Pentecost-11 (Yr A) August 13, 2023





PRELUDE                         “Commit thou all that Grieves Thee”                           Johann Kuhnau


OPENING HYMN           “At the name of Jesus”                                                          Hymn #435


1  At the Name of Jesus

          every knee shall bow,

     every tongue confess him

          King of glory now;

     ’tis the Father’s pleasure

          we should call him Lord

     who from the beginning

          was the mighty Word.


2  Humbled for a season,

          to receive a Name

     from the lips of sinners,

          unto whom he came,

     faithfully he bore it

          spotless to the last,

     brought it back victorious,

          when from death he passed;


3  bore it up triumphant,

          with its human light,

     through all ranks of creatures,

          to the central height,

     to the throne of Godhead,

          to the Father’s breast;

     filled it with the glory

          of that perfect rest.


4  Name him, Christians, name him,

          with love strong as death,

     name with awe and wonder

          and with bated breath;

     he is God the Savior,

          he is Christ the Lord,

     ever to be worshiped,

          trusted, and adored.


5  In your hearts enthrone him;

          there let him subdue

     all that is not holy,

          all that is not true;

     crown him as your Captain

          in temptation’s hour;

     let his will enfold you

     in its light and power.


6  Christians, this Lord Jesus

          shall return again,

     with his Father’s glory

          o’er the earth to reign;

     for all wreaths of empire

          meet upon his brow,

     and our hearts confess him

          King of glory now.



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

People     And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and forever. Amen



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



HYMN OF PRAISE            “Rejoice in the Lord always”                       Voices Found #162


Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice!

Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice!

Rejoice!  Rejoice!  And again I say rejoice!

Rejoice!  Rejoice!  And again I say rejoice!


Repeat one time.



Celebrant   The Lord be with you.

People   And also with you


Celebrant   Let us pray

Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; 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 for the lessons.


FIRST LESSON            Genesis 37:14-28                    A Reading from the Book of Genesis


Jacob settled in the land where his father had lived as an alien, the land of Canaan. This is the story of the family of Jacob.
Joseph, being seventeen years old, was shepherding the flock with his brothers; he was a helper to the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father’s wives; and Joseph brought a bad report of them to their father. Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his children, because he was the son of his old age; and he had made him a long robe with sleeves. But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably to him.

Now his brothers went to pasture their father’s flock near Shechem. And Israel said to Joseph, “Are not your brothers pasturing the flock at Shechem? Come, I will send you to them.” He answered, “Here I am.” So he said to him, “Go now, see if it is well with your brothers and with the flock; and bring word back to me.” So he sent him from the valley of Hebron.

He came to Shechem, and a man found him wandering in the fields; the man asked him, “What are you seeking?” “I am seeking my brothers,” he said; “tell me, please, where they are pasturing the flock.” The man said, “They have gone away, for I heard them say, ‘Let us go to Dothan.’“ So Joseph went after his brothers, and found them at Dothan. They saw him from a distance, and before he came near to them, they conspired to kill him. They said to one another, “Here comes this dreamer. Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; then we shall say that a wild animal has devoured him, and we shall see what will become of his dreams.” But when Reuben heard it, he delivered him out of their hands, saying, “Let us not take his life.” Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood; throw him into this pit here in the wilderness, but lay no hand on him” —that he might rescue him out of their hand and restore him to his father. So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, the long robe with sleeves that he wore; and they took him and threw him into a pit. The pit was empty; there was no water in it.

Then they sat down to eat; and looking up they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites com-ing from Gilead, with their camels carrying gum, balm, and resin, on their way to carry it down to Egypt. Then Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.” And his brothers agreed. When some Midianite traders passed by, they drew Joseph up, lifting him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt.


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



PSALM                                Psalm 105: 1-6,16-22, 45b                                         Read responsively.


1 Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his Name; * make known his deeds among the peoples.
2 Sing to him, sing praises to him, * and speak of all his marvelous works.
3 Glory in his holy Name; * let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
4 Search for the Lord and his strength; * continually seek his face.
5 Remember the marvels he has done, * his wonders and the judgments of his mouth,
6 O offspring of Abraham his servant, * O children of Jacob his chosen.
16 Then he called for a famine in the land * and destroyed the supply of bread.
17 He sent a man before them, * Joseph, who was sold as a slave.
18 They bruised his feet in fetters; * his neck they put in an iron collar.
19 Until his prediction came to pass, * the word of the Lord tested him.
20 The king sent and released him; * the ruler of the peoples set him free.
21 He set him as a master over his household, as a ruler over all his possessions,
22 To instruct his princes according to his will and to teach his elders wisdom.




Epistle                    Romans 10: 5-15                   A Reading from the second letter of Peter

Moses writes concerning the righteousness that comes from the law, that “the per-son who does these things will live by them.” But the righteousness that comes from faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say?

