Epiphany-4 (Yr A) Jan 29, 2023




Note: the service is being livestreamed and recorded, and will be available on our Facebook page. If you prefer a gluten-free host please notify an usher prior to the service.




“Earth Has Many a Noble City”                                                                               Flor Peeters


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“All Praise to Thee”                                                                          The Hymnal 1982,  #477


1  All praise to thee, for thou, O King divine,

   didst yield the glory that of right was thine,

   that in our darkened hearts thy grace might shine.



2  Thou cam’st to us in lowliness of thought;

   by thee the outcast and the poor were sought;

   and by thy death was God’s salvation wrought.



3  Let this mind be in us which was in thee,

   who wast a servant that we might be free,

   humbling thyself to death on Calvary.



4  Wherefore, by God’s eternal purpose, thou

   art high exalted o’er all creatures now,

   and given the Name to which all knees shall bow.



5  Let every tongue confess with one accord

   in heaven and earth that Jesus Christ is Lord;

   and God the Father be by all adored.

       Alleluia! Amen.



The Liturgy of the Word


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

And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and for ever.  Amen. 

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      Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on

earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.



O Day of Radiant Gladness”      (verse 1)                The Hymnal 1982,  #48



O day of radiant gladness, O day of joy and light,

O balm of care and sadness, most beautiful, most bright;

this day the high and lowly through ages joined in tune, sing,

“Holy, holy, holy,” to the great God Triune.



Please be seated


A Reading from the Prophet Micah                                                  (6:1-8)

Hear what the Lord says:

Rise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice. Hear, you mountains, the controversy of the Lord, and you enduring foundations of the earth; for the Lord has a controversy with his people, and he will contend with Israel.


“O my people, what have I done to you? In what have I wearied you? Answer me! For I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and redeemed you from the house of slavery; and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. O my people, remember now what King Balak of Moab devised, what Balaam son of Beor answered him, and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the saving acts of the Lord.”


“With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt-offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with tens of thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?” He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?


The Word of the Lord. 

People    Thanks be to God.


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1   Lord, who may dwell in your tabernacle? *

who may abide upon your holy hill?

2   Whoever leads a blameless life and does what is right, *
who speaks the truth from his heart.

3   There is no guile upon his tongue; he does no evil to his friend; *
he does not heap contempt upon his neighbor.

4   In his sight the wicked is rejected, *
but he honors those who fear the Lord.

5   He has sworn to do no wrong *
and does not take back his word.

6   He does not give his money in hope of gain, *
nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.

7   Whoever does these things *
shall never be overthrown.


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A Reading From the First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians                                     (1:18-31)

The message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,  and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”


Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.


Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.  But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, so that no one might boast in the presence of God.  He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, in order that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 


The Word of the Lord. 

People    Thanks be to God.


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“Blest Are the Pure in Heart”        (verses 1-3)                 The Hymnal 1982, #656


1  Blest are the pure in heart, for they shall see our God;

    the secret of the Lord is theirs, their soul is Christ’s abode.


2  The Lord, who left the heavens our life and peace to bring,

    to dwell in lowliness with us, our pattern and our King;


3  he to the lowly soul will still himself impart

    and for his dwelling and his throne will choose the pure in heart.




Celebrant The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.            (5:1-12)

People Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Celebrant When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”


Celebrant The Gospel of the Lord. 

People  Praise to you, Lord Christ.




“Blest Are the Pure in Heart”       (verse 4)                         The Hymnal 1982, #656


 4  Lord, we thy presence seek; may ours this blessing be;

    give us a pure and lowly heart, a temple fit for thee.



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THE SERMON              The Rev. Canon Michael Spencer


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All: 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 worshipped 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.


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 In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.


For all people in their daily life and work;

For our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those who are alone.


For this community, the nation, and the world;

For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.


For the just and proper use of your creation;

For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.


For those on our Parish Prayer List: the Webster Family, Patricia, Jim, and the Tallman Family, Mary-Anna and the Welch Family, Linda, the Berta Family, Wayne and the Harper Family, the Phillips Family, the Darnell Family, Judy, Juanita, Rob, Mary, George, and Vern; and for all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;

For those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the needy.


For the peace and unity of the Church of God;

For all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek the Truth.


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.


For the special needs and concerns of this congregation.


The People may add their own petitions

Hear us, Lord;

For your mercy is great.


We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life.


The People may add their own thanksgivings

We will exalt you, O God our King;

And praise your Name for ever and ever.


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


The People may add their own petitions

Lord, let your loving-kindness be upon them;

Who put their trust in you.


Celebrant Almighty God, to whom our needs are known before we ask:  Help us to ask only what accords with your will; and those good things which we dare not, or in our blindness cannot ask, grant us for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 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  Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.


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

The congregation offers the peace of God to one another.


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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.



“The Beatitudes” Soloist: Laura Leach                                                          Roger B. Buettell


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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


We welcome our visitors today, and we invite all baptized Christians to join us in receiving Communion.  If you are unable to come to the priest, please notify an usher.  Those not partaking of Communion are invited to come forward, cross your arms over your chest, and receive a blessing.




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.

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 in the mystery of the Word made flesh, you have caused a new light to shine in our hearts, to give the knowledge of your glory in the face of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

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   #858



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.

Hosanna in the highest. 


