Pentecost-18 (Yr C) Oct 9, 2022


A Celebration of Holy Eucharist

The 18th Sunday after Pentecost




St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Dayton, Ohio, October 9, 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.




“Voluntary On ‘CWM RHONDDA’”                  Robert Lind


WELCOME:   The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor   


Please stand for the ringing of the bell and processional



“This is the feast of victory for our God”  (v. 1-3)                                 The Hymnal 1982,  #417


Antiphon   This is the feast of victory for our God.

                 Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!


1          Worthy is Christ, the Lamb who was slain,

            whose blood set us free to be people of God.  Antiphon


2          Power, riches, wisdom, and strength, and honor,

            blessing, and glory are his.  Antiphon


3          Sing with all the people of God,

            and join in the hymn of all creation.   Antiphon



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: Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. 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:  These are the words of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the remaining elders among the exiles, and to the priests, the prophets, and all the people, whom Nebuchadnezzar had taken into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon. Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.          (29:1,4-7)

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


Please stand    



Reader: Be joyful in God, all you lands; sing the glory of his Name; sing the glory of his praise.

Reader: Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! because of your great strength your enemies cringe before you.

Reader: All the earth bows down before you, sings to you, sings out your Name.”

Reader: Come now and see the works of God, how wonderful he is in his doing toward all people.

Reader: He turned the sea into dry land, so that they went through the water on foot, and there we rejoiced in him.

Reader: In his might he rules for ever; his eyes keep watch over the nations; let no rebel rise up against him.

Reader: Bless our God, you peoples; make the voice of his praise to be heard;

Reader: Who holds our souls in life, and will not allow our feet to slip.

Reader: For you, O God, have proved us; you have tried us just as silver is tried.

Reader: You brought us into the snare; you laid heavy burdens upon our backs.

Reader: You let enemies ride over our heads; we went through fire and water; but you brought us out into a place of refreshment.                 (Ps. 66:1-11)


Please be seated



Reader: Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David– that is my gospel, for which I suffer hardship, even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But the word of God is not chained. Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, so that they may also obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. The saying is sure:  If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him;  if we deny him, he will also deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful– for he cannot deny himself. Remind them of this, and warn them before God that they are to avoid wrangling over words, which does no good but only ruins those who are listening. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth.      (2:8-15)

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

Please stand



“O worship the King”  (v. 1-2)                                                                      1982 Hymnal,  #388


1          O worship the King, all glorious above!

            O gratefully sing his power and his love!

            Our shield and defender, the Ancient of Days,

            pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise.


2          O tell of his might! O sing of his grace!

            Whose robe is the light, whose canopy space.

            His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form,

            and dark is his path on the wings of the storm.



Please stand



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

People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Celebrant: On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.”         (17:11-19)

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



“O worship the King”  (v. 3)                                                                         1982 Hymnal,  #388


3          The earth, with its store of wonders untold,

            Almighty, thy power hath founded of old,

            hath stablished it fast by a changeless decree,

            and round it hath cast, like a mantle, the sea.



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, the tech team, 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:  In the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, we pray for those who perished and those who grieve, and for those who have lost their homes and businesses and livelihoods, and for all who minister to them; 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: Mary-Anna, 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: Birthday: Mike Wagner (10/9), Sophie Darnell and Rowena MacGregor (10/13).


ANNOUNCEMENTS                                                                    Libby Nicholson, Sr. 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.



“To Sing Once More”                            Craig Courtney                                 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.



Celebrant:  “Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’

All: Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’

Celebrant: And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’                        (Matt. 25:34-40)

Celebrant: Let us pray. Most holy God, we give thanks for those who minister to the imprisoned, who bring the love of Christ into their lives, facilitate understanding and forgiveness, and are instruments of peace and reconciliation, in whatever way it may be possible. We ask that each of the cookies baked by the St. Mark’s community bless the prisoners, guards and wardens who participate in the Kairos Weekend program; in Christ we offer this prayer to you. 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



“My God, thy table now is spread”                                                              1982 Hymnal,  #321


1          My God, thy table now is spread,

                        thy cup with love doth overflow;

            be all thy children thither led,

                        and let them thy sweet mercies know.


