The Service of Morning Prayer
The Fifth Sunday of Easter
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
Dayton, Ohio, May 15, 2022, 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.
“In the Cross of Christ I Glory” Robert Powell
WELCOME: Fred Berta, Officiant
Please stand for the ringing of the bell and processional.
“In the cross of Christ I glory” (verses 1-3) The Hymnal 1982, #441
1 In the cross of Christ I glory,
towering o’er the wrecks of time;
all the light of sacred story
gathers round its head sublime.
2 When the woes of life o’ertake me,
hopes deceive, and fears annoy,
never shall the cross forsake me:
lo, it glows with peace and joy.
3 When the sun of bliss is beaming
light and love upon my way,
from the cross the radiance streaming
adds new luster to the day.
The Liturgy of the Word
Officiant: Alleluia! Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia! (with gusto!) The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us pray.
Officiant: 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:
Officiant: The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us pray. Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
SONG OF PRAISE:
“Hail, thou once despised Jesus”
All: Worship, honor, power, and blessing thou art worthy to receive; loudest praises, without
ceasing, right it is for us to give. Help us, bright angelic spirits — joined with ours, your voices
raise; help to show our Saviour’s merits, help to sing Immanuel’s praise.
(Bakewell 1721-1819 and others, verse 4)
Please be seated
A READING FROM THE BOOK OF ACTS:
Reader: Now the apostles and the believers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also accepted the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him, saying, “Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?” Then Peter began to explain it to them, step by step, saying, “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. There was something like a large sheet coming down from heaven, being lowered by its four corners; and it came close to me. As I looked at it closely I saw four-footed animals, beasts of prey, reptiles, and birds of the air. I also heard a voice saying to me, `Get up, Peter; kill and eat.’ But I replied, `By no means, Lord; for nothing profane or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ But a second time the voice answered from heaven, `What God has made clean, you must not call profane.’ This happened three times; then everything was pulled up again to heaven. At that very moment three men, sent to me from Caesarea, arrived at the house where we were. The Spirit told me to go with them and not to make a distinction between them and us. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man’s house. He told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house and saying, `Send to Joppa and bring Simon, who is called Peter; he will give you a message by which you and your entire household will be saved.’ And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as it had upon us at the beginning. And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said, `John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ If then God gave them the same gift that he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could hinder God?” When they heard this, they were silenced. And they praised God, saying, “Then God has given even to the Gentiles the repentance that leads to life.” (11:1-18)
Reader: The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
A READING FROM THE BOOK OF PSALMS:
Reader: Hallelujah! Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights.
All: Praise him, all you angels of his; praise him, all his host. Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars. Praise him, heaven of heavens, and you waters above the heavens.
Reader: Let them praise the Name of the Lord; for he commanded, and they were created.
All: He made them stand fast for ever and ever; he gave them a law which shall not pass away. Praise the Lord from the earth, you sea-monsters and all deeps; Fire and hail, snow and fog, tempestuous wind, doing his will; Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars;
Reader: Wild beasts and all cattle, creeping things and winged birds;
All: Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the world; Young men and maidens, old and young together. Let them praise the Name of the Lord, for his Name only is exalted, his splendor is over earth and heaven. He has raised up strength for his people and praise for all his loyal servants, the children of Israel, a people who are near him. Hallelujah!
Please be seated
A READING FROM THE BOOK OF THE REVELATION OF JOHN:
Reader: I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them as their God; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.” And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. (21:1-6)
Reader: The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
“Come thou font of every blessing” The Hymnal 1982, #686
1 Come, thou fount of every blessing,
tune my heart to sing thy grace!
Streams of mercy never ceasing,
call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! Oh, fix me on it,
mount of God’s unchanging love.
2 Here I find my greatest treasure;
hither, by thy help, I’ve come;
and I hope, by thy good pleasure,
safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger
wandering from the fold of God;
he, to rescue me from danger,
interposed his precious blood.
