Pentecost-14 (Yr C) Sep 11, 2022


A Celebration of Holy Eucharist

The 14th Sunday after Pentecost



St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

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





Note: the service is being livestreamed and recorded and will be available on our Facebook page.


If you’re new to St. Mark’s please see an usher for a welcome packet so we might acknowledge your visit and include you on our email list for weekly updates and information regarding St. Mark’s and the Diocese of Southern Ohio. The RESTROOM is located to the right as you enter the building.


Throughout the service the people’s responses are in italics; directions are in bold italics.


If you prefer a gluten-free host please notify an usher prior to the service.



“Méditation Élégiaque”                         Gregory Murray


WELCOME:   The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor   



Celebrant: And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. (Isaiah 2:4)

Celebrant: In this moment of solemn remembrance we honor the lives that were lost in the tragic events of September 11, 2001 in New York, Washington DC and Pennsylvania; those who died in the planes and those who died in the buildings and for the thousands who lost their loved ones.                                           

Celebrant:  We give thanks for those who served and saved, rendered aid and assistance. Help us to give comfort to those who continue to live with trauma and loss.
Celebrant:  Help us to seek justice and peace where it is within our ability, and to rely on you when it is not. Help us to build anew what has been torn down; a vision of Kingdom Love.

Celebrant: Help us to mend what has been broken; to apply the healing balm of Kingdom Love.  Help us to live your Love when hate seems to reign; bearing witness to the cause of peace.                              

Celebrant: Let us pray. Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword in drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love: So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that all peoples may be gathered under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of one God; to whom be dominion and glory, now and for ever. Amen. 


Please stand for the ringing of the bell and processional



“Hail to the Lord’s Anointed”  (v. 1-3)                                         The Hymnal 1982,  #616


1          Hail to the Lord’s Anointed, great David’s greater Son!

            Hail, in the time appointed, his reign on earth begun!

            He comes to break oppression, to set the captive free;

            to take away transgression, and rule in equity.


2          He comes with succor speedy to those who suffer wrong,

            to help the poor and needy, and bid the weak be strong;

            to give them songs for sighing, their darkness turn to light,

            whose souls, condemned and dying, were precious in his sight.


3          He shall come down like showers upon the fruitful earth,

            and love, joy, hope, like flowers, spring in his path to birth:

            before him on the mountains shall peace, the herald, go;

            and righteousness in fountains from hill to valley flow.



The Liturgy of the Word


Please remain standing


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


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



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

All: O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.




“God, my King”                                                                                    1982 Hymnal, #414


All: God, my King, thy might confessing, ever will I bless thy Name;

day by day thy throne addressing, still will I thy praise proclaim.


Full of kindness and compassion, slow to anger, vast in love,

God is good to all creation; all his works his goodness prove.



Please be seated



Reader:  At that time it will be said to this people and to Jerusalem: A hot wind comes from me out of the bare heights in the desert toward my poor people, not to winnow or cleanse– a wind too strong for that. Now it is I who speak in judgment against them. “For my people are foolish, they do not know me; they are stupid children, they have no understanding. They are skilled in doing evil, but do not know how to do good.” I looked on the earth, and lo, it was waste and void; and to the heavens, and they had no light. I looked on the mountains, and lo, they were quaking, and all the hills moved to and fro. I looked, and lo, there was no one at all, and all the birds of the air had fled. I looked, and lo, the fruitful land was a desert, and all its cities were laid in ruins before the Lord, before his fierce anger. For thus says the Lord: The whole land shall be a desolation; yet I will not make a full end. Because of this the earth shall mourn, and the heavens above grow black; for I have spoken, I have purposed; I have not relented nor will I turn back.       (4:11-12,22-28)                                                                                

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


Please stand 



Reader: The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” All are corrupt and commit abominable acts; there is none who does any good.

Reader: The Lord looks down from heaven upon us all, to see if there is any who is wise,

if there is one who seeks after God.

Reader: Every one has proved faithless; all alike have turned bad; there is none who does good; no, not one.

Reader: Have they no knowledge, all those evildoers who eat up my people like bread
and do not call upon the Lord?

Reader: See how they tremble with fear, because God is in the company of the righteous.

Reader: Their aim is to confound the plans of the afflicted, but the Lord is their refuge.