“The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart”

(that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one con-fesses with the mouth and so is saved. The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”


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



GRADUAL                      “God , my King, thy might confessing”                   Hymnal #414


1  God, my King, thy might confessing,

        ever will I bless thy Name;

    day by day thy throne addressing,

        still will I thy praise proclaim.



2  Honor great our God befitteth;

        who his majesty can reach?

    Age to age his works transmitteth,

        age to age his power shall teach.



3  They shall talk of all thy glory,

        on thy might and greatness dwell,

    speak of thy dread acts the story,

        and thy deeds of wonder tell.



4  Nor shall fail from memory’s treasure

        works by love and mercy wrought,

    works of love surpassing measure,

        works of mercy passing thought.



5  Full of kindness and compassion,

        slow to anger, vast in love,

    God is good to all creation;

        all his works his goodness prove.


6  All thy works, O Lord, shall bless thee;

        thee shall all thy saints adore:

    King supreme shall they confess thee,

        and proclaim thy sovereign power.



GOSPEL                        Matthew 14:22-33


Deacon or Priest: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke
People:  Glory to you Lord Christ.


Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, say-ing, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”

Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the wa-ter.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became fright-ened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”


The Gospel of the Lord. Response:    Praise to you Lord Christ



SERMON                                                                                                               The Rev. Cricket Park





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


     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 worshiped 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.






The celebration continues with the Prayers of the People. The Leader and People

pray responsively.


I ask your prayers for God’s people throughout the world; for Michael, our Presiding Bishop; Wayne, our Bishop Provisional; Nedi, Wendell, and Ken, our assisting bishops; for this gathering; and for all ministers and people. Pray for the Church.

I ask your prayers for peace; for goodwill among nations; and for the well-being of all people. Pray for justice and peace.


I ask your prayers for the poor, the sick, the hungry, the oppressed, and those in prison. Pray for those in any need or trouble.


I ask your prayers for all who seek God, or a deeper knowledge of him. Pray that they may find and be found by him.


I ask your prayers for the departed [especially ]. Pray for those who have died.


Praise God for those in every generation in whom Christ has been honored [especially whom we remember today]. Pray that we may have grace to glorify Christ in our own day.


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

(You are invited to add your own petitions silently or aloud.)


Celebrant: O God, the author of peace and lover of concord, to know you is eternal life and to serve you is perfect freedom: Defend us, your humble servants, in all as-saults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in your defense, may not fear the power of any adversaries; through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen




Deacon/Celebrant: Let us then confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

Most merciful God: We confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and 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.



Celebrant: The Peace of the Lord be always with you.

Response: And also with you.


Please greet one another with a sign of peace.






At this time the ushers will bring up the offering of money and any pantry items. As they do this, please stand and sing the following:


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 continues, with the congregation joining in the words in bold type.


God of all power, Ruler of the Universe, you are worthy of glory and praise.

Glory to you for ever and ever.

At your command all things came to be: the vast expanse of interstellar space, gal-axies, suns, the planets in their courses, and this fragile earth, our island home.

By your will they were created and have their being.

From the primal elements you brought forth the human race, and blessed us with memory, reason, and skill. You made us the rulers of creation. But we turned against you, and betrayed your trust; and we turned against one another.

Have mercy, Lord, for we are sinners in your sight.

Again and again, you called us to return. Through prophets and sages you revealed your righteous Law. And in the fullness of time you sent your only Son, born of a woman, to fulfill your Law, to open for us the way of freedom and peace.

By his blood, he reconciled us. By his wounds, we are healed.

And therefore we praise you, joining with the heavenly chorus, with prophets, apos-tles, and martyrs, and with all those in every generation who have looked to you in hope, to proclaim with them your glory, in their unending hymn:


SANCTUS                                                                                                                     HYMN S128


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.



The Celebrant continues


And so, Father, we who have been redeemed by him, and made a new people by water and the Spirit, now bring before you these gifts. Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ our Lord.

On the night he was betrayed he took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread, and gave it to his friends, 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, gave thanks, 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.”

Remembering now his work of redemption, and offering to you this sacrifice of thanksgiving, We celebrate his death and resurrection, as we await the day of his coming. Lord God of our Ancestors: God of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar, Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob, Leah, Rachel, Bilhah, and Zilpah; God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ:

Open our eyes to see your hand at work in the world about us. Deliver us from the presumption of coming to this Table for solace only, and not for strength; for pardon only, and not for renewal. Let the grace of this Holy Communion make us one body, one spirit in Christ, that we may worthily serve the world in his name. Risen Lord, be known to us in the breaking of the Bread.

