Advent-1 (Yr B) December 3, 2023



PRELUDE                     “Lo, he comes with clouds descending”                 Lloyd Webber


OPENING HYMN           “Lo! He comes with clouds descending”              Hymn #58


1  Lo! he comes, with clouds descending,

        once for our salvation slain;

    thousand thousand saints attending

        swell the triumph of his train:


        Christ the Lord returns to reign.


2  Every eye shall now behold him,

        robed in dreadful majesty;

    those who set at nought and sold him,

        pierced, and nailed him to the tree,

        deeply wailing,

        shall the true Messiah see.


3  Those dear tokens of his passion

        still his dazzling body bears,

    cause of endless exultation

        to his ransomed worshipers;

        with what rapture

        gaze we on those glorious scars!


4  Yea, amen! let all adore thee,

        high on thine eternal throne;

    Savior, take the power and glory;

        claim the kingdom for thine own:


        Thou shalt reign, and thou alone.



Celebrant     Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

People     And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and forever. Amen



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



HYMN OF PRAISE                      “Glory to God”                               S278 Matthias


Glory to God in the highest,

and peace to his people on earth.


Lord God, heavenly King,

almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory.


Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the


Lord God, Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world;

have mercy on us;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father;

receive our prayer.


For you alone are the Holy One,

you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High,

     Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father. Amen.



Celebrant   The Lord be with you.

People   And also with you


Celebrant: Let us pray

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the
armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ
came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in
his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life
immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God,
now and for ever.  Amen.


                    Please be seated for the lessons.



FIRST LESSON      Isaiah 64: 1-9    A Reading from the Book of the prophet Isaiah


O that you would tear open the heavens and come down,
     so that the mountains would quake at your presence—as when fire kindles
     brushwood and the fire causes water to boil—to make your name known to
     your adversaries, so that the nations might tremble at your presence!
When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect,
     you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.
From ages past no one has heard,
     no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you,
     who works for those who wait for him.
You meet those who gladly do right,
     those who remember you in your ways.
But you were angry, and we sinned;
     because you hid yourself we transgressed.
We have all become like one who is unclean,
     and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth.
We all fade like a leaf,
     and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
There is no one who calls on your name,
     or attempts to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us,
     and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity.
Yet, O LORD, you are our Father;
     we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.
Do not be exceedingly angry, O LORD,
     and do not remember iniquity forever.
Now consider, we are all your people.


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



PSALM                 Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18  


1 Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, leading Joseph like a flock; *
shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim.
2 In the presence of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, *
stir up your strength and come to help us.


3 Restore us, O God of hosts; *
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
4 O LORD God of hosts, *
how long will you be angered despite the prayers of your people?


5 You have fed them with the bread of tears; *
you have given them bowls of tears to drink.
6 You have made us the derision of our neighbors, *
and our enemies laugh us to scorn.


7 Restore us, O God of hosts; *
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
16 Let your hand be upon the man of your right hand, *
the son of man you have made so strong for yourself.


17 And so will we never turn away from you; *
give us life, that we may call upon your Name.
18 Restore us, O LORD God of hosts; *
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.



Epistle   First Corinthians 1:3-9   A Reading from Paul’s first letter to the Church in Corinth


Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been
given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in
speech and knowledge of every kind– just as the testimony of Christ has been
strengthened among you– so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you
wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the
end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is
faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our


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



GRADUAL          “The King shall come when morning dawns”           Hymn #73


1  The King shall come when morning dawns

       and light triumphant breaks;

   when beauty gilds the eastern hills

       and life to joy awakes.


2  Not, as of old, a little child,

       to bear, and fight, and die,

   but crowned with glory like the sun

       that lights the morning sky.


3  The King shall come when morning dawns

       and earth’s dark night is past;

   O haste the rising of that morn,

       the day that e’er shall last;


4  and let the endless bliss begin,

       by weary saints foretold,

   when right shall triumph over wrong,

       and truth shall be extolled.


5  The King shall come when morning dawns

       and light and beauty brings:

   Hail, Christ the Lord! Thy people pray,

       come quickly, King of kings.



GOSPEL                        Mark 13:24-37


Deacon or Priest: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark


People:  Glory to you Lord Christ.


Jesus said, “In those days, after that suffering,


     the sun will be darkened,
          and the moon will not give its light,
     and the stars will be falling from heaven,
          and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.


Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory.
Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from
the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.


“From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts
forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these
things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly I tell you, this
generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and
earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.


“But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the
Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time
will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his
slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the
watch. Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the
house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else
he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. And what I say to you I say to
all: Keep awake.”