3 Oh, to grace how great a debtor
daily I’m constrained to be!
Let thy goodness, like a fetter,
bind my wandering heart to thee:
prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
prone to leave the God I love;
here’s my heart, oh, take and seal it,
seal it for thy courts above.
A READING FROM THE GOSPEL OF JOHN:
Officiant: A reading from the Gospel of John.
Officiant: At the last supper, when Judas had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (13:31-35)Officiant: The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God
Please be seated
A MEDITATION: “Faith by Proxy” Read by Lisa Darnell
Article by Brian Bantum, professor of theology, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
“Amazing grace” (verses 1-3) The Hymnal 1982, #671
1 Amazing grace! how sweet the sound,
that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost but now am found,
was blind but now I see.
2 ’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
and grace my fears relieved;
how precious did that grace appear
the hour I first believed!
3 The Lord has promised good to me,
his word my hope secures;
he will my shield and portion be
as long as life endures.
THE APOSTLES’ CREED:
Officiant: Let us say together the Apostles’ Creed
All: I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth; I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
(As is customary, the confession will be omitted through the Great 50 Days of Easter.)
THE PASSING OF THE PEACE:
Officiant: The peace of the Lord be always with you. And also with you.
The Ministers and People may greet one another in the name of the Lord. Hand sanitizer is available in the aisle inset as you come up for Communion.
Please be seated
BIRTHDAY and ANNIVERSARY PRAYERS
Officiant: 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. (Rev. 4:11)
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.
“If You Love Me” John Ness Beck
PRAYER FOR THE OFFERINGS OF THE PEOPLE:
Officiant: 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:
Officiant: Remembering Jesus, who fed friends and strangers on the hillside, accept our gifts of food for the hungry in our community.
Officiant: 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.
Please stand or kneel
Reader: The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us pray.
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.
Reader: With shouts of Alleluia at Christ’s victory over death, let us pray for the church, the world, and all those in need.
Reader: Almighty God, we give you thanks for making us witnesses to your resurrection. Give us eyes to see your ongoing works of revelation, ears to hear you call us into a more meaningful life, and voices to tell of your mighty works and deeds. Hear us, O God, your mercy is great.
Reader: We give you thanks for all of creation. Make us good stewards of the earth and its resources, that all may share in its bounty for many years to come; that we may live in harmony with all our relations. Hear us, O God, your mercy is great.
Reader: We pray for an end to war, remembering especially the people of Ukraine: for refugees and for those who are providing sanctuary and aid, for civilians joining the Ukrainian army in defense of their country, for those who have died, for the wounded and those who grieve, for those who are living in fear, for the whole world watching and praying, and for nations who discern right action as well as measures of mercy and aid. Assist us Lord in the restoration of peace. Hear us, O God, your mercy is great.
Reader: We pray for those who suffer in mind, body, or spirit, we remember especially those named on the parish prayer list, especially Carol S, Ruby, Howard, the Darnell family, Judy, Juanita, Rob, Mary, George, and Vern. Hear us, O God, your mercy is great.
Reader: We pray for all those who live in the Dayton area; remembering especially the residents of Riverside who are served by this parish. Hear us O God, your mercy is great.
Reader: We pray for the ministries and mission work of this congregation; the work of the Spirit in the midst of unrest and distress; keep us faithful and diligent in our service to you. Hear us, O God, your mercy is great.
Reader: In the sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ, we commend to you all who have died; May light perpetual shine upon them. Hear us, O God, your mercy is great.
