Palm Sunday (Yr A) Apr 2, 2023



The Liturgy of the Palms


All are invited to take a palm branch or cross before the service begins, and

to hold it during the opening music, the reading, the blessing of the palms, and the procession.


Celebrant Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord.

People Peace in heaven and  glory in the highest.


Celebrant Let us pray.

Assist us mercifully with your help, O Lord God of our salvation, that we may enter with joy upon the contemplation of those mighty acts, whereby you have given us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Gospeler: The Holy Gospel of  Our  Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew  (21:1-11)

People        Glory to you,  Lord Christ.

When Jesus and his disciples had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, just say this, `The Lord needs them.’ And he will send them immediately.” This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying,

“Tell the daughter of Zion,
Look, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,

“Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!

When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, “Who is this?” The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”


The Gospel of the Lord.

People      Praise to you,  Lord  Christ.



The Thanksgiving  Over the Palms


Celebrant The Lord be with you.

People And also with you.

Celebrant Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People It is right to give him thanks and praise.


It is right to praise you, Almighty God, for the acts of love by which you have redeemed us through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.  On this day he entered the holy city of Jerusalem in triumph, and was proclaimed as King of kings by those who spread their garments and branches of palm along his way.  Let these branches be for us signs of his victory, and grant that we who bear them in his name may ever hail him as our King, and follow him in the way that leads to eternal life; who lives and reigns in glory with you and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever.

People Amen


Celebrant Let us go forth in peace.

People In the name of Christ.  Amen.



The Procession

To join the procession, please exit your pew to the center aisle and proceed toward the altar, then around the front of the nave to the side aisle.  Go all the way down the side aisle and then back up the center aisle, passing your pew.  Continue back across the front of the nave to the side aisle and re-enter your pew from the window side.  This will put everyone in the correct order to get back to their original seats.


Procession Hymn:                     All Glory Laud and Honor                            Hymnal # 154


All glory, laud, and honor

                to thee, Redeemer, King!

            to whom the lips of children

                made sweet hosannas ring.


1  Thou art the King of Israel,

        thou David’s royal Son,

    who in the Lord’s Name comest,

        the King and Blessèd One.




2  The company of angels

        is praising thee on high;

    and we with all creation

        in chorus make reply.




3  The people of the Hebrews

    with palms before thee went;

    our praise and prayers and anthems

        before thee we present.




4  To thee before thy passion

        they sang their hymns of praise;

    to thee, now high exalted,

        our melody we raise.




5  Thou didst accept their praises;

        accept the prayers we bring,

    who in all good delightest,

        thou good and gracious King.




Liturgy of the Word


Celebrant The Lord be with you.

People And also with you.

Celebrant Let us pray.

Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.


(Please be seated)


Reader:  A Reading from the Book of Isaiah (50:4-9a)

The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens—wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught. The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward. I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting.  The Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame; he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me. It is the Lord God who helps me; who will declare me guilty?


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



Psalm 31:9-16 (Read responsively)

9   Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; *

     my eye is consumed with sorrow, and also my throat and my belly.

10 For my life is wasted with grief, and my years with sighing; *

     my strength fails me because of affliction, and my bones are consumed.

11 I have become a reproach to all my enemies and even to my neighbors,

a dismay to those of my acquaintance; *

          when they see me in the street they avoid me.

12  I am forgotten like a dead man, out of mind; *

           I am as useless as a broken pot.

13  For I have heard the whispering of the crowd; fear is all around; *

           they put their heads together against me; they plot to take my life.

14  But as for me, I have trusted in you, O Lord. *

            I have said, “You are my God.

15 My times are in your hand; *

            rescue me from the hand of my enemies, and from those

            who persecute me.

16 Make your face to shine upon your servant,

                    and in your loving-kindness save me.”



Reader: A Reading from the Letter of Paul to the Philippians (2:5-11)

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.


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



                             O Sacred Head Sore Wounded                                         Hymnal 1982 #168


1  O sacred head, sore wounded,

          defiled and put to scorn;

     O kingly head, surrounded

          with mocking crown of thorn:

     what sorrow mars thy grandeur?

          Can death thy bloom deflower?

     O countenance whose splendor

          the hosts of heaven adore!



2  Thy beauty, long-desirèd,

          hath vanished from our sight;

     thy power is all expirèd,

          and quenched the light of light.

     Ah me! for whom thou diest,

          hide not so far thy grace:

     show me, O Love most highest,

          the brightness of thy face.



3  In thy most bitter passion

          my heart to share doth cry,

     with thee for my salvation

          upon the cross to die.

     Ah, keep my heart thus movèd

          to stand thy cross beneath,

     to mourn thee, well-belovèd,

          yet thank thee for thy death.