2          O let thy table honored be,

                        and furnished well with joyful guests;

            and may each soul salvation see,

                        that here its sacred pledges tastes.


3          Drawn by thy quickening grace, O Lord,

                        in countless number let them come

            and gather from their Father’s board

                        the Bread that lives beyond the tomb.


4          Nor let thy spreading Gospel rest

                        till through the world thy truth has run,

            till with this Bread shall all be blessed

                        who see the light or feel the sun.



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 . . .



“O praise ye the Lord!”                                                                         The Hymnal 1982,  #432


1  O praise ye the Lord!

        Praise him in the height;

    rejoice in his word,

        ye angels of light;

    ye heavens, adore him

        by whom ye were made,

    and worship before him,

        in brightness arrayed.


2  O praise ye the Lord!

        Praise him upon earth,

    in tuneful accord,

        all ye of new birth;

    praise him who hath brought you

        his grace from above,

    praise him who hath taught you

        to sing of his love.


3  O praise ye the Lord!

        All things that give sound;

    each jubilant chord

        re-echo around;

    loud organs, his glory

        forth tell in deep tone,

    and sweet harp, the story

          of what he hath done.



4  O praise ye the Lord!

        Thanksgiving and song

    to him be outpoured

        all ages along!

    For love in creation,

        for heaven restored,

    for grace of salvation,

        O praise ye the Lord!




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



“Postludium”                                          John Dressler


THE ALTAR FLOWERS are given by The Rev. Rowena MacGregor in celebration of her birthday on the 13th, and her son, Ian’s birthday on the 19th.


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

indicate and honor the eternal presence of Christ and “shines brightly in anticipation of Elizabeth and Sean’s wedding.”



Prayers for the Week of October 9:


FOR PEACE. For those who have died; For all those who were in the path of Hurricane Ian: for those who died and those who grieve; for those who lost homes and livelihoods; for those who are displaced, wounded and suffering;  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 Anglican Church of Canada; in the Diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for St. Mary’s, Waynesville, Our Savior, Cincinnati, St. Paul’s, Dayton; in our Parish cycle of prayer, we pray for Ian and Laura, Annabelle and Ainsley Leach; Lillian, Nathaniel and Sebastian Levy; and Sharron Lewis-Watts; 


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 Neighborhood Bridges; 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 the search for a new bishop for the DSO: Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a bishop for this Diocese, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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.


For the complete Weekly Prayers with parishioners’ names, click HERE.

(NOTE:  Password Protected:  Contact Dave or Rowena for Password.)







Celebrant: The Rev. Rowena MacGregor

Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen

Voice: Laura Leach, as available

Ushers:  Dave Reuter and TBS

Acolyte(s):  Stephanie Welch

Lay Eucharist Ministers: Readers: OT/PS:

                             Carol Williamson

                             EP/POP: Jackie Hoskinson

Chalice Bearers: Elizabeth Wagner and Kendall Rubino

Eucharistic Minister (Home Communions):

                                   Carol Williamson, as available

Tech/Facebook Live: Gary Welch

Counters: Tony Rubino and Gary Welch

Altar Guild: Elizabeth and Katherine Wagner

Coffee Hour Hosts: Steve, Tibby and Will Day

Open/Close: Rubino and Wagner




Celebrant: The Rev. Rowena MacGregor

Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen

Voice: Laura Leach, as available

Ushers:  Tony Rubino and Jim Rudd

Acolyte(s):  Jackie Hoskinson, Felix and Jude McClain

Lay Eucharist Ministers: Readers:

