Easter-3 (Yr B) April 14, 2024



PRELUDE                           “The strife is o’er”                              Lisa Shoemaker-Lohmeyer


OPENING HYMN             “The strife is o’er”                                        Hymnal #208


     Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!


1  The strife is o’er, the battle done,

     the victory of life is won;

     the song of triumph has begun.



2  The powers of death have done their worst,

     but Christ their legions hath dispersed:

     let shout of holy joy outburst.



3  The three sad days are quickly sped,

     he rises glorious from the dead:

     all glory to our risen Head!



4  He closed the yawning gates of hell,

     the bars from heaven’s high portals fell;

     let hymns of praise his triumphs tell!



5  Lord! by the stripes which wounded thee,

     from death’s dread sting thy servants free,

     that we may live and sing to thee.



              Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!



Celebrant    Alleluia. Christ is risen.

     People    The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.


Celebrant   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                          “Canticle 13”                                  Hymn #S 236


1. Glory to you, Lord God of our Fathers;

you are worthy of praise; glory to you.


2. Glory to you for the radiance of your holy Name;

we will praise you and highly exalt you forever.


3. Glory to you in the splendor of your temple;

on the throne of your majesty, Glory to you.


4. Glory to you seated before the Cheribim;

we will praise you and highly exalt you forever.


5. Glory to you beholding the depths;

in the high vault of heaven.


6. Glory to you Father, Son, and Holy Spirit;

we will highly exalt you, Glory to you.



Celebrant     The Lord be with you.

     People      And also with you


Celebrant     Let us pray

O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of
bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming
work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now
and for ever.  Amen.


                                     (Please be seated.)


First Lesson         Acts of the Apostles 3:12-19      A Reading from Acts


Peter addressed the people, “You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do
you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk? The
God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors
has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the
presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him. But you rejected the
Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you, and you
killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses.
And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see
and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in
the presence of all of you.


“And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. In
this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah
would suffer. Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped


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



PSALM                   Psalm 4               Please read responsively.


1 Answer me when I call, O God, defender of my cause; *
you set me free when I am hard-pressed;
have mercy on me and hear my prayer.


2 “You mortals, how long will you dishonor my glory; *
how long will you worship dumb idols
and run after false gods?”


3 Know that the LORD does wonders for the faithful; *
when I call upon the LORD, he will hear me.


4 Tremble, then, and do not sin; *
speak to your heart in silence upon your bed.


5 Offer the appointed sacrifices *
and put your trust in the LORD.


6 Many are saying, “Oh, that we might see better times!” *
Lift up the light of your countenance upon us, O LORD.


7 You have put gladness in my heart, *
more than when grain and wine and oil increase.


8 I lie down in peace; at once I fall asleep; *
for only you, LORD, make me dwell in safety.



EPISTLE     1 John 3:1-7   A Reading from the first letter of John


See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God;
and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not
know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been
revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we
will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as
he is pure.


Everyone who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know
that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who
abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him. Little children,
let no one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as
he is righteous.


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



GRADUAL HYMN          “Christ is alive, let Christians sing”                   Hymn #182


1  Christ is alive! Let Christians sing.

          His cross stands empty to the sky.

     Let streets and homes with praises ring.

          His love in death shall never die.


2  Christ is alive! No longer bound

          to distant years in Palestine,

     he comes to claim the here and now

          and conquer every place and time.


3  Not throned above, remotely high,

          untouched, unmoved by human pains,

     but daily, in the midst of life,

          our Savior with the Father reigns.


4  In every insult, rift, and war

          where color, scorn or wealth divide,

     he suffers still, yet loves the more,

          and lives, though ever crucified.


5  Christ is alive! His Spirit burns

          through this and every future age,

     till all creation lives and learns

          his joy, his justice, love, and praise.



GOSPEL                      Luke 24: 36b-48


Gospeler     The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John
People         Glory to you Lord Christ.


Jesus himself stood among the disciples and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He
said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?
Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a
ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when he had
said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving
and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?”

They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence.


Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still
with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and
the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures,
and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to
rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is
to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are
witnesses of these things.


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. Amen.



                          PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE


The celebration continues with the Prayers of the People. Please keep silence between the petitions until you are invited to add your own intentions.


I ask your prayers for God’s people throughout the world; for Kristin, Ken, Nedi, and Wendell, our 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 God.

Pray that they may find and be found by God.


I ask your prayers for the departed.

Pray for those who have died.


I ask your prayers and thanksgivings for (please add your own petitions)


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


Celebrant   Hasten, O Faither, the coming of your kingdom; and grant that we your servants, who now live by faith, may with joy behold your Son at his coming in glorious majesty; even Jesus Christ, our only Mediator and Advocate.  Amen.




