Lent-1 (Yr A) Feb 26, 2023



PRELUDE                                 ORGAN HYMN                                          K. Putti



“The Glory of these Forty Days”                                  Hymnal 1982  #143


1  The glory of these forty days

    we celebrate with songs of praise;

    for Christ, through whom all things were made,

    himself has fasted and has prayed.


2  Alone and fasting Moses saw

    the loving God who gave the law;

    and to Elijah, fasting, came

    the steeds and chariots of flame.


3  So Daniel trained his mystic sight,

    delivered from the lions’ might;

    and John, the Bridegroom’s friend, became

    the herald of Messiah’s name.


4  Then grant us, Lord, like them to be

    full oft in fast and prayer with thee;

    our spirits strengthen with thy grace,

    and give us joy to see thy face.


5  O Father, Son, and Spirit blest,

    to thee be every prayer addressed,

    who art in threefold Name adored,

    from age to age, the only Lord.



The Great Litany


O God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth,

Have mercy upon us.


O God the Son, Redeemer of the world,

Have mercy upon us.


O God the Holy Ghost, Sanctifier of the faithful,

Have mercy upon us.


O holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, one God,

Have mercy upon us.


Remember not, Lord Christ, our offenses, nor the offenses of our forefathers; neither reward us according to our sins. Spare us, good Lord, spare thy people, whom thou hast redeemed with thy most precious blood, and by thy mercy preserve us for ever.

Spare us, good Lord.


From all evil and wickedness; from sin; from the crafts and assaults of the devil; and from everlasting


Good Lord, deliver us.


From all blindness of heart; from pride, vainglory, and hypocrisy; from envy, hatred, and malice; and from all want of charity,

Good Lord, deliver us.


From all inordinate and sinful affections; and from all the deceits of the world, the flesh, and the   devil,

Good Lord, deliver us.


From all false doctrine, heresy, and schism; from hardness of heart, and contempt of thy Word and commandment,

Good Lord, deliver us.


From lightning and tempest; from earthquake, fire, and flood; from plague, pestilence, and famine,

Good Lord, deliver us.


From all oppression, conspiracy, and rebellion; from violence, battle, and murder; and from dying suddenly and unprepared,

Good Lord, deliver us.


By the mystery of thy holy Incarnation; by thy holy Nativity and submission to the Law; by thy Baptism, Fasting, and Temptation,

Good Lord, deliver us.


By thine Agony and Bloody Sweat; by thy Cross and Passion; by thy precious Death and Burial; by thy glorious Resurrection and Ascension; and by the Coming of the Holy Ghost,

Good Lord, deliver us.


In all time of our tribulation; in all time of our prosperity; in the hour of death, and in the day of     judgment,

Good Lord, deliver us.


We sinners do beseech thee to hear us, O Lord God; and that it may please thee to rule and govern thy holy Church Universal in the right way,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.


That it may please thee to illumine all bishops, priests, and deacons, with true knowledge and understanding of thy Word; and that both by their preaching and living, they may set it forth, and show it accordingly,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.


That it may please thee to bless and keep all thy people,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.


That it may please thee to send forth laborers into thy harvest, and to draw all mankind into thy  kingdom,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.


That it may please thee to give to all people increase of grace to hear and receive thy Word, and to bring forth the fruits of the Spirit,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.


That it may please thee to bring into the way of truth all such as have erred, and are deceived,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.


That it may please thee to give us a heart to love and fear thee, and diligently to live after thy     commandments,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.


That it may please thee so to rule the hearts of thy servants, the President of the United States, and all others in authority, that they may do justice, and love mercy, and walk in the ways of truth,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.


That it may please thee to make wars to cease in all the world; to give to all nations unity, peace, and concord; and to bestow freedom upon all peoples,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.


That it may please thee to show thy pity upon all prisoners and captives, the homeless and the hungry, and all who are desolate and oppressed,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.


That it may please thee to give and preserve to our use the bountiful fruits of the earth, so that in due time all may enjoy them,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.


