Palm Sunday (Yr C) April 10, 2022

The Celebration of Holy Eucharist

The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday



St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Dayton, Ohio, April 10, 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



The Liturgy of the Palms


Please stand


Celebrant: +Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord.

People: Peace in heaven and glory in the highest (with gusto!)

Celebrant: Let us pray. Assist us mercifully with your help, O Lord God of our salvation, that we may enter with joy upon the contemplation of those mighty acts, whereby you have given us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.



Celebrant: After telling a parable to the crowd at Jericho, Jesus went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, saying, “Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it.'” So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” They said, “The Lord needs it.” Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!” Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.” He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.”  (19:28-40)

Celebrant:  The Lord be with you.  And also with you. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.  It is right to give God thanks and praise. (with gusto!)  It is right to praise you, Almighty God, for the acts of love by which you have redeemed us through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.  On this day he entered the holy city of Jerusalem in triumph, and was proclaimed as King of kings by those who spread their garments and branches of palm along his way.  Let these branches be for us signs of his victory, and grant that we who bear them in his name may ever hail him as our King, and follow him in the way that leads to eternal life; who lives and reigns in glory with you and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever.  Amen.

Celebrant:  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna in the highest (with gusto!)



“All glory, laud, and honor”      The Hymnal 1982, #154


All glory, laud, and honor

                to thee, Redeemer, King!

            to whom the lips of children

                made sweet hosannas ring.


1  Thou art the King of Israel,

        thou David’s royal Son,

    who in the Lord’s Name comest,

        the King and Blessèd One.




2  The company of angels

        is praising thee on high;

    and we with all creation

        in chorus make reply.




3  The people of the Hebrews

    with palms before thee went;

    our praise and prayers and anthems

        before thee we present.




4  To thee before thy passion

        they sang their hymns of praise;

    to thee, now high exalted,

        our melody we raise.




5  Thou didst accept their praises;

        accept the prayers we bring,

    who in all good delightest,

        thou good and gracious King.





Reader: O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures for ever!

All: Let Israel say, ‘His steadfast love endures for ever.’ Open to me the gates of righteousness,
that I may enter through them  and give thanks to the Lord. This is the gate of the Lord;
the righteous shall enter through it.


Reader: I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation.
All: The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.


Reader: Save us, we beseech you, O Lord! O Lord, we beseech you, give us success!

All:  Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.  We bless you from the house of the Lord. The Lord is God, and he has given us light. Bind the festal procession with branches, up to the horns of the altar.


Reader: You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
All: you are my God, I will extol you. O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures for ever.         (PS 118:1-2, 19-29)



Celebrant: Let us go forth in peace. In the name of Christ, Amen.

Please follow the acolyte out the front double doors, through the Community Building hallway, outside on the sidewalk and then back in the sanctuary through the front Church doors.  As this is a silent processional, all are requested to remain silent until they are back in their pews. Upon re-entering the sanctuary, the processional hymn will be sung and the service will continue.



“Ride on! ride on in majesty”       The Hymnal 1982, #156


1 Ride on! ride on in majesty!

   Hark! all the tribes hosanna cry;

   thy humble beast pursues his road

   with palms and scattered garments strowed.


2 Ride on! ride on in majesty!

   In lowly pomp ride on to die;

   O Christ, thy triumphs now begin

   o’er captive death and conquered sin.


3 Ride on! ride on in majesty!

   The angel armies of the sky

   look down with sad and wondering eyes

   to see the approaching sacrifice.


4 Ride on! ride on in majesty!

   Thy last and fiercest strife is nigh;

   the Father on his sapphire throne

   expects his own anointed Son.


5 Ride on! ride on in majesty!

   In lowly pomp ride on to die;

   bow thy meek head to mortal pain,

   then take, O God, thy power, and reign.



Celebrant:  Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.  His mercy endures for ever.



