Epiphany-1 (Yr A) Jan 8, 2023


Festival of Christmas Lessons and Carols

The Feast of the Epiphany


Thank you for your donations to CARE House

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Dayton, Ohio, January 8, 2023, 10:30 am




Note: the service is being livestreamed and recorded and will be available on our Facebook page.


If you’re new to St. Mark’s please see an usher for a welcome packet so we might acknowledge your visit and include you on our email list for weekly updates and information regarding St. Mark’s and the Diocese of Southern Ohio. The RESTROOM is located to the right as you enter the building.


Throughout the service the people’s responses are in italics; directions are in bold italics.



If you prefer a gluten-free host please notify an usher prior to the service.



“L’Epiphanie”                                                   Alexis Chauvet


WELCOME:   The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor



“What star is this”      (v. 1-3)                                                                 The Hymnal 1982, #124


1          What star is this, with beams so bright,

            more beauteous than the noonday light?

            It shines to herald forth the King,

            and Gentiles to his crib to bring.


2          True spake the prophet from afar

            who told the rise of Jacob’s star;

            and eastern sages with amaze

            upon the wondrous token gaze.


3          The guiding star above is bright;

            within them shines a clearer light,

            and leads them on with power benign

            to seek the Giver of the sign.



The Liturgy of the Word


Please remain standing


Celebrant: Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and for ever.  Amen.  (with gusto!)

Celebrant: Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid.  Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy Name through Christ our Lord. Amen.



Celebrant:  The Lord be with you.  And also with you.  Let us pray.

All: O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by faith, to your presence, where we may see your glory face to face; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.


SONG OF PRAISE:     Please remain standing

“As with gladness men of old did the guiding star behold”  (v. 1-3)            1982 Hymnal, #119    


1          As with gladness men of old

            did the guiding star behold;

            as with joy they hailed its light,

            leading onward, beaming bright;

            so, most gracious Lord, may we

            evermore be led to thee.


2          As with joyful steps they sped

            to that lowly manger-bed;

            there to bend the knee before

            him whom heaven and earth adore;

            so may we with willing feet

            ever seek the mercy-seat.


3          As they offered gifts most rare

            at that manger rude and bare;

            so may we with holy joy,

            pure and free from sin’s alloy,

            all our costliest treasures bring,

            Christ! to thee, our heavenly King.


Please be seated



Reader:  Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Lift up your eyes and look around; they all gather together, they come to you; your sons shall come from far away, and your daughters shall be carried on their nurses’ arms. Then you shall see and be radiant; your heart shall thrill and rejoice, because the abundance of the sea shall be brought to you, the wealth of the nations shall come to you. A multitude of camels shall cover you, the young camels of Midian and Ephah; all those from Sheba shall come. They shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall proclaim the praise of the Lord.                      (60:1-6)

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


Please stand    



Reader: Give the King your justice, O God, and your righteousness to the King’s Son;

Reader: That he may rule your people righteously and the poor with justice;

Reader:  That the mountains may bring prosperity to the people, and the little hills bring righteousness.

Reader: He shall defend the needy among the people; he shall rescue the poor and crush the oppressor.

Reader: He shall live as long as the sun and moon endure, from one generation to another.

Reader: He shall come down like rain upon the mown field, like showers that water the earth.

Reader: In his time shall the righteous flourish; there shall be abundance of peace till the moon shall be no more.

Reader: The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall pay tribute, and the kings of Arabia and Saba offer gifts.

Reader: All kings shall bow down before him, and all the nations do him service.

Reader: For he shall deliver the poor who cries out in distress, and the oppressed who has no helper.

Reader: He shall have pity on the lowly and poor; he shall preserve the lives of the needy.

