Epiphany-6 (Yr C) Feb 13, 2022

The Celebration of Holy Eucharist

The Sixth Sunday After the Epiphany

 

 

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Dayton, Ohio, February 13, 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.

 

WELCOME: The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor

 

Please stand for the ringing of the bell and processional.

 

PROCESSIONAL:                        

“When morning gilds the skies”                               The Hymnal 1982,  #427

 

1  When morning gilds the skies,

     my heart, awaking, cries,

          may Jesus Christ be praised!

     When evening shadows fall,

     this rings my curfew call,

          may Jesus Christ be praised!

 

 

2  When mirth for music longs,

     this is my song of songs:

          may Jesus Christ be praised!

     God’s holy house of prayer

     hath none that can compare

          with: Jesus Christ be praised!

 

 

3  No lovelier antiphon

     in all high heaven is known

          than, Jesus Christ be praised!

     There to the eternal Word

     the eternal psalm is heard:

          may Jesus Christ be praised!

 

 

4  Ye nations of mankind,

     in this your concord find:

          may Jesus Christ be praised!

     Let all the earth around

     ring joyous with the sound:

          may Jesus Christ be praised!

 

 

5 Sing, suns and stars of space,

     sing, ye that see his face,

          sing, Jesus Christ be praised!

     God’s whole creation o’er,

     both now and evermore

         shall Jesus Christ be praised!

 

 

The Liturgy of the Word

 

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

 

Celebrant:  Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no    secrets are hid.  Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy Name through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Celebrant: Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy.

        

COLLECT OF THE DAY

Celebrant: The Lord be with you.  And also with you.  Let us pray. O God, the strength of all who put their trust in you: Mercifully accept our prayers; and because in our weakness we can do nothing good without you, give us the help of your grace, that in keeping your commandments we may please you both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Please be seated

 

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET JEREMIAH:

Reader:  Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals and make mere flesh their strength,

whose hearts turn away from the Lord. They shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when relief comes. They shall live in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land. Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit. The heart is devious above all else; it is perverse– who can understand it? I the Lord test the mind and search the heart, to give to all according to their ways, according to the fruit of their doings.    (17:5-10)

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

 

 

Please stand

 

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF PSALMS:

Reader: Happy are they who have not walked in the counsel of the wicked, nor lingered in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seats of the scornful!

All: Their delight is in the law of the Lord, and they meditate on his law day and night. They are like trees planted by streams of water, bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither; everything they do shall prosper.

Reader: It is not so with the wicked; they are like chaff which the wind blows away.

All: Therefore the wicked shall not stand upright when judgment comes, nor the sinner in the council of the righteous. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked is doomed.    (PS 1)

 

Please be seated

 

A READING FROM PAUL’S FIRST LETTER TO THE CORINTHIANS:

Reader:  Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified of God that he raised Christ–whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised. If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have died in Christ have perished. If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. (15:12-20)

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

 

Please stand

 

GRADUAL:                           

“Blessed Jesus, at thy word”  (verses 1-2)                The Hymnal 1982,  #440

 

1  Blessèd Jesus, at thy word

          we are gathered all to hear thee;

     let our hearts and souls be stirred

          now to seek and love and fear thee;

     by thy teachings pure and holy,

     drawn from earth to love thee solely.

 

 

 

2  All our knowledge, sense, and sight

          lie in deepest darkness shrouded,

     till thy Spirit breaks our night

          with the beams of truth unclouded;

     thou alone to God canst win us;

          thou must work all good within us.

 

 

THE GOSPEL

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

People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Celebrant:  Jesus came down with the twelve apostles and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon. They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them. Then he looked up at his disciples and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.  Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets. But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry. Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep.  Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.     (6:17-26)

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

 

GRADUAL:                           

“Blessed Jesus, at thy word”  (verse 3)                      The Hymnal 1982,  #440

 

3  Gracious Lord, thyself impart!

          Light of Light, from God proceeding,

     open thou our ears and heart,

          help us by thy Spirit’s pleading.

     Hear the cry thy Church upraises;

          hear, and bless our prayers and praises.

 

 

Please be seated

 

THE SERMON 

 

Please stand

 

THE NICENE CREED:  

All: We believe in one God the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man.  For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son.   With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets.  We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.  Amen.

 

Please stand or kneel

 

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE:  The following prayers offer opportunities for you to say aloud the prayers of your heart and you are encouraged to do so.

Reader: In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.

 

A moment of silence is observed.

 

Reader: For all people in their daily life and work;  for our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those who are alone.

Reader: For this community, the nation, and the world; for all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.

Reader:  For the just and proper use of your creation; for the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.