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.

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;

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 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 St. Mark and all your saints, we may enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our 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.

All Amen.



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.



“O Lamb of God”                                                  The Hymnal 1982, #S155                 



Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;

therefore let us keep the feast.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.




Celebrant The Gifts of God for the People of God.



(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.


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“What Does the Lord Require”                                        The Hymnal 1982, #605


     1. What does the Lord require for praise and offering?

What sacrifice desire, or tribute bid you bring?

Do justly; love mercy; walk humbly with your God.


    2. Rulers of earth, give ear! Should you not justice show?

Will God your pleading hear, while crime and cruelty grow?

Do justly; love mercy; walk humbly with your God.


   3. Still down the ages ring God’s law so hard and high?

To merchant, worker, king he brings God’s high demands.

Do justly; love mercy; walk humbly with your God.


   4. How shall my soul fulfill God’s law so hard and high?

Let Christ endue our will with grace to fortify.

Then justly, in mercy we’ll humbly walk with God.




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.






1. Christ is the world’s true light,
Its Captain of salvation,
The Day-star clear and bright
Of every man and nation;
New life, new hope awakes,
Where’er men own his sway;
Freedom her bondage breaks,
And night is turned to day.


2. In Christ all races meet,
Their ancient feuds forgetting,
The whole round world complete,
From sunrise to its setting:
When Christ is throned as Lord,
Men shall forsake their fear,
To ploughshare bear the sword,
To pruning-hook the spear.


3. One Lord, in one great Name
Unite us all who own thee;
Cast out our pride and shame
That hinder to enthrone thee;
The world has waited long,
Has travailed long in pain;
To heal its ancient wrong.

Come Prince of Peace, and reign.




The congregation is dismissed.

People     Thanks be to God.




Trumpet Tune”                                            John Stanley



THE ALTAR FLOWERS are given in loving memory of Zachary Johnson.


THE CANDLE IN THE SANCTUARY LAMP remains lighted throughout the week to  indicate and honor the eternal presence of Christ and has been dedicated this week in loving memory of Zachary Johnson.


THE CANDLE IN THE SANCTUARY LAMP was dedicated last week by Nancy Blair in honor of Melody Williams.






Celebrant: The Rev. Cn. Michael Spencer

Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen

Voice: Laura Leach, as available

Acolyte(s):  Gabriel Walch and Elizabeth Reuter

Lay Readers: Gary Welch, Gabriel Walch

Chalice Bearers: Carol Williamson and Judy Rudd

Eucharistic Minister (Home Communions):

                      Carol Williamson, as available

Tech/Facebook Live: Gary Welch, Elizabeth Wagner-Weber

Ushers:  Dave Reuter and Tony Rubino

Counters: Janet Reuter and Tony Rubino

Altar Guild: Carol Nancarrow and Kendall Rubino

Coffee Hour Host(s): OPEN

Open/Close: Rudd/Rubino



 Celebrant: The Rev. Cricket Park

Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen

Voice: Laura Leach, as available

Acolyte(s):  Gary and Stephanie Welch

Lay Readers: Jackie Hoskinson, Judy Rudd

Chalice Bearers: Kendall Rubino and Jim Rudd

Eucharistic Minister (Home Communions):

                      Carol Williamson, as available

Tech/Facebook Live: Katherine Wagner, Elizabeth Wagner-Weber

Ushers:  Dave Reuter and Carol Williamson

Counters: Carol Nancarrow and Jim Rudd

Altar Guild: Katherine Wagner and Elizabeth Wagner-Weber

Coffee Hour Host(s): OPEN

Open/Close: Nancarrow/Rudd

Altar Flowers: OPEN

Candle Dedication: Welch family





Join us for the Annual Parish Meeting right after the service


MONDAY:  SAA MEETING, 6:30am, Lounge; AA MEETING, 7:30pm, Parish Hall


TUESDAY:  TOPS, 10am, Lounge; NA MEETING, 7:30pm, Lounge; YOGA FOR 12 STEPS, 7:30pm, Parish Hall


WEDNESDAY:  no events planned


THURSDAY:  SAA MEETING, 7:30pm, Lounge; COIN CLUB, 7:30, Parish Hall


FRIDAY:  no events planned


SATURDAY:  HIDDEN GEMS, noon, Parking Lot; AA MEETING, 7:30pm, Parish Hall





ALTAR FLOWER COST INCREASE: Because of increased operating expenses, Flowerama had to raise the price of our weekly arrangement from $30 to $40.00. It’s still very reasonable, we do not pay a delivery charge, and you still get to take the arrangement home!


CARE HOUSE SUNDAY is next week: they can always use individually wrapped healthy snacks, small bottles of water & juice boxes, and gift cards


THE LARGE PRINT FORWARD DAY BY DAY booklets for February – April are now available in the Narthex.


LIONS CLUB COLLECTION OF USED ITEMS: St. Mark’s is 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.


THE LESSONS FOR NEXT WEEK ARE: Isaiah 58:1-9a, [9b-12], 1 Corinthians 2:1-12, [13-16], Matthew 5:13-20, Psalm 112:1-9, (10).




St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

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Dayton, OH 45431



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Office Phone: 937-256-1082

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“We gather for worship, education and mutual support;

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




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



Donna Larsen, Music Director/Organist,




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