Reader: He shall redeem their lives from oppression and violence, and dear shall their blood be in his sight.         (72:1-7, 10-14)


Please be seated



Reader:  This is the reason that I Paul am a prisoner for Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles– for surely you have already heard of the commission of God’s grace that was given me for you, and how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I wrote above in a few words, a reading of which will enable you to perceive my understanding of the mystery of Christ. In former generations this mystery was not made known to humankind, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit: that is, the Gentiles have become fellow heirs, members of the same body, and sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. Of this gospel I have become a servant according to the gift of God’s grace that was given me by the working of his power. Although I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given to me to bring to the Gentiles the news of the boundless riches of Christ, and to make everyone see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things; so that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was in accordance with the eternal purpose that he has carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have access to God in boldness and confidence through faith in him.   (3:1-12)

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

Please stand



“When Christ’s appearing was made known”   (v. 1-3)                                1982 Hymnal, #132


1          When Christ’s appearing was made known,

            King Herod trembled for his throne;

            but he who offers heavenly birth

            sought not the kingdoms of this earth.


2          The eastern sages saw from far

            and followed on his guiding star;

            by light their way to Light they trod,

            and by their gifts confessed their God.


3          Within the Jordan’s sacred flood

            the heavenly Lamb in meekness stood,

            that he, to whom no sin was known,

            might cleanse his people from their own.



Please stand



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

People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Celebrant: In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet: `And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.'” Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.” When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.    (2:1-12)

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



“When Christ’s appearing was made known”   (v. 4-5)                                 1982 Hymnal, #132


4          Oh, what a miracle divine,

            when water reddened into wine!

            He spoke the word, and forth it flowed

            in streams that nature ne’er bestowed.


5          All glory, Jesus, be to thee

            for this thy glad epiphany:

            whom with the Father we adore

            and Holy Ghost for evermore.



Please be seated




Please stand



Celebrant: Let us renew our baptismal covenant. Do you believe in God the Father?

People: I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

Celebrant: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

People: I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.  He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead.  On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

Celebrant: Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?

People: I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the  forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

Celebrant: Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers? I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant: Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?  I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant: Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?  I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant: Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself? I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant: Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?  I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant: Grant, O Lord, that all who are baptized into the death of Jesus Christ your Son may live in the power of his resurrection and look for him to come again in glory; who lives and reigns now and for ever. Amen.


Please stand or kneel


THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE:  The following prayers offer opportunities for you to say aloud the prayers of your heart and you are encouraged to do so.

Reader: Let us praise God for the manifestation of the Christ. Let us praise God for the Wise Ones from the East who taught us to honor him. Let us praise God with our prayers of intercession and thanksgiving.

A moment of silence is observed.

Reader: For all people in their daily life and work; for our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those who are alone.

Reader: For this community, the nation, and the world; for all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.

Reader:  For the just and proper use of your creation; for the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.

Reader: For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble; for those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the needy.

Reader: For the peace and unity of the Church of God; for all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek the Truth.

Reader:  For Michael, our Presiding Bishop, and Wayne, our Bishop Provisional, and for all bishops and other ministers; for all who serve God in his Church.


Reader: For the special needs and concerns of this congregation, remembering especially

those on our parish prayer list: the Webster family, the Sharp family, Mary-Anna and Welch family, Linda, the Berta family, Wayne and the Harper family, Don, the Phillips family, the Darnell family, Judy, Juanita, Rob, Mary, George, and Vern. *Time is given for people to add their own petitions spoken aloud*

Reader: Hear us, Lord;  for your mercy is great.


Reader:  We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life. *Time is given for people to add their own petitions spoken aloud*

Reader: We will exalt you, O God our King; and praise your Name for ever and ever.


Reader:  We pray for all who have died, that they may have a place in your eternal kingdom.

*Time is given for people to add their own petitions spoken aloud*

Reader: Lord, let your loving-kindness be upon them; who put their trust in you.


Celebrant: O Christ, light made manifest, gladden our hearts on the joyful morning of your glory, give us grace with all the hosts of heaven, unending praise to God, in whom all things find their meaning, now and for ever.  Amen.



Celebrant:  Let us confess our sins to God, our neighbor, and all our relations.

All:  Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.  We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves; we are truly sorry and we humbly repent.  For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name.  Amen.


Celebrant:  Our Lord Jesus Christ has bestowed power and commandment to his ministers to declare and pronounce to those who are truly repentant, absolution and remission of sin.  Therefore, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, be reconciled to God through grace and “go and sin no more.” Amen.


Please stand



Celebrant:  The peace of the Lord be always with you.  And also with you.

The congregation offers the peace of God to one another.


