Pentecost-3 (Yr A) June 18, 2023








OPENING HYMN           “Before the Lord’s Eternal Throne”                       Hymnal #391


1  Before the Lord’s eternal throne,

        ye nations, bow with sacred joy;

    know that the Lord is God alone;

        he can create, and he destroy.


2  His sovereign Power without our aid

        formed us of clay and gave us breath;

    and when like wandering sheep we strayed,

        he saved us from the power of death.


3  We are his people, we his care,

        our souls, and all our mortal frame:

    what lasting honors shall we rear,

        almighty Maker, to thy Name?


4  We’ll crowd thy gates with thankful songs,

        high as the heavens our voices raise;

    and earth, with her ten thousand tongues,

        shall fill thy courts with sounding praise.


5  Wide as the world is thy command,

        vast as eternity thy love;

    firm as a rock thy truth must stand,

        when rolling years shall cease to move.



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                  “People of God” Voices Found                        #109


  1. People of God, gather together,
    come, let us sing on this glorious day.
    Shouting abroad praise to the maker
    come and with body and soul let us pray.


Come let us join in the heavenly dance,
praising in joyous celebration.


  1. Hearing God’s word, heeding the message,
    come and rejoice as we answer the call.
    With one accord made in God’s image,
    come in community welcoming all.


  1. Bearing your gifts, enter God’s presence;
    come let us share in the heavenly feast.
    Mending all rifts, healing divisions,
    come and from sorrows and hurts be released.


  1. Women and men, harmony blending
    come, swell the chorus in loving accord.
    Raising again thanks never ending
    come to the God who is Wisdom and Word.





Celebrant   The Lord be with you.

People   And also with you


Celebrant Let us pray

Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that

through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice

with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns

with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Please be seated for the lessons.


FIRST LESSON      Genesis 18:1-15              A Reading from the Book of Genesis


The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance

of his tent in the heat of the day. He looked up and saw three men standing near

him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed

down to the ground. He said, “My lord, if I find favor with you, do not pass by your

servant. Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under

the tree. Let me bring a little bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after

that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.” So they said,

“Do as you have said.” And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said,

“Make ready quickly three measures of choice flour, knead it, and make cakes.”

Abraham ran to the herd, and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to the

servant, who hastened to prepare it. Then he took curds and milk and the calf

that he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the

tree while they ate.


They said to him, “Where is your wife Sarah?” And he said, “There, in the tent.” Then

one said, “I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a

son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent entrance behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah

were old, advanced in age; it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of

women. So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I have grown old, and my husband

is old, shall I have pleasure?” The Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh,

and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too wonderful for

the Lord? At the set time I will return to you, in due season, and Sarah shall have a

son.” But Sarah denied, saying, “I did not laugh”; for she was afraid. He said, “Oh yes,

you did laugh.”


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



PSALM                 Psalm 116:1, 1-17                    Read responsively by whole verse.


1 I love the Lord, because he has heard the voice of my supplication, *

because he has inclined his ear to me whenever I called upon him.

     10 How shall I repay the Lord *

     for all the good things he has done for me?

11 I will lift up the cup of salvation *

and call upon the Name of the Lord.

     12 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord *

     in the presence of all his people.

13 Precious in the sight of the Lord *

is the death of his servants.

     14 O Lord, I am your servant; *

     I am your servant and the child of your handmaid;

     you have freed me from my bonds.

15 I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving *

and call upon the Name of the Lord.

     16 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord *

     in the presence of all his people

17 In the courts of the Lord’s house, *

in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.




EPISTLE      Romans 5:1-8 A                 Reading from the Paul’s letter to the Romans


Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus

Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and

we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast

in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces

character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because

God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has

been given to us. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person– though perhaps for a

good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in

that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.


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



GRADUAL           “Lord, you give the Great Commission”             LEVAS #780


1. Lord, You give the great commission: “Heal the sick and preach the Word.”
Lest the Church neglect its mission, and the Gospel go unheard,
Help us witness to Your purpose with renewed integrity,
With the Spirit’s gifts empower us for the work of ministry.


2. Lord, You call us to Your service: “In My Name baptize and teach.”
That the world may trust Your promise, life abundant meant for each,
Give us all new fervor, draw us closer in community.
With the Spirit’s gifts empower us for the work of ministry.


3. Lord, You make the common holy: “This My body, this My blood.”
Let us all, for earth’s true glory, daily lift life heavenward,
Asking that the world around us share your children’s liberty
With the Spirit’s gifts empower us for the work of ministry.


4. Lord, You show us love’s true measure: “Father, what they do, forgive.”
Yet we hoard as private treasure all that You so freely give.
May Your care and mercy lead us to a just society.
With the Spirit’s gifts empower us for the work of ministry.


5. Lord, you bless with words assuring: “I am with you to the end.”
Faith and hope and love restoring, may we serve as you intend
And, amid the cares that claim us, hold in mind eternity.
With the Spirit’s gifts empower us for the work of ministry.



GOSPEL         Matthew 9:35-10:8


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

People: Glory to you Lord Christ.


Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and

proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every

sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they

were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his

disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord

of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”


Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean

spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness.

These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, also known as Peter,

and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and

Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus,

and Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed



These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Go nowhere among

the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep

of the house of Israel. As you go, proclaim the good news, ‘The kingdom of heaven

has come near.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons.

