Christmas-1 (Yr B) December 31, 2023



A Collect for the New Year
O God our Creator, you have divided our life into days and seasons, and called us to acknowledge your
providence year after year: Accept your people who come to offer their praises, and, in your mercy,
receive their prayers; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


Christmas Festival of Lessons and Carols




Hymn #102                                                                      Once in Royal David’s City


A Bidding Prayer
Dear People of God: In this Christmas Season, let it be our duty and delight
to hear once more the message of the Angels, to go to Bethlehem and see
the Son of God lying in a manger.


Let us hear and heed in Holy Scripture the story of God’s loving purpose
from the time of our rebellion against him until the glorious redemption
brought to us by his holy Child Jesus and let us make this place glad with
our carols of praise.


But first, let us pray for the needs of his whole world, for peace and justice
on earth, for the unity and mission of the Church for which he died, and
especially for his Church in our country and in this city. And because he
particularly loves them, let us remember in his name the poor and helpless,
the cold, the hungry and the oppressed, the sick and those who mourn, the
lonely and unloved, the aged and little children, as well as all those who do
not know and love the Lord Jesus Christ.


Finally, let us remember before God his pure and lowly Mother, and that
whole multitude which no one can number, whose hope was in the Word
made flesh, and with whom, in Jesus, we are one for evermore. And now,
to gather up all these petitions, let us pray in the words which Christ himself
has taught us, saying:


Presider and People
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name, your kingdom come,
your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us this day 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 for ever. Amen.


The Almighty God bless us with his grace; Christ give us the joys of
everlasting life; and to the fellowship of the citizens above, may the King of
Angels bring us all. Amen.


Hymn #91                                               Break forth, O beauteous heavenly light


Genesis 2:4b–9,15–25                                        Read by Jackie Hoskinson
God creates man and woman to live in obedience to him in the Garden of Eden.
In the day that the LORD[a] God made the earth and the heavens, 5 when no
plant of the field was yet in the earth and no vegetation of the field had yet
sprung up—for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and
there was no one to till the ground, 6 but a stream would rise from the earth
and water the whole face of the ground then the LORD God formed man
from the dust of the ground[b] and breathed into his nostrils the breath of
life, and the man became a living being. 8 And the LORD God planted a
garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had
formed. 9 Out of the ground the LORD God made to grow every tree that is
pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of
the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.


15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it
and keep it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, “You may freely
eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good
and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.”


18 Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I
will make him a helper as his partner.” 19 So out of the ground
the LORD God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air and
brought them to the man to see what he would call them, and whatever the
man called every living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave
names to all cattle and to the birds of the air and to every animal of the
field, but for the man[a]there was not found a helper as his partner. 21 So
the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then
he took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that
the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought
her to the man. 23 Then the man said,


“This at last is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
this one shall be called Woman,
for out of Man this one was taken.”


24 Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife,
and they become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked
and were not ashamed.


Hymn #54                                                       Savior of the nations, come


Genesis 3:1–15                                                            Read by Jim Rudd
Adam and Eve rebel against God and are cast out of the Garden of Eden.
3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that
the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall
not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “We
may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not
eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you
touch it, or you shall die.’ ” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will
not die, 5 for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened,
and you will be like God,[a] knowing good and evil.” 6 So when the woman
saw that the tree was good for food and that it was a delight to the eyes
and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit
and ate, and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and
he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were
naked, and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for


8 They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden at the time
of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the
presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 But
the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 He
said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I
was naked, and I hid myself.” 11 He said, “Who told you that you were
naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to
eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she
gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the LORD God said to the
woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent
tricked me, and I ate.” 14 The LORD God said to the serpent,


“Because you have done this,
cursed are you among all animals
and among all wild creatures;
upon your belly you shall go,
and dust you shall eat
all the days of your life.


15 I will put enmity between you and the woman
and between your offspring and hers;
he will strike your head,
and you will strike his heel.”


Hymn #60                                                     Creator of the stars of night


Isaiah 40:1–11                                                    Read by Gabe Walch
God comforts his people and calls on them to prepare for redemption.