Reader: For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;  for those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the needy.

Reader: For the peace and unity of the Church of God; for all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek the Truth.

Reader:  For Michael, our Presiding Bishop, and Wayne, our Bishop Provisional, and for all bishops and other ministers; for all who serve God in his Church.

Reader: For the special needs and concerns of this congregation, remembering especially those on our parish prayer list: Donna, Ann, Ruby, Howard, the Darnell Family, Judy, Juanita, Rob, Mary, Carmen, George, and Vern.

 

*Time is given for people to add their own petitions spoken aloud*

 

Reader: Hear us, Lord;  for your mercy is great.

 

Reader:  We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life.

*Time is given for people to add their own petitions spoken aloud*

Reader: We will exalt you, O God our King; and praise your Name for ever and ever.

 

Reader:  We pray for all who have died, that they may have a place in your eternal kingdom.

 

*Time is given for people to add their own petitions spoken aloud*

 

Reader: Lord, let your loving-kindness be upon them; who put their trust in you.

 

Celebrant: Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles, “Peace I give to you; my own peace I leave with you:” Regard not our sins, but the faith of your Church, and give to us the peace and
unity of that heavenly City, where with the Father and the Holy Spirit you live and reign, now and for ever. Amen.

 

THE CONFESSION:

Celebrant:  Let us confess our sins to God, our neighbor, 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:  Our Lord Jesus Christ has bestowed power and commandment to his ministers to declare and pronounce to those who are truly repentant, absolution and remission of sin.  Therefore, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, be reconciled to God through grace and “go and sin no more.” Amen.

 

THE COMMISSIONING OF ST. MARK’S WARDENS, VESTRY, AND DELEGATES TO THE DIOCESAN CONVENTION: (newly elected, please stand)

Celebrant: Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus, we are all baptized by the one Spirit into one Body, and given gifts for a variety of ministries for the common good. Our purpose is to commission Libby, Kendall, Jackie, Linda, Patricia, Elizabeth, and Jenna; in the Name of God and of this congregation to the special ministries to which they are called.

 

The Celebrant asks the sponsor

Are these persons you are to present prepared by a commitment to Christ as Lord, by regular attendance at worship, and by the knowledge of their duties, to exercise their ministries to the honor of God, and the well-being of his Church?

Sponsor: I believe they are.

Celebrant: You have been called to ministry in this congregation. Will you, as long as you are engaged in this work, perform it with diligence?

Candidates: I will.

 

Celebrant: Will you faithfully and reverently execute the duties of your ministry to the honor of God, and the benefit of the members of this congregation?

Candidates: I will.

 

Celebrant: The Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright;

All: he is a shield to those who walk in integrity.

Celebrant I am your servant; grant me understanding:

All: That I may know your decrees.

 

Celebrant:  Let us pray.  O Eternal God, the foundation of all wisdom and the source of all courage: Enlighten with your grace the Wardens and Vestry of this congregation and those who will serve as our Diocesan Convention Delegates; and so rule their minds, and guide their counsels, that in all things they may seek your glory and promote the mission of your Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Celebrant: In the Name of God and of this congregation, I commission you for the ministries to which you have been chosen.  Amen.

 

Please stand

 

THE PASSING OF THE PEACE:  

Celebrant:  The peace of the Lord be always with you.  And also with you.

REMAINING IN THEIR PEWS,  the congregation offers the peace of God to one another.

 

Please be seated

 

BIRTHDAY and ANNIVERSARY PRAYERS

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS      Senior Warden

 

OFFERTORY SENTENCE

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.

 

OFFERTORY

TBA Laura Leach, pianist

 

Please stand

 

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. 

 

 

The Liturgy of the Table

 

To receive the sacrament, please  line up in the center aisle; at your turn approach the     Celebrant to receive the Host. Return to your seat via the side aisles.

Those not receiving the sacrament are invited to come forward for a blessing; cross your arms across your chest to indicate this to the Celebrant who will administer the blessing.  If you are unsure about receiving the sacrament please make an appointment with The Rev. MacGregor who would be delighted to speak with you.

 

Please remain standing

 

EUCHARISTIC PRAYER 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 in the mystery of the Word made flesh, you have caused a new light to shine in our hearts, to give the knowledge of your glory in the face of your son Jesus Christ our Lord. 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:                      The Hymnal 1982,  #S129

 

All sing: 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:  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 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, 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.

 

People:  AMEN! (with gusto!)

 

Please stand

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER:

All: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name,  your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever.  Amen.

 

FRACTION ANTHEM: “Agnus Dei “                     The Hymnal 1982,  #S164

 

All: Jesus, Lamb of God: have mercy on us. Jesus, bearer of our sins: have mercy on us. Jesus, redeemer, redeemer of the world: give us your peace, give us your peace.