Reader: Oh, that Israel’s deliverance would come out of Zion! when the Lord restores the fortunes of his people, Jacob will rejoice and Israel be glad.           (Ps. 14)


Please be seated



Reader: I am grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because he judged me faithful and appointed me to his service, even though I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a man of violence. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners– of whom I am the foremost. But for that very reason I received mercy, so that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display the utmost patience, making me an example to those who would come to believe in him for eternal life. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.                                                                (1:12-17)

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

Please stand


“Gracious Spirit”  (v. 1-3)                                  Wonder, Love & Praise Hymnal,  #782


1          Gracious Spirit, give your servants

                        joy to set sin’s captives free,

            hope to heal the brokenhearted,

                        peace to share love’s liberty.

            Through us bring your balm of gladness

                        to the wounded and oppressed;

            help us claim and show God’s favor

                        as a people called and blessed.


2          Word made flesh, who gave up glory

                        to become our great high priest,

            taking on our human nature

                        to redeem the last and least:

            let your courage and compassion

                        shape and guide our ministries;

            as our Savior and our Shepherd,

                        lead us to the truth that frees.


3          Loving God, who birthed creation

                        from the nothingness of space,

            kindling life where all was empty,

                        turning chaos into grace:

            when we feel confused and fruitless,

                        dawn upon our restless night;

            give us faith’s imagination,

                        hope’s renewing, love’s delight.



Please stand



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

People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Celebrant: All the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to Jesus. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” So he told them this parable: “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, `Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

“Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, `Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”                                                                                        (15:1-10)

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



“Gracious Spirit”  (v. 4)                                     Wonder, Love & Praise Hymnal,  #782


4         Triune God, eternal Being,

                        never ending, unbegun,

            boundless grace and perfect justice,

                        righteous and forgiving One:

            so enfold us in your mercy

                        that our wills and yours unite;

            through us may the world behold you,

                        find your love, your truth, your light.



Please be seated




Please stand



“I believe in God almighty”                                               Wonder, Love, & Praise,  #769


1         I believe in God almighty, author of all things that be,

            Maker of the earth and heavens, Keeper of the sky and sea.

            I believe in God’s son, Jesus, now for us both Lord and Christ,

            of the Spirit and of Mary born to bring abundant life.


2          I believe that Jesus suffered, scourged and scorned and crucified;

            taken from the cross, was buried— True Life there had truly died.

            I believe that on the third day Christ was raised up from the grave,

            then ascended to God right hand. He will come to judge and save.


3          I believe in God’s own Spirit, bonding all the saints within

            One church, catholic and holy, where forgiveness frees from sin;

            in the body’s resurrection, for the breaking of death’s chain

            gives the life that’s everlasting. This the faith that I have claimed.



Please stand or kneel



Reader:  In peace, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader:  For the peace of the world, for the unity of the church of God, and for the well-being of all peoples; let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader:  For Joe, our President, for the leaders of nations, and for all in authority; let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader:  For this gathering of the faithful, and for all who offer here their worship and praise; let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader:  For all the baptized, for all who serve in the church, remembering especially the wardens, Libby and Kendall, for the officers, Don and Dave, for the vestry, for all committees and councils, and for all who serve to support the worship of this community: acolytes, readers, chalice-bearers, ushers, musicians, and the altar guild; let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader:  For the city of Riverside and the surrounding communities of Dayton and for those who live in them; let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader:  For the good earth that God has given us, and for the wisdom and will to care for it and rightly use its resources; let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader:  For those who travel by land, water, or air, remembering especially those in this congregation who are traveling, that they may return home safely; let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader:  For the aged and infirm, for those who are widowed and orphaned, and for those who are sick, grieving, or suffering from any adversity, remembering especially:

All: Linda, Libby, the Berta family, Wayne, Don, Carol S, Ruby, the Phillips family, the Darnell family, Judy, Juanita, Rob, Mary, George, and Vern.

Reader:  Let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader:  For the poor and oppressed, for those who are unemployed and destitute, for those who are imprisoned and captive, for refugees and those seeking asylum, and for all who remember and care for them; let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader:  For all who have died in the assurance of the resurrection, and for all the departed; let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

Celebrant: Almighty God, by your Holy Spirit you have made us one with your saints in heaven and on earth: 

All: Grant that in our earthly pilgrimage we may always be supported by this fellowship of love and prayer, and know ourselves to be surrounded by their witness to your power and mercy. We ask this for the sake of Jesus Christ, in whom all our intercessions are acceptable through the Spirit, and who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.



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.


Please stand



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

The congregation offers the peace of God to one another.


Please be seated


BIRTHDAY AND ANNIVERSARY PRAYERS: Birthdays: Steve Darnell (9/14), Kate McClain (9/15).