Accept these prayers and praises, Father, through Jesus Christ our great High Priest, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, your Church gives honor, glory, and worship, from generation to generation. AMEN.


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


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




Celebrant The Gifts of God for the People of God.


COMMUNION HYMN                “Strengthen for service”                            Hymnal #312


1  Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands

          that holy things have taken;

     let ears that now have heard thy songs

          to clamor never waken.




2  Lord, may the tongues which “Holy” sang,

          keep free from all deceiving;

     the eyes which saw thy love be bright,

          thy blessed hope perceiving.



3  The feet that tread thy hallowed courts

          from light do thou not banish;

     the bodies by thy Body fed

          with thy new life replenish.




Celebrant Let us pray.


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.



May the peace of God that passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of God’s son, Jesus Christ our Lord. And the Blessing of God: Father, Son, Holy Spirit, be with you now and remain with you al-ways.


RECESSIONAL HYMN            “Eternal Father, strong to save”                              Hymn #608


1  Eternal Father, strong to save,

     whose arm hath bound the restless wave,

     who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep

     its own appointed limits keep:

          O hear us when we cry to thee

          for those in peril on the sea.


2  O Christ, whose voice the waters heard

     and hushed their raging at thy word,

     who walkedst on the foaming deep,

     and calm amid its rage didst sleep:

          O hear us when we cry to thee

          for those in peril on the sea.


3  Most Holy Spirit, who didst brood

     upon the chaos dark and rude,

     and bid its angry tumult cease,

     and give, for wild confusion, peace;

          O hear us when we cry to thee

          for those in peril on the sea.


4  O Trinity of love and power,

     thy children shield in danger’s hour;

     from rock and tempest, fire and foe,

     protect them wheresoe’er they go;

          thus evermore shall rise to thee

          glad hymns of praise from land and sea.





The congregation is dismissed.

People    Thanks be to God.








Ministers for August 13, 2023
Organist: Donna Larsen Vocalist: Laura Leach
Acolytes: Elizabeth Reuter and Elizabeth Wagner-Weber
Lay Readers: Jackie Hoskinson and Judy Rudd
Chalice Bearers: Judy Rudd and Carol Williamson
Tech Table: TJ Walch
Ushers: Dave Reuter and Jim Rudd
Counters: Dave Reuter and Tony Rubino
Open/Close: Reuter/Rubino
Coffee Hour: Jim and Jackie Hoskinson
Thank you Lee and Carol Smith for Coffee Hour last week.



Ministers for August 20, 2023
Organist: Donna Larsen Vocalist: Laura Leach
Acolytes: Elizabeth Reuter and Elizabeth Wagner-Weber
Lay Readers: Gabe Walch and Jim Rudd
Chalice Bearers: Jim Rudd and Kendall Rubino
Tech Table: Gary Welch
Ushers: Ginny Tuxhorn and Tony Rubino
Counters: Janet Reuter and Gary Welch
Open/Close: Wagner/Welch
Coffee Hour: Norma Peachey and Ginny Tuxhorn



Cheer on the St. Mark’s team at Fairfield Ball Park, 627 N. Broad St., Fairborn, OH 45324. Dates and times are on the Calendar next to the parish office.


Coffee House Ministry at Kroger Starbucks
Join Rev. Cricket and the coffee house ministry she lovingly calls St. Arbucks on Wednesdays, beginning on June 7th. She’ll be there between 10am and Noon.


St. Arbuck’s is a ministry of presence. It’s an invitation to sit, chat, and get to know our neighbors. Cricket’s been known to do a fair amount of knitting too.


Bring yourself, your handwork, and your hospitality to the St. Arbucks chapel at Kroger!



Celebrate the start of the Season of Creation by treating yourself to a box of fresh-picked vegetables from Procter Center Farm. For Four weeks, the farm will be delivering fresh off the vine tomatoes, juicy corn, and much more. All produce is grown spray-free, right at Procter Camp & Conference Center. Place your order(s) today. First pick-up weekend is August 20th, and then runs until September 10th. Orders must be in by each Thursday, 10am, prior to that pick-up weekend. Dis-count applies for those who place orders ahead of time!

We need a minimum of 7 orders for the farm to deliver here. You don’t have to be a St. Mark’s member to participate. If the minimum isn’t reached, the delivery will be postponed until the minimum is met.
If you have any questions or concerns about the Weekend Harvest Box, please do not hesitate to contact Danielle Vogel at Procter Farm Center: .







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

Jackie Hoskinson

Patricia Tallman

Elizabeth Wagner-Weber

Jenna Walch


Don Nancarrow, Treasurer

Dave Reuter, Recorder


Interim Rector

Rev. Cricket Park;

Office Hours by appointment. 937-256-1082







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,


St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

456 Woodman Drive

Dayton, OH 45431



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