 200 attended in person and 162 watched via Facebook Live (live and recorded). The monthly plate and pledge collection was $9040.
THE REV. ROWENA MACGREGOR will be out of the office from Monday, Sept. 27 through Friday, Oct. 8. The Rev. Jack Koepke will celebrate with us on Sunday Oct. 3; for pastoral needs, please contact the office.
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.
Prayers for the Week of Oct. 3
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 in Wales; in the Diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray St. Mary’s in Waynesville, Calvary in Cincinnati, and Epiphany in Urbana; in our Parish cycle of prayer, we pray for Paul & Carol Sharp, George Snyder, and Mary Sones; For those celebrating October birthdays: Robert Kelly (10/3), Mike Wagner (10/9), Sophie Darnell (10/13), Rowena MacGregor (10/13), Jen Bonifas (10/14), Will Day (10/16), Jasmyne Phillips (10/17), Joy Brown (10/19), Phyllis Berta (10/20), Jennifer Phillips (10/30); For those celebrating wedding anniversaries: Larry & Joy Brown (10/20), Paul & Carol Sharp (10/22); For those on our parish prayer list: Howard, Ruby, George, the Darnell Family, Judy, Juanita, Rob, Carmen, Mary, Vern; For those who suffer from illness, grief, or any other adversity: Ann – Carol Nancarrow’s mother; Ann – friend of the Bertas; Caiti – friend of Ann Phillips; Carl – friend of the Welches; Carol – friend of the Rubinos; Carrie – Susan Kendall’s daughter; Cassie and Jane – friends of the Tallmans; Chip – Jim Rudd’s step-mother; Chris & family – friends of the Reuters; Cindy & Marvin – friends of Elizabeth Wagner; Clara – Pat Tallman’s cousin; Danielle – Jenna Walch’s sister; David – Vern Hogden’s son; Emily – Ann Phillips’ niece; Emma, Lowell, & the Burton Family – friends of Juanita Limes and the Darnells; Helen – Wayne Harper’s mother-in-law; 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; Leslie – friend of Juanita Limes; Margaret – Rowena MacGregor’s mother; Meghan – friend of Elizabeth Wagner; Maya, Liz, and Peter – Rowena MacGregor’s family; Nanci – friend of the Larsens; the Pitcher Family – friends of Katherine Wagner; Renea – friend of Juanita and Lisa; Roberta – Tracey Swartz’ mother; Ron – friend of Ruby Webster; 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. More to follow!
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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