Comfort, O comfort my people,
says your God.
2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
and cry to her
that she has served her term,
that her penalty is paid,
that she has received from the LORD’s hand
double for all her sins.
3 A voice cries out:
“In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD;
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
4 Every valley shall be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
and the rough places a plain.
5 Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed,
and all flesh shall see it together,
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
6 A voice says, “Cry out!”
And I said,[a]
“What shall I cry?”
All flesh is grass;
their constancy is like the flower of the field.
7 The grass withers; the flower fades,
when the breath of the LORD blows upon it;
surely the people are grass.
8 The grass withers; the flower fades,[b]
but the word of our God will stand forever.
9 Get you up to a high mountain,
O Zion, herald of good news;[c]
lift up your voice with strength,
O Jerusalem, herald of good news;[d]
lift it up, do not fear;
say to the cities of Judah,
“Here is your God!”
10 See, the Lord GOD comes with might,
and his arm rules for him;
his reward is with him
and his recompense before him.
11 He will feed his flock like a shepherd;
he will gather the lambs in his arms
and carry them in his bosom
and gently lead the mother sheep.


Hymn #68 Rejoice, rejoice believers

Isaiah 35:1–10 Read by Carol Williamson

The prophet proclaims that God will come and save us.
The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad;
the desert shall rejoice and blossom;
like the crocus 2
it shall blossom abundantly
and rejoice with joy and shouting.
The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,
the majesty of Carmel and Sharon.
They shall see the glory of the LORD,
the majesty of our God.]][a]
3 Strengthen the weak hands
and make firm the feeble knees.
4 Say to those who are of a fearful heart,
“Be strong, do not fear!
Here is your God.
He will come with vengeance,
with terrible recompense.
He will come and save you.”
5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf shall be opened;
then the lame shall leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy.
For waters shall break forth in the wilderness
and streams in the desert;
the burning sand shall become a pool
and the thirsty ground springs of water;
the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp;[b]
the grass shall become reeds and rushes.
8 A highway shall be there,[c]
and it shall be called the Holy Way;
the unclean shall not travel on it,[d]
but it shall be for God’s people;[e]
no traveler, not even fools, shall go astray.
9 No lion shall be there,
nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it;
they shall not be found there,
but the redeemed shall walk there.
10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return
and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
they shall obtain joy and gladness,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.


Hymn #31                                                 Lo, how a rose e’er blooming


Luke 1:5–25                                           Read by Elizabeth Wager-Weber
An angel announces to Zechariah that his wife Elizabeth will bear a son.
In the days of King Herod of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah,
who belonged to the priestly order of Abijah. His wife was descended from
the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6 Both of them were
righteous before God, living blamelessly according to all the
commandments and regulations of the Lord. 7 But they had no children
because Elizabeth was barren, and both were getting on in years.


8 Once when he was serving as priest before God during his section’s turn
of duty, 9 he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood,
to enter the sanctuary of the Lord to offer incense. 10 Now at the time of the
incense offering, the whole assembly of the people was praying
outside. 11 Then there appeared to him an angel of the Lord, standing at the
right side of the altar of incense. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was
terrified, and fear overwhelmed him. 13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be
afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will
bear you a son, and you will name him John. 14 You will have joy and
gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, 15 for he will be great in the
sight of the Lord. He must never drink wine or strong drink; even before his
birth he will be filled with the Holy Spirit. 16 He will turn many of the people
of Israel to the Lord their God. 17 With the spirit and power of Elijah he will
go before him, to turn the hearts of parents to their children and the
disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous, to make ready a people
prepared for the Lord.” 18 Zechariah said to the angel, “How can I know that
this will happen? For I am an old man, and my wife is getting on in
years.” 19 The angel replied, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God,
and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good
news. 20 But now, because you did not believe my words, which will be
fulfilled in their time, you will become mute, unable to speak, until the day
these things occur.”


21 Meanwhile the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering at his
delay in the sanctuary. 22 When he did come out, he was unable to speak to
them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the sanctuary. He kept
motioning to them and remained unable to speak. 23 When his time of
service was ended, he returned to his home.


24 After those days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she
remained in seclusion. She said, 25 “This is what the Lord has done for me
in this time, when he looked favorably on me and took away the disgrace I
have endured among my people.”