Please be seated


BIRTHDAY AND ANNIVERSARY PRAYERS:  Birthday: Laura Leach (1/9), Linda Stagles (1/14).


ANNOUNCEMENTS                                                                    Libby Nicholson, Sr. Warden



Celebrant: Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and make good your vows to the Most High. Let us with gladness present the offerings and oblations of our life and labor to the Lord.


Thank you for your generous weekly gifts.

The day-to-day mission and ministry of St. Mark’s

 is funded primarily by gifts received in the offering plate each week.



“Come and Adore”                                Penny Rodriguez                               Laura Leach, voice


Please stand



Celebrant:  Let us pray.  Most Holy God, the author of life and creator of all that is, receive and bless my offering this day; that the currency of worldly value may become the currency of transformation through the worship  and work of this community. Amen.



The Liturgy of the Table


            To receive the sacrament, please approach the celebrant by way of the center aisle and returning to your seat by way of the side aisle. The common cup is available for those who feel comfortable drinking from it; please do not dip the wafer in the wine – per Bishop Smith.

Those not receiving the sacrament in either kind are invited to come forward for a blessing; cross your arms across your chest to indicate this to the Celebrant who will administer the blessing. 


Please remain standing


EUCHARISTIC 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 God thanks and praise. 

Celebrant:  It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. Because you sent your beloved Son to redeem us from sin and death, and to make us heirs in him of everlasting life; that when he shall come again in power and great triumph to judge the world, we may without shame or fear rejoice to behold his appearing. 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:


THE SANCTUS:                                                                         Wonder, Love, & Praise,  #851



Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of pow’r and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

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

Hosanna in the highest. 



You may stand or kneel


Celebrant:  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.


Celebrant: 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 give 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 the, 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,


All: We remember his death, We proclaim his resurrection, We await his coming in glory.


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

People:  AMEN! (with gusto!)



All:  Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name,  your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever.  Amen.


FRACTION ANTHEM:                                                                   

“O Lamb of God”                                                                                      1982 Hymnal, #S157



O Lamb of God that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.

O Lamb of God that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.

O Lamb of God that takest away the sins of the world, grant us thy peace.




Celebrant: The Gifts of God for the People of God.


The people may now come forward to receive the Sacrament.



(to be said by those at home)

Blessed Jesus, with your faithful people at every altar of your church where the Holy Eucharist is now being celebrated, I offer my praise and thanksgiving. Since I cannot receive you today in the Sacrament of your Body and Blood, I ask you to come spiritually into my heart. Cleanse and strengthen me with your grace, Lord Jesus, and let me never be separated from you. May I live in you, and you in me, in this life and the life to come.  Amen.


Please stand



“We three kings of Orient are”                                                                      1982 Hymnal, #128


1          We three kings of Orient are,

            bearing gifts we traverse afar,

            field and fountain, moor and mountain,

            following yonder star.


Refrain:           O star of wonder, star of night, star with royal beauty bright;

                        westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy perfect light!


2          Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain,

            gold I bring to crown him again,

            King for ever, ceasing never

            over us all to reign.     Refrain


3          Frankincense to offer have I:

            incense owns a Deity nigh;

            prayer and praising, gladly raising,

            worship him, God Most High.     Refrain


4          Myrrh is mine; its bitter perfume

            breathes a life of gathering gloom;

            sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying,

            sealed in the stone-cold tomb.     Refrain


5          Glorious now behold him arise,

            King and God and Sacrifice;

            heaven sings alleluia:

            alleluia the earth replies.    Refrain




Celebrant:  Let us pray. 

All: Almighty and everliving God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the Body of your Son, and heirs of your eternal kingdom. And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.



Officiant: Carol, we send you out to share Holy Communion with members of the St. Mark’s community unable to be with us.

People: May you carry the prayers of all of us as you take this sacrament of Christ’s presence.

Officiant: May those who receive it from you be strengthened and encouraged in our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.



Celebrant:….. +And may the blessing . . .



