Epiphany-5 (Yr A) Feb 5, 2023




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“How Bright Appears the Morning Star”                                                       Sigfrid Karg-Elert


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“How Bright Appears the Morning Star”                      The Hymnal 1982,  #497


1  How bright appears the Morning Star,

     with mercy beaming from afar;

          the host of heaven rejoices;

     O righteous Branch, O Jesse’s Rod!

     Thou Son of Man and Son of God!

          We, too, will lift our voices: Jesus, Jesus!

          Holy, holy, yet most lowly, draw thou near us;

          great Emmanuel, come and hear us.



2  Though circled by the hosts on high,

     he deigned to cast a pitying eye

          upon his helpless creature;

     the whole creation’s Head and Lord,

     by highest seraphim adored,

          assumed our very nature;

              Jesus, grant us, through thy merit, to inherit

              thy salvation; hear, O hear our supplication.



3  Rejoice, ye heavens; thou earth, reply;

     with praise, ye sinners, fill the sky,

          for this his Incarnation.

     Incarnate God, put forth thy power,

     ride on, ride on, great Conqueror,

          till all know thy salvation.

              Amen, amen! Alleluia, alleluia!

                    Praise be given evermore,  by earth and heaven.



The Liturgy of the Word


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

People 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 Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins, and give us the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known to us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


GLORIA                  The Hymnal 1982,  #S280



Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,

You alone are the most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,

     in the glory of God the Father. Amen.



Please be seated


A Reading from the Book of Isaiah                                                    (58:1-12)

Shout out, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet! Announce to my people their rebellion, to the house of Jacob their sins. Yet day after day they seek me and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation that practiced righteousness and did not forsake the ordinance of their God; they ask of me righteous judgments, they delight to draw near to God. “Why do we fast, but you do not see?  Why humble ourselves, but you do not notice?” Look, you serve your own interest on your fast day, and oppress all your workers. Look, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to strike with a wicked fist. Such fasting as you do today will not make your voice heard on high. Is such the fast that I choose, a day to humble oneself? Is it to bow down the head like a bulrush, and to lie in sackcloth and ashes? Will you call this a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord? Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin? Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am.

If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday. The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail. Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in.


The Word of the Lord. 

People    Thanks be to God.


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PSALM 112:1-10

1  Hallelujah! Happy are they who fear the Lord *

    and have great delight in his commandments!

2   Their descendants will be mighty in the land; *

     the generation of the upright will be blessed.

3   Wealth and riches will be in their house, *

     and their righteousness will last for ever.

4   Light shines in the darkness for  the upright; *

     the righteous are merciful and full of compassion.

5  It is good for them to be generous in lending *

    and to manage their affairs with justice.

6   For they will never be shaken; *

     the righteous will be kept in everlasting remembrance.

7   They will not be afraid of any evil rumors; *

      their heart is right; they put their trust in the Lord.

8   Their heart is established and will not shrink, *

     until they see their desire upon their enemies.

9   They have given freely to the poor, *

     and their righteousness stands fast for ever;

     they will hold up their head with honor.

10 The wicked will see it and be angry; they will gnash their teeth and pine away; *

     the desires of the wicked will perish.


Please be seated


A Reading From the First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians                     (2:1-12)

When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come proclaiming the mystery of God to you in lofty words or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I came to you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. My speech and my proclamation were not with plausible words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God.  Yet among the mature we do speak wisdom, though it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to perish. But we speak God’s wisdom, secret and hidden, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him”—these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For what human being knows what is truly human except the human spirit that is within? So also no one comprehends what is truly God’s except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God


The Word of the Lord. 

People    Thanks be to God.


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“Be Thou My Vision”                                      The Hymnal 1982, #488


1 Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;

   all else be nought to me, save that thou art—

   thou my best thought, by day or by night,

   waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.


2 Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word;

   I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord;

   thou my great Father; thine own may I be;

   thou in me dwelling, and I one with thee.


3 High King of heaven, when victory is won,

   may I reach heaven’s joys, bright heaven’s Sun!

   Heart of my heart, whatever befall,

       still be my vision, O Ruler of all.





Celebrant The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.         (5:13-20)

People Glory to you, Lord Christ.


Celebrant Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored?  It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.

“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.  “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”


Celebrant The Gospel of the Lord. 

People  Praise to you, Lord Christ.


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THE SERMON              


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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: Patricia, Jim, Mary-Anna, Linda, Wayne, Judy, Juanita, Rob, Mary, George, Vern, the Bertas, Phillips, and Darnells; 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 and our neighbors.

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.



“Arise, Shine, For Thy Light Has Come” Soloist: Laura Leach                      Healey Willan


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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.



Celebrant Lord Jesus, who took the children into your arms and embraced them with your love, receive these gifts for the children of CARE House.  Through the power of your Spirit, may these offerings and the offering of all our ministries to them, bring them comfort and healing.  May they come to know and experience in their hearts and in their souls the fullness of life and of love given to all of us by our one God and Father.  In your holy name we pray.  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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“As We Gather At Your Table” (verses 1,2)                   Wonder, Love, & Praise #763


1 As we gather at your Table,

      as we listen to your Word,

   help us know, O God, your presence;

      let our hearts and minds be stirred.

