Easter-2 (Yr A) Apr 16, 2023




OPENING HYMN                  “O sons and daughters let us sing”                Hymnal #203  


            Alleluia, alleluia! Alleluia, alleluia!


1  O sons and daughters, let us sing!

   The King of heaven, the glorious King,

   o’er death and hell rose triumphing.

       Alleluia, alleluia!


2  That Easter morn, at break of day,

   the faithful women went their way

   to seek the tomb where Jesus lay.

       Alleluia, alleluia!


3  An angel clad in white they see,

   who sat and spake unto the three,

   “Your Lord doth go to Galilee.”

       Alleluia, alleluia!


4  That night the apostles met in fear;

   amidst them came their Lord most dear,

   and said, “My peace be on all here.”

       Alleluia, alleluia!


5  On this most holy day of days,

   to God your hearts and voices raise,

   in laud and jubilee and praise.

       Alleluia, alleluia!


          Alleluia, alleluia! Alleluia, alleluia!



Celebrant Alleluia. Christ is risen.


People The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.


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.



HYMN OF PRAISE                               “Canticle 13”                                       Hymn #S 236


1. Glory to you, Lord God of our Fathers;

you are worthy of praise; glory to you.


2. Glory to you for the radiance of your holy Name;

we will praise you and highly exalt you forever.


3. Glory to you in the splendor of your temple;

on the throne of your majesty, Glory to you.


4. Glory to you seated before the Cheribim;

we will praise you and highly exalt you forever.


5. Glory to you beholding the depths;

in the high vault of heaven.


6. Glory to you Father, Son, and Holy Spirit;

we will highly exalt you, Glory to you.



Celebrant The Lord be with you.


People And also with you


Celebrant Let us pray

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Please be seated.


First Lesson     Acts 2:14a, 22-32                   A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles

Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd, “You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know— this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law. But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power. For David says concerning him,


‘I saw the Lord always before me, 
     for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken;

therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;
     moreover my flesh will live in hope.

For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, 
     or let your Holy One experience corruption.

You have made known to me the ways of life; 
     you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’


“Fellow Israelites, I may say to you confidently of our ancestor David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would put one of his descendants on his throne. Foreseeing this, David spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, saying,


‘He was not abandoned to Hades, 
nor did his flesh experience corruption.’


This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses.”


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



Psalm   Psalm  16               Read responsively by whole verse.


1 Protect me, O God, for I take refuge in you; *
     I have said to the Lord, “You are my Lord,
     my good above all other.”

2 All my delight is upon the godly that are in the land, *
     upon those who are noble among the people.


3 But those who run after other gods *
     shall have their troubles multiplied.

4 Their libations of blood I will not offer, *
     nor take the names of their gods upon my lips.


5 O Lord, you are my portion and my cup; *
     it is you who uphold my lot.

6 My boundaries enclose a pleasant land; *
     indeed, I have a goodly heritage.


7 I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel; *
     my heart teaches me, night after night.

8 I have set the Lord always before me; *
     because he is at my right hand I shall not fall.


9 My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices; *
     my body also shall rest in hope.

10 For you will not abandon me to the grave, *
     nor let your holy one see the Pit.


11 You will show me the path of life; *
     in your presence there is fullness of joy,
     and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.


Epistle     1 Peter 1:3-9                   A Reading from the First Letter of Peter

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith– being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire– may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.


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



GRADUAL                  “We walk by faith, and not by sight”                                  Hymn #209


1  We walk by faith, and not by sight;

          no gracious words we hear

     from him who spoke as none e’er spoke;

          but we believe him near.



2  We may not touch his hands and side,

          nor follow where he trod;

     but in his promise we rejoice,

          and cry, “My Lord and God!”



3  Help then, O Lord, our unbelief;

          and may our faith abound,

     to call on you when you are near,

          and seek where you are found:



4  that, when our life of faith is done,

          in realms of clearer light

     we may behold you as you are,

          with full and endless sight.



Gospel    John 20:19-31

Deacon: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

People: Glory to you Lord Christ.


When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”

A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.


The Gospel of the Lord. 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 Virginn 

            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. Amen.




The celebration continues with the Prayers of the People. Please keep silence between the petitions until you are invited to add your own intentions.

I ask your prayers for God’s people throughout the world; for Wayne, Ken, Nedi, and Wendell, our bishops; for this gathering; and for all ministers and people.

Pray for the Church.


I ask your prayers for peace; for goodwill among nations; and for the well-being of all people.

Pray for justice and peace.


I ask your prayers for the poor, the sick, the hungry, the oppressed and those in


Pray for those in any need or trouble.


I ask your prayers for all who seek God, or a deeper knowledge of God.

Pray that the may find and be found by God.


I ask your prayers for the departed.

Pray for those who have died.


I ask your prayers and thanksgivings for (please add your own petitions)


Praise God for those in every generation in whom Christ has been honored. Pray that we may have grace to glorify Christ in our own day.


Celebrant:  Hasten, O Faither, the coming of your kingdom; and grant that we your servants, who now live by faith, may with joy behold your Son at his coming in glorious majesty; even Jesus Christ, our only Mediator and Advocate. 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/Presentation of Gifts (to the tune of #618)


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.

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia,




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.