“Brightest and best of the stars of the morning”    (v. 1-3)                  The Hymnal 1982, #118


1    Brightest and best of the stars of the morning,

      dawn on our darkness, and lend us thine aid;

      star of the east, the horizon adorning,

      guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.      (This is also the refrain)


2     Cold on his cradle the dew-drops are shining,

        low lies his head with the beasts of the stall;

        angels adore him in slumber reclining,

        Maker and Monarch and Savior of all.       Refrain


3      Shall we then yield him, in costly devotion,

        odors of Edom, and offerings divine,

        gems of the mountain, and pearls of the ocean,

        myrrh from the forest, and gold from the mine?        Refrain




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



“Good Christian Friends, Rejoice!”      David N. Johnson



Prayers for the Week of January 8:





For those who have died:


For all those who died by suicide: remembering especially teens and young adults who took their own lives this week;


For the people of the Ukraine – and all nations striving for peace and just governance;


For medical and wellness practitioners, who are assisting people with mental, physical, and financial conditions and issues related to the Covid pandemic;


For the homeless: remembering especially those who lost their homes due to flooding and fires in this nation and around the world in recent weeks; and the homeless of Dayton;


For all those addicted to heroin, remembering especially the youth who died this week from overdose;


For our enemies; For the safety of all American military and civilian personnel where ever they serve, remembering especially all those serving at Wright-Patterson AFB;


For those who struggle with the basic necessities of life after natural catastrophic events, especially those misplaced by earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, drought, fire, mudslides, and tornadoes;


For those who suffer from a lack of water without which there can be no life;


For the work of Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) and for the millions of refugees and asylum seekers worldwide who wander the lands of the earth in search of safety, food, water, employment, and family, and whose suffering is greater than we can ever know.


For those in our prayer cycles: in the Anglican cycle of prayer, for The Church of the Providence of Myanmar (Burma), The Diocese of Osaka, The Nippon Sei Ko Kai, The Diocese of Osun – The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), The Diocese of Osun North – The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), The Diocese of Osun North East – The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), The Diocese of Ottawa –The Anglican Church of Canada, The Diocese of Otukpo – The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion); in the Diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for The Church of the Ascension, Middletown, St. John’s, Columbus, Trinity, Hamilton;


For St. Mark’s Families in our parish prayer cycle.


For those parishioners celebrating birthdays.


For those parishioners celebrating wedding anniversaries.


For those on our parish prayer list.


For those who suffer from illness, grief, or any other adversity.


For faithful animal companions and those who care for all animals.


For the mission work of this congregation: The Christmas Project, Canterbury Court, CARE House, St. Paul UMC Food Pantry, Hope 4Riverside, and Neighborhood Bridges; and for all the non-profit groups who use our Community Building;


For our Diocesan Bishops: for the Rt. Rev. Wayne Smith, Bishop Provisional; The Rt. Rev. Kenneth Price, the Rt. Rev. Nedi Rivera, and the Rt. Rev. Wendell Gibbs;


For our Presiding Bishop, The Most Rev. Michael Curry;


For Transitional Deacon(s): Don Carlson;


For postulants for holy orders in the DSO: Phoebe Myhrum Bentley, Maggie Gough, Catherine Duffy, Alane Osborne, Libbie Crawford, Gayland Trim, Molly Cook, Victoria Lewis, Kate Meeks, Kyle Schenkewicz, Gregory Williams, and Amy Cochran.  


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


For all faith communities as we navigate the way forward in a world being transformed by a number of crises – that we remain faithful in our devotion to God and open to constant change and ongoing self-evaluation.






Celebrant: The Rev. Rowena MacGregor

Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen

Voice: Laura Leach, as available

Acolyte(s):  Stephanie Welch

Lay Readers: OT/PS: Elizabeth Wagner-Weber

                            EP/POP: Carol Williamson

Chalice Bearers: Don Nancarrow and Kendall Rubino

Eucharistic Minister (Home Communions):

                         Carol Williamson, as available

Tech/Facebook Live: Gary Welch

Ushers: Tony Rubino and Jim Rudd

Counters: Dave Reuter and Tony Rubino

Altar Guild: TBS; Coffee Hour Host(s): OPEN; Open/Close: TBS

Altar Flowers: OPEN; Candle Dedication: OPEN




Celebrant: The Rev. Rowena MacGregor

Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen

Voice: Laura Leach, as available

Acolyte(s):  Jackie Hoskinson and Will Day

Lay Readers: OT/PS: TJ Walch

                            EP/POP: Gary Welch

Chalice Bearers: Judy Rudd and Elizabeth Wagner-Weber

Eucharistic Minister (Home Communions):