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



Celebrant: The Lord be with you.  And also with you.  Let us pray. Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; 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



Reader: The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens– wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught. The Lord GOD has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious,  I did not turn backward. I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting. The Lord GOD helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame; he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me. It is the Lord GOD who helps me; who will declare me guilty?        (50:4-9a)

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


Please stand 



Reader: Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; my eye is consumed with sorrow, and also my throat and my belly.

All: For my life is wasted with grief, and my years with sighing; my strength fails me because of affliction, and my bones are consumed. I have become a reproach to all my enemies and even to my neighbors, a dismay to those of my acquaintance; when they see me in the street they avoid me.


Reader: I am forgotten like a dead man, out of mind; I am as useless as a broken pot.

All:  For I have heard the whispering of the crowd; fear is all around; they put their heads together against me; they plot to take my life.


Reader: But as for me, I have trusted in you, O Lord.

All: I have said, “You are my God. My times are in your hand;  rescue me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute me. Make your face to shine upon your servant, and in your loving-kindness save me.”   (PS 31:9-16)


Please be seated



Reader: Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death– even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.              (2:5-11)



“O sacred head, sore wounded” The Hymnal 1982, #168


1  O sacred head, sore wounded,

          defiled and put to scorn;

     O kingly head, surrounded

          with mocking crown of thorn:

     what sorrow mars thy grandeur?

          Can death thy bloom deflower?

     O countenance whose splendor

          the hosts of heaven adore!



2  Thy beauty, long-desirèd,

          hath vanished from our sight;

     thy power is all expirèd,

          and quenched the light of light.

     Ah me! for whom thou diest,

          hide not so far thy grace:

     show me, O Love most highest,

          the brightness of thy face.



3  In thy most bitter passion

          my heart to share doth cry,

     with thee for my salvation

          upon the cross to die.

     Ah, keep my heart thus movèd

          to stand thy cross beneath,

     to mourn thee, well-belovèd,

          yet thank thee for thy death.



4  What language shall I borrow

          to thank thee, dearest friend,

     for this thy dying sorrow,

          thy pity without end?

     Oh, make me thine forever!

          and should I fainting be,

     Lord, let me never, never,

          outlive my love for thee.



5  My days are few, O fail not,

          with thine immortal power,

     to hold me that I quail not

          in death’s most fearful hour;

     that I may fight befriended,

          and see in my last strife

     to me thine arms extended

          upon the cross of life.



(The congregation may be seated until instructed to *stand. 

NOTE: This reading has a part for EVERYONE so all may participate.)



Celebrant: The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.  (The usual congregational responses before and after the Gospel reading are omitted at this service.)

Celebrant: When the hour for the Passover meal came, Jesus took his place at the table, and the apostles with him. He said to them, 

Men: “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I tell you, I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” 

Celebrant:  Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, 

Men: “Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 

Celebrant:  Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, 

Men: “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 

Celebrant:  And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, 

Men: “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. But see, the one who betrays me is with me, and his hand is on the table. For the Son of Man is going as it has been determined, but woe to that one by whom he is betrayed!” 

Celebrant:  Then they began to ask one another, which one of them it could be who would do this. A dispute also arose among them as to which one of them was to be regarded as the greatest. But he said to them, 

Men: “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you; rather the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. You are those who have stood by me in my trials; and I confer on you, just as my Father has conferred on me, a kingdom, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. Simon, Simon, listen! Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your own faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” 

Celebrant:  And he said to him, 

Acolyte: “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death!” 

Celebrant:  Jesus said, 

Men: “I tell you, Peter, the cock will not crow this day, until you have denied three times that you know me.”

Celebrant:  He said to them, 

Men: “When I sent you out without a purse, bag, or sandals, did you lack anything?” 

Celebrant:  They said, 

Women: “No, not a thing.” 

Celebrant:  He said to them, 

Men: “But now, the one who has a purse must take it, and likewise a bag. And the one who has no sword must sell his cloak and buy one. For I tell you, this scripture must be fulfilled in me, `And he was counted among the lawless’; and indeed what is written about me is being fulfilled.” 