                             OT/PS: Gary Welch

                             EP/POP: Gabriel Walch

Chalice Bearers: Kendall Rubino and Judy Rudd

Eucharistic Minister (Home Communions):

                                Carol Williamson, as available

Tech/Facebook Live: TJ Walch

Counters: Dave Reuter and Jim Rudd

Altar Guild: Elizabeth Wagner-Weber and Katherine Wagner

Coffee Hour Hosts: OPEN

Open/Close: Reuter/Rudd

Candle Dedication: Elizabeth Wagner-Weber

Altar Flowers: Elizabeth Wagner-Weber



Happening this Week at St. Mark’s:


THIS SUNDAY (Pentecost 18, October 9): HOLY EUCHARIST and KAIROS COOKIE COLLECTION, 10:30am, in-person and on Facebook Live; SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES: Jr./Sr. High class, 9:30am; Elementary School and Early Education classes, 10:30am; COFFEE HOUR, after worship, Community Room




TUESDAY:  PARISH OFFICE and KAIROS COOKIE COLLECTION,10am-1pm; TOPS MEETING, 10:am, Lounge; NA MEETING, 7:30pm, Lounge; YOGA FOR 12 STEPS, 7;30pm, Parish Hall; STUDY OF LUKE, 7:15pm, Zoom


WEDNESDAYPARISH OFFICE, 10am-1pm; there are no events this day.






SATURDAYHIDDEN GEMS, 12pm, Parking Lot; WAGNER-WEBER WEDDING, 3pm; AA MEETING, 7:30pm, Parish Hall


NEXT SUNDAY (Pentecost 19, October 16): HOLY EUCHARIST and FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION, 10:30am, in-person and on Facebook Live; SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES: Jr./Sr. High class, 9:30am; Elementary School and Early Education classes, 10:30am; COFFEE HOUR, after worship, Community Room



Places to be, things to do:


THE KAIROS COOKIE COLLECTION is THIS Sunday-Tuesday, October 9-11, either at worship or in the office Mon-Tues mornings. THANK YOU! for taking the time and contributing your resources to hand make these cookies and for your prayers over them. 


COFFEE HOUR THIS WEEK:  THANK YOU! to Tibby and Will Day who are hosting coffee hour this week, Sunday, October 9, immediately following worship in the Community Room. Sunday, October 16 is still open; ask a friend to host with you and sign up on the list in the narthex!


THE FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION is NEXT Sunday, October 16. Please make sure the expiration dates are good. Monetary donations buy a lot of food and are greatly appreciated.  THANK YOU! for your donations.



The Community of St. Mark’s Classifieds:


CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST WISHES to Elizabeth Wagner and Sean Weber on their wedding at St. Mark’s this Saturday, October 15 from your St. Mark’s family. We wish you every happiness!!


THE 2023 STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN has launched! Stewardship Moments at the announcements are given by Libby Nicholson, Sr. Warden, Jim Rudd and Don Nancarrow. Libby’s remarks have been printed in the St. Mark’s e-newsletter for the duration of the campaign. While all financial gifts are appreciated, by pledging your expected contributions for the year, St. Mark’s is able to budget expenses and order its common life. Please return your pledge card by the deadline. THANK YOU! for your pledge.


INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ DAY is Monday, October 10. Indigenous Peoples’ Day is celebrated on the second Monday of October this year, to honor the cultures and histories of the Native American people. The day is centered around reflecting on their tribal roots and the tragic stories that hurt but strengthened their communities. FMI:  For Episcopal resources:


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PRAYER LIST UPDATING: Please take a moment to review the prayer list insert and if you need to remove or add a name please email Rowena+ to do so.


CANDLE/FLOWER OPENINGS: The Eternal Light dedication ($5) and Altar Flowers ($30) remaining in October: Candle -10/23. This is a lovely way to honor a loved one or a special occasion. There are no further flower openings for 2022. The signup sheet is located in the entry to the sanctuary (narthex) on the bulletin board.  THANK YOU! to everyone who has donated

flowers and dedicated the eternal candle this fall.