That it may please thee to inspire us, in our several callings, to do the work which thou givest us to do with singleness of heart as thy servants, and for the common good,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.


That it may please thee to preserve all who are in danger by reason of their labor or their travel,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.


That it may please thee to preserve, and provide for, all women in childbirth, young children and orphans, the widowed, and all whose homes are broken or torn by strife,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.


That it may please thee to visit the lonely; to strengthen all who suffer in mind, body, and spirit; and to comfort with thy presence those who are failing and infirm,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.


That it may please thee to support, help, and comfort all who are in danger, necessity, and tribulation,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.


That it may please thee to have mercy upon all mankind,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.


That it may please thee to give us true repentance; to forgive us all our sins, negligences, and      ignorances; and to endue us with the grace of thy Holy Spirit to amend our lives according to thy  holy Word,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.


That it may please thee to forgive our enemies, persecutors, and slanderers, and to turn their hearts,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.


That it may please thee to strengthen such as do stand; to comfort and help the weak-hearted; to raise up those who fall; and finally to beat down Satan under our feet,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.


That it may please thee to grant to all the faithful departed eternal life and peace,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.


That it may please thee to grant that, in the fellowship of St. Mark and all the saints, we may attain to thy heavenly kingdom,

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.


Son of God, we beseech thee to hear us.

Son of God, we beseech thee to hear us.


O Christ, hear us.

O Christ, hear 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,

Have mercy upon us.

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,

Grant us thy peace.



Lord, have mercy upon us.

Christ, have mercy upon us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.


Celebrant: Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.

People: His mercy endures for ever.

Celebrant: Let us pray.


Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Please be seated for the lessons.


Old Testament     Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7    A Reading from the Book of Genesis

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.”


Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.’“ But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die; for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.

Psalm 32     (said responsively by half-verse) Please remain seated.

1 Happy are they whose transgressions are forgiven, *
     and whose sin is put away!

2 Happy are they to whom the Lord imputes no guilt, *
     and in whose spirit there is no guile!

3 While I held my tongue, my bones withered away, *
     because of my groaning all day long.

4 For your hand was heavy upon me day and night; *
     my moisture was dried up as in the heat of summer.

5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you, *
     and did not conceal my guilt.

6 I said,” I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” *
     Then you forgave me the guilt of my sin.

7 Therefore all the faithful will make their prayers to you in time of trouble; *
     when the great waters overflow, they shall not reach them.

8 You are my hiding-place; you preserve me from trouble; *
     you surround me with shouts of deliverance.

9 “I will instruct you and teach you in the way that you should go; *
     I will guide you with my eye.

10 Do not be like horse or mule, which have no understanding; *
     who must be fitted with bit and bridle,
     or else they will not stay near you.”

11 Great are the tribulations of the wicked; *
     but mercy embraces those who trust in the Lord.

12 Be glad, you righteous, and rejoice in the Lord; *
     shout for joy, all who are true of heart.


Epistle     Romans 5:12-19             A Reading from the Letter to the Romans

As sin came into the world through one man, and death came through sin, and so death spread to all because all have sinned– sin was indeed in the world before the law, but sin is not reckoned when there is no law. Yet death exercised dominion from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sins were not like the transgression of Adam, who is a type of the one who was to come.


But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died through the one man’s trespass, much more surely have the grace of God and the free gift in the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abounded for the many. And the free gift is not like the effect of the one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brings justification. If, because of the one man’s trespass, death exercised dominion through that one, much more surely will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness exercise dominion in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.


Therefore just as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man’s act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all. For just as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.


Please stand as you are able for the Gospel proclamation.




“Now Let Us All With One Accord”                                                           Hymnal 1928  #147


1  Now let us all with one accord,

        in company with ages past,

    keep vigil with our heavenly Lord

        in his temptation and his fast.


2  The covenant, so long revealed

        to those of faith in former time,

    Christ by his own example sealed,

        the Lord of love, in love sublime.


3  Your love, O Lord, our sinful race

        has not returned, but falsified;

    author of mercy, turn your face

        and grant repentance for our pride.