Celebrant:  They said, 

Women: “Lord, look, here are two swords.” 

Celebrant:  He replied, 

Men: “It is enough.”

Celebrant:  He came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. When he reached the place, he said to them, 

Men: “Pray that you may not come into the time of trial.” 

Celebrant:  Then he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, 

Men: “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.” 

Celebrant:  Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and gave him strength. In his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground. When he got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping because of grief, and he said to them, 

Men: “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not come into the time of trial.”

Celebrant:  While he was still speaking, suddenly a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him; but Jesus said to him, 

Men: “Judas, is it with a kiss that you are betraying the Son of Man?” 

Celebrant:  When those who were around him saw what was coming, they asked, 

Women:  “Lord, should we strike with the sword?” 

Celebrant:  Then one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus said, 

Men: “No more of this!” 

Celebrant:  And he touched his ear and healed him. Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple police, and the elders who had come for him, 

Men: “Have you come out with swords and clubs as if I were a bandit? When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness!”

Celebrant:  Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house. But Peter was following at a distance. When they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them. Then a servant-girl, seeing him in the firelight, stared at him and said, 

Sunday School Teachers:  “This man also was with him.” 

Celebrant:  But he denied it, saying, 

Acolyte: “Woman, I do not know him.” 

Celebrant:  A little later someone else, on seeing him, said, 

Sunday School Teachers:  “You also are one of them.” 

Celebrant:  But Peter said, 

Acolyte: “Man, I am not!” 

Celebrant:  Then about an hour later still another kept insisting, 

Sunday School Teachers: “Surely this man also was with him; for he is a Galilean.” 

Celebrant:  But Peter said, 

Acolyte: “Man, I do not know what you are talking about!” 

Celebrant:  At that moment, while he was still speaking, the cock crowed. The Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the cock crows today, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.  Now the men who were holding Jesus began to mock him and beat him; they also blindfolded him and kept asking him, 

Women:  “Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?” 

Celebrant:  They kept heaping many other insults on him. When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people, both chief priests and scribes, gathered together, and they brought him to their council. They said, 

Women:  “If you are the Messiah, tell us.” 

Celebrant:  He replied, 

Men: “If I tell you, you will not believe; and if I question you, you will not answer. But from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” 

Celebrant:  All of them asked, 

Women:  “Are you, then, the Son of God?” 

Celebrant:  He said to them, 

Men: “You say that I am.” 

Celebrant:  Then they said, 

Women:  “What further testimony do we need? We have heard it ourselves from his own lips!”

Celebrant: The assembly of the elders of the people rose as a body and brought Jesus before Pilate. They began to accuse him, saying, 

Women:   “We found this man perverting our nation, forbidding us to pay taxes to the emperor, and saying that he himself is the Messiah, a king.” 

Celebrant: Then Pilate asked him, 

Usher 1: “Are you the king of the Jews?” 

Celebrant: He answered, 

Men:  “You say so.” 

Celebrant: Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, 

Usher 1:  “I find no basis for an accusation against this man.” 

Celebrant:  But they were insistent and said, 

Women:  “He stirs up the people by teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee where he began even to this place.” 

Celebrant:  When Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. And when he learned that he was under Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him off to Herod, who was himself in Jerusalem at that time. When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had been wanting to see him for a long time, because he had heard about him and was hoping to see him perform some sign. He questioned him at some length, but Jesus gave him no answer. The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing him. Even Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him; then he put an elegant robe on him, and sent him back to Pilate. That same day Herod and Pilate became friends with each other; before this they had been enemies. Pilate then called together the chief priests, the leaders, and the people, and said to them, 

Usher 1:  “You brought me this man as one who was perverting the people; and here I have examined him in your presence and have not found this man guilty of any of your charges against him. Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us. Indeed, he has done nothing to deserve death. I will therefore have him flogged and release him.”  