                         Carol Williamson, as available

Tech/Facebook Live: TJ Walch

Ushers:  Tony Rubino and Ginny Tuxhorn

Counters: Janet Reuter and Jim Rudd

Altar Guild: TBS; Coffee Hour Host(s): OPEN; Open/Close: TBS

Altar Flowers: OPEN; Candle Dedication: OPEN



Happening this Week at St. Mark’s:


THIS SUNDAY (Feast of the Epiphany, January 8): HOLY EUCHARIST, 10:30am, in-person and on Facebook Live; SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES: Jr./Sr. High class, 9:30am; Elementary School and Early Education classes, 10:30am


MONDAY:  PARISH OFFICE OPEN, 10am – 1pm; SAA MEETING, 6:30am, Lounge; AA MEETING, 7:30pm, Parish Hall


TUESDAY:  PARISH OFFICE OPEN, 10am – 1pm; TOPS, 10am, Lounge; NA MEETING, 7:30pm, Lounge; YOGA FOR 12 STEPS, 7:30pm, Parish Hall


WEDNESDAYPARISH OFFICE OPEN, 10am – 1pm; There are no events this day




FRIDAY:  PARISH OFFICE CLOSED; There are no events this day


SATURDAYHIDDEN GEMS, 12pm, Parking Lot; AA MEETING, 7:30pm, Parish Hall


NEXT SUNDAY (Second Sunday after the Epiphany, January 15): HOLY EUCHARIST, 10:30am, in-person and on Facebook Live; SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES: Jr./Sr. High class, 9:30am; Elementary School and Early Education classes, 10:30am.



Places to be, things to do


ATTENTION COMMITTEE CHAIRS: Annual Meeting Reports are due in the office no later than THIS Monday, January 9.






RUBY WEBSTER’S MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at St. Mark’s on Saturday, January 21; visitation from 10-11am, service at 11:30am, reception at St. Mark’s to follow.


THE VESTRY will have its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, January 25.


THE ANNUAL MEETING of St. Mark’s will be on Sunday, January 29 following the worship service.



St. Mark’s Classifieds


***VESTRY NOMINATIONS: If you would like to run for a three year term on the vestry, or serve as a delegate/alternate for diocesan convention please contact Linda Stagles, chair of the Nominating Committee asap to be added to the slate. There are two vacancies as the terms of Jenna Walch and Linda Stagles will expire at the end of January.


THE ’22 CONTRIBUTION SHEETS are now available in the Narthex.


LIONS CLUB COLLECTION OF USED ITEMS: St. Mark’s is now collecting used eye glasses, hearing aids, cell phones, plastic pill bottles (remove labels), and plastic bags (to be recycled into benches). Please use the box provided in the narthex for all items but the plastic bags.


FEASTS TO OBSERVE THIS WEEK: Monday, 1/9, Julia Chester Emery, Missionary, 1922; Tuesday, 1/10, William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1645;  Thursday, 1/12, Aelred, Abbot of Rievaulx, 167, Friday, Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers, 367.


THE LESSONS FOR NEXT SUNDAY ARE: Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42, and Psalm 40:1-12.




St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

456 Woodman Drive

Dayton, OH 45431


Email: st_marks@ameritech.net, Office Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10am-1pm

Office closed on Friday, 937-256-1082

(Please contact The Rev. Rowena MacGregor directly to report a pastoral emergency.)


The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor, Priest-In-Charge, 570-404-2025, rector@stmarksdayton.org


Donna Larsen, Music Director/Organist,



Jill Dryden, Sexton,

Contact via church office


Libby Nicholson – Senior Warden,

Kendall Rubino – Junior Warden,




Website: https://stmarksdayton.org,

Facebook: St Mark’s Episcopal Church, Dayton OH

Instagram: St Mark’s Dayton

Licensing for music use and streaming:

One License – #A-740839: Annual license with podcasting; 

B – 26 to 100 average weekend attendance.



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

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