A Celebration of the Pascal Feast
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
Dayton, Ohio, April 17, 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.
If you prefer a gluten-free host please notify an usher prior to the service.
“Come Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain” Margaretha Christina deJong
WELCOME: The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor
Please stand for the ringing of the bell and processional.
“Jesus Christ is risen today” The Hymnal 1982, #207
1 Jesus Christ is risen today,
our triumphant holy day,
who did once upon the cross,
suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!
2 Hymns of praise then let us sing,
unto Christ, our heavenly King,
who endured the cross and grave,
sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!
3 But the pains which he endured,
our salvation have procured;
now above the sky he’s King,
where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!
4 Sing we to our God above
praise eternal as his love;
praise him, all ye heavenly host,
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia!
The Liturgy of the Word
Celebrant: Alleluia! Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia! (with gusto!) The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us pray.
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: O God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
SONG OF PRAISE:
“Love divine, all loves excelling” (verse 1) The Hymnal 1982, #657
1 Love divine, all loves excelling,
joy of heaven, to earth come down,
fix in us thy humble dwelling,
all thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesus, thou art all compassion,
pure, unbounded love thou art;
visit us with thy salvation,
enter every trembling heart.
Please be seated
A READING FROM THE BOOK OF ISAIAH:
Reader: I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating; for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy, and its people as a delight. I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and delight in my people; no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it, or the cry of distress. No more shall there be in it an infant that lives but a few days, or an old person who does not live out a lifetime; for one who dies at a hundred years will be considered a youth, and one who falls short of a hundred will be considered accursed. They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat; for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be, and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labor in vain, or bear children for calamity; for they shall be offspring blessed by the Lord— and their descendants as well. Before they call I will answer, while they are yet speaking I will hear. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox; but the serpent—its food shall be dust! They shall not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain, says the Lord. (65:17-25)
Reader: The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
A READING FROM THE BOOK OF PSALMS:
Reader: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his mercy endures for ever.
All: Let Israel now proclaim, “His mercy endures for ever.” The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation. There is a sound of exultation and victory in the tents of the righteous: “The right hand of the Lord has triumphed! the right hand of the Lord is exalted! the right hand of the Lord has triumphed!”
Reader: I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.
All: The Lord has punished me sorely, but he did not hand me over to death. Open for me the gates of righteousness; I will enter them; I will offer thanks to the Lord. “This is the gate of the Lord; he who is righteous may enter.”
Reader: I will give thanks to you, for you answered me and have become my salvation.
All: The same stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes. On this day the Lord has acted; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (PS 118:1-2, 14-24)
Please be seated
A READING FROM THE BOOK OF ACTS:
Reader: Peter began to speak to Cornelius and the other Gentiles: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ–he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” (10:34-43)
Reader: The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
“Good Christians all, rejoice and sing” (verses 1-2) The Hymnal 1982, #205
1 Good Christians all, rejoice and sing!
Now is the triumph of our King!
To all the world glad news we bring:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
2 The Lord of life is risen today!
Sing songs of praise along his way;
let all the earth rejoice and say:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Celebrant: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.
People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.
Celebrant: Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their homes. But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her. (20:1-18)
Celebrant: The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Christ.
“Good Christians all, rejoice and sing” (verse 3) The Hymnal 1982, #205
3 Praise we in songs of victory
that love, that life which cannot die,
and sing with hearts uplifted high:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Please be seated
“On earth has dawned this day of days” The Hymnal 1982, #201
All sing verse 1; women sing verse 2; men sing verse 3.
1 On earth has dawned this day of days,
whereon the faithful give God praise!
For Christ is risen from the tomb,
and light and joy have conquered doom.
2 At early morn, with spices rare,
the women three assembled there,
all to anoint fair Mary’s Son,
who over death had victory won.
3 “Whom seek ye here?” the angel said;
“The Lord is risen from the dead;
see where he lay; let joy begin,
the tomb is empty: enter in!”
4 So let our songs to heaven wing,
the vault with alleluias ring,
in praise of Christ, our risen Lord;
new life to all he doth afford.
THE RENEWAL OF BAPTISMAL VOWS: (traditionally recited on high holy days in lieu of a baptism.)