Celebrant:  Then they all shouted out together, 

All:  “Away with this fellow! Release Barabbas for us!” 

Celebrant:  (This was a man who had been put in prison for an insurrection that had taken place in the city, and for murder.) Pilate, wanting to release Jesus, addressed them again; but they kept shouting, 

All:  “Crucify, crucify him!” 

Celebrant:  A third time he said to them, 

Usher 1:  “Why, what evil has he done? I have found in him no ground for the sentence of death; I will therefore have him flogged and then release him.” 

Celebrant:  But they kept urgently demanding with loud shouts that he should be crucified; and their voices prevailed. So Pilate gave his verdict that their demand should be granted. He released the man they asked for, the one who had been put in prison for insurrection and murder, and he handed Jesus over as they wished.  As they led him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and they laid the cross on him, and made him carry it behind Jesus. A great number of the people followed him, and among them were women who were beating their breasts and wailing for him. But Jesus turned to them and said, 

Men:  “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For the days are surely coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.’ Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us’; and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ For if they do this when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?”  

Celebrant:  Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him.

                                                       (*All now stand) 

When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. Then Jesus said, 

Men: “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” 

Celebrant:  And they cast lots to divide his clothing. And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, 

Women:   “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!” 

Celebrant:  The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, and saying, 

Women: “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 

Celebrant:  There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.”  One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying,

Usher 2:  “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” 

Celebrant:  But the other rebuked him, saying, 

Usher 2:  “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.” 

Celebrant:  Then he said, 

Usher 2:  “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 

Celebrant:  He replied, 

Men: “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”  

Celebrant:  It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, while the sun’s light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, 

Men:  “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” 

Celebrant:  Having said this, he breathed his last. When the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God and said, 

Tech: “Certainly this man was innocent.” 

Celebrant:  And when all the crowds who had gathered there for this spectacle saw what had taken place, they returned home, beating their breasts. But all his acquaintances, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.          (22:14-23:56)       


Please be seated as a few moments of silence are observed.


The Sermon, Creed and Confession have been omitted according to the customary for Palm Sunday. (The Prayers of the People are included in Eucharistic Prayer D below.)



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







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.



“Ave Verum Corpus”                                 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Please stand



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. 



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




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 him thanks and praise.

Celebrant: It is truly right to glorify you, Father, and to give you thanks; for you alone are God, living and true, dwelling in light inaccessible from before time and for ever.  Fountain of life and source of all goodness, you made all things and fill them with your blessing; you created them to rejoice in the splendor of your radiance.  Countless throngs of angels stand before you to serve you night and day; and, beholding the glory of your presence, they offer you unceasing praise. Joining with them, and giving voice to every creature under heaven, we acclaim you, and glorify your Name, as we sing,


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 acclaim you, holy Lord, glorious in power. Your mighty works reveal your wisdom and love. You formed us in your own image, giving the whole world into our care, so that, in obedience to you, our Creator, we might rule and serve all your creatures. When our obedience took us far from you, you did not abandon us to the power of death. In your mercy you came to our help, so that in seeking you we might find you. Again and again you called us into covenant with you, and through the prophets you taught us to hope for salvation.  Father, you loved the world so much that in the fullness of time you sent your only Son to be our Savior. Incarnate by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, he lived as one of us, yet without sin. To the poor he proclaimed the good news of salvation; to prisoners, freedom; to the sorrowful, joy. To fulfill your purpose he gave himself up to death; and, rising from the grave, destroyed death, and made the whole creation new. And, that we might live no longer for ourselves, but for him who died and rose for us, he sent the Holy Spirit, his own first gift for those who believe, to complete his work in the world, and to bring to fulfillment the sanctification of all.

When the hour had come for him to be glorified by you, his heavenly Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end; at supper with them he 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.”

Most Holy God, we now celebrate this memorial of our redemption. Recalling Christ’s death and his descent among the dead, proclaiming his resurrection and ascension to your right hand, awaiting his coming in glory; and offering to you, from the gifts you have given us, this bread and this cup, we praise you and we bless you.


