Advent-3 (Yr A) Dec 11, 2022


The Celebration of Holy Eucharist

The Third Week of Advent



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St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Dayton, Ohio, December 11, 2022, 10:30am




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.



“Pastorale On The Eighth Gregorian Psalm Tone”        Joseph Rheinberger


WELCOME:   The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor   


Lighting of the Advent Candles


Please stand


Celebrant: We light these candles as a sign of the light of Christ that has come into the world in preparation for the full manifestation of God’s kingdom:

Celebrant: The nations shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

Celebrant: The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them.

Celebrant: The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing.

Celebrant: God of hope, you draw us from the exile of sin with the good news of restoration; comfort us with the expectation of your saving power made known to us in the coming of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



“Blest be the King whose coming is in the name of God!”                      The Hymnal 1982, #74


1          Blest be the King whose coming

                        is in the name of God!

            For him let doors be opened,

                        no hearts against him barred!

            Not robed in royal splendor,

                        in power and pomp, comes he;

            but clad as are the poorest,

                        such his humility!

2          Blest be the King whose coming

                        is in the name of God!

            By those who truly listen

                        his voice is truly heard;

            pity the proud and haughty,

                        who have not learned to heed

            the Christ who is the Promise,

                        who has atonement made.


3          Blest be the King whose coming

                        is in the name of God!

            He only to the humble

                        reveals the face of God.

            All power is his, all glory!

                        All things are in his hand,

            all ages and all peoples,

                        till time itself shall end!


4          Blest be the King whose coming

                        is in the name of God!

            He offers to the burdened

                        the rest and grace they need.

            Gentle is he and humble!

                        And light his yoke shall be,

            for he would have us bear it

                        so he can make us free!



The Liturgy of the Word


Please remain standing


Celebrant: Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and for ever.  Amen.  (with gusto!)

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.



Celebrant:  The Lord be with you.  And also with you.  Let us pray.

All: Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.


SONG OF PRAISE:     Please remain standing

“Prepare ye”                         Godspell                            Laura Leach, soloist, and congregation


Soloist: Prepare ye the way of the Lord; prepare ye the way of the Lord. (Sung twice)


Congregation: Prepare ye the way of the Lord; prepare ye the way of the Lord.  (Sung twice)


Please be seated



Reader:  The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom;

like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God.  Strengthen the weak hands and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are of a fearful heart, “Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come and save you.” Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water; the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp, the grass shall become reeds and rushes.  A highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way; the unclean shall not travel on it,
but it shall be for God’s people; no traveler, not even fools, shall go astray. No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there. And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.          (35:1-10)

Reader:  The Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.                                                      


Please stand    



Reader: Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help! whose hope is in the Lord their God;

Reader: Who made heaven and earth, the seas, and all that is in them; who keeps his promise for ever;

Reader: Who gives justice to those who are oppressed, and food to those who hunger.

Reader: The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind; the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;

Reader: The Lord loves the righteous; the Lord cares for the stranger; he sustains the orphan and widow, but frustrates the way of the wicked.

Reader: The Lord shall reign for ever, your God, O Zion, throughout all generations.

Hallelujah!        (146:4-9)


Please be seated



Reader:  Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. Beloved, do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged. See, the Judge is standing at the doors! As an example of suffering and patience, beloved, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.     (5:7-10)

Reader:  The Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.   

Please stand



“Herald, sound the note of judgment”   (v. 1-3)                                               1982 Hymnal, #70


  1. Herald, sound the note of judgment, warning us of right and wrong,

turning us from sin and sadness till once more we sing the song.


Refrain: Sound the trumpet! Tell the message! Christ, the Savior King, has come!