(Time is given for personal intercessions and thanksgivings spoken aloud)
Officiant: God of All Creation, you call each of us to evolve, to recognize that you hold all that is in your loving embrace. As we grow in your love, may we learn to hold others in an ever expanding embrace as well. May we see the entire sweep of history as your self-communication that calls us to awaken to who we are in you – and who you are in us. In the mutual embrace that we share, may we together hold the entire cosmos, each and every person, each and every creature, in a way that nurtures and sustains and calls forth the gifts that are given for all. May each of us participate fully in a personal evolution that transforms us and transforms the world. Amen. (Judy Cannoto, Field of Compassion)
A COLLECT FOR SUNDAYS:
Officiant: O God, you make us glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of your Son our Lord: Give us this day such blessing through our worship of you, that the week to come may be spent in your favor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A COLLECT FOR THE RENEWAL OF LIFE:
Officiant: O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep your law, and guide our feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, we may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A COLLECT FOR MISSION:
Officiant: Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers which we offer before you for all members of your holy Church, that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
“We are all one in mission” Wonder, Love and Praise, #778
1 We all are one in mission,
we all are one in call,
our varied gifts united
by Christ, the Lord of all.
A single, great commission
compels us from above
to plan and work together
that all may know Christ’s love.
2 We all are called for service
to witness in God’s name.
Our ministries are diff’rent,
our purpose is the same:
to touch the lives of others
by God’s surprising grace,
so people of all nations may feel
God’s warm embrace.
3 We all behold one vision,
a stark reality;
the steward of salvation
was nailed upon a tree.
Yet resurrected Justice
gives rise that we may share
and hope amid despair.
4 Now let us be united
and let our song be heard.
Now let us be a vessel
for God’s redeeming Word.
We all are one in mission,
we all are one in call,
Our varied gifts united
by Christ, the Lord of all.
A GENERAL THANKSGIVING
Officiant: Let us pray.
All: Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up our selves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.
A PRAYER OF ST. CHRYSOSTOM:
Officiant: Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.
Officiant: Alleluia, alleluia, let us bless the Lord. Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia!
Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20,21)
“A mighty fortress is our God ” The Hymnal 1982, #687
1 A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
our helper he amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
for still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
his craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
on earth is not his equal.
2 Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing;
were not the right man on our side, the man of God’s own choosing:
dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is he;
Lord Sabaoth his Name, from age to age the same,
and he must win the battle.
3 And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us;
we will not fear, for God hath willed his truth to triumph through us;
the prince of darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
his rage we can endure, for lo! his doom is sure,
one little word shall fell him.
4 That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth;
the Spirit and the gifts are ours through him who with us sideth:
let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;
the body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still,
his kingdom is for ever.
“Good Christian Friends, Rejoice and Sing” Robert Lind
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 The Rev. Rowena MacGregor in honor of her daughter, Zoe Catherine Gibbons-MacGregor’s graduation from Lock Haven University with a Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration.
THE ALTAR FLOWERS are given by the Wagners in honor of all the May birthdays in our family: Meghan, Harrison, Nicole, Trish, Colleen, Todd, Kate.
GROUNDED IN COMMUNITY
THIS SUNDAY — FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER– MORNING PRAYER – MAY 15:
Officiant: Fred Berta
Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen
Ushers: Wayne Harper, Jim Rudd
Acolytes: Elizabeth Wagner, Scott Kelly
Lay Eucharist Ministers: Readers:
OT/PS: TJ Walch
EP/POP: Don Nancarrow
Tech: Katherine Wagner, Mary-Anna Welch
Counters: Tony Rubino, Mary-Anna Welch
Altar Guild: Carol Nancarrow, Kendall Rubino
Open/Close: Wagner, Rubino
NEXT SUNDAY– SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER– HOLY EUCHARIST– MAY 22:
Celebrant: The Rev. Rowena MacGregor
Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen
Ushers: Wayne Harper, Tony Rubino
Acolyte: Stephanie Welch
Lay Eucharist Ministers: Readers:
OT/PS: Carol Williamson
EP/POP: Jackie Hoskinson
Chalicists: Judy Rudd, Carol Williamson
Tech: TJ Walch, Mary-Anna Welch
Counters: Janet Reuter, Gary Welch
Altar Guild: Carol Nancarrow, Kendall Rubino
Altar Flowers: OPEN
Coffee Hour: Ice Cream Social
Events at St. Mark’s this Week
THIS SUNDAY (Easter 5, May 15): MORNING PRAYER, 10:30am, in person and on Facebook Live; HUNGER SUNDAY; EDUCATION FOR MINISTRY, 1:00pm, Fellowship Room.
