Easter-3 (Yr A) Apr 23, 2023


OPENING HYMN                        “Good Christians All Rejoice and Sing”                            Hymnal #205



1  Good Christians all, rejoice and sing!

     Now is the triumph of our King!

     To all the world glad news we bring:

          Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!



2  The Lord of life is risen today!

     Sing songs of praise along his way;

     let all the earth rejoice and say:

          Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!



3  Praise we in songs of victory

     that love, that life which cannot die,

     and sing with hearts uplifted high:

          Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!



4  Your Name we bless, O risen Lord,

     and sing today with one accord

     the life laid down, the life restored:

          Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!



5  To God the Father, God the Son,

     to God the Spirit, always One,

     we sing for life in us begun:

          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 #S236


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

O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.


Please be seated.


First Lesson     Acts 2: 14a, 36-41                A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles

Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd, “Let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.” And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added.


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



Psalm   Psalm  116                            Read responsively by whole verse.


1 I love the Lord, because he has heard the voice of my supplication, *
because he has inclined his ear to me whenever I called upon him.

     2 The cords of death entangled me;
     the grip of the grave took hold of me; *
     I came to grief and sorrow.

3 Then I called upon the Name of the Lord: *
“O Lord, I pray you, save my life.”

     4 Gracious is the Lord and righteous;

     Our God is full of compasson.

5 The Lord watches over the innocent;

I was brought very low, and he helped me.

     6 Turn again to your rest, O my soul,*

     For the Lord has treated you well.

7 For you have rescued my life from death,*

My eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling.

     8 I will walk in the presence of the Lord*

     In the land of the living.

9 I believed, when when I said,

   “I have been brought very low.”*

In my distress I said, “No one can be trusted.”

     10 How shall I repay the Lord *
     for all the good things he has done for me?

11 I will lift up the cup of salvation *
and call upon the Name of the Lord.

     12 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord *
     in the presence of all his people.

13 Precious in the sight of the Lord *
is the death of his servants.

     14 O Lord, I am your servant; *
     I am your servant and the child of your handmaid;
     you have freed me from my bonds.

15 I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving *
and call upon the Name of the Lord.

     16 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord *
     in the presence of all his people,

17 In the courts of the Lord’s house, *
in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.



Epistle     1 Peter 1: 17-23                            A Reading from the First Letter of Peter

If you invoke as Father the one who judges all people impartially according to their deeds, live in reverent fear during the time of your exile. You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. He was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the ages for your sake. Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God.


Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that you have genuine mutual love, love one another deeply from the heart. You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.

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


GRADUAL                       “At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing”                                          Hymn #174


1  At the Lamb’s high feast we sing

     praise to our victorious King,

     who hath washed us in the tide

     flowing from his piercèd side;

     praise we him, whose love divine

     gives his sacred Blood for wine,

     gives his Body for the feast,

     Christ the victim, Christ the priest.



2  Where the Paschal blood is poured,

     death’s dark angel sheathes his sword;

     Israel’s hosts triumphant go

     through the wave that drowns the foe.

     Praise we Christ, whose blood was shed,

     Paschal victim, Paschal bread;

     with sincerity and love

     eat we manna from above.



3  Mighty victim from on high,

     hell’s fierce powers beneath thee lie;

     thou hast conquered in the fight,

     thou hast brought us life and light:

     now no more can death appall,

     now no more the grave enthrall;

     thou hast opened paradise,

     and in thee thy saints shall rise.



4  Easter triumph, Easter joy,

     these alone do sin destroy.

     From sin’s power do thou set free

     souls new-born, O Lord, in thee.

     Hymns of glory, songs of praise,

     Father, unto thee we raise:

     risen Lord, all praise to thee

     with the Spirit ever be.



Gospel    Luke 24:13-35

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

People: Glory to you Lord Christ.

Now on that same day two of Jesus’ disciples were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.” Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.


As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.


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 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 Father.

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 H#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     “We know that Christ is raised and dies no more”     Hymn #296


1  We know that Christ is raised and dies no more.

     Embraced by death he broke its fearful hold;

     and our despair he turned to blazing joy.



2  We share by water in his saving death.

     Reborn we share with him an Easter life

     as living members of a living Christ.



3  The Father’s splendor clothes the Son with life.

     The Spirit’s power shakes the Church of God.

     Baptized we live with God the Three in One.



4  A new creation comes to life and grows

     as Christ’s new body takes on flesh and blood.

     The universe restored and whole will sing:

              Alleluia! Amen.




The congregation is dismissed.

People             Thanks be to God.






Ministers 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: TJ Walch and Katherine Wagner

Ushers: Dave Reuter and Carol Williamson

Counters: Tony Rubino and Gary Welch

Open/Close: Wagner/Reuter

Coffee Hour: TBA


Ministers for April 30, 2023

Acolyte: TBD

Lay Readers: Don Nancarrow and TJ Walch

Chalice Bearers: Elizabeth Wagner-Weber and Don Nancarrow

Tech/Facebook Live: TJ Walch and Gary Welch

Ushers: Ginny Tuxhorn and Jim Rudd

Counters: Janet Reuter and Kendall Rubino

Open/Close: Welch/Nancarrow

Coffee Hour: The Bertas



St. Mark’s This Week:

April 24: SAA at 6:30am; AA at 7:30pm

April 25: TOPS at 10:00am; NA at 7:30pm

Rev. Cricket will be out-of-town April 26-29.

April 27: SAA at 7:30pm

April 29: Hidden Gems at Noon; AA at 7:30pm

April 30: Fourth Sunday of Easter

Adult Forum at 9:15am; Holy Eucharist at 10:30am


Coming Soon: May 21st “Sundae” School Recognition



Adult Formation: What Episcopalians Need to Know about the Bible

Genesis was our topic this morning. Next week: The Book of Judges. 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).


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.


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.


The Interim Rector will be out of town from April 26-29.

Please. No dying, bleeding, fires, or floods.


Articles for the May Newsletter, “The Lion’s Tale,” are due TODAY.  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,



St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

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