4  Remember, Lord, though frail we be,

        in your own image were we made;

    help us, lest in anxiety,

        we cause your Name to be betrayed.


5  Therefore, we pray you, Lord, forgive;

        so when our wanderings here shall cease,

    we may with you for ever live,

        in love and unity and peace.



Gospel     Matthew 4:1-11        The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written,


‘One does not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”


Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written,


‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ 
and ‘On their hands they will bear you up,

so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’”


Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”


Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor; and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! for it is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.’”


Sermon                     The Rev. Cricket Park


Please stand as you are able for the Nicene Creed.



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



Celebrant The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People And also with you.


Announcements & Birthday/Anniversary Prayers




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.


The Celebrant proceeds

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father

Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.


Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who was tempted in every way as we are, yet did not sin. By his grace we are able to triumph over every evil, and to live no longer for ourselves alone, but for him who died for us and rose again.


Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:


Celebrant and People


Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
    Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
    Hosanna in the highest.


The people stand or kneel.

Then the Celebrant continues

Holy and gracious Father: In your infinite love you made us for yourself, and, when we had fallen into sin and become subject to evil and death, you, in your mercy, sent Jesus Christ, your only and eternal Son, to share our human nature, to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the
God and Father of all.

He stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself, in obedience to your will, a perfect sacrifice for the whole world.


On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, 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.”


As our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,


Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name,
    thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power,
    and the glory for ever and ever.  Amen.



The Breaking of the Bread

The Celebrant breaks the consecrated Bread.

A period of silence is kept.


Agnus Dei                                                      Hymnal #S164


Jesus, Lamb of God:
have mercy on us,


Jesus, Lamb of God,
Bearer of our sins:
have mercy on us,


Jesus, redeemer,

redeemer of the world:

give us your peace,

give us your peace.


Facing the people, the Celebrant says the following Invitation

The Gifts of God for the People of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you and feed on him in your hearts by faith with thanksgiving.



Come to God’s altar. You are welcome to receive communion. If you wish only to receive a blessing from the priest, please cross your arms when you come forward. If you require a gluten-free wafer, please let the ushers know.



COMMUNION HYMN                         Hymnal 1982 #337

“And Now, O Father, Mindful of the Love”


1  And now, O Father, mindful of the love

          that bought us, once for all, on Calvary’s tree,

     and having with us him that pleads above,

          we here present, we here spread forth to thee,

     that only offering perfect in thine eyes,

     the one true, pure, immortal sacrifice.


2  Look Father, look on his anointed face,

          and only look on us as found in him;

     look not on our misusings of thy grace,

          our prayer so languid, and our faith so dim:

     for lo! between our sins and their reward,

     we set the passion of thy Son our Lord.


3  And then for those, our dearest and our best,

          by this prevailing presence we appeal;

     O fold them closer to thy mercy’s breast!

          O do thine utmost for their soul’s true weal!

     From tainting mischief keep them pure and clear,

     and crown thy gifts with strength to persevere.


4  And so we come; O draw us to thy feet,

          most patient Savior, who canst love us still!

     And by this food, so awesome and so sweet,

          deliver us from every touch of ill:

     in thine own service make us glad and free,

     and grant us nevermore to part from thee.



After Communion, the Celebrant says

Let us pray.


Celebrant and People

Eternal God, heavenly Father,
you have graciously accepted us as living members
of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ,
and you have fed us with spiritual food
in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood.
Send us now into the world in peace,
and grant us strength and courage
to love and serve you
with gladness and singleness of heart;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.




“Lift High the Cross”                                                     Hymnal 1982 #473


Lift high the cross,

                the love of Christ proclaim

            till all the world adore

                his sacred Name.


1  Led on their way by this triumphant sign,

    the hosts of God in conquering ranks combine.




2  Each new-born servant of the Crucified

    bears on the brow the seal of him who died.




3  O Lord, once lifted on the glorious tree,

    as thou hast promised, draw the world to thee.




4  So shall our song of triumph ever be:

    praise to the Crucified for victory.





Deacon: Let us bless the Lord

People: Thanks be to God.