MONDAY: SAA MEETING, 6:30am, Lounge; AA MEETING, 7:30pm, Parish Hall
TUESDAY: TOPS MEETING, 10a, Lounge; NA MEETING, 7:30pm, Parish Hall
WEDNESDAY: COMPLINE, 7pm, Zoom
THURSDAY: SAA MEETING, 7:30pm, Lounge;
FRIDAY: There are no events scheduled this day
SATURDAY: HIDDEN GEMS, noon, parking lot; AA MEETING, 7:30pm, Parish Hall
NEXT SUNDAY (Easter 6, May 22): HOLY EUCHARIST, 10:30am, in person and on Facebook Live; ICE CREAM SOCIAL; EDUCATION FOR MINISTRY, 1:00pm, Fellowship Room.
Places to be, things to do
PAUL’S OAKWOOD PRESENTS HARPS OF GRACE. This concert of classical, Celtic, and American music will be presented on TODAY Sunday, May 15 at 3pm. The 14-member harp ensemble is directed by Leslie Stratton, the Dayton Philharmonic’s principal harpist. There is no charge for the concert, but a freewill offering will be accepted.
INVITATION TO COMPLINE WITH ROWENA+: One of the 12 ways to promote the vitality of a parish, according to The Rev. Thom Rainer, is an active communal prayer life. While the Episcopal church has beautiful written prayers that serve as conduits of prayer, it is the prayers that spontaneously fall from our lips in the company of others that have the power to deepen relationships and foster loving understanding. I invite you, therefore, to join me and your fellow congregants from 7 to 7:30pm on May 18 to share in the written prayers of the church and to offer your personal thanksgivings and the prayers of your heart.
CANTERBURY COURT BUTTERFLY GARDEN PARTY! You can help with this event by donating sun-loving perennials or annuals May 16-20, and also by weeding and planting on Friday May 20 from 9am-11am. Bring your own tools, and pizza will be provided after planting. RSVP to Terry at 937-859-7490 ext 108, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info contact Jim Rudd 937-429-9948, email@example.com.
ICE CREAM SOCIAL! Celebrate the end of the program year with ice cream, games, and fellowship, right after the service on Sunday May 22.
THE MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR CARMEN DAVIS will be held at Newcomer Funeral Home, Beavercreek location, on Monday, May 23. The visitation will be from 1-2pm and the service will be at 2pm. The Rev. Rowena MacGregor will officiate.
SOFTBALL IS BACK! Come cheer on our team at Fairborn Ball Park on Tuesday evenings. The next game is on Tuesday, May 24 at 7:15pm on Diamond 1.
THE CHURCH CRACKED OPEN BOOK STUDY continues on Zoom on Wednesday May
25, at 7pm. This is a joint study between St. Mark’s and St. Margaret’s.
SUMMER STUDY OF THE GOSPEL OF LUKE. Rowena+ will be leading a class on the Gospel of Luke during June and July, on Wednesdays at 7pm via Zoom beginning on June 1. The first reading assignment will be announced before the class begins. The New Interpreter’s Study Bible: New Revised Standard Version With the Apocrypha is recommended for this class, and for general use, available from Amazon (used copies for less are also available).
ST. HELEN FESTIVAL is June 10-12! Join our Catholic neighbors as they present their first full festival since 2019: the rides, games, and food will all be back. We support this community event by providing our lot for overflow parking during the weekend (don’t worry–they always rope off spaces for us!), and in turn they plow the lot during the winter.
The Community of St. Mark’s Classifieds
THANK YOU to Fred Berta who is officiating the service of Morning Prayer today.