4  What language shall I borrow

          to thank thee, dearest friend,

     for this thy dying sorrow,

          thy pity without end?

     Oh, make me thine forever!

          and should I fainting be,

     Lord, let me never, never,

          outlive my love for thee.



5  My days are few, O fail not,

          with thine immortal power,

     to hold me that I quail not

          in death’s most fearful hour;

     that I may fight befriended,

          and see in my last strife

     to me thine arms extended

          upon the cross of life.



The congregation may be seated for the first part of the Passion.


Narrator     The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to Matthew 27:11-54

Jesus stood before the governor; and the governor asked him,

Pilate: “Are you the King of the Jews?”

Jesus said,

Jesus: “You say so.”

But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he did not answer. Then Pilate said to him,

Pilate: “Do you not hear how many accusations they make against you?”

But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed.

Now at the festival the governor was accustomed to release a prisoner for the crowd, anyone whom they wanted. At that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Jesus Barabbas. So after they had gathered, Pilate said to them,

Pilate: “Whom do you want me to release for you, Jesus Barabbas or Jesus who is called the Messiah?”

For he realized that it was out of jealousy that they had handed him over. While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him,

Mrs. Pilate: “Have nothing to do with that innocent man, for today I have suffered a great deal because of a dream about him.”

Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus killed. The governor again said to them,

Pilate: “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?”

And they said,

Crowd: “Barabbas.”

Pilate said to them,

Pilate: “Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?”


All of them said,

Crowd: “Let him be crucified!”


Then he asked,

Pilate: “Why, what evil has he done?”


But they shouted all the more,

Crowd: “Let him be crucified!”


So when Pilate saw that he could do nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took some water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying,


Pilate: “I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.”


Then the people as a whole answered,


Crowd: “His blood be on us and on our children!”


So he released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.


Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole cohort around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head. They put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying,


Soldier: “Hail, King of the Jews!”

They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. After mocking him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.

As they went out, they came upon a man from Cyrene named Simon; they compelled this man to carry his cross.


Please stand as you are able.


And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall; but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. And when they had crucified him, they divided his clothes among themselves by casting lots; then they sat down there and kept watch over him. Over his head they put the charge against him, which read, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.”

Then two bandits were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads and saying,

Bandit: “You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”

In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking him, saying,

Chief Priest: “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he wants to; for he said, ‘I am God’s Son.’”

The bandits who were crucified with him also taunted him in the same way.

From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice,


Jesus: “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?”


that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

When some of the bystanders heard it, they said,


Bystander: “This man is calling for Elijah.”


At once one of them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink. But the others said,


Crowd: “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.”


Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last.


At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. After his resurrection they came out of the tombs and entered the holy city and appeared to many. Now when the centurion and those with him, who were keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were terrified and said,


Crowd: “Truly this man was God’s Son!”



Sermon                                             The Rev. Cricket Park





Father, we pray for your holy Catholic Church;
     That we all may be one.

Grant that every member of the Church may truly and humbly serve you;
     That your Name may be glorified by all people.

We pray for all bishops, priests, and deacons;
     That they may be faithful ministers of your Word and Sacraments.

We pray for all who govern and hold authority in the nations of the world;
     That there may be justice and peace on the earth.

Give us grace to do your will in all that we undertake;
     That our works may find favor in your sight.

Have compassion on those who suffer from any grief or trouble;
     That they may be delivered from their distress.

Give to the departed eternal rest.
     Let light perpetual shine upon them.

We praise you for your saints who have entered into joy;
     May we also come to share in your heavenly kingdom.

Let us pray for our own needs and those of others.




The Celebrant continues

Heavenly Father, you have promised to hear what we ask in the Name of your Son: Accept and fulfill our petitions, we pray, not as we ask in our ignorance, nor as we deserve in our sinfulness, but as you know and love us in your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Deacon/Priest invites the congregation to confession.

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.


Silence may be kept.


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.


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.



Celebrant The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People And also with you.


Announcements & Birthday/Anniversary Prayers




Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise God all creatures here below;

Praise God above ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.






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.


For our sins he was lifted high upon the cross, that he might draw the whole world to himself; and, by his suffering and death, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who put their trust in him.

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                                                                          Hymnal 1982 #S130


All: 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.  



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.”


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 we proclaim the mystery of faith:

Celebrant and People

Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.

The Celebrant continues

We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O Father, in this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Recalling his death, resurrection, and ascension, we offer you these gifts.

Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of your Son, the holy food and drink of new and unending life in him. Sanctify us also that    we may faithfully receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you in unity, constancy, and peace; and at the last day bring us with all your saints into the joy of your eternal  kingdom.

All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ: 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. AMEN.


Celebrant As our Savior Christ has taught us, we now pray,

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 for ever.  Amen.


The Breaking of the Bread


The Celebrant breaks the consecrated Bread. A period of silence is kept.