 

 

INVITATION TO COMMUNION:

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

The people may now come forward to receive the Sacrament.

 

THE PRAYER OF RECEPTION FOR THOSE PARTICIPATING ONLINE:

(to be said by those at home)

Blessed Jesus, with your faithful people at every altar of your church where the Holy Eucharist is now being celebrated, I offer my praise and thanksgiving.  Since I cannot receive you today in the Sacrament of your Body and Blood, I ask you to come spiritually into my heart.  Cleanse and strengthen me with your grace, Lord Jesus, and let me never be separated from you.  May I live in you, and you in me, in this life and the life to come.  Amen.

 

Please stand

 

COMMUNION HYMN:  

“Heal me, hands of Jesus”                                   Wonder, Love & Praise, #773

 

1 Heal me, hands of Jesus,

     and search out all my pain:

   restore my hope, remove my fear

     and bring me peace again.

 

 

2 Cleanse me, blood of Jesus,

     take bitterness away;

   let me forgive as one forgiven

     and bring me peace today.

 

 

3 Know me, mind of Jesus,

     and show me all my sin;

   dispel the memories of guilt,

     and bring me peace within.

 

 

4 Fill me, joy of Jesus:

     anxiety shall cease

   and heaven’s serenity be mine,

     for Jesus brings me peace!

 

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.

 

THE BLESSING:

Celebrant:  ….. +And may the blessing . . .

 

RECESSIONAL:

“Crown him with many crowns” (verses 1-3)                         The Hymnal 1982,  #494

 

1  Crown him with many crowns,

          the Lamb upon his throne;

     Hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns

          all music but its own;

     awake, my soul, and sing

          of him who died for thee,

     and hail him as thy matchless King

          through all eternity.

 

 

2  Crown him the Son of God

          before the worlds began,

     and ye, who tread where he hath trod,

          crown him the Son of man;

     who every grief hath known

          that wrings the human breast,

     and takes and bears them for his own,

          that all in him may rest.

 

 

3  Crown him the Lord of life,

          who triumphed o’er the grave,

     and rose victorious in the strife

          for those he came to save;

     his glories now we sing

          who died, and rose on high,

     who died, eternal life to bring,

           and lives that death may die.

 

DISMISSAL:

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

 

THE CANDLE IN THE SANCTUARY LAMP remains lighted throughout the week to

indicate and honor the eternal presence of Christ.  

 

THE ALTAR FLOWERS are given by Donna Larsen in celebration of Jim’s birthday.

 

 

GROUNDED IN COMMUNITY

 

THIS SUNDAY– EPIPHANY 5 –  HOLY EUCHARIST – FEB. 13:

Celebrant: The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor

Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen (on leave)

Pianist: Laura Leach

Ushers:  Dave Reuter, Mary-Anna Welch

Tech: Katherine Wagner, TBD

Acolytes: Elizabeth Wagner, Scott Kelly

Lay Eucharist Ministers: Readers: OT/PS: Gabriel Walch EP/POP: Jim Rudd

Counters: Dave Reuter, Mary-Anna Welch

Altar Guild: Elizabeth Wagner, Katherine Wagner

 

NEXT SUNDAY– EPIPHANY 7 –  HOLY EUCHARIST – FEB. 20:

Celebrant: The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor

Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen (on leave)

Pianist: Laura Leach

Ushers:  Dave Reuter, Ginny Tuxhorn

Tech: TJ Walch, Elizabeth Wagner

Acolytes: Gary Welch, Stephanie Welch

Lay Eucharist Ministers: Readers: OT/PS: Judy Rudd EP/POP: Don Nancarrow

Counters: Carol Nancarrow, TBD

Altar Guild: Elizabeth Wagner, Katherine Wagner

Sanctuary Lamp: OPEN

Altar Flowers: OPEN

 

 

Events at St. Mark’s this Week

 

THIS SUNDAY (Epiphany 6,  Feb. 13): HOLY EUCHARIST, 10:30am, in person and on

 Facebook Live; EDUCATION FOR MINISTRY, 1:30pm, Fellowship Room

MONDAY:  SAA MEETING, 6:30am, Lounge; AA MEETING, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

TUESDAY:  TOPS MEETING, 10a, Bride’s Room;  NA MEETING, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

WEDNESDAY: BOOK STUDY, 7pm, Zoom

THURSDAY: SAA MEETING, 7:30pm, Lounge

FRIDAY: COMMUNICATIONS MEETING, 9am, Zoom

SATURDAYHIDDEN GEMS, noon, Parish Hall; AA MEETING, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

NEXT SUNDAY (Epiphany 7, Feb. 20):  HOLY EUCHARIST, 10:30am, in person and on

 Facebook Live; HUNGER SUNDAY; EDUCATION FOR MINISTRY, 1:30pm, Fellowship Room.