NAME TAG ALERT!  Did you know that name tags help with memory loss? Please wear your name
tags. Thanks!


LENT MADNESS:  Pick a saint and join the voting during Lent. A fun way to learn about church history!  Follow the voting at www.lentmadness.org


‘JOURNEY TROUGH LENT’ calendars are also available in the Narthex, thanks to the Rev. Dave
Cottrill. Please take one as you begin your Lenten journey on Ash Wednesday, February 22.
Hope4Riverside’s Annual Community Celebration Service will be held on Sunday March 5 in the
Stebbins High School Auditorium. The event will start at 6:00 PM. The guest speaker this year is
Caleb Ingram, who is leading Declare Dayton. The worship leader for the event will be Pastor Ted
Rastatter. Pastor Ted brings a great team and powerful worship. Pastor Steve Todd is also part of
our leadership team for this event. Please let Fred Berta know if you are interested in attending.


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. Sign up for both in the Narthex. Flowers will not be used in Lent, so you have a few weeks to


Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) Turkey and Syria Earthquake Response:
Working through Action by Church Together Alliance, ERD is responding to this disaster through
existing networks. The organization is also in contact with other local partners as they assess the
needs of their communities. ERD provides emergency and long-term support for those who are
impacted by natural disasters so they can make full and sustained recoveries, as well as resources
and training to help people prepare for the next disaster. Fliers are in the entrance way if you wish to
donate with a check. To donate with a credit card go to www.episcopalrelief.org.


KAIROS:  God’s Special Time
Please pray for the men who are experiencing the KAIROS Weekend March 9-12 at Lebanon
Correctional Institution. Also, please consider baking cookies for the weekend. The KAIROS team
needs 10,000 DOZEN cookies to share God’s love throughout the prison over the three days.
Instructions for cookie baking are in the narthex. Please bring baked cookies to church NO LATER
than noon on Wednesday, March 8th.


Happy Birthday this week to Tracey Swartz, Don Nancarrow, & Pat Tallman.


The Prayer List for St. Mark’s is provided each week through our ENewsletter.


Silver Camp (age 50+) June 21-24, $250*
Senior High Camp (9th-12 grades) June 26-July 1, $475*
Family Camp July 12-15
Middle School Camp (6th-8th grades) July 17-22, $475*
Tween Camp (3rd-5th grades) July 24-26, $190*
Family Camp July 26-29
Silver Camp (age 50+) August 1-4, $250
*The true cost of each camp is actually higher than these listed. If you are able to pay this true cost
amount, it helps subsidize the price for all. We never turn a camper away because of cost. If needed
please complete the Campership paperwork registration process.
Go to https://www.Proctercenter.org/camp2023/


Ministry Assignments for Lent II, March 5, 2023
Acolyte(s): Gary and Stephanie Walch
Lay Readers: Elizabeth Wagner-Weber; Carol Williamson
Chalice Bearers: Carol Williamson; Judy Rudd
Tech/Facebook Live: TBA
Ushers: Dave Reuter and Jim Rudd
Counters: Carol Nancarrow and Dave Reuter
Open Close: Reuter/Rubino
Altar Guild: Mary-Anna Walch, Stephanie Walch, & Janet Reuter






Our Mission Statement:


“We gather for worship, education and mutual support;

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


A prayer for St. Mark’s in a time of transition

O Lord, Father of life and change, of new and old: You gifted us with abilities to speak and listen, to hear and decide, to choose and know. We thank you for teaching us how to used these abilities, though we must at times remember to combine them with patience. Remind us to speak with kindness, to listen to understand, to hear all voices, to decide on what is just and true, to choose the path of peace, and to know we are not alone. Be with us in this time of transition, that it is as effective as it is unsettling, as comforting as it is confusing. And never leave our side on the journey ahead, as we strive for an unknown destination. In the name of your Son Jesus, who walks alongside us, we pray. Amen.

(written by Elizabeth Wagner-Weber)



The Rev. Cricket Park, Interim Priest-in-Charge





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



Donna Larsen, Music Director/Organist,



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