But chiefly are we bound to praise you for the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; for he is the true Paschal Lamb, who was sacrificed for us, and has taken away the sin of the world. By his death he has destroyed death, and by his rising to life again he has won for us everlasting life.

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 Name:


Celebrant and People


SANCTUS                                                                                                                            HYMN S 128


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.


The people stand or kneel.


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 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 salvation.


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.


THE FRACTION/The Breaking of the Bread


Anthem                                      Be known to us, Lord Jesus                                    Hymn #875


Be known to us Lord Jesus in the breaking of the bread

Be known to us Lord Jesus in the breaking of the bread


The bread which we break alleluia is the communion of the body of Christ

Be known to us Lord Jesus in the breaking of the bread


One body are we alleluia for though many we share one bread

Be known to us Lord Jesus in the breaking of the bread


(The disciples knew the Lord Jesus in the breaking of the bread.)




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 me bers 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.




RECESSIONAL HYMN           “Hosanna to the Living Lord”                               Hymn #486


1  Hosanna to the living Lord!

   Hosanna to the incarnate Word!

   To Christ, Creator, Savior, King,

   let earth, let heaven, hosanna sing!


          Hosanna, Lord! Hosanna in the highest!


2  Hosanna, Lord! thine angels cry;

   Hosanna, Lord! thy saints reply;

   above, beneath us, and around,

   both dead and living swell the sound:




3  O Savior, with protecting care

   abide in this thy house of prayer,

   where we assembled in thy Name,

   in faith, thy parting promise claim.




4  But, chiefest, in our cleansèd breast,

   Eternal! bid thy Spirit rest;

   and make our secret soul to be

   a temple pure and worthy thee.




5  So in the last and dreadful day,

   when earth and heaven shall melt away,

   thy flock, redeemed from sinful stain,

   shall swell the sound of praise again.






The congregation is dismissed.

People             Thanks be to God.





Ministry Assignments for April 16, 2023

Acolyte: Elizabeth Reuter

Lay Readers: Judy Rudd and Don Nancarrow

Chalice Bearers: Carol Williamson and Jim Rudd

Tech/Facebook Live: TJ Walch

Ushers: Dave Reuter and Jim Rudd

Counters: Janet Reuter and Tony Rubino

Open/Close: Nancarrow/Rubino

Coffee Hour:


Ministry Assignments for April 23, 2023

Acolyte: Elizabeth Wagner-Weber

Lay Readers: Jim Rudd and Elizabeth Wagner-Weber

Chalice Bearers: Elizabeth Wagner-Weber and Carol Williamson

Tech/Facebook Live: Katherine Wagner

Ushers: Dave Reuter and Carol Williamson

Counters: Tony Rubino and Gary Welch

Open/Close: Wagner/Reuter

Coffee Hour:



St. Mark’s This Week:

April 17: SAA at 6:30am; AA at 7:30pm

April 18: TOPS at 10:00am; NA at 7:30pm

April 20: Men’s LB at 12:30pm; Vestry at 7:00pm; 7:30pm SAA

April 21: Communications Committee meeting 9:00am on Zoom

April 22: Hidden Gems at Noon; AA at 7:30pm

April 23: Third Sunday of Easter

9:15am Church School and Adult Forum; 10:30am Holy Eucharist


Adult Formation: What Episcopalians Need to Know about the Bible

Rev. Cricket leads this series through Pentecost. Learn about how the Bible came to be, why it’s holy, and why we take it seriously. We’ll be reading several full books of scripture and discussing them. Bring your own study Bible (one you can write and highlight in if you wish).


Outreach Baskets in the Back Pew

The “Outreach Bunny” keeps going and going. There are several donation baskets in the pew on the right when you are entering the sanctuary. These are for food and paper goods for the St. Paul’s Food Pantry; Lion’s Club eyeglasses, cell phones and pill bottles; and snacks and huggables for Care House. The baskets can be filled each week. Please don’t forget our neighbors in need.


Baptism Anyone?

There are five days designated in the Book of Common Prayer as especially appropriate for baptisms. One of those days—Pentecost—is coming up on May 28th. If you have members of your family who wish to be baptized, please let Rev. Cricket know. The next opportunity will be in November on All Saints’ Sunday.


Articles for the May Newsletter, “The Lion’s Tale,” are due April 21st. Please send them to st_marks@ameritech.net.




St. Mark’s is a parish in the Diocese of Southern Ohio, which is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The diocese is currently in a search for its next Bishop.



Libby Nicholson, Senior Warden epnicholson@@gmail.com

Kendall Rubino, Junior Warden klrubino@gmail.com

Fred Berta flbretiredncr@aol.com

Jackie Hoskinson jghoskinson@hotmail.com

Linda Stagles LStagles@gmail.com

Patricia Tallman patskincare@aol.com

Elizabeth Wagner-Weber wagnere17@hanover.edu

Jenna Walch jennawalch@gmail.com


Don Nancarrow, Treasurer nancard@sbcglobal.net

Dave Reuter, Recorder DFReuter@aol.com


Interim Rector

Rev. Cricket Park st_marks@ameritech.net;

revcricketpark@gmail.com      614-806-5248

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 Priest-in-Charge





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



Donna Larsen, Music Director/Organist,



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