 

 

Places to be, things to do

 

THE CHURCH CRACKED OPEN BOOK GROUP will meet again at 7pm on Wednesday, Feb. 16 via Zoom.  We have one copy of the book available in the office for $16.00. St. Margaret’s is participating with St Mark’s in this important work.  Newcomers welcome!

COMPLINE will be said via Zoom at 7pm on Wednesday Feb. 23 by the Rev. Rowena  MacGregor.

VESTRY MEETING: the February Vestry Meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 7:15pm via Zoom.  Contact the Office if you would like to observe, and we’ll send you the link.

 

 

The Community of St. Mark’s Classifieds

 

SUNDAY’S  READINGS can be found at www.lectionarypage.net.  The readings for Sunday, Feb. 20 are Genesis 45:3-11, 15; Psalm 37:1-12, 41-42; 1 Corinthians 15:35-38,42-50; and   Luke 6:27-38.

FEELING CRAFTY?? Canterbury Court needs a volunteer to conduct an arts & crafts class titled “Make it and Take it” for the residents. The target class size is 10 students, and the target class duration is 45 minutes. The class is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. on Feb.21, 2022. Please contact Jim Rudd if you are interested in conducting the class.

SIGN UP SHEETS for altar flowers and the sanctuary lamp are in the Narthex. What a lovely way to honor a loved one or celebrate a special occasion! The flowers are $30, and you keep the arrangement; the candle is $5 per week.

BAPTISM: Easter is one of the major feast days of the Church and is a traditional day for baptisms.  If you are interested in baptism for yourself or are a parent of a child that you wish to have baptized, please contact The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor to set up an appointment.

 

 

Lesser Feasts and Fasts

 

RECOMMENDED FEAST DAY TO OBSERVE: Sunday, Feb. 13, is the Feast of Absalom Jones, priest, 1818. Absalom Jones was born a house slave in 1746 in Delaware and bought his own freedom in 1784. At St. George’s Methodist Episcopal Church, he served as lay minister for its Black membership. The active evangelism of Jones and that of his friend Richard Allen greatly increased Black membership at St. George’s. In 1787, Black Christians organized the Free African Society, the first organized Afro-American society, and Absalom Jones and Richard Allen were elected overseers. Members of the Society paid monthly dues for the benefit of those in need. In 1792, the Society began to build a church, which was dedicated on July 17, 1794. The African Church applied for membership in the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania on the following conditions: 1, that they be received as an organized body; 2, that they have control over their local affairs; 3, that Absalom Jones be licensed as layreader, and, if qualified, be ordained as minister. In October 1794 it was admitted as St. Thomas African Episcopal Church. Bishop White ordained Jones as deacon in 1795 and as priest on September 21, 1802. Jones was an earnest preacher. He denounced slavery, and warned the oppressors to clean their hands of slaves. To him, God was the Father, who always acted on behalf of the oppressed and distressed. But it was his constant visiting and mild manner that made him beloved by his own flock and by the community. St. Thomas Church grew to over 500 members during its first year. Known as the Black Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Jones was an example of persistent faith in God and in the Church as God’s instrument. Set us free, heavenly Father, from every bond of prejudice and fear; that, honoring the steadfast courage of your servant Absalom Jones, we may show forth in our lives the reconciling love and true freedom of the children of God, which you have given us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.   Holy Women, Holy Men)

 

 

Prayers for the Week of Feb 13

 

FOR PEACE.  For those who have died; For those affected by  natural disasters; For medical professionals,  and all those who are suffering from exhaustion and burnout in the midst of the pandemic; For the homeless; For all those addicted to heroin, remembering especially those who died this week from overdose; For all those who have committed suicide: 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 Diocese of Southern Ohio;  in the Diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for Christ Church in Dayton, Epiphany in Nelsonville, and Trinity in MacArthur;  For those celebrating February birthdays; For those celebrating February 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.

 

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Email: st_marks@ameritech.net

Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – noon

 

 

The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor, Priest-In-Charge

570-404-2025   rector@stmarksdayton.org

 

Katherine Wagner, Parish Administrator

parishadmin@stmarksdayton.org

 

Donna Larsen, Music Director

musicdirector@stmarksdayton.org

 

Libby Nicholson, Senior Warden

Kendall Rubino, Junior Warden

wardens@stmarksdayton.org

 

 

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