Celebrant: Through the Paschal mystery, dear friends, we are buried with Christ by Baptism into his death, and raised with him to newness of life. I call upon you, therefore, now that our Lenten observance is ended, to renew the solemn promises and vows of Holy Baptism, by which we once renounced Satan and all his works, and promised to serve god faithfully in his holy Catholic Church.
Celebrant: Do you reaffirm your renunciation of evil and renew your commitment to Jesus Christ? I do.
Celebrant: Do you believe in God the Father? I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
Celebrant: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God? 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.
Celebrant: Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit? 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.
Celebrant: Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers? I will, with God’s help.
Celebrant: Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord? I will, with God’s help.
Celebrant: Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?
I will, with God’s help.
Celebrant: Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself? I will, with God’s help.
Celebrant: Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being? I will, with God’s help.
Celebrant: May Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has given us a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and bestowed upon us the forgiveness of sins, keep us in eternal life by his grace, in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
Please stand or kneel
THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE:
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, Carmen, 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, remembering especially all those remembered with Easter flowers: May light perpetual shine upon them. Hear us, O God, your mercy is great.
Celebrant: 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)
(As is customary, the confession will be omitted through the Great 50 Days of Easter.)
THE PASSING OF THE PEACE:
Celebrant: 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. Please do not attempt to shake hands with those who do not appear comfortable doing so. Hand sanitizer is available in the aisle inset as you come up for Communion.
Please be seated
BIRTHDAY and ANNIVERSARY PRAYERS
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. (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.
“Christ Is Risen! Alleluia!” Robert Wetzler
PRAYER FOR THE OFFERINGS OF THE PEOPLE:
Celebrant: Let us pray.
All: Most Holy God, the author of life and creator of all that is, receive and bless my offering this day; that the currency of worldly value may become the currency of transformation through the worship and work of this community. Amen.
PRAYER FOR THE GIFTS OF FOOD:
Celebrant: Remembering Jesus, who fed friends and strangers on the hillside, accept our gifts of food for the hungry in our community.
Celebrant: United in Christ, instill in us sincere appreciation for the food on our tables and the will to provide for those who are hungry. Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten, nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
The Liturgy of the Table
To receive the sacrament, please line up in the center aisle; at your turn approach the Celebrant to receive the Host. You may drink from the common cup, then return to your seat via the side aisles. Each person should decide whether to receive in one kind (bread only) or to drink from the cup as well. Intinction, once so common in the Episcopal Church, contributes to the spread of communicable diseases.
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 A:
Celebrant: The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Celebrant: Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Celebrant: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. 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. But chiefly are we bound to praise you for the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; for he is the true Paschal Lamb, who was sacrificed for us, and has taken away the sin of the world. By his death he has destroyed death, and by his rising to life again he has won for us everlasting life.
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:
“Holy, holy, Holy Lord” The Hymnal 1982, #S128
All: Holy, holy, holy, Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
You may stand or kneel
Celebrant: Holy and gracious Father: In your infinite love you made us for yourself; and, when we had fallen into sin and become subject to evil and death, you, in your mercy, sent Jesus Christ, your only and eternal Son, to share our human nature, to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all. He stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself, in obedience to your will, a perfect sacrifice for the whole world. On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.” After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.” Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith:
All: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.
Celebrant: We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O Father, in this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Recalling his death, resurrection, and ascension, we offer you these gifts. Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of your Son, the holy food and drink of new and unending life in him. +Sanctify us also that we may faithfully receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you in unity, constancy, and peace; and at the last day bring us with all your saints into the joy of your eternal kingdom. All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ. By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever.
THE LORD’S PRAYER:
All: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.
THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD:
Celebrant: Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us; therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia!
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.
“Now the green blade riseth” The Hymnal 1982, #204
1 Now the green blade riseth from the buried grain,
wheat that in dark earth many days has lain;
love lives again, that with the dead has been:
Love is come again
like wheat that springeth green.
2 In the grave they laid him, Love whom hate had slain,
thinking that never he would wake again,
laid in the earth like grain that sleeps unseen:
3 Forth he came at Easter, like the risen grain,
he that for three days in the grave had lain,
quick from the dead my risen Lord is seen:
4 When our hearts are wintry, grieving, or in pain,
thy touch can call us back to life again,
fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been:
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 . . .