You received without payment; give without payment.


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



SERMON                                                                                        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


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.

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


Celebrant: O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent

your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near:

Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the nations into

your fold; pour out your Spirit upon all flesh; and hasten the coming of your kingdom;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.



Deacon/Celebrant: Let us then confess our sins in penitence and faith, firmly

resolved to keep God’s commandments and to live in love and peace.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we have sinned in thought and word and

deed, and in what we have left undone. 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 walk in newness of life to the glory of your name. 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.





The Celebrant will invite the congregation to participate in the offering with a sentence

of scripture. As the ushers bring the gifts to the altar, please 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 people stand or kneel. Then the Celebrant continues,

with the congregation joining in the words in bold type.


Father, Lord of all creation, we praise you for your goodness and your love. When we

turned away you did not reject us. You came to meet us in your Son, welcomed us as

your children and prepared a table where we might feast with you. In Christ you

shared our life that we might live in him and he in us.


He opened wide his arms upon the cross and, with love stronger than death, he

made the perfect sacrifice for sin.


Lord Jesus Christ, our redeemer, on the night before you died you came to table with

your friends. Taking bread, you gave thanks, broke it and gave it to them saying, Take,

eat: this is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.


Lord Jesus, we bless you: you are the bread of life


At the end of supper you 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; do this in remembrance of me.


Lord Jesus, we bless you: you are the true vine.


Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ:


dying, you destroyed our death, rising, you restored our life;

Lord Jesus, come in glory.


Holy Spirit, giver of life, come upon us now; may this bread and wine be to us the

body and blood of our Saviour Jesus Christ.


As we eat and drink these holy gifts make us, who know our need of grace, one

in Christ, our risen Lord.


Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Blessed Trinity: with your whole Church throughout the

world we offer you this sacrifice of thanks and praise and lift our voice to join the song

of heaven, for ever praising you and saying:


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.



Thanks be to you, our God, for your gift beyond words.

Amen. Amen. 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





Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God, who has taken away the sins of the world.

Happy are those who are called to his supper.


Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be

healed .



COMMUNION HYMN            “My God, thy table now is spread”              Hymn #321


1  My God, thy table now is spread,

        thy cup with love doth overflow;

    be all thy children thither led,

        and let them thy sweet mercies know.


2  O let thy table honored be,

        and furnished well with joyful guests;

    and may each soul salvation see,

        that here its sacred pledges tastes.


3  Drawn by thy quickening grace, O Lord,

        in countless number let them come

    and gather from their Father’s board

        the Bread that lives beyond the tomb.


4  Nor let thy spreading Gospel rest

        till through the world thy truth has run,

    till with this Bread shall all be blessed

        who see the light or feel the sun.




Celebrant Let us pray.

Almighty God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food of the body

and blood of your Son Jesus Christ. Through him we offer you our souls and

bodies to be a living sacrifice. Send us out in the power of your Spirit to live and

work to your praise and glory. Amen.



God the Holy Trinity make you strong in faith and love, defend you on every side, and

guide you in truth and peace. And the blessing of our Triune God be with you this day

and remain with you always.


RECESSIONAL HYMN    “O Zion, haste, thy mission high fulfilling”     Hymn #539


1  O Zion, haste, thy mission high fulfilling,

          to tell to all the world that God is Light;

     that he who made all nations is not willing

          one soul should fail to know his love and might.


              Publish glad tidings:

                   tidings of peace,

              tidings of Jesus,

                   redemption and release.


2  Proclaim to every people, tongue, and nation

          that God, in whom they live and move, is Love:

     tell how he stooped to save his lost creation,

          and died on earth that all might live above.




3  Send heralds forth to bear the message glorious;

          give of thy wealth to speed them on their way;

     pour out thy soul for them in prayer victorious

          till God shall bring his kingdom’s joyful day.




4  He comes again! O Zion, ere thou meet him,

          make known to every heart his saving grace;

     let none whom he hath ransomed fail to greet him,

          through thy neglect, unfit to see his face.







The congregation is dismissed.

People  Thanks be to God.









Ministers for June 18, 2023

Acolytes: Scott Kelly and Elizabeth Wagner-Weber

Lay Readers: Judy Rudd and Don Nancarrow

Chalice Bearers: Judy Rudd and Carol Williamson

Tech Table: TJ Walch

Ushers: Tony Rubino and Jim Rudd

Counters: Mary-Anna Welch and Jim Rudd

Open/Close: Rudd/Wagner

Coffee Hour: ??


Ministers for June 25, 2023

Acolytes: Gabriel Walch and Elizabeth Wagner-Weber

Lay Readers: Jim Rudd and Elizabeth Wagner-Weber

Chalice Bearers: Jim Rudd and Don Nancarrow

Tech Table: Dave Reuter

Ushers: Carol Williamson and Jim Rudd

Counters: Dave Reuter and Gary Welch

Open/Close: Welch/Wagner

Coffee Hour: ??




Cheer on the St. Mark’s team at Fairfield Ball Park, 627 N. Broad St., Fairborn, OH 45324

Dates and times are in the Calendar.

Mark your Calendar:

June 20, Softball at Fairfield Park

June 21, St. Arbucks at Kroger 10:00am




Coffee House Ministry at the 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!




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 

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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