  1. Herald, sound the note of gladness; tell the news that Christ is here;

make a pathway through the desert for the one who brings God near.  Refrain


  1. Herald, sound the note of pardon—those repenting are forgiven;

God receives his wayward children, and to them new life is given.  Refrain



Please stand



Celebrant: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Celebrant: When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.” As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind? What then did you go out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes? Look, those who wear soft robes are in royal palaces. What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written,

‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’

“Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”                                                   (11:2-11)

Celebrant: The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Christ.      



“Herald, sound the note of judgment”   (v. 4)                                                 1982 Hymnal, #70


       4. Herald, sound the note of triumph; Christ has come to share our life,

bringing God’s own love and power, granting victory in our strife.  


Refrain: Sound the trumpet! Tell the message! Christ, the Savior King, has come!


Please be seated




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.


Please stand or kneel



Reader:  In this season of hope and expectation let us lay before God the petitions of our hearts; calling upon the One who has promised to act faithfully on behalf of all those who pray in Jesus’ name.

Reader:  In preparation and expectation, we pray that the leaders of nations may turn their hands from violence and iniquity and embrace instead the ways of righteousness and peace.  Let us prepare the way of the Lord.

Reader: In preparation and expectation, we pray that the community of Riverside, its churches, schools, and residents, continuing to work together with ever increasing effort, may provide for the relief of poverty, hunger, drug addiction, and homelessness so that the children in our midst may grow up in peace and be surrounded with love, encouragement and support.  Let us prepare the way of the Lord.

Reader:  In preparation and expectation, we pray for the sick and those who suffer from any adversity, those named on the parish prayer list and remembering especially, Patricia and Jim, the Sharp family, Mary-Anna and Welch family, Linda, the Berta family, Wayne and the Harper family, Don, Ruby and the Webster family, the Phillips family, the Darnell family, Judy, Juanita, Rob, Mary, George, and Vern; that they may be supported by the presence and prayers of family and friends, and so experience the healing power of our Redeemer.  Let us prepare the way of the Lord.

Reader:  In preparation and expectation, we pray that this congregation, called to be a community of prayerful contemplation and action, may continue to be shaped by God’s hand, strengthened by the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ, and enriched by the Holy Spirit in this season of expectation.  Let us prepare the way of the Lord.

Reader: In preparation and expectation, we pray that the departed may rejoice as they are called into fellowship with Christ by the One who is ever faithful. Let us prepare the way of the Lord.

Reader:  In preparation and expectation, we pray for the coming of God’s kingdom realized within us by the gift and movement of the Holy Spirit: Let us prepare the way of the Lord.

Celebrant:  In the psalms of David, in the words of the prophets, and in the dream of Joseph, your promise, O God, is spoken and takes flesh in the womb of the Mary.  May Emmanuel find welcome in our hearts, take flesh in our lives, and be for all peoples the welcome advent of redemption and grace.  We ask this through him whose coming is certain, whose Day draws near; your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit.



Please kneel or stand      



Celebrant:  Let us commit our lives to Christ’s way of hope and peace as we confess our sins against God, our neighbors, and all our relations:

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:  May almighty God, by whose providence our Savior, Jesus Christ, came among us in great humility, sanctify you with the light of his blessing and set you free from all sin.  Amen.


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.


Please be seated


BIRTHDAY AND ANNIVERSARY PRAYERS:  Birthday: Janet Reuter (12/15).


ANNOUNCEMENTS                                                                    Libby Nicholson, Sr. Warden



Celebrant: Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and make good your vows to the Most High. Let us with gladness present the offerings and oblations of our life and labor to the Lord.


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.



“Hail, Christ The King!”                  David H. Williams                                  Laura Leach, voice


Please stand



Celebrant:  Let us pray.  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, please approach the celebrant by way of the center aisle and returning to your seat by way of the side aisle. The common cup is available for those who feel comfortable drinking from it; please do not dip the wafer in the wine – per Bishop Smith.


Those not receiving the sacrament in either kind 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 B:                  

Celebrant: The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

Celebrant: Lift up your hearts.

People: We lift them to the Lord. 