Celebrant:  The peace of the Lord be always with you.
People:       And also with you.






OFFERTORY ANTHEM         “I know that my Redeemer lives”        S. Dummand Wolff




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.


We praise you and we bless you, holy and gracious God, source of life abundant.
From before time you made ready the creation. Your Spirit moved over the deep and
brought all things into being: sun, moon, and stars; earth, winds, and waters; and every
living thing.


You made us in your image, and taught us to walk in your ways. But we rebelled
against you, and wandered far away; and yet, as a mother cares for her children, you
would not forget us.


Time and again you called us to live in the fullness of your love. And so this day we
join with Saints and Angels in the chorus of praise that rings through eternity, lifting
our voices to magnify you as we sing (say):


Celebrant and People                                                                      HYMNAL 1982 #S130


Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Hosanna in the highest.

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

Glory and honor and praise to you, holy and living God.


To deliver us from the power of sin and death and to reveal the riches of your grace,
you looked with favor upon Mary, your willing servant, that she might conceive and
bear a son, Jesus the holy child of God.


Living among us, Jesus loved us. He broke bread with outcasts and sinners, healed
the sick, and proclaimed good news to the poor. He yearned to draw all the world to
himself yet we were heedless of his call to walk in love. Then, the time came for him to
complete upon the cross the sacrifice of his life, and to be glorified by you.


On the night before he died for us, Jesus was at table with his friends. He took bread,
gave thanks to you, broke it, and gave it to them, and said: “Take, eat: This is my
Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”


As supper was ending, Jesus took the cup of wine. Again, he gave thanks to you,
gave it to them, and said: “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant,
which is poured out for you and for all for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink
it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Now gathered at your table, O God of all creation, and remembering Christ, crucified
and risen, who was and is and is to come, we offer to you our gifts of bread and wine,
and ourselves, a living sacrifice. Pour out your Spirit upon these gifts that they may be
the Body and Blood of Christ.


Breathe your Spirit over the whole earth and make us your new creation, the Body of
Christ given for the world you have made. In the fullness of time bring us, with Mark
and all your saints, from every tribe and language and people and nation, to feast at
the banquet prepared from the foundation of the world.


Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, to you be
honor, glory, and praise, for ever and ever. 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.



TTHE FRACTION ANTHEM         Be known to us, Lord Jesus     Hymn                 #S75


The bread which we break alleluia is the communion of the body of Christ

Be known to us Lord Jesus in the breaking of the bread


One body are we alleluia for though many we share one bread

Be known to us Lord Jesus in the breaking of the bread


(The disciples knew the Lord Jesus in the breaking of the bread.)



Celebrant    The Gifts of God for the People of God.



COMMUNION HYMN     “Come risen Lord, and deign to be our guest”           Hymn #305


1  Come, risen Lord, and deign to be our guest;

          nay, let us be thy guests; the feast is thine;

     thyself at thine own board make manifest

          in thine own Sacrament of Bread and Wine.


2  We meet, as in that upper room they met;

          thou at the table, blessing, yet dost stand:

     “This is my Body”; so thou givest yet:

          faith still receives the cup as from thy hand.


3  One body we, one Body who partake,

          one Church united in communion blest;

     one Name we bear, one Bread of life we break,

          with all thy saints on earth and saints at rest.


4  One with each other, Lord, for one in thee,

          who art one Savior and one living Head;

     then open thou our eyes, that we may see;

          be known to us in breaking of the Bread.




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.





The God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the
great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make
you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing
in his sight; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the
Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always. Amen.



CLOSING HYMN                 “He is risen, he is risen”                 Hymn #180


1  He is risen, he is risen!

          Tell it out with joyful voice:

     he has burst his three days’ prison;

          let the whole wide earth rejoice:

     death is conquered, we are free,

     Christ has won the victory.


2  Come, ye sad and fearful-hearted,

          with glad smile and radiant brow!

     Death’s long shadows have departed;

          Jesus’ woes are over now,

     and the passion that he bore—

     sin and pain can vex no more.


3  Come, with high and holy hymning,

          hail our Lord’s triumphant day;

     not one darksome cloud is dimming

          yonder glorious morning ray,

     breaking o’er the purple east,

     symbol of our Easter feast.


4  He is risen, he is risen!

          He hath opened heaven’s gate:

     we are free from sin’s dark prison,

          risen to a holier state;

     and a brighter Easter beam

     on our longing eyes shall stream.





The congregation is dismissed.

Response      Thanks be to God. Alleluia. Alleluia


POSTLUDE            “O sons and daughters, let us sing”                         Clement Loret



        Please join us for coffee in the Fellowship Room of the Community Building.






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.