Hymn #438                                  Tell out my soul, the greatness of the Lord


Luke 1:39–46                                                              Read by Gary Welch
The Virgin Mary is greeted by Elizabeth and proclaims her joy.
39 In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the
hill country, 40 where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted
Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her
womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit 42 and exclaimed with a
loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your
womb. 43 And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord
comes to me? 44 For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the
child in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that
there would be[e] a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”


46 And Mary[f] said,


“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has looked with favor on the lowly state of his servant.
Surely from now on all generations will call me blessed,
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name;
50 indeed, his mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones
and lifted up the lowly;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things
and sent the rich away empty.
54 He has come to the aid of his child Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”
56 And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her


Hymn #115                                             What Child is this, who laid to rest


Luke 2:1–20 Read by TJ Walch
Jesus is born at Bethlehem and is worshipped by angels and shepherds.


In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world
should be registered. 2 This was the first registration and was taken while
Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 All went to their own towns to be
registered. 4 Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to
Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended
from the house and family of David. 5 He went to be registered with Mary, to
whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. 6 While they were
there, the time came for her to deliver her child. 7 And she gave birth to her
firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth and laid him in a manger,
because there was no place in the guest room.[a]


8 Now in that same region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping
watch over their flock by night. 9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before
them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were
terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for see, I am
bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11 to you is born this
day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah,[b]
the Lord. 12 This will
be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in
a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the
heavenly host,[c] praising God and saying,


14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”[d]


15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said
to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has
taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 So they went with
haste and found Mary and Joseph and the child lying in the
manger. 17 When they saw this, they made known what had been told them
about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds
told them, 19 and Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her
heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they
had heard and seen, just as it had been told them.


Hymn #96                                                   Angels we have heard on high


Hebrews 1:1–12                                        Read by Faggio Nocero-Sargent
In the fullness of time, God sent his Son whose reign is for ever and ever.
Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the
prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son,[a] whom he
appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. 3 He
is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being,
and he sustains[b] all things by his powerful word. When he had made
purification for[c] sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on
high, 4 having become as much superior to angels as the name he has
inherited is more excellent than theirs.


5 For to which of the angels did God[d] ever say,


“You are my Son;
today I have begotten you”?


Or again,


“I will be his Father,
and he will be my Son”?


6 And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says,
“Let all God’s angels worship him.”


7 Of the angels he says,


“He makes his angels winds
and his servants flames of fire.”


8 But of the Son he says,


“Your throne, O God, is[e]
forever and ever,
and the scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your[f] kingdom.


9 You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness;[g]
therefore God, your God, has anointed you
with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”


10 And,


“In the beginning, Lord, you founded the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands;


11 they will perish, but you remain;
they will all wear out like clothing;


12 like a cloak you will roll them up,
and like clothing[h]
they will be changed.


But you are the same,
and your years will never end.”


Hymn #109                                                      The first noel


John 1:1–18                                     Read by Elizabeth Wagner-Weber
The Word was made flesh and we have seen his glory.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word
was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being
through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has
come into being in him was life,[a] and the life was the light of all
people. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not
overtake it.


6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a
witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8 He
himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. 9 The true light,
which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.[b]


10 He was in the world, and the world came into being through him, yet the
world did not know him. 11 He came to what was his own,[c] and his own
people did not accept him. 12 But to all who received him, who believed in
his name, he gave power to become children of God, 13 who were born, not
of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.


14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his
glory, the glory as of a father’s only son,[d]
full of grace and truth. 15 (John testified to him and cried out,

“This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes
after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ ”) 16 From his
fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.[e] 17 The law indeed was
given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one
has ever seen God. It is the only Son, himself God, who[f]
is close to the
Father’s heart,[g] who has made him known.


# Hymn 33                                                               O come all ye faithful


The Closing Collect and Blessing


Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of
your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our
hearts, may shine forth in our lives; 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.
May Christ, who by his Incarnation gathered into one things earthly and
heavenly, fill you with his joy and peace; and the blessing of God Almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among us, and remain with us
always. Amen.


#87 Hark the Herald Angels Sing


Today’s Ministers:
Presider: Don Nancarrow
Jackie Hoskinson
Jim Rudd
Gabe Welch
Carol Williamson
Elizabeth Wagner-Weber
Gary Welch
TJ Walch
Faggio Nocero-Sargent



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



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Kendall Rubino, Junior Warden

Jackie Hoskinson

Patricia Tallman

Elizabeth Wagner-Weber

Jenna Walch


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Dave Reuter, Recorder



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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)



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