The Gospel of the Lord. Response:    Praise to you Lord Christ



SERMON                                                                                                               The Rev. Cricket Park





We believe in one God,

     the Father, the Almighty,

     maker of heaven and earth,

     of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

     the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father,

     God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,

     begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.

     Through him all things were made.

     For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven:

          by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin

          Mary, and was made man.

     For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death

          and was buried.

     On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;

          he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the


     He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

          and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

     who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

     With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.

     He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.






Our celebration continues with the Prayers of the People.  After every petition the People respond:   Lord, have mercy.


Deacon or other leader:  In peace, let us pray to the Lord, saying, “Lord, have mercy”.


For the holy Church of God, that it may be filled with truth and love, and be found
without fault at the day of your coming, we pray to you, O Lord.


For Michael our Presiding Bishop, for Kristin our Bishop-Elect, for all bishops and other
ministers, and for all the holy people of God, we pray to you, O Lord.


For all who fear God and believe in you, Lord Christ, that our divisions may cease,
and that all may be one as you and the Father are one, we pray to you, O Lord.


For the mission of the Church, that in faithful witness it may preach the Gospel to the
ends of the earth, we pray to you, O Lord.


For those who do not yet believe, and for those who have lost their faith, that they
may receive the light of the Gospel, we pray to you, O Lord.


For the peace of the world, that a spirit of respect and forbearance may grow among
nations and peoples, we pray to you, O Lord.


For those in positions of public trust, especially Joseph our President and Michael our
Governor, that they may serve justice, and promote the dignity and freedom of every
person, we pray to you, O Lord.


For all who live and work in this community, especially volunteers and staff of Neighborhood
Bridges, Hope 4 Riverside, CARE House, and the St. Paul’s Food Pantry, we pray to you O Lord.


For a blessing on all human labor, and for the right use of the riches of creation, that
the world may be freed from poverty, famine, and disaster, we pray to you, O Lord.


For the poor, the persecuted, the sick, and all who suffer; for refugees, prisoners, and
all who are in danger; that they may be relieved and protected, we pray to you, O Lord.


For this congregation, that we may be delivered from hardness of heart, and show
forth your glory in all that we do, we pray to you, O Lord.


For our enemies and those who wish us harm, and for all whom we have injured or
offended, we pray to you, O Lord.


For all who have commended themselves to our prayers; for our families, friends, and
neighbors; that being freed from anxiety, they may live in joy, peace, and health, we
pray to you, O Lord.


For those on our hearts this day (especially ______________), we pray to you O Lord.


For all who have died in the communion of your Church, and those whose faith is
known to you alone, that, with all the saints, they may have rest in that place where
there is no pain or grief, but life eternal, we pray to you, O Lord.


Rejoicing in the fellowship of Mark and all the saints, let us commend ourselves, and
one another, and all our life to Christ our God.
To you, O Lord our God.


Silence            The Celebrant adds a concluding Collect, or the following Doxology.


For yours is the majesty, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; yours is the kingdom and the
power and the glory, now and for ever. Amen.



Deacon/Celebrant:   Let us then confess our sins against God and our neighbor.


Most merciful God: We confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and 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:  Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life.  Amen.




Celebrant:     The Peace of the Lord be always with you.

Response:      And also with you.


Please greet one another with a sign of peace.





OFFERTORY/ANTHEM                 “Prepare the Way”                             Lloyd Larson




At this time the ushers will bring up the offering of money and any pantry items. As they do this, please stand and sing the following:


Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise God all creatures here below;

Praise God above ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.



THE HOLY COMMUNION                   Prayer B


Celebrant   The Lord be with you.

People         And also with you.


Celebrant      Lift up your hearts.

People          We lift them to the Lord.


Celebrant     Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People         It is right to give him thanks and praise.


The Celebrant continues, with the congregation joining in the words in bold type.


It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you,
Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.


Through Jesus Christ our Lord; who on the first day of the week overcame death and
the grave, and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life12


Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all
the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your


SANCTUS                                                                                                                     HYMN S128


All: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.



Then the Celebrant continues


We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have made
known to us in creation; in the calling of Israel to be your people; in your Word
spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your
Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be
the Savior and Redeemer of the world. In him, you have delivered us from evil, and
made us worthy to stand before you. In him, you have brought us out of error
into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.


On the night before he died for us, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he
had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat:
This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”


After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to
them, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is
shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this
for the remembrance of me.”


Therefore, according to his command, O Father,


Celebrant and People


We remember his death,
We proclaim his resurrection,
We await his coming in glory;


The Celebrant continues:


And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O Lord of all; presenting
to you, from your creation, this bread and this wine.