Fraction Anthem                                                           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, or communion at your pew, please let the ushers know.


Communion Hymn              Let Thy Blood in Mercy Poured                 Hymnal #313


1  Let thy Blood in mercy poured,

          let thy gracious Body broken,

     be to me, O gracious Lord,

          of thy boundless love the token.


              Thou didst give thyself for me,

              now I give myself to thee.


 2  Thou didst die that I might live;

          blessèd Lord, thou cam’st to save me;

     all that love of God could give

          Jesus by his sorrows gave me.




 3  By the thorns that crowned thy brow,

          by the spear-wound and the nailing,

     by the pain and death, I now

          claim, O Christ, thy love unfailing.




 4  Wilt thou own the gift I bring?

          All my penitence I give thee;

     thou art my exalted King,

          of thy matchless love forgive me.





Post-Communion Prayer

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.


Prayer Over the People

Celebrant Bow down before the Lord. 

Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who lives and reigns for ever and ever.  Amen.


CLOSING HYMN               Tell Out My Soul the Greatness of the Lord             Hymnal 1982 #438


1  Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord!

          Unnumbered blessings give my spirit voice;

     tender to me the promise of his word;

          in God my Savior shall my heart rejoice.


 2  Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his Name!

          Make known his might, the deeds his arm has done;

     his mercy sure, from age the same;

          his holy Name—the Lord, the Mighty One.


 3  Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his might!

          Powers and dominions lay their glory by.

     Proud hearts and stubborn wills are put to flight,

          the hungry fed, the humble lifted high.


 4  Tell out, my soul, the glories of his word!

          Firm is his promise, and his mercy sure.

     Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord

          to children’s children and for evermore!



Dismissal Response:  Thanks be to God.






LENT MADNESS: We’ll know the winner of the Golden Halo on Wednesday! Follow the voting at


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EASTER FLOWERS: Your donations toward Easter flowers can be made using the envelopes in the pews. There are envelopes on the usher’s table also. We cannot promise attribution in the bulletin for any donations made after today.


SANCTUARY LAMPS need adoption. Please adopt a lamp—$7.50 helps us to shine the light of Jesus for all to see.


Ministry Assignments for TODAY  April 2, 2023

Acolyte(s): Will Day and Jackie Hoskinson

Lay Readers: Jackie Hoskinson and Judy Rudd

Chalice Bearers: Jim Rudd and Don Nancarrow

Tech/Facebook Live: Katherine Wagner

Ushers: Ginny Tuxhorn and Tony Rubino

Counters: Carol Nancarrow and Janet Reuter

Open/Close: Wagner/Rubino

Coffee Hour: Don and Carol Nancarrow


Ministry Assignments for April 8, 2023 (Easter Vigil)

Lay Readers: T.J. Walch and Gabriel Walch

Chalice Bearers: Jim and Judy Rudd

Deacons: Rev. Connie McCarroll and Rev. George Snyder

Celebrant: Rev. John Paddock

Preacher: Rev. Jim Larsen

Master of Ceremonies: Rev. Cricket Park


Ministry Assignments for April 9, 2023

Acolyte: Gabriel Walch

Lay Readers: Gabriel Walch and Jim Rudd

Chalice Bearers: Kendall Rubino and Judy Rudd

Tech/Facebook Live: Gary Welch

Ushers: Carol Williamson and Jim Rudd

Counters: Carol Nancarrow and Janet Reuter

Open/Close: Reuter/Rubino

Coffee Hour: St. Mark’s Vestry




Join Rev. Cricket at 9:15am beginning April 16th for Adult Education. We’ll meet in the Lounge. Our current topic: What Episcopalians Need to Know about the Bible. Bring your own Bible!





WEEKLY—Food item collection for St. Paul’s Food Pantry. Food should not be        expired. Expired food cannot be distributed. Items such as toilet paper, paper towels, hygiene products are welcome also. These items are not included with SNAP benefits.


Holy Week Schedule:

April 6—Maundy Thursday at St. Christopher, Fairborn, 7pm

April 7—Good Friday Service,  Noon

April 8—Easter Vigil at St. Mark’s, 7pm (with St. Christopher, Fairborn)

April 9—Easter Day, 10:30am

More information to come. Watch your e-mail!


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


St. Mark’s is a parish in the Diocese of Southern Ohio, which is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The diocese is currently in a search for its next Bishop.



Libby Nicholson, Senior Warden

Kendall Rubino, Junior Warden

Fred Berta

Jackie Hoskinson

Linda Stagles

Patricia Tallman

Elizabeth Wagner-Weber

Jenna Walch


Don Nancarrow, Treasurer

Dave Reuter, Recorder


Interim Rector

Rev. Cricket Park;      614-806-5248

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“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,


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