Holy Name (Yr A) Jan 1, 2023


Festival of Christmas Lessons and Carols

The Feast of the Holy Name


Thank you for your donations to CARE House

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Dayton, Ohio, January 1, 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.



“Be Thou Welcome, Gentle Jesus”             J.S. Bach


Please stand for the ringing of the bell and processional.



“Good Christian friends, rejoice”                                                          The Hymnal 1982, #107


1          Good Christian friends, rejoice

            with heart and soul and voice;

                        give ye heed to what we say:

                        Jesus Christ is born today;

            ox and ass before him bow,

            and he is in the manger now.

                        Christ is born today!


2          Good Christian friends, rejoice

            with heart and soul and voice;

                        now ye hear of endless bliss;

                        Jesus Christ was born for this!

            He hath opened heaven’s door,

            and we are blest for evermore.

                        Christ was born for this!


3          Good Christian friends, rejoice

            with heart and soul and voice;

                        now ye need not fear the grave:

                        Jesus Christ was born to save!

            Calls you one and calls you all

            to gain his everlasting hall.

                        Christ was born to save!



Please be seated and remain seated until the recessional hymn



Officiant:  Dear People of God:  In this Christmas Season, let it be our duty and delight to hear once more the message of the Angels, to go to Bethlehem and see the Son of God lying in a manger. Let us hear and heed in Holy Scripture the story of God’s loving purpose from the time of our rebellion against God until the glorious redemption brought to us by the holy Child Jesus, and let us make this place glad with our carols of praise.  But first, let us pray for the needs of his whole world, for peace and justice on earth, for the unity and mission of the Church for which Christ died, and especially for God’s Church in our country and in this town. And because God particularly loves them, let us remember the poor and helpless, the cold, the hungry and the oppressed, the sick and those who mourn, the lonely and unloved, the aged and little children, as well as all those who do not know and love the Lord Jesus Christ. Finally, let us remember before God the pure and lowly Mother of Jesus, and that whole multitude which no one can number, whose hope was in the Word made flesh, and with whom, in Jesus, we are one for evermore.  And now, to sum up all these petitions, let us pray in the words which Christ himself has taught us, saying:



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.


Officiant:  The Almighty God bless us with grace; Christ give us the joys of everlasting life; and to the fellowship of the citizens above, may the Ruler of Angels bring us all. Amen.


FIRST LESSON:                                                                                      Reader: Don Nancarrow

Reader: A reading from the prophet Isaiah: The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God.  Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are of a fearful heart, ‘Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come and save you.’ Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water; the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp, the grass shall become reeds and rushes. A highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way; the unclean shall not travel on it, but it shall be for God’s people; no traveller, not even fools, shall go astray. No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there. And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.        (35:1-10)

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


MUSICAL MEDITATIONCongregational choice of Christmas hymns #77 – #115


SECOND LESSON:                                                                             Reader: Carol Williamson

Reader: A reading from the prophet Isaiah: Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. A voice cries out: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” A voice says, “Cry out!” And I said, “What shall I cry?” All people are grass, their constancy is 21like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand forever. Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings, lift it up, do not fear; say to the cities of Judah, “Here is your God!” See, the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for him; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep.        (40-1-11)

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


MUSICAL MEDITATIONCongregational choice of Christmas hymns #77 – #115


THIRD LESSON:                                                                                 Reader: Jackie Hoskinson

Reader: A reading from the prophet Isaiah: Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, saying, Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven. But Ahaz said, I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test. Then Isaiah said: “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary mortals, that you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel. He shall eat curds and honey by the time he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good.

Reader:  The Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.                                                     (7:10-15)


MUSICAL MEDITATION:  Congregational choice of Christmas hymns #77 – #115


FOURTH LESSON:                                                                               Reader: Don Nancarrow

Reader:  A reading from the Gospel of Luke:  In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, ‘Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.’* But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.’ Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I am a virgin?’  The angel said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.’ Then Mary said, ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.’ Then the angel departed from her. In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leapt for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.’            (1:26-45)

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


MUSICAL MEDITATION:  Congregational choice of Christmas hymns #77 – #115



Officiant: 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.



“Come and Adore”                                Penny Rodriguez



Officiant:  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.



Officiant:  Let us pray. 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 feel 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.


FIFTH LESSON:                                                                                              Reader: Fred Berta

Reader:  A reading from the letter to the Hebrews:  Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. For to which of the angels did God ever say, ‘You are my Son; today I have begotten you’? Or again, ‘I will be his Father, and he will be my Son’? And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, ‘Let all God’s angels worship him.’ Of the angels he says, ‘He makes his angels winds, and his servants flames of fire.’ But of the Son he says, ‘Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever, and the righteous sceptre is the sceptre of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.’ And, ‘In the beginning, Lord, you founded the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands; they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like clothing; like a cloak you will roll them up, and like clothing they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will never end.’                                   