Celebrant: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People: It is right to give 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. Because you sent your beloved Son to redeem us from sin and death, and to make us heirs in him of everlasting life; that when he shall come again in power and great triumph to judge the world, we may without shame or fear rejoice to behold his appearing. 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:


THE SANCTUS:                                                                      Wonder, Love, & Praise,  #851


All: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of pow’r 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:  We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling of Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your Son.  For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world. In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you.  In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.


Celebrant: On the night before he died for us, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and give 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 the, and said, “Drink this, all of you:  This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.  Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.” Therefore, according to his command, O Father,


All: We remember his death, We proclaim his resurrection, We await his coming in glory.


Celebrant:  And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O Lord of all; presenting to you, from your creation, this bread and wine.  We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts that they may be the Sacrament of the Body of Christ and his Blood of the new Covenant.  +Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit.  In the fullness of time, put all things in subjection under Christ, and bring us to that heavenly country where, with all your saints, we may enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation.  By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever.  AMEN! (with gusto!)



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:                                                                   

“O Lamb of God”                                                                                       1982 Hymnal, #S157


All: O Lamb of God that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.

O Lamb of God that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.

O Lamb of God that takest away the sins of the world, grant us thy peace.




Celebrant: The Gifts of God for the People of God.


The people may now come forward to receive the Sacrament.



(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.


Please stand



“Comfort, comfort ye my people”                                                                    1982 Hymnal, #67


1          Comfort, comfort ye my people,

                        speak ye peace, thus saith our God;

            comfort those who sit in darkness

                        mourning ’neath their sorrows’ load.

            Speak ye to Jerusalem

            of the peace that waits for them;

            tell her that her sins I cover,

            and her warfare now is over.


2          Hark, the voice of one that crieth

                        in the desert far and near,

            calling us to new repentance

                        since the kingdom now is here.

            Oh, that warning cry obey!

            Now prepare for God a way;

            let the valleys rise to meet him

            and the hills bow down to greet him.


3          Make ye straight what long was crooked,

                        make the rougher places plain;

            let your hearts be true and humble,

                        as befits his holy reign.

            For the glory of the Lord

            now o’er earth is shed abroad;

            and all flesh shall see the token

            that the word is never broken.



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 . . .



“O praise ye the Lord!”                                                                        The Hymnal 1982, #432


1          O praise ye the Lord!

                        Praise him in the height;

            rejoice in his word,

                        ye angels of light;

            ye heavens, adore him

                        by whom ye were made,

            and worship before him,

                        in brightness arrayed.


2          O praise ye the Lord!

                        Praise him upon earth,

            in tuneful accord,

                        all ye of new birth;

            praise him who hath brought you

                        his grace from above,

            praise him who hath taught you

                        to sing of his love.


3          O praise ye the Lord!

                        All things that give sound;

            each jubilant chord

                        re-echo around;

            loud organs, his glory

                        forth tell in deep tone,

            and sweet harp, the story

                        of what he hath done.


4          O praise ye the Lord!

                        Thanksgiving and song

            to him be outpoured

                        all ages along!

            For love in creation,

                        for heaven restored,

            for grace of salvation,

                        O praise ye the Lord!




Celebrant: Alleluia! Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Thanks be to God. Alleluia!



“Prepare The Way, O Zion”                     Dale Wood


THE ALTAR FLOWERS are given by Mike and Katherine Wagner in celebration of Jameson Henry Wagner’s first birthday.



Prayers for the Week of December 11:





For those who have died:


For all those who died by suicide: remembering especially teens and young adults who took their own lives this week;


For the people of the Ukraine – and all nations striving for peace and just governance;


For medical and wellness practitioners, who are assisting people with mental, physical, and financial conditions and issues related to the Covid pandemic;


For the homeless: remembering especially those who lost their homes due to flooding and fires in this nation and around the world in recent weeks; and the homeless of Dayton;


For all those addicted to heroin, remembering especially the youth who died this week from overdose;


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, floods, drought, fire, mudslides, and tornadoes;


For those who suffer from a lack of water without which there can be no life;


For the work of Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) and for the millions of refugees and asylum seekers worldwide who wander the lands of the earth in search of safety, food, water, employment, and family, and whose suffering is greater than we can ever know.