We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts that they may be
the Sacrament of the Body of Christ and his Blood of the new Covenant. Unite us to
your Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him, being sanctified by
the Holy Spirit. In the fullness of time, put all things in subjection under your Christ,
and bring us to that heavenly country where, with Mark and all your saints, we may
enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ our
Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our


By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is
yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever.   AMEN.

As our Savior Christ has taught us, we now pray,


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 




Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us. 

Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us. 

Jesus, redeemer, redeemer of the world,

give us your peace, give us your peace.





Celebrant: Behold who you are. May you become one with the One you receive.


Everyone is welcome to come forward for communion or a blessing. You may receive the bread and the wine, or the bread or the wine. If you prefer a blessing only, please cross your hands over your chest as a signal to the priest.



COMMUNION HYMN             “All Who Hunger Gather Gladly”            WLP #761


1 Once he came in blessing,

   all our ills redressing;

   came in likeness lowly,

   Son of God most holy;

   bore the cross to save us,

   hope and freedom gave us.


2 Still he comes within us,

   still his voice would win us

   from the sins that hurt us,

   would to Truth convert us:

   not in torment hold us,

   but in love enfold us.


3 Thus, if thou canst name him,

   not ashamed to claim him,

   but wilt trust him boldly

   nor dost love him coldly,

   he will then receive thee,

   heal thee, and forgive thee.


4 One who thus endureth

   bright reward secureth.

   Come, then, O Lord Jesus,

   from our sins release us;

   let us here confess thee

   till in heaven we bless thee.




Celebrant:  Let us pray.

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.





May the peace of God that passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in
the knowledge and love of God, and of God’s son, Jesus Christ our Lord. And the
Blessing of God: Father, Son, Holy Spirit, be with you now and remain with you always.



RECESSIONAL HYMN          “Sleepers wake! A voice astounds us”            Hymn #61


1 “Sleepers, wake!” A voice astounds us,

   the shout of rampart guards surrounds us:

      “Awake, Jerusalem, arise!”

   Midnight’s peace their cry has broken,

   their urgent summons clearly spoken:

      “The time has come, O maidens wise!

   Rise up, and give us light;

   the Bridegroom is in sight.


               Your lamps prepare

               and hasten there,

      that you the wedding feast may share.”



2 Zion hears the watchmen singing;

   her heart with joyful hope is springing,

      she wakes and hurries through the night.

   Forth he comes, her Bridegroom glorious

   in strength of grace, in truth victorious:

      her star is risen, her light grows bright.

   Now come, most worthy Lord,

   God’s Son, Incarnate Word,


               We follow all

               and heed your call

      to come into the banquet hall.


3 Lamb of God, the heavens adore you;

   let saints and angels sing before you,

      as harps and cymbals swell the sound.

   Twelve great pearls, the city’s portals:

   through them we stream to join the immortals

      as we with joy your throne surround.

   No eye has known the sight,

   no ear heard such delight:


               Therefore we sing

               to greet our King;

      for ever let our praises ring.





The congregation is dismissed by the deacon or the priest.

People    Thanks be to God.


POSTLUDE                    “Now Thank We All Our God”                    Sigfrid Karg-Elert



        Please join us for coffee in the Fellowship Room of the Community Building.






Welcome to St. Mark’s! During the service, please assume the postures of prayer and
devotion as best suits your ability. If you are able, please stand for the Gospel, singing
hymns, and the prayers. Kneeling and sitting are also appropriate for the prayers of
the people and the Eucharistic prayers. Remember, the posture of your heart is more
important to God than the position of your body.



Ministers for December 3, 2023
Altar Guild for December: Mary-Anna Welch, Stephanie Welch, Janet Reuter
Organist: Donna Larsen  Vocalist: Faggio Nocero-Sargent
Acolyte: Elizabeth Reuter
Lay Readers: TJ Walch and Gary Welch
Chalice Bearers: Jim Rudd and Don Nancarrow
Tech Table: Gary Welch
Ushers: Dave Reuter and Tony Rubino
Counters: Kendall Rubino and Gary Welch
Open/Close: Wagner/Rudd
Coffee Hour: Carol and Lee Smith
Sanctuary Candle and Flowers: The Park Family in memory of Peggy Park (Steve’s
sister) and other loved ones.



