Pentecost-14 (Yr A) September 3, 2023




PRELUDE                        “Guide me ever, great Redeemer”                         Dale Wood


OPENING HYMN            “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name”                 Hymn #450


1  All hail the power of Jesus’ Name!

        Let angels prostrate fall;

    bring forth the royal diadem,

        and crown him Lord of all!


2  Crown him, ye martyrs of our God,

        who from his altar call:

    praise him whose way of pain ye trod,

        and crown him Lord of all!


3  Hail him, the Heir of David’s line,

        whom David Lord did call,

    the God incarnate, Man divine,

        and crown him Lord of all!


4  Ye heirs of Israel’s chosen race,

        ye ransomed of the fall,

    hail him who saves you by his grace,

        and crown him Lord of all!


5  Sinners, whose love can ne’er forget

        the wormwood and the gall,

    go, spread your trophies at his feet,

        and crown him Lord of all!


6  Let every kindred, every tribe,

        on this terrestrial ball,

    to him all majesty ascribe,

        and crown him Lord of all!



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                      “Glory to God”                               S278 Matthias


Glory to God in the highest,

and peace to his people on earth.


Lord God, heavenly King,

almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory.


Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the


Lord God, Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world;

have mercy on us;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father;

receive our prayer.


For you alone are the Holy One,

you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High,

     Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father. Amen.



Celebrant   The Lord be with you.

People   And also with you


Celebrant   Let us pray


Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; 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            Exodus 3-15                        A Reading from the Book of Exodus


Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.” When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are stand-ing is holy ground.” He said further, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abra-ham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.


Then the Lord said, “I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their suffer-ings, and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the country of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.”


But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Isra-elites out of Egypt?” He said, “I will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain.” But Moses said to God, “If I come to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” He said further, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘I am has sent me to you.’“ God also said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you’:


             This is my name forever, and this my title for all generations.


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



PSALM                          Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c                        Read responsively by whole verse.



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.


23 Israel came into Egypt, * and Jacob became a sojourner in the land of Ham.


24 The Lord made his people exceedingly fruitful; * he made them stronger than their enemies;


25 Whose heart he turned, so that they hated his people, * and dealt unjustly with his servants.


26 He sent Moses his servant, * and Aaron whom he had chosen.


45 Hallelujah!



Epistle                    Romans 12: 9-21                         A Reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans


Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.


Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” No, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.


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



GRADUAL                     “Take up your cross, the Savior said”                                   Hymnal #657


           God is love, and where true love is

          God himself is there.


1  Take up your cross, the Savior said,

       if you would my disciple be;

   take up your cross with willing heart,

       and humbly follow after me.



2  Take up your cross, let not its weight

       fill your weak spirit with alarm;

   his strength shall bear your spirit up,

       and brace your heart, and nerve your arm.



3  Take up your cross, heed not the shame,

       and let your foolish heart be still;

   the Lord for you accepted death

       upon a cross, on Calvary’s hill.



4  Take up your cross, then, in his strength,

       and calmly every danger brave:

   it guides you to abundant life

       and leads to victory o’er the grave.



5  Take up your cross, and follow Christ,

       nor think till death to lay it down;

   for only those who bear the cross

       may hope to wear the glorious crown.


GOSPEL                        Matthew 16: 21-28


Deacon or Priest: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew


People:  Glory to you Lord Christ.


Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to re-buke him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.” But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”


Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?


“For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done. Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”


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.


In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.



For all people in their daily life and work;

For our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those who are alone.


For this community, the nation, and the world;

For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.


For the just and proper use of your creation;

For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.


For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;

For those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the needy.


For the peace and unity of the Church of God;

For all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek the Truth.


For Michael our Presiding Bishop, and Wayne, Ken, Nedi, and Wendall our Bishops; and for all bishops and other ministers;

For all who serve God in the Church.


For the special needs and concerns of this congregation.
Silence The People may add their own petitions


Hear us, Lord;

For your mercy is great.


We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life.
Silence The People may add their own thanksgivings


We will exalt you, O God our King;

And praise your Name for ever and ever.


We pray for all who have died, that they may have a place in your eternal kingdom.
Silence The People may add their own petitions


Lord, let your loving-kindness be upon them;

Who put their trust in you.


Celebrant: Almighty God, you have so linked our lives one with another that all we do affects, for good or ill, all other lives: So guide us in the work we do, that we may do it not for self alone, but for the common good; and, as we seek a proper return for our own labor, make us mindful of the rightful aspirations of other workers, and arouse our concern for those who are out of work; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. 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.





        “Thee will I love”                                                                            Jean Pasquat




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.


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 by water and the Holy Spirit you have made us a new people in Jesus Christ our Lord, to show forth your glory in all the world.


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:


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.



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 forever.   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:   Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;

People:        Therefore let us keep the feast.




Celebrant:   The Gifts of God for the People of God.


Everyone is welcome to come forward for communion or a blessing.



COMMUNION HYMN          “Take my life and let it be” Hymnal                        #707


1  Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to thee;

    take my moments and my days, let them flow in ceaseless praise.

    Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of thy love;

    take my heart, it is thine own; it shall be thy royal throne.


2  Take my voice, and let me sing always, only, for my King;

    take my intellect, and use every power as thou shalt choose.