Reader:  The Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.            (1:1-12)


MUSICAL MEDITATIONCongregational choice of Christmas hymns #77 – #115


SIXTH LESSON:                                                                                 Reader: Carol Williamson

Reader:  A reading from the Gospel of Luke:  In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was

governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!’ When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.’ So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.        (2:21-36)


MUSICAL MEDITATION:  Congregational choice of Christmas hymns #77 – #115


SEVENTH LESSON:                                                                              Reader: Don Nancarrow

Reader:  A reading from the Gospel of John:  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.  There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.  He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.  And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. (John testified to him and cried out, ‘This was he of whom I said, “He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.”’) From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.                 (1:1-18)

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


MUSICAL MEDITATIONCongregational choice of Christmas hymns #77 – #115



Officiant:  The Lord be with you. And also with you.  Let us pray. Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.



Officiant: May the blessing of God Almighty, Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer, bless and keep us all our days. Amen.


Please stand



“Love came down at Christmas”                                                             The Hymnal 1982, #84


1          Love came down at Christmas,`

                        love all lovely, love divine;

            love was born at Christmas:

                        star and angels gave the sign.


2          Worship we the Godhead,

                        love incarnate, love divine;

            worship we our Jesus,

                        but wherewith for sacred sign?


3          Love shall be our token;

                        love be yours and love be mine,

            love to God and neighbor,

                        love for plea and gift and sign.



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



“He Is Born, The Divine Christ Child”   arr. Faye Lopez



Prayers for the Week of December 25:





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, we pray for La Iglesia Anglicana de Mexico, The Diocese of Ondo – The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), The Diocese of Ontario – The Anglican Church of Canada, The Diocese of Oregon – The Episcopal Church, The Diocese of Eastern Oregon – The Episcopal Church, The Diocese of Oru – The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion); in the Diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for All Saints, New Albany, St. Matthew’s, Westerville, St. Philip’s, Circleville;


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.




Barbara and family in memory of Judy Sheetz

Fred  and Phyllis Berta in thanksgiving for our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren

Larry and Joy Brown in thanksgiving for their many blessings!

Mike and Sandy Bultman in thanksgiving for our grandchildren

Juanita Limes in memory of Mother Edith Gates

Libby Nicholson  in thanksgiving for Ben and Annie

Norma Peachey in memory of Mark C. Peachey, Jennie and Matt Partezana

Jim and Judy Rudd in memory of Ruby Webster

George Snyder in thanksgiving for my loving family

Linda Stagles in memory of Dale Weaver, Patricia Weaver, and James Weaver

Tracy A. Swartz in thanksgiving for the love shown to me by family and friends and my fluffs

Jim and Patricia Tallman in thanksgiving for our family and friends

Mike and Katherine Wagner in thanksgiving for Michael, Colleen and Jamie, Elizabeth and Sean

Gary and Mary-Anna Welch in thanksgiving for family and friends






Lay Officiant: Jackie Hoskinson

Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen

Voice: Laura Leach, as available

Acolyte(s):  N/A

Lay Readers: Fred Berta, Jackie Hoskinson,

                            Don Nancarrow, and Carol Williamson

Chalice Bearers: N/A

Eucharistic Minister (Home Communions):

                            Carol Williamson, as available

Tech/Facebook Live: TJ Walch

Ushers:  Dave Reuter and Carol Williamson

Counters: Gary Welch and Carol Nancarrow

Altar Guild: TBS;

Coffee Hour Host(s): OPEN;

Open/Close: TBS




Celebrant: The Rev. 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: TBS;

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 (New Year’s Day, Feast of the Holy Name, January 1): FESTIVAL OF CHRISTMAS LESSONS AND CAROLS, 10:30am, in-person and on Facebook Live


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


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


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


THURSDAY:  PARISH OFFICE OPEN, 10am – 1pm; COIN CLUB, 7:30pm, Parish Hall; SAA MEETING, 7:30pm, Lounge


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


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


NEXT SUNDAY (First Sunday after 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



Places to be, things to do


THE FESTIVAL OF CHRISTMAS LESSONS AND CAROLS will be held THIS Sunday, New Year’s Day, January 1 at 10:30am; featuring the traditional hymn-sing of best-loved Christmas carols.


ATTENTION COMMITTEE CHAIRS: Annual Meeting Reports are due in the office no later than Monday, January 9. The annual meeting will be Sunday, January 29.




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.



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.


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.


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


FEASTS TO OBSERVE THIS WEEK: Monday, 1/2, Vedanayagam Samuel Azariah, First Indian Anglican Bishop, Dornakal, 1945; Tuesday, 1/3, William Passavant, Prophetic Witness, 894; Wednesday, 1/4, Elizabeth Seton, Founder of the American Sisters of Charity, 1821; Friday, 1/6,




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,




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