“The strife is o’er” (verses 1-3) The Hymnal 1982, #208
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
1 The strife is o’er, the battle done,
the victory of life is won;
the song of triumph has begun.
2 The powers of death have done their worst,
but Christ their legions hath dispersed:
let shout of holy joy outburst.
3 The three sad days are quickly sped,
he rises glorious from the dead:
all glory to our risen Head!
4 He closed the yawning gates of hell,
the bars from heaven’s high portals fell;
let hymns of praise his triumphs tell!
5 Lord! by the stripes which wounded thee,
from death’s dread sting thy servants free,
that we may live and sing to thee.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Celebrant: Alleluia! Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Thanks be to God. Alleluia!
“O Filii Ed Filiae” Clément Loret
THE CANDLE IN THE SANCTUARY LAMP is given by Katherine Wagner, in loving
memory of her parents, Bill & Bettie Veazey.
GROUNDED IN COMMUNITY
THIS SUNDAY — EASTER – HOLY EUCHARIST – APRIL 17:
Celebrant: The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor
Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen
Trumpeter: Madeline Reuter
Ushers: Dave Reuter, Jim Rudd
Acolytes: Jackie Hoskinson, Gabriel Walch
Lay Eucharist Ministers: Readers:
OT/PS: Judy Rudd
EP/POP: Don Nancarrow
Chalicists: Kendall Rubino, Jim Rudd
Tech: Gary Welch, Mary-Anna Welch
Counters: Janet Reuter, Tony Rubino
Altar Guild: Norma Peachey, Ginny Tuxhorn
NEXT SUNDAY– SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER– HOLY EUCHARIST – APRIL 24:
Celebrant: The Rev. Jack Koepke
Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen
Ushers: Dave Reuter, Wayne Harper
Acolytes: Gary Welch, Stephanie Welch
Lay Eucharist Ministers: Readers:
OT/PS: Jim Rudd
EP/POP: Elizabeth Wagner
Chalicists: Elizabeth Wagner, Carol Williamson
Tech: Katherine Wagner, Elizabeth Wagner
Counters: Dave Reuter, Kendall Rubino
Altar Guild: Norma Peachey, Ginny Tuxhorn
Sanctuary Lamp: OPEN
Events at St. Mark’s this Week
The Office is closed Monday, April 18 through Friday, April 22
THIS SUNDAY (Easter, April 17): THE PASCAL FEAST WITH HOLY EUCHARIST, 10:30am, in person and on Facebook Live; EASTER EGG HUNT and OUTDOOR COFFEE HOUR immediately following.
MONDAY: SAA MEETING, 6:30am, Lounge; AA MEETING, 7:30pm, Parish Hall
TUESDAY: TOPS MEETING, 10a, Lounge; NA MEETING, 7:30pm, Parish Hall
WEDNESDAY: There are no events scheduled this day.
THURSDAY: SAA MEETING, 7:30pm, Lounge
FRIDAY: There are no events scheduled this day.
SATURDAY: HIDDEN GEMS, noon, Parish Hall; AA MEETING, 7:30pm, Parish Hall
SUNDAY (Easter 2, April 24): HOLY EUCHARIST, 10:30am, in person and on Facebook Live; EDUCATION FOR MINISTRY, 1:00pm, Fellowship Room.
Places to be, things to do
THE REV. ROWENA MACGREGOR will be out of the office from Monday, April 18 through Tuesday April 26. The Rev. Jack Koepke will celebrate the Eucharist on Sunday, April 24; in the event of a pastoral crisis please contact the office at 937-256-1082 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE APRIL VESTRY MEETING will be held via Zoom on Thursday, April 28, at 7:15pm. Contact the Office if you would like the link sent to you.
THE ST. MARK’S MEN’S LUNCH BUNCH will meet at The Pub, located at The Green Town Center in Beavercreek on Thursday, Apr. 28 at 12:30pm. All St. Mark’s men are invited–no need to RSVP! This is a new offering for men. For more information contact Fred Berta at 704-309-3152 or email@example.com.
THE CHURCH CRACKED OPEN BOOK STUDY resumes on Zoom on Wednesday, April 27. This is a joint study between St. Mark’s and St. Margaret’s.