ANNOUNCEMENTS                                                           Kendall Rubino, Jr. Warden



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.


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.



“O God of Mercy”                         Walter Kendall Stanton                    Laura Leach, voice


Please stand



Celebrant:  Let us pray.  Most Holy God, the author of life and creator of all that is, receive and bless my offering this day; that the currency of worldly value may become the currency of transformation through the worship  and work of this community. Amen.



The Liturgy of the Table


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

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


Please remain standing



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 him thanks and praise.

Celebrant: God of all power, Ruler of the Universe, you are worthy of glory and praise.  

People: Glory to you for ever and ever.

Celebrant: At your command all things came to be: the vast expanse of interstellar space, galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses, and this fragile earth, our island home.

People: By your will they were created and have their being.

Celebrant: From the primal elements you brought forth the human race, and blessed us with memory, reason, and skill. You made us the rulers of creation. But we turned against you, and betrayed your trust; and we turned against one another.

People: Have mercy, Lord, for we are sinners in your sight.

Celebrant: Again and again, you called us to return. Through prophets and sages you revealed your righteous Law. And in the fullness of time you sent your only Son, born of a woman, to fulfill your Law, to open for us the way of freedom and peace.    

People: By his blood, he reconciled us. By his wounds, we are healed.

Celebrant: And therefore we praise you, joining with the heavenly chorus, with prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and with all those in every generation who have looked to you in hope, to proclaim with them your glory, in their unending hymn:


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


All: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of pow’r and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.  Hosanna in the highest.  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna in the highest.



You may stand or kneel


Celebrant: And so, Father, we who have been redeemed by him, and made a new people by water and the Spirit, now bring before you these gifts. Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ our Lord. On the night he was betrayed he took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread, and gave it to his friends, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

Celebrant: After supper, he took the cup of wine, gave thanks, 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.”

Celebrant: Remembering now his work of redemption, and offering to you this sacrifice of thanksgiving,

People: We celebrate his death and resurrection, as we await the day of his coming.

Celebrant: Lord God of our Fathers and Mothers; God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, and Rachel; God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ: Open our eyes to see your hand at work in the world about us. Deliver us from the presumption of coming to this Table for solace only, and not for strength; for pardon only, and not for renewal. Let the grace of this Holy Communion make us one body, one spirit in Christ, that we may worthily serve the world in his name.

People: Risen Lord, be known to us in the breaking of the Bread.

Celebrant: Accept these prayers and praises, Father, through Jesus Christ our great High Priest, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, your Church gives honor, glory, and worship, from generation to generation. AMEN!   (with gusto!)



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


FRACTION ANTHEM:                                                                   

“Christ our Passover”                                                      Wonder, Love & Praise,  #866


All: Alleluia. Alleluia.  Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;

Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia. Alleluia.  Alleluia.




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



“Come with us, O blessed Jesus”                                                         1982 Hymnal,  #336


1          Come with us, O blessèd Jesus,

                        with us evermore to be;

            and though leaving now thine altar,

                        let us nevermore leave thee.

            Be thou one with us for ever,

                        in our life thy love divine

            our own flesh and blood has taken,

                        and to us thou givest thine.


2          Come with us, O mighty Savior,

                        God from God, and Light from Light;

            thou art God, thy glory veiling,

                        so that we may bear the sight.

            Now we go to seek and serve thee,

                        through our work as through our prayer;

            grant us light to see and know thee,

                        in thy people everywhere.


3          Come with us, O King of glory,

                        by angelic voices praised;

            in our hearts as in thy heaven,

                        be enraptured anthems raised.

            Let the mighty chorus ever

                        sing its glad exultant songs;

            let its hymn be heard for ever—

                        peace for which creation longs.




Celebrant:  Let us pray. 

All: Almighty and everliving God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the Body of your Son, and heirs of your eternal kingdom. And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.



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



“God bless our native land”                                                   The Hymnal 1982,  #716


1. God bless our native land;

firm may she ever stand

through storm and night:

when the wild tempests rave,

ruler of wind and wave,

do thou our country save

by thy great might.


2. For her our prayers shall rise

to God, above the skies;

on him we wait;

thou who art ever nigh,

guarding with watchful eye,

to thee aloud we cry,

God save the state!




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



“Eternal Father, Strong to Save”          Michael Joseph


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

indicate and honor the eternal presence of Christ and is dedicated this day by an anonymous gift in remembrance of the tragic events of 9/11/01 and all who lost their lives.