All: We praise you, we bless you, we give thanks to you, and we pray to you, Lord our God.


Celebrant:  Lord, we pray that in your goodness and mercy your Holy Spirit may descend upon us, and upon these gifts, sanctifying them and showing them to be holy gifts for your holy people, the bread of life and the cup of salvation, the Body and Blood of your Son Jesus Christ. Grant that all who share this bread and cup may become one body and one spirit, a living sacrifice in Christ, to the praise of your Name.


Reader: Remember, Lord, your one holy catholic and apostolic Church, redeemed by the blood of your Christ. Reveal its unity, guard its faith, and preserve it in peace.

Reader: Remember all who minister in your Church.

Reader: Remember all your people and those who seek your truth.

Reader: Remember this nation and all who govern and hold authority.

Reader: Remember all who suffer from illness or any adversity.

Reader: Remember all who have died in the peace of Christ, and those whose faith is known to you alone; bring them into the place of eternal joy and light. 


Celebrant: And grant that we may find our inheritance with all the saints who have found favor with you in ages past. We praise you in union with them and give you glory through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.  Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ, all honor and glory are yours, Almighty God and Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever.  Amen.


Please stand



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.



Celebrant:  Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us; therefore let us keep the feast.



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

The people may now come forward to receive the Sacrament.



(to be said by those at home)


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


Please stand



“Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended”                                       The Hymnal 1982,  #158


1  Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended,

   that man to judge thee hath in hate pretended?

   By foes derided, by thine own rejected,

       O most afflicted.


2  Who was the guilty? Who brought this upon thee?

   Alas, my treason, Jesus, hath undone thee.

   ’Twas I, Lord Jesus, I it was denied thee:

       I crucified thee.


3  Lo, the Good Shepherd for the sheep is offered;

   the slave hath sinnèd, and the Son hath suffered;

   for our atonement, while we nothing heeded,

       God interceded.


4  For me, kind Jesus, was thy incarnation,

   thy mortal sorrow, and thy life’s oblation;

   thy death of anguish and thy bitter passion,

       for my salvation.


5  Therefore, kind Jesus, since I cannot pay thee,

   I do adore thee, and will ever pray thee,

   think on thy pity and thy love unswerving,

       not my deserving.




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:  May God the Father, who does not despise the broken spirit, give you a contrite heart. May Christ, who bore our sins, heal you by his wounds. May the Holy Spirit, who leads us into all truth, speak to you words of pardon and peace. Amen.



“At the name of Jesus”                         The Hymnal 1982,  #435


1  At the Name of Jesus

          every knee shall bow,

     every tongue confess him

          King of glory now;

     ’tis the Father’s pleasure

          we should call him Lord

     who from the beginning

          was the mighty Word.


2  Humbled for a season,

          to receive a Name

     from the lips of sinners,

          unto whom he came,

     faithfully he bore it

          spotless to the last,

     brought it back victorious,

          when from death he passed;


3  bore it up triumphant,

          with its human light,

     through all ranks of creatures,

          to the central height,

     to the throne of Godhead,

          to the Father’s breast;

     filled it with the glory

          of that perfect rest.


4  Name him, Christians, name him,

          with love strong as death,

     name with awe and wonder

          and with bated breath;

     he is God the Savior,

          he is Christ the Lord,

     ever to be worshiped,

          trusted, and adored.


5  In your hearts enthrone him;

          there let him subdue

     all that is not holy,

          all that is not true;

     crown him as your Captain

          in temptation’s hour;

     let his will enfold you

     in its light and power.


6  Christians, this Lord Jesus

          shall return again,

     with his Father’s glory

          o’er the earth to reign;

     for all wreaths of empire

          meet upon his brow,

     and our hearts confess him

          King of glory now.