THE SUNDAY READINGS can be found at  The readings for next

Sunday, October 9 are: Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7, Psalm 66:1-11, 2 Timothy 2:8-15, and Luke 17:11-19. Reading at least the gospel lesson in preparation for worship can be a useful spiritual practice.






Lesser Feasts and Fasts 2018

Conforming to General Convention 2018




Vida Dutton Scudder exemplifies the marriage of contemplation and

action within an engaged Christian spirituality. As a contemplative

laywoman, Scudder was a champion for peace, social action, and

women throughout her life.


Scudder was born on December 15th, 1861, the child of

Congregationalist missionaries in India. In the 1870s, Vida and her

mother were prepared for confirmation in the Episcopal Church by

Phillips Brooks, then Rector of Trinity Church, Copley Square,

Boston, and later Bishop of Massachusetts. After studying English

literature at Smith College and Oxford University, Scudder began

teaching at Wellesley College. Her love of scholarship was matched

by her social conscience and deep spirituality. As a young woman,

Scudder founded the College Settlements Association, joined the

Society of Christian Socialists, and, in 1889, began a lifelong

association with the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross, a

community living in the world and devoted to intercessory prayer.


In 1893, Scudder took a leave of absence from Wellesley to

work with Helena Stuart Dudley in founding Denison House in

Boston, a “college settlement,” where wealthy college-educated

women provided social services to poor immigrant neighbors, in

conversation with the local parish priest. Stresses from teaching

and her activism led to a breakdown in 1901. After two years’

recuperation in Italy, she returned renewed and became even more

active in church and socialist groups; she started a group for Italian

immigrants at Denison House and took an active part in organizing

the Women’s Trade Union League. In 1911, Scudder founded The

Episcopal Church Socialist League, and formally joined the Socialist

party. Her support of the Lawrence, Massachusetts, textile workers’

strike in 1912 drew a great deal of criticism and threatened her

teaching position. Though she initially supported World War I, she

joined the Fellowship of Reconciliation in 1923, and by the 1930s

was a firm pacifist.


Throughout her life, Scudder’s primary relationships and support

network were women. After retirement, she authored 16 books on

religious and political subjects, combining her intense activism with

an equally vibrant spirituality. “If prayer is the deep secret creative

force that Jesus tells us it is, we should be very busy with it,” she

wrote characteristically, adding that there was one sure way “of

directly helping on the Kingdom of God. That way is prayer. Social

intercession may be the mightiest force in the world.” Vida Scudder

died on October 9th, 1954.


I Most gracious God, who didst send thy beloved Son to preach

peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Raise up in

thy church witnesses who, after the example of thy servant Vida

Dutton Scudder, stand firm in proclaiming the power of the gospel

of Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost,

one God, now and for ever. Amen.


II Most gracious God, you sent your beloved Son to preach

peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Raise up in

your church witnesses who, after the example of your servant Vida

Dutton Scudder, stand firm in proclaiming the power of the gospel

of Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one

God, now and for ever. Amen.

Lessons and Psalm

Isaiah 11:1–10

Psalm 25: 1–14

John 6:37–51

Preface of a Saint (3)




OCTOBER 11: PHILIP, Deacon and Evangelist

Philip, who has been traditionally referred to as a deacon and an

evangelist, was one of the seven honest men appointed or ordained

by the apostles to distribute bread and alms to the widows and the

poor in Jerusalem.


After the martyrdom of Stephen, Philip went to Samaria to preach

the gospel. In his travels south to Gaza, he encountered an Ethiopian

eunuch, a servant of the Ethiopian queen, reading the Isaiah text on

the Suffering Servant. They traveled together, and, in the course of

their journey, the Ethiopian was converted and baptized by Philip.

Subsequently, Philip traveled as a missionary from Ashdod

northwards and settled in Caesarea, where he hosted St. Paul.