For those in our prayer cycles:in the Anglican cycle of prayer, we pray for The Anglican Church of Kenya; in the Diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for Trinity, Belaire, Church of the Advent, Cincinnati, Good Samaritan, Amelia;


For St. Mark’s Families in our parish prayer cycle.


For those parishioners celebrating birthdays.


For those parishioners celebrating wedding anniversaries.


For those on our parish prayer list.


For those who suffer from illness, grief, or any other adversity.


For faithful animal companions and those who care for all animals.


For the mission work of this congregation: Canterbury Court, CARE House, St. Paul UMC Food Pantry, Hope 4Riverside, and Neighborhood Bridges; and for all the non-profit groups who use our Community Building;


For our Diocesan Bishops: for the Rt. Rev. Wayne Smith, Bishop Provisional; 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  those to be ordained to the Sacred Order of the Diaconate on December 10: Martha John Camele, Bradley William Gough, Iva Catherine Staats, and Michael Bryan Tigner;


For Transitional Deacon(s): Don Carlson;


For postulants for holy orders in the DSO: Phoebe Myhrum Bentley, Martha Camele, Maggie Gough, Brad Gough, Catherine Duffy, Alane Osborne, Libbie Crawford, Gayland Trim, Molly Cook, Victoria Lewis, Kate Meeks, Kyle Schenkewicz, Gregory Williams, Iva Staats, Michael Tigner, and Amy Cochran.  


For the search for a new bishop for the DSO: Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a bishop for this Diocese, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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.


THE CANDLE IN THE SANCTUARY LAMP remains lighted throughout the week to  indicate and honor the eternal presence of Christ and is dedicated this day by Mike and Katherine Wagner in celebration of December family birthdays: Chris, Donna, Jamie, Elizabeth, Sean, and Barbara.






Celebrant: The Rev. Rowena MacGregor

Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen

Voice: Laura Leach, as available

Acolyte(s):  Jackie Hoskinson and Will Day

Lay Eucharist Ministers: Readers:

                                                   OT/PS: Carol Williamson

                                                   EP/POP: Jackie Hoskinson

Chalice Bearers: Carol Williamson and Judy Rudd

Eucharistic Minister (Home Communions):

                                             Carol Williamson, as available

Tech/Facebook Live: Katherine Wagner

Ushers:  Carol Williamson and Jim Rudd

Counters: Dave Reuter and Gary Welch

Altar Guild: Janet Reuter and Stephanie and Gary Welch

Coffee Hour Host(s): Janet and Elizabeth Reuter

Open/Close: Welch/Reuter




Celebrant: The Rev. Rowena MacGregor

Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen

Voice: Laura Leach, as available

Acolyte(s):  Elizabeth Wagner-Weber and Scott Kelly

Lay Eucharist Ministers: Readers:

                                                   OT/PS: Gary Welch

                                                   EP/POP: Gabriel Walch

Chalice Bearers: Elizabeth Wagner-Weber and Carol Williamson

Eucharistic Minister (Home Communions):

                                             Carol Williamson, as available

Tech/Facebook Live: TJ Walch

Ushers:  Dave Reuter and Tony Rubino

Counters: Dave Reuter and Tony Rubino

Altar Guild: Janet Reuter and Stephanie and Gary Welch

Coffee Hour Host(s): Jim and Jackie Hoskinson

Open/Close: Wagner/Rubino

Altar Flowers: Wagner

Candle Dedication: Hoskinson



Happening this Week at St. Mark’s:


THIS SUNDAY (3 Advent, December 11): HOLY EUCHARIST, 10:30am, in-person and on Facebook Live; SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES: Jr./Sr. High class, 9:30am; Elementary School and Early Education classes, 10:30am; COFFEE HOUR; DSO ADVENT SERIES, 7-8:30pm, Zoom


MONDAY:  PARISH OFFICE,10am-1pm; SAA MEETING, 6:30am, Lounge; AA MEETING, 7:30pm, Parish Hall


TUESDAY:  PARISH OFFICE,10am-1pm; TOPS MEETING, 10:am, Lounge; NA MEETING, 7:30pm, Lounge; YOGA FOR 12 STEPS, 7:30pm, Parish Hall


WEDNESDAY: PARISH OFFICE, 10am-1pm; There are no events this day


THURSDAY: PARISH OFFICE, 10am-1pm; SAA MEETING, 7:30pm, Lounge


FRIDAY:  PARISH OFFICE CLOSED; There are no events this day


SATURDAYHIDDEN GEMS, 12pm, Parking Lot; AA MEETING, 7:30pm, Parish Hall


NEXT SUNDAY (4 Advent, December 18): HOLY EUCHARIST, 10:30am, in-person and on Facebook Live; SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES: Jr./Sr. High class, 9:30am; Elementary School and Early Education classes, 10:30am; COFFEE HOUR; DSO ADVENT SERIES, 7-8:30pm, Zoom



Places to be, things to do:


ADVENT SERIES: AN INCARNATIONAL JOURNEY: This Advent season, join us as we explore what it means to be spiritual beings having human experiences. Jesus came to teach us this, to show us the Way of Love and how to be wholly human. As we prepare for his birth, we will contemplate our own formation, together.  with Amy Howton & Miriam McKinney on Sundays from 7-8:30pm; November 27 – December 18. . Rowena+ will be attending this offering and encourages the people of St. Mark’s to participate as well; email Rowena+ for link.


CHRISTMAS PROJECT: Volunteers are needed to shop, sort, pack and deliver the gifts and food to Help Me Grow on Wednesday, December 21. Time TBA. Donations are also needed for food for the nine families that St. Mark’s has adopted.


THE VESTRY will meet for its regular December meeting on Wednesday, December 21.


ST. MARK’S CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE will be at 7pm on Saturday, December 24. There will not be a Christmas Day service.



The Community of St. Mark’s Classifieds:


CHRISTMAS FLOWER DONATIONS are being collected now, last day to donate in Sunday, December 18. Please use the envelopes provided in the Narthex.


LIONS CLUB COLLECTION OF USED ITEMS: St. Mark’s is now collecting used eye glasses, hearing aids, cell phones, plastic pill bottles (remove labels), and plastic bags (to be recycled into benches). Please use the box provided in the narthex for all items but the plastic bags.


2023 SIGNUP SHEETS: The 2023 Sign-up forms for Flowers, Eternal Candle Dedication and Coffee Hour Hosting are now posted on the bulletin board in the Narthex.


LESSONS FOR NEXT SUNDAY: Isaiah 7:10-16, Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1:18-25, Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18.






St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

456 Woodman Drive

Dayton, OH 45431


Email:, Office Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10am-1pm

Office closed on Friday, 937-256-1082

(Please contact The Rev. Rowena MacGregor directly to report a pastoral emergency.)


The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor, Priest-In-Charge, 570-404-2025,


Donna Larsen, Music Director/Organist,


Jill Dryden, Sexton,

Contact via church office


Libby Nicholson – Senior Warden,

Kendall Rubino – Junior Warden,




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Instagram: St Mark’s Dayton

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Licensing for music use and streaming:

One License – #A-740839: Annual license with podcasting; 

B – 26 to 100 average weekend attendance.



For the complete Weekly Prayers with parishioners’ names, click HERE.

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To read a copy of the latest Vestry Minutes, click HERE.

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