   Nourish us with sacred story

      till we claim it as our own;

   teach us through this holy banquet

      how to make Love’s vict’ry known.



2 Turn our worship into witness

      in the sacrament of life;

   send us forth to love and serve you,

      bringing peace where there is strife.

   Give us, Christ, your great compassion

      to forgive as you forgave;

   may we still behold your image

      in the world you died to save.




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.





“Christ Whose Glory Fills the Skies”                                                        The Hymnal 1982,  #7


1  Christ, whose glory fills the skies,

        Christ, the true, the only Light,

    Sun of Righteousness, arise!

        Triumph o’er the shades of night:

    Dayspring from on high, be near;

    Daystar, in my heart appear.



2  Dark and cheerless is the morn

        unaccompanied by thee;

    joyless is the day’s return,

        till thy mercy’s beams I see,

    till they inward light impart,

    glad my eyes, and warm my heart.



3  Visit then this soul of mine!

        Pierce the gloom of sin and grief!

    Fill me, radiancy divine;

        scatter all my unbelief;

    more and more thyself display,

        shining to the perfect day.




The congregation is dismissed.

People     Thanks be to God.



The March From the Third Organ Symphony”                                           Charles M Widor


THE CANDLE IN THE SANCTUARY LAMP remains lighted throughout the week to indicate and honor the eternal presence of Christ.  It is given this week by the Welch Family in memory of Delores Welch.






Celebrant: The Rev. Cricket Park

Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen

Acolyte(s):  Gary Welch, Stephanie Welch

Lay Readers: Jackie Hoskinson, Judy Rudd

Chalice Bearers: Kendall Rubino, Jim Rudd

Eucharistic Minister (Home Communions):

                                             Carol Williamson, as available

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

Ushers:  Dave Reuter, Carol Williamson

Counters: Carol Nancarrow, Jim Rudd

Altar Guild: Katherine Wagner, Elizabeth Wagner-Weber

Open/Close: Nancarrow/Rudd




Celebrant: The Rev. Cricket Park

Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen

Acolyte(s):  Elizabeth Wagner-Weber, Scott Kelly

Lay Readers: Gabriel Walch, Jim Rudd

Chalice Bearers: Elizabeth Wagner-Weber, Carol Williamson

Eucharistic Minister (Home Communions):

                                             Carol Williamson, as available

Tech/Facebook Live: Gary Welch

Ushers:  Ginny Tuxhorn, Jim Rudd

Counters: Janet Reuter, Gary Welch

Altar Guild: Katherine Wagner, Elizabeth Wagner-Weber

Open/Close: Nancarrow/Rudd

Altar Flowers: Larsen

Candle Dedication: Larsen

Coffee Hour: OPEN





NAME TAG ALERT!  With our new Interim Rector starting today it’s important that she gets to know us.  Please remember to wear your name tag, available in the Narthex.  Thanks!


COST INCREASES: Because of increased operating and supply costs, the altar flowers are now $40 per arrangement (you still keep them), and the candle in the sanctuary lamp is now $7.50 per week. You can sign up for both in the Narthex.


THE LESSONS FOR NEXT WEEK ARE: Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Psalm 119:1-8,

1 Corinthians 3:1-9, Matthew 5:21-37



Prayers for the Week of Feb 5:


FOR PEACE.  For those who have died by violence, especially those affected by the most recent mass shootings, and for those affected by suicide. For the people of Ukraine, coming up on the one-year anniversary of the Russian invasion and ensuing war. For the unhoused, especially those in our own neighborhoods. For those suffering from addictions, unable to fight their inner demons. For the safety of all American military and civilian personnel wherever they serve, remembering especially those at Wright-Patterson AFB. For those struggling with the lack of the basic necessities of life, due to natural disasters and unjust laws. For the work of Episcopal Migration Ministries, and for all they do to help the millions of refugees and asylum-seekers worldwide, searching for safety, food, water, housing, employment, and family.


For those in our prayer cycles: in the Anglican cycle of prayer, we pray for the Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea;  in the Diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for All Saints in Washington Court House, Good Shepherd in Athens, and St Timothy’s in Cincinnati; 


For those celebrating February birthdays:


For those celebrating February wedding anniversaries:


For those on our parish prayer list


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


For the mission work of this congregation: CARE House, Canterbury Court, St. Paul’s UMC Food Pantry, Becoming Beloved Community Initiative, Hope4Riverside, Neighborhood Bridges, and for the non-profit groups who use our Community Building.


For our Diocesan Bishops: for our Provisional Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Wayne Smith; 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 all postulants and candidates for holy orders in this Diocese: 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 St Mark’s in this 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 use 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. (Elizabeth Wagner-Weber)


For the DSO as we search for a new bishop: 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.



St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

456 Woodman Drive

Dayton, OH 45431



Email: st_marks@ameritech.net

Office Phone: 937-256-1082

Website: https://stmarksdayton.org

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Our Mission Statement:


“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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