I O God, who hast made of one blood all the peoples of the earth

and sent thy Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those

who are near: Grant that we, following the example of thy servant

Philip, may bring thy Word to those who seek thee, for the glory of

thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth

with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, now and for ever.



II O God, who has made of one blood all the peoples of the earth

and sent your Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to

those who are near: Grant that we, following the example of your

servant Philip, may bring your Word to those who seek you, for the

glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and

reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for

ever. Amen.

Lessons and Psalm

Acts 8:26–40

Psalm 67

Matthew 28:18–20

Preface of Apostles and Ordinations





CHANNING MOORE WILLIAMS, Bishops and Missionaries, 1906 and


Joseph Schereschewsky was born on May 6, 1831, of Jewish parents,

in the Lithuanian town of Tauroggen. His early education was

directed toward the rabbinate, but, during graduate studies in

Germany, he became interested in Christianity, both through contact

with missionaries and through his own reading of a Hebrew

translation of the New Testament. In 1854, Schereschewsky

immigrated to America and entered the Western Theological

Seminary in Pittsburgh to train for the ministry of the Presbyterian

Church. After two years, he decided to become an Episcopalian and

to finish his theological studies at the General Theological Seminary

in New York City, from which he graduated in 1859.


After ordination, and in response to Bishop Boone’s call for helpers

in China, Schereschewsky left for Shanghai. Being a talented linguist,

he learned to write Chinese during the voyage. From 1862 to 1875,

he lived in Peking and translated the Bible and parts of the Prayer

Book into Mandarin. After Bishop Williams was transferred to Japan,

Schereschewsky was elected Bishop of Shanghai in 1877 and was

consecrated in Grace Church, New York City. He established St.

John’s University in Shanghai, and began his translation of the Bible

and other works into classical Chinese.


After some years, however, he became seriously ill. Stricken with

paralysis, he resigned his see in 1883. Schereschewsky was

determined to continue his translation work, however, and after

many difficulties in finding support, he was able to return to

Shanghai in 1895. Two years later, he moved to Tokyo, where he

died on October 15th, 1906. With heroic perseverance,

Schereschewsky completed his translation of the Bible, typing some

2,000 pages with the middle finger of his partially crippled hand.

Four years before his death, he said, “I have sat in this chair for over

twenty years. It seemed very hard at first. But God knew best. He

kept me for the work for which I am best fitted.” He is buried in the

Aoyama Cemetery in Tokyo, next to his wife Susan Mary Waring,

who supported him constantly during his labors and illness.


Bishop Williams was born in Richmond, Virginia, on July 18, 1829,

and brought up in straitened circumstances by his widowed mother.

He attended the College of William and Mary and the Virginia

Theological Seminary. Ordained deacon in 1855, he offered himself

for work in China, where he was ordained priest in 1857. Two years

later, he was sent to Japan and opened work in Nagasaki. His first

convert was baptized in 1866, the year he was chosen bishop for

both China and Japan.


After 1868, he decided to concentrate all his work in Japan, following

the revolution that opened the country to renewed contact with the

western world. Relieved of his responsibility for China in 1874,

Williams made his base at Yedo (now Tokyo), where he founded a

divinity school, later to become St. Paul’s University. At a synod in

1887, he helped bring together the English and American missions

to form the Nippon Sei Ko Kai, the Holy Catholic Church of Japan,

when the Church there numbered fewer than a thousand

communicants. Williams translated parts of the Prayer Book into

Japanese; and he was a close friend and warm supporter of Bishop

Schereschewsky, his successor in China, in the latter’s arduous work

of translating the Bible into Chinese.


I O God, who in thy providence didst call Joseph

Schereschewsky and Channing Moore Williams to the ministry of

this church and gave them the gifts and the perseverance to translate

the Holy Scriptures: Inspire us, by their example and prayers, to

commit our talents to thy service, confident that thou dost uphold

those whom thou dost call; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth

and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, for ever and

ever. Amen.