THE ALTAR FLOWERS THIS DAY have been given in love by The Rev. George Snyder: “In thanksgiving to God for giving me a son, daughter-in-law, and four grandchildren.”



Prayers for the Week of Sept. 11:


FOR PEACE.  For those who have died: remembering especially all those who died on 9/11/01 and all the lives linked with theirs who were forever changed; and we remember all who died in flood and fires this week; For all those who died by suicide: remembering especially teens and young adults who took their own lives this week; For the people of the Ukraine – and all nations striving for peace and just governance; For medical and wellness practitioners, who are assisting people with mental, physical, and financial conditions and issues related to the Covid pandemic; For the homeless: remembering especially those who lost their homes due to flooding and fires in this nation and around the world in recent weeks; and the homeless of Dayton; For all those addicted to heroin, remembering especially the youth who died this week from overdose; For our enemies; For the safety of all American military and civilian personnel where ever they serve, remembering especially all those serving at Wright-Patterson AFB; For those who struggle with the basic necessities of life after natural catastrophic events, especially those misplaced by earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, drought, fire, mudslides, and tornadoes; For those who suffer from a lack of water without which there can be no life, we remember especially the people of Jackson, MS; For the work of Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) and for the millions of refugees and asylum seekers worldwide who wander the lands of the earth in search of safety, food, water, employment, and family, and whose suffering is greater than we can ever know.

For those in our prayer cycles: in the Anglican cycle of prayer, we pray for The Church of Bangladesh; in the Diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for St. Luke’s, Marietta, St. Stephen’s, Columbus, and St. James, Cincinnati;


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


For those celebrating birthdays;


For those celebrating wedding anniversaries;


For those on our parish prayer list;


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


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


For the mission work of this congregation: CARE House, Canterbury Court, St. Paul UMC Food Pantry, Hope 4Riverside; and for all the non-profit groups who use our Community Building;  For our Diocesan Bishops: for the Rt. Rev. Wayne Smith, Bishop Provisional; The Rt. Rev. Kenneth Price, the Rt. Rev. Nedi Rivera, and the Rt. Rev. Wendell Gibbs; For our Presiding Bishop, The Most Rev. Michael Curry; For all postulants and candidates for holy orders in this Diocese: Phoebe Myhrum, 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.






Celebrant: The Rev. Rowena MacGregor

Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen

Voice: Laura Leach, as available

Ushers:  Dave Reuter and Tony Rubino

Acolyte(s):  Elizabeth Wagner and Scott Kelly

Lay Eucharist Ministers: Readers:

                             OT/PS: Susan Kendall

                             EP/POP: Nancy Blair

Chalice Bearers: Judy Rudd and Elizabeth Wagner

Eucharistic Minister (Home Communions):

                         Carol Williamson, as available

Tech/Facebook Live: Gary and Mary-Anna Welch

Counters: Dave Reuter and Mary-Anna Welch

Altar Guild: Carol Nancarrow and Kendall Rubino

Coffee Hour Host: OPEN

Open/Close: Reuter/Welch




Celebrant: The Rev. Rowena MacGregor

Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen

Voice: Laura Leach, as available

Ushers:  Ginny Tuxhorn and Jim Rudd

Acolyte(s):  Gary and Stephanie Welch

Lay Eucharist Ministers: Readers:

                              OT/PS: Don Nancarrow

                              EP/POP: TJ Walch

Chalice Bearers: Jim Rudd and TBS

Eucharistic Minister (Home Communions):

                         Carol Williamson, as available

Tech/Facebook Live: Katherine and Elizabeth Wagner

Counters: Janet Reuter and Gary Welch

Altar Guild: Carol Nancarrow and Kendall Rubino

Coffee Hour Host: OPEN

Open/Close: Rudd/Reuter

Candle Dedication: Susan Kendall

Altar Flowers: Ginny Tuxhorn



Happening this Week at St. Mark’s:


THIS SUNDAY (Pentecost 14, September 11): HOLY EUCHARIST,10:30am, in-person and on Facebook Live, followed by the PARISH PICNIC; EDUCATION FOR MINISTRY, 1:30-4pm, Community Room


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




WEDNESDAYPARISH OFFICE CLOSED; there are no events scheduled this day.




FRIDAY:  PARISH OFFICE CLOSED; there are no events scheduled this day.