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



“The Royal Banners Forward Go”                                    Wilbur Held


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

indicate and honor the eternal presence of Christ.  It is given this week by Elizabeth Wagner in

thanksgiving for many blessings.






Celebrant: The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor

Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen

Ushers:  Wayne Harper, Jim Rudd

Acolyte: Elizabeth Wagner

Lay Eucharist Ministers: Readers:

                                                   OT/PS: Gabriel Walch

                                                   EP/POP: Jim Rudd

                                                   Chalicists: Carol Williamson, Judy Rudd

Tech: TJ Walch, Mary-Anna Welch

Counters: Kendall Rubino, Mary-Anna Welch

Altar Guild: Norma Peachey, Ginny Tuxhorn




Celebrant: The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor

Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen

Usher:  Dave Reuter

Acolyte: Jackie Hoskinson

Lay Eucharist Ministers: Readers:

                                                   OT/PS: Jim Rudd

                                                   EP/POP: Judy Rudd

                                                  Chalicists: Jim Rudd, Judy Rudd

Tech: Katherine Wagner




Celebrant: The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor

Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen

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



Events at St. Mark’s this Week


THIS SUNDAY (PALM SUNDAY, Apr. 10): HOLY EUCHARIST, 10:30am, in person and on Facebook Live; EASTER CHOIR practice, immediately following worship; EDUCATION FOR MINISTRY, 1:30pm,  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






FRIDAY:  GOOD FRIDAY Stations of the Cross, St. Margaret’s Church, noon


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


NEXT SUNDAY (EASTER SUNDAY, Apr. 17): HOLY EUCHARIST, 10:30am, in person and on  Facebook Live; HUNGER SUNDAY; EASTER EGG HUNT and COFFEE HOUR immediately following the service



Places to be, things to do


THE LENTEN PROGRAM: Awakening!: 40 days of Self-care and Self-knowledge.  The final class will be held on Wednesday, April 13 at 7pm via Zoom. The Rev. Rowena MacGregor to facilitate; contact her for the Zoom link.


GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE: The Stations of the Cross will be shared with St. Margaret’s Church in Trotwood at noon on Friday, Apr. 15.   There will be no Good Friday service at St. Mark’s.


CANTERBURY COURT needs a volunteer to conduct an arts & crafts class titled “Make it and Take it” for the residents on  Monday, April 18. The class size is 10 students, and lasts about 45 minutes.   If you’re interested in this outreach, please contact Jim Rudd with your name and a brief description of your class.


THE ST. MARK’S MEN’S LUNCH BUNCH will meet at The Pub, located at The Green Town Center in Beavercreek on Indian Ripple Road/County Line Road, 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



The Community of St. Mark’s Classifieds


EASTER CHOIR: We’re looking for singers for Easter morning!  Let Donna Larsen know if you’d like to join in; plan to attend a 30-minute rehearsal right after TODAY’S service. Since this is an anthem that has been sung before, it should be easy for previous choir members to pick up  (all singers also welcome!)


THE SUNDAY READINGS can be found at  The readings for

Sunday, Apr. 17 are: Isaiah 65:17-25, Psalm 118: 1-2, 14-24, Acts 10:34-43, John 20:1-18.


CANTERBURY COURT is looking for a used pop machine for their residents!  If you know of any leads, please contact Jim Rudd.


EASTER FLOWERS: If you would like to make a donation towards the Easter flowers, envelopes are in the pews and on the Ushers’ Table in the Narthex.


THE OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED April 18–22Rowena will be out of town through Tuesday, Apr. 26.  For pastoral emergencies, please contact the Office.  The Rev Jack Koepke will provide pastoral crisis coverage.



Prayers for the Week of April 10


FOR PEACE.  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 the six people who died in the mass shooting in Sacramento, CA this week;  For those affected by  natural disasters, remembering especially the people of Australia devastated by flooding; 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 Church of North India; in the Diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for St. Christopher’s in Fairborn, Epiphany in Urbana, St. Mark’s in Columbus;


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.




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 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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