II O God, who in your providence called Joseph Schereschewsky

and Channing Moore Williams to the ministry of this church and

gave them the gifts and the perseverance to translate the Holy

Scriptures: Inspire us, by their example and prayers, to commit our

talents to your service, confident that you uphold those whom you

call; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you

and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Lessons and Psalm

2 Corinthians 4:11–18

Psalm 84: 1–6

Luke 24:44–48

Preface of Pentecost




OCTOBER 15: TERESA OF AVILA, Mystic and Monastic Reformer,


Teresa was born in Spain, near Avila. Even in her childhood, she took

much pleasure in the study of saints’ lives, and she used to delight in

spending times of contemplation, repeating over and over,“For ever,

for ever, for ever, for ever, they shall see God.”


In her autobiography, Teresa tells that following her mother’s death,

she became quite worldly. To offset this, her father placed her in an

Augustinian convent to be educated, but serious illness ended her

studies. During convalescence, she determined to enter the religious

life and, though opposed by her father, she became a postulant at a

Carmelite convent. Again, illness forced her to return home. After

three years, she returned to the convent. Her prayer life during this

period was difficult. She wrote: “I don’t know what heavy penance

could have come to mind that I would not have gladly and frequently

undertaken rather than recollect myself in the practice of prayer.”

This early difficult experience would shape her later teachings on

prayer, in which she insisted that the spiritual life cannot be

grounded in feelings and consolations.


In time, frustrated by the laxity of life in her community, Teresa set

out to establish a reformed Carmelite order of the “discalced”

religious, who wore sandals or went unshod. Despite many setbacks,

she traveled for 25 years through Spain. Energetic, practical,

efficient, as well as being a mystic and ascetic, she established 17

convents of Reformed Carmelites. Even imprisonment did not deter

her. Her younger contemporary John of the Cross became a close

personal and spiritual friend.


Despite the demands of her administrative and missionary work,

Teresa found time to write the numerous letters that give us rare

insights into her personality and concerns. Her extensive

correspondence often kept her awake at night until 3:00 in the

morning, after which she would awaken at 5:00 for morning prayer

with the community. She shows us a practical organizer, a writer of

native genius, a warm devoted friend, and, above all, a lover of and

the beloved of God.


Her sisters urged her to write down some of her teachings on prayer

for them, which is how we came to have her works The Interior

Castle and The Way of Perfection. Many people at the time felt that

mental prayer (as opposed to reciting the vocal prayer of the liturgy)

was too difficult and too dangerous for women, but Teresa insisted

that “Mental prayer is nothing else than an intimate sharing between

friends. It means taking time frequently to be alone with him whom

we know loves us.” Teresa found writing to be burdensome, and

often protested that she would be much happier spinning or

working in the kitchen. Once she sat down to write, however, she

was eloquent and efficient. Her great work The Interior Castle was

written in less than two months.


Her death in 1582, following two years of illness, was peaceful. Her

last sight was of the Sacrament brought for her comfort; her last

words, “O my Lord! Now is the time that we may see each other.”


I O God, who by the Holy Spirit didst move Teresa of Avila to

manifest to thy church the way of perfection: Grant us, we beseech

thee, to be nourished by her teaching, and enkindle within us a lively

and unquenchable longing for true holiness; through Jesus Christ,

the joy of loving hearts, who with thee and the Holy Ghost liveth and

reigneth, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


II O God, by your Holy Spirit you moved Teresa of Avila to

manifest to your church the way of perfection: Grant us, we pray, to

be nourished by her teaching, and enkindle within us a keen and

unquenchable longing for true holiness; through Jesus Christ, the joy

of loving hearts, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns,

one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Lessons and Psalm

Romans 8:22–27

Psalm 42:1–7

Matthew 5:13–16

Preface of Baptism



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