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


NEXT SUNDAY (Pentecost 15, September 18): HOLY EUCHARIST – FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION SUNDAY, 10:30am, in-person and on Facebook Live; FIRST DAY OF FALL YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL, Jr./Sr. High class, 9:30am; Elementary School and Early Education classes, 10:30am; EDUCATION FOR MINISTRY, 1:30-4pm, Community Room



Places to be, things to do:

THE ST. MARK’S PARISH PICNIC will be held THIS Sunday, September 11 following the worship service. Thank you to Jackie Hoskinson who coordinated this year’s picnic and to everyone who contributed food and supplies as well as the grill masters!!!


FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION SUNDAY: Don’t forget to bring some non-perishable goods to worship on Sunday, September 18; financial donations also welcome. Thank you for your donation!


THE CHRISTIAN EDUCATION FALL SEMESTER KICKS OFF NEXT Sunday, September 18.  There are three youth classes, covering all ages, on Sunday mornings:

  • the older youth are led by Katherine and Elizabeth Wagner, meeting at 9:30am,
  • the elementary-aged youth are led by Janet Reuter and Kendall Rubino, meeting at 10:30am,
  • and the early education youth are led by Susan Kendall and Sandy Bultman, meeting at 10:30am.

Rowena+ will be leading both adults and youth with the following offerings this fall:

  • Study of Luke via Zoom on Tuesday evenings from 7:15-8:30pm, beginning Tuesday, September 20 – November 8.
  • The Church Cracked Open book discussion group shared with St. Margaret’s and open to the diocese, via Zoom, on Wednesday evenings from 7:15-8:30pm, beginning Wednesday, September 21 (meets every other week) – November 16.
  • Confirmation/Reaffirmation Class – in-person, for youth and adults (if you are interested in joining the Episcopal Church, want to learn more about it, or wish to reaffirm your commitment to Christ and the Church, this class is for you). Schedule is participant dependent.


ANIMAL BLESSING:  On Sunday, October 2, St. Mark’s will hold the Blessing of the Animals at the 10:30am service. Dogs must be on a leash and cats and other small animals must remain in a carrier or cage.


ANNUAL PARISH DINNER AT VALLEY VINEYARDS:  It’s that time of year once again to dine together in style at the vineyard on Saturday, October 8 at 5pm. To register call the Vineyard directly at 513-899-2485 by Thursday, October 6.  There’s a sign-up sheet in church lobby with the menus – please sign up on the sheet so we know how many are attending AND call the vineyard to register. The contact person for this event is Tony Rubino.


CALL FOR HOMEMADE KAIROS COOKIES: The cookie collection bags with instructions will be available in September in preparation for the collection dates of Sunday-Tuesday, October 9-11. Kairos is an international prison ministry. Once a year, locally, a special weekend is held in the prison, led by lay ministers, in which the cookies play a significant role. St. Mark’s has been participating in this missional work for many years and all are invited to bake and pray for the men, women and youth who are incarcerated and those who minister to them. 



The Community of St. Mark’s Classifieds:


THE REV. ROWENA MACGREGOR will be attending the Firekeepers’ Leadership Training sponsored by the Becoming Beloved Community initiative, Monday-Wednesday, September 12-14; the office will be closed during these days. However, office phone messages are continuously monitored and your call will be returned. Pastoral care crises during these days should be directed to the Sr. Warden, Libby Nicholson.


THE MINUTES OF THE AUGUST VESTRY MINUTES are posted on the bulletin board in the narthex; please contact the church office to get an email copy.


COFFEE HOUR HOSTING OPPORTUNITIES: All Sundays are currently open for September and three available in October. Consider sharing with someone else if you would not want to host by yourself. Coffee Hour sign-ups are in the narthex.


CANDLE/FLOWER OPENINGS: The Eternal Light dedication ($5) and Altar Flowers ($30) remaining in October: Candle -10/23; Flowers – 10/2. This is a lovely way to honor a loved one or a special occasion. The flower arrangement is yours to take home after the service. The signup sheet is located in the entry to the sanctuary (narthex) on the bulletin board.


THE SUNDAY READINGS can be found at  The readings for

next Sunday, September 18 are: Jeremiah 8:18-9:1, Psalm 79:1-9, 1 Timothy 2:1-7, Luke 16:1-13. Reading at least the gospel lesson in preparation for worship can be a useful spiritual practice.



St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

456 Woodman Drive

Dayton, OH 45431


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

Office closed on Friday, 937-256-1082

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


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


Donna Larsen, Music Director/Organist,


Jill Dryden, Sexton,

Contact via church office


Libby Nicholson – Senior Warden,

Kendall Rubino – Junior Warden,




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