The Community of St. Mark’s Classifieds
STEWARDSHIP NOTES for March: There were four Sunday services, with 171 attending in person and 59 watching via Facebook Live (live and later recorded). The plate and pledge collection was $10,153.
THE SUNDAY READINGS can be found at www.lectionarypage.net. The readings for
COFFEE HOUR RETURNS! Let’s celebrate fun, fellowship, and food with our church family!
CANTERBURY COURT is looking for a used pop machine for their residents! If you know of any leads, please contact Jim Rudd.
Lesser Feasts and Fasts
RECOMMENDED FEAST DAY TO OBSERVE: Friday, April 22, is the Feast of John Muir and Hudson Stuck, Naturalist and Writer, 1914; Priest and Environmentalist, 1920.
Born in Scotland in 1838, John Muir immigrated to the United States in 1849, seeking the spiritual freedom of the natural world. Muir, an ardent believer in the national parks as places of rest, inspiration, and prayers, adamantly opposed the free exploitation of natural resources for commercial use. This position put him at odds with conservationists who saw natural forests as sources of timber and who wanted to conserve them for that reason. Muir was influential in convincing President Theodore Roosevelt that federal management and control were necessary to insure the preservation of the national forests. Today, he is revered as an inspiration for preservationists and his life’s work stands as a powerful testament to the majesty and beauty of God’s creation.
Hudson Stuck was an Episcopal priest and explorer. Born in England in 1863, he came to the United States in 1885. From 1894 to 1904, Stuck was Dean of the Episcopal Cathedral in Dallas, Texas. In 1905 he moved to Fort Yukon, Alaska, where he spent the rest of his life, serving as archdeacon of the Diocese of Alaska. With a group of fellow explorers, Stuck was the first to completely ascend Denali (Mt. McKinley). He later wrote of the experience as a privileged communion to be received in awe and wonder. Upon reaching the pinnacle of Denali, Stuck led the climbers in prayer and thanksgiving.
Blessed Creator of the earth and all that inhabits it: We thank you for your prophets John Muir and Hudson Stuck, who rejoiced in your beauty made known in the natural world; and we pray that, inspired by their love of your creation, we may be wise and faithful stewards of the world you have created, that generations to come may also lie down to rest among the pines and rise refreshed for their work; in the Name of the one through whom you make all things new, Jesus Christ our Savior, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen. Holy Women, Holy Men)
Prayers for the Week of April 17
FOR PEACE. For the victims of violence, especially the victims of the Brooklyn subway shooting this week; 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, remembering especially those devastated by tornados, and the wildfires burning in New Mexico; 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 Church of Pakistan; in the Diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for St. Mary’s in Waynesville, Our Savior in Cincinnati, and St. Paul’s in Dayton;
For St. Mark’s Families; For those celebrating March birthdays;
For those celebrating March 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.
Easter Flowers: In Memory of
Jim & Jackie Hoskinson Stephen Hoskinson
Bruce & Beth Johnson Zachary
Nanci & Jack Koepke John & Cathie Koepke
Juanita Limes My mother, Edith Gates
Rowena MacGregor The Rev. Thomas Gregg &
Norma Peachey Mark C. Peachey, Mark S. Peachey,
Matt & Jennie Partezana
George Snyder Those who have been killed in Ukraine
Linda Stagles My parents, Dale & Patricia Weaver
Mike & Katherine Wagner Bill & Bettie Veazey; Bob & Betty Wagner
Fred & Phyllis Berta Our children, grand children, and
Larry & Joy Brown Our many blessings
Sandy & Mike Bultman Our grandchildren
Jim & Jackie Hoskinson Our health and the health of our loved ones
Nanci & Jack Koepke Annabelle McEnerney, Charlotte Carey
Libby Nicholson Aniston and Ben
The Rubino Family The resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Jim and Judy Rudd Kaitlyn and Hannah’s college graduations
Carol Sharp My loving family
Linda Stagles My granddaughter, Amelia Rose Goldman,
and her parents
Tracey Swartz Family and friends that are near or far;
All creatures great and small
Jim & Pat Tallman Our family, past and present
Elizabeth Wagner The upcoming year
Mike & Katherine Wagner Michael, Colleen, & Jamie; Elizabeth & Sean
The Welch Family Our family, and for our friends
who have become our family
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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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