Ministers for December 10, 2023
Altar Guild for December: Mary-Anna Welch, Stephanie Welch, Janet Reuter
Organist: Donna Larsen  Vocalist: Laura Leach
Acolyte: Gabe Walch
Lay Readers: Carol Williamson and Jackie Hoskinson
Chalice Bearers: Carol Williamson and Judy Rudd
Tech Table: TJ Walch
Ushers: Carol Williamson and Jim Rudd
Counters: Carol Nancarrow and Janet Reuter
Open/Close: Nancarrow/Reuter
Coffee Hour: Joy Brown and Sandy Bultman
Sanctuary Candle and Flowers:


Calendar items:
December—Neighborhood Bridges “Stuff the Care Closet Month”


December 3—Advent I and CARE House collection
December 10—Advent II
December 17—Advent III
December 24—Advent IV, 10:30am; Christmas Eve, 5:00pm
December 24—Food Pantry collection day
December 31—Christmas II



Upcoming Events


Our Advent/Christmas Project: Fill up the Care Closet for Neighborhood Bridges
The supply drive for Neighborhood Bridges’ Care Closet begins this week and lasts all
month! Neighborhood Bridges helps meet basic needs of lower income students in
our community. Their Care Closet is running low on some specific supplies. We have
a mini-Closet with the Care closets most urgent needs represented as cutouts – you
can take one as a reminder to throw an extra item in your shopping cart or there are
rough dollar estimates listed on the back. Contact Meg Hull Ortiz
at with any questions.


Adult Forum: The Revelation to John
Beginning December 3rd and continuing through Epiphany: The Revelation to John.
The final book of the Bible is 24 chapters of some very creative prose and symbolism.
It can’t be read, marked, or inwardly digested in a few weeks. A syllabus will be available
next week. Please join us for this wild ride of a Bible Study.


Welcoming Bishop White
Bishop White begins her ministry with the diocese on December 1st. Rev. Derrick Fitz
has asked all congregations to shower her with gifts from our region. Are there items
we at St. Mark’s might like to send? It would be lovely to send a basket that represents
our ministries here. Please give Rev. Cricket as many ideas as possible.




2024 Looms Large—Cricket needs schedules for Sunday Ministers.
If you are in charge of scheduling people for Sunday mornings, please send the updated
assignments as soon as possible. If you are interested in trying a new ministry,
please see the following persons:

Cricket Park—Acolytes, Tech Table
Elizabeth Wagner-Weber—Open/Close
Kendall Rubino—Lay Readers, Chalice Bearers
Dave Reuter—Ushers
Don Nancarrow—Counters


UDOLLI -Winter 2024 Session
UDOLLI, the University of Dayton’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, provides a wide
variety of enrichment opportunities for those who are “50 years old or better.”
Complete information on UDOLLI is available at…

Among the topics addressed in the more than 70 seminars that will be offered in the Winter 2024 Session (January 16-February 26) are: Art and Photography; Current Events; Film and Theater; Health, Wellness, and Exercise; History and Social Sciences; Music; Psychology; Religion and Philosophy; Science; and Travel, Sports, and Leisure.  The complete Winter Program Catalog is available.



Calling all singers, puppeteers, techies, and folks who love to have fun. This year’s Christmas Pageant is the story of the Nativity as inspired by the rock band Queen.  Bethelemian Rhapsody tells the story of Jesus’ birth in a whimsical way. People of all ages are welcome to participate.


If you have puppets, please let Rev. Cricket know.  We need to fill the “roles” of Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, Shepherds, Angels, Magi, and (of course) Sheep. There’s room for everyone.


Don’t like being on stage? We could use help with the staging itself and technology.
Join Janet Reuter, the Walches, and your fun-loving priest to spread the gospel musically
this Christmas Eve. Please email Rev. Cricket (see address below) if you’re willing to participate.



St. Mark’s is a parish in the Diocese of Southern Ohio, which is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion.



Libby Nicholson, Senior Warden

Kendall Rubino, Junior Warden

Jackie Hoskinson

Patricia Tallman

Elizabeth Wagner-Weber

Jenna Walch


Don Nancarrow, Treasurer

Dave Reuter, Recorder



Rev. Cricket Park;

Office Hours by appointment. 937-256-1082







Our Mission Statement:


“We gather for worship, education and mutual support;

welcome all people; and serve the community in God’s name”.


A prayer for St. Mark’s in a time of transition

O Lord, Father of life and change, of new and old: You gifted us with abilities to speak and listen, to hear and decide, to choose and know. We thank you for teaching us how to used these abilities, though we must at times remember to combine them with patience. Remind us to speak with kindness, to listen to understand, to hear all voices, to decide on what is just and true, to choose the path of peace, and to know we are not alone. Be with us in this time of transition, that it is as effective as it is unsettling, as comforting as it is confusing. And never leave our side on the journey ahead, as we strive for an unknown destination. In the name of your Son Jesus, who walks alongside us, we pray. Amen.

(written by Elizabeth Wagner-Weber)



The Rev. Cricket Park, Interim



Libby Nicholson – Senior Warden; Kendall Rubino – Junior Warden,


Donna Larsen, Music Director/Organist,


St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

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Dayton, OH 45431



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