Ministry Assignments for April 14, 2023
Acolyte: Faggio Nocero-Sargent
Lay Readers: Judy Rudd and Gary Welch
Chalice Bearers: Kendall Rubino and Jim Rudd
Tech Table: TJ Walch
Ushers: Wayne Harper and Jim Rudd
Counters: Carol Nancarrow and Kendall Rubino
Open/Close: Wagner/Reuter
Coffee Hour: Janet Reuter and Elizabeth Reuter
Altar Guild: Norma Peachey and Ginny Tuxhorn



Ministry Assignments for April 21, 2023
Acolyte: Faggio Nocero-Sargent
Lay Readers: Carol Williamson and Elizabeth Wagner-Weber
Chalice Bearers: Kendall Rubino and Elizabeth Wagner-Weber
Tech Table: Dave Reuter
Ushers: Dave Reuter and Ginny Tuxhorn
Counters: Tony Rubino and Jim Rudd
Open/Close: Wagner/Reuter
Coffee Hour:
Altar Guild: Norma Peachey and Ginny Tuxhorn


At this time, we have openings for coffee hour. Please sign up to help on the bulletin
board sheets next to the church office. The sign-ups for flowers and candles are
there also.


If you are unable to serve on your date, please find your substitute and notify the
church office.


Upcoming Events
April 14 – Easter 3 – Sunday School, Adult Forum,
     and Holy Eucharist beginning at 9:15am.
April 15 – TAX DAY
April 18 – Vestry meeting on Zoom at 7pm.
April 21 – Easter 4 – Sunday School, Adult Forum,
     and Holy Eucharist beginning at 9:15am.
April 25 – ST. MARK’S DAY
April 28 – Easter 5 – Bishop White’s visitation.
     Meet the Bishop at 9:15am Adult Forum; Confirmands meet with Bishop
     White at 9:45am; Holy Eucharist with Confirmations at 10:30am
May 4 – Vestry Retreat (time and place TBD)
May 5— Easter 4 – Sunday School, Adult Forum,
and Holy Eucharist beginning at 9:15am.



Choir practice after church today.
If you would like to sing the offertory anthem during Bishop White’s visit, please stay
after church today to rehearse. Contact Donna Larsen if you have any questions.


Support humanitarian aid to Gaza
Episcopal Relief and Development has established a Middle East fund in cooperation with the Diocese
of Jerusalem and the Middle East. Donations to this fund will assist in supplying aid to the hospital
in Gaza and other ministries. There are “ER-D” envelopes in the narthex.


Flags for Heroes

The Beavercreek Rotary Club displays 150 flags on Memorial Day and Veterans Day at Be Hope
Church and 100 flags on Independence Day at Beavercreek High School. You may sponsor a flag
for your personal hero (e.g., military, first responder, family, teacher, mentor, friend, etc.) to be included
in the field of flags. An honor medallion will be attached to your flag bearing your hero’s name
and the role he/she played in your life and your name as sponsor. The total cost for the three events
is $55 and the proceeds help fund the Beavercreek Rotary Club’s projects (e.g., Christmas Basket
Project, Feed the Creek, Red Cross, Boy Scouts, etc.) Please contact Jim Rudd if you are interested
in being a sponsor.


Canterbury Court (CCT) Ministry Opportunities
Arts & Crafts Classes: Provide materials and conduct class for “Make it & Take it” classes for 10
residents of CCT at 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. on April 15th and May 20th.
Butterfly Garden Party: Donate annuals, perennials and monetary contributions and weed and
plant gardens on May 24th from 9am – 11am.
Annual Friends Luncheon: Provide soup, sandwiches, and desserts and serve free lunches to
CCT residents on June 25th at 11am.



   Hope Rising Convocation with Bishop White for the Northwest Region
                                     April 28 at 4 p.m., at St. George’s, Dayton

All congregations in our region are encouraged to participate in a special service and reception
to welcome our new bishop, The Rt. Rev. Kristin Uffelman White! We will begin with Choral
Evensong followed by a special reception to hear from Bishop White, have conversation with
her, and learn more about the congregations in our area. This will be held at St. George’s, 5520
Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, OH 45429.
Combined Choir for Hope Rising Convocation, April 28 at St. George’s, Dayton
For the Choral Evensong as part of the Hope Rising Convocation (see above), we will have a
choir made up of musicians from across our region. The rehearsal will begin at 3 p.m. If you
plan to participate, please contact Dr. David Crean at music@stgeorgeohio.org . Thank you!




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Libby Nicholson, Senior Warden

Kendall Rubino, Junior Warden

Jackie Hoskinson

Jim Rudd

Mary Sones

Patricia Tallman

Jenna Walch


Don Nancarrow, Treasurer

Dave Reuter, Recorder


Interim Priest-in-Charge:

Rev. Cricket Park   st_marks@ameritech.net;

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,



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