    Take my will, and make it thine; it shall be no longer mine.

    Take myself, and I will be ever, only, all for thee.




Celebrant:  Let us pray.

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.




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 always.


RECESSIONAL HYMN                “Come labor on”                            Hymn #541


1. Come, labor on.
Who dares stand idle on the harvest plain,
while all around us waves the golden grain?
And to each servant does the Master say,
“Go work today.”


2. Come, labor on.
The enemy is watching night and day,
to sow the tares, to snatch the seed away;
while we in sleep our duty have forgot,
he slumbered not.


3. Come, labor on.
Away with gloomy doubts and faithless fear!
No arm so weak but may do service here:
by feeblest agents may our God fulfill
his righteous will.


4. Come, labor on.
Claim the high calling angels cannot share–
to young and old the Gospel gladness bear;
redeem the time; its hours too swiftly fly.
The night draws nigh.


5. Come, labor on.
No time for rest, till glows the western sky,
till the long shadows o’er our pathway lie,
and a glad sound comes with the setting sun.
“Servants, well done.”




The congregation is dismissed.

People    Thanks be to God.


POSTLUDE                            “Allegro moderato”                              Edwin Lemare



Please join us for coffee hour in the fellowship room.






Welcome to St. Mark’s! During the service, please assume the postures of prayer and
devotion as best suits your ability. If you are able, please stand for the Gospel, singing
hymns, and the prayers. Kneeling and sitting are also appropriate for the prayers of
the people and the Eucharistic prayers. Remember, the posture of your heart is more
important to God than the position of your body.



Ministers for September 3, 2023       CARE House collection day
Organist: Donna Larsen Vocalist: Laura Leach
Acolyte: Stephanie Welch, Will Day, assisted by Gary Welch
Lay Readers: Jim Rudd and Elizabeth Wagner-Weber
Chalice Bearers: Don Nancarrow and Kendall Rubino
Tech Table: Dave Reuter
Ushers: Jim Rudd and Carol Williamson
Counters: Dave Reuter and Jim Rudd
Open/Close: Nancarrow/Rudd
Coffee Hour: TBD
Altar Guild for September: Kendall Rubino and Carol Nancarrow
Thank you to Katherine Wagner for donating the sanctuary lamp last week.


Ministers for September 10, 2023
Organist: Donna Larsen Vocalist: Laura Leach
Acolytes: Gabe Walch and Scott Kelly
Lay Readers: Susan Kendall and Judy Rudd
Chalice Bearers: Judy Rudd and Elizabeth Wagner-Weber
Tech Table: Gary Welch
Ushers: Dave Reuter
Counters: Dave Reuter and Gary Welch
Open/Close: Reuter/Wagner
Coffee Hour: Parish Picnic
Please sign up at
Thank you to Ginny Tuxhorn for donating the sanctuary lamp today.



Calendar Items:
September 4—Labor Day
September 9—Confirmation and Newcomer class, 10am
September 10—Parish Picnic
September 15—First day of Hispanic History month
September 16—Confirmation and Newcomer class, 10am
September 17—Food Pantry collection day
September 17—Adult Education and Sunday School begins, 9:15am
September 21—Vestry Meeting, 7:00pm
September 23—Confirmation and Newcomer class, 10am
September 24—Adult Education and Sunday School, 9:15am
September 30—Confirmation and Newcomer class, 10am
Blessing of the Animals, 4pm
October 1—CARE House collection day
October 1—Adult Education and Sunday School, 9:15am
October 7—Confirmation at Procter Conference Center, time TBA
October 8—Adult Education and Sunday School, 9:15am
October 15—Food Pantry collection day
October 15—Adult Education and Sunday School, 9:15am
October 21—Valley Vineyards Dinner
October 22—Adult Education and Sunday School, 9:15am
October 29—Adult Education and Sunday School, 9:15am



Inquirers Classes for Confirmands and Newcomers
Please join Rev. Cricket for 4 Saturday mornings in September (9, 16, 23, and 30) from 10am to Noon at the church.  We’ll discuss the beginnings of the Christian Church and our beliefs and the beginning of the Episcopal Church and our polity. These classes are required for all who wish to be confirmed or received.


The Rite of Confirmation will be celebrated on October 7th at Procter Conference Center in London, Ohio. The time has not yet been announced.



Special Electing Session Registration closes on September 22nd

The 149th Convention of the Diocese of Southern Ohio will take part in two sessions this fall: one in September and the other in November. Clergy and elected lay delegates are expected to participate in both sessions. Register at



YEDI Fall Youth Retreat

A fall retreat for youth in 6th to 12th grades will be held October 13-15 at Procter Center.


Want to join us at Procter for the YEDI Fall Retreat? Sign up today to hold your


Price and registration coming soon. This is simply to hold your spot if space gets limited:) *Please know that by signing up here you are not obligated to pay or attend the retreat. This simply holds your spot and just as soon as we finalized details and registration we will email you all the details and you will have an opportunity to register first.


This retreat is open to current 6th-12th grade students. We will do some things together (like eating) and some things separately (like some games and programming). You will get time to get what you need! Sign up here:


For questions and details contact Adam Hayden at 812-430-4464 or








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

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Dayton, OH 45431



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