THE SUNDAY READINGS can be found at www.lectionarypage.net. The readings for
Sunday, May 22 are: Acts 16:9-15, Psalm 67, Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5, John 14:23-29
COFFEE HOUR RETURNS! Let’s celebrate fun, fellowship, and food with our church family! Sign up in the Narthex.
THE SANCTUARY LAMP schedule is in the Narthex. Cost is only $5 per week to have the lamp dedicated to someone you love. This is also how we cover the cost of the candles used in the lamp, so please dedicate one today!
Lesser Feasts and Fasts
RECOMMENDED FEAST DAY TO OBSERVE: Sunday, May 15 is the Feast of Francis Perkins, Public Servant and Prophetic Witness, 1965 . Frances Perkins was the first woman to serve a President of the United States as a member of the cabinet. Born in Boston in 1880 and educated at Mount Holyoke College and Columbia University, Perkins was passionate about the social problems occasioned by the continuing effects of industrialization and urbanization. As a young adult she discovered the Episcopal Church and was confirmed at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Lake Forest, Illinois, on June 11, 1905, and was a faithful and active Episcopalian for the remainder of her life. After moving to New York, she became an advocate for industrial safety and persistent voice for the reform of what she believed were unjust labor laws. This work got the attention of two of New York’s governors, Al Smith and Franklin D. Roosevelt, in whose state administrations she took part. President Roosevelt appointed her to a cabinet post as Secretary of Labor, a position she would hold for twelve years. As Secretary of Labor, Perkins would have a major role in shaping the New Deal legislation signed into law by President Roosevelt and which had great impact upon the nation as it emerged from the Great Depression of the early 1930s. During her years of public service, Frances Perkins depended upon her faith, her life of prayer, and the guidance of her church for the support she needed to assist the United States and its leadership to face the enormous problems of the time. During her time as Secretary of Labor, she would take time away from her duties on a monthly basis and make a retreat with the All Saints Sisters of the Poor in nearby Catonsville, Maryland. Following her public service she became a professor of industrial and labor relations at Cornell University. She remained active in teaching, social justice advocacy, and in the mission of the Episcopal Church until her death in 1965.
Loving God, we bless your Name for Frances Perkins, who lived out her belief that the special vocation of the laity is to conduct the secular affairs of society that all may be maintained in health and decency. Help us, following her example, to contend tirelessly for justice and for the protection of all in need, that we may be faithful followers of Jesus Christ; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. Holy Women, Holy Men)
Prayers for the Week of May 15
For Graduates, remembering especially Carly Darnell, who is graduating from Beavercreek High School; FOR PEACE. For the victims of violence; For the people of Ukraine: for refugees, for those who have died and those who grieve, for those in the military defending the sovereignty of this nation; For those who have died; For those affected by natural disasters; 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; For all those addicted to heroin, remembering especially those who died this week from overdose; For all those who have committed suicide: remembering especially teens and young adults who took their own lives this week; For all our brothers and sisters who have died by violence around the world, remembering especially violence in our 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.
For those in our prayer cycles: in the Anglican cycle of prayer, we pray for the Scottish Episcopal Church; in the Diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for St. Philip’s Columbus, Christ Church Ironton, and St. Edward’s Columbus;
For St. Mark’s Families in our parish prayer cycle;
For those celebrating April birthdays;
For those celebrating April 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: 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, Phoebe Myhrum, Brice Patterson, Martha Camele, Maggie Gough, Brad Gough, Catherine Duffy, Alane Osborne, Libbie Crawford, Gayland Trim, Molly Cook, Victoria Lewis, Kate Meeks, Kyle Schenkewicz, Gregory Williams.
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.
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ADULT EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES
The Rev. Rowena MacGregor facilitates various adult educational/spiritual development offerings (Zoom). Be sure to check the Sunday bulletin for times and dates of her most recent programs.
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – noon
The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor, Priest-In-Charge
Katherine Wagner, Parish Administrator
Donna Larsen, Music Director
Libby Nicholson, Senior Warden
Kendall Rubino, Junior Warden
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