Easter-4 (Yr B) April 21, 2024



PRELUDE                          “My shepherd will supply my need”             John Barr


OPENING HYMN            “Good Christians all, rejoice and sing”       Hymnal #205


1  Good Christians all, rejoice and sing!

     Now is the triumph of our King!

     To all the world glad news we bring:

          Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!


2  The Lord of life is risen today!

     Sing songs of praise along his way;

     let all the earth rejoice and say:

          Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!


3  Praise we in songs of victory

     that love, that life which cannot die,

     and sing with hearts uplifted high:

          Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!


4  Your Name we bless, O risen Lord,

     and sing today with one accord

     the life laid down, the life restored:

          Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!


5  To God the Father, God the Son,

     to God the Spirit, always One,

     we sing for life in us begun:



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 Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when
we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where
he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever
and ever.  Amen.


                                     (Please be seated.)


First Lesson         Acts of the Apostles 4:5-12      A Reading from Acts


PThe rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem, with Annas the high
priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family.
When they had made the prisoners stand in their midst, they inquired, “By what
power or by what name did you do this?” Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit,
said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, if we are questioned today because
of a good deed done to someone who was sick and are asked how this
man has been healed, let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel,
that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of
Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead. This Jesus is

`the stone that was rejected by you, the builders;
it has become the cornerstone.’

There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given
among mortals by which we must be saved.”


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



PSALM                   Psalm 23               Please read in unison.


1 The LORD is my shepherd; *
     I shall not be in want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures *
     and leads me beside still waters.
3 He revives my soul *
     and guides me along right pathways for his Name’s sake.
4 Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
     I shall fear no evil; *
     for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5 You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me; *
     you have anointed my head with oil,
     and my cup is running over.
6 Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, *
     and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.



EPISTLE     1 John 3:16-24   A Reading from the first letter of John


We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us– and we ought to lay down
our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the
world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?


Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. And by
this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before him
whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he
knows everything. Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have boldness
before God; and we receive from him whatever we ask, because we obey his
commandments and do what pleases him.


And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus
Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. All who obey his
commandments abide in him, and he abides in them. And by this we know that he
abides in us, by the Spirit that he has given us.


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



GRADUAL HYMN         “The king of love my shepherd is”                 Hymn #645


1  The King of love my shepherd is,

          whose goodness faileth never;

     I nothing lack if I am his,

          and he is mine for ever.


2  Where streams of living water flow,

          my ransomed soul he leadeth,

     and where the verdant pastures grow,

          with food celestial feedeth.


3  Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,

          but yet in love he sought me,

     and on his shoulder gently laid,

          and home, rejoicing, brought me.


4  In death’s dark vale I fear no ill

          with thee, dear Lord, beside me;

     thy rod and staff my comfort still,

          thy cross before to guide me.


5  Thou spread’st a table in my sight;

          thy unction grace bestoweth;

     and oh, what transport of delight

          from thy pure chalice floweth!


6  And so through all the length of days

          thy goodness faileth never:

     Good Shepherd, may I sing thy praise

          within thy house for ever.



GOSPEL                      John 10: 11-18


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


Jesus Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the
sheep. The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep,
sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches
them and scatters them. The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does
not care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know
me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for
the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also,
and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For
this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up
again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power
to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command
from my Father.”


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


Be known to us Lord Jesus in the breaking of the bread  (Cantor)

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


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

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


One body are we alleluia for though many we share one bread (Cantor)

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     “For the bread which you have broken”               Hymn #341


1  For the bread which you have broken,

        for the wine which you have poured,

    for the words which you have spoken,

        now we give you thanks, O Lord.


2  By this pledge, Lord, that you love us,

        by your gift of peace restored,

    by your call to heaven above us,

        hallow all our lives, O Lord.


3  As our blessèd ones adore you,

        seated at our Father’s board,

    may the Church still waiting for you

        keep love’s tie unbroken, Lord.


4  In your service, Lord, defend us;

        in our hearts keep watch and ward,

    in the world to which you send us

        let your kingdom come, O Lord.




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                “Praise the Lord, rise up rejoicing”                 Hymn #334


1  Praise the Lord, rise up rejoicing,

    worship, thanks, devotion voicing;

        glory be to God on high!

    Christ, your cross and passion sharing,

    by this Eucharist declaring

        yours the final victory.


2  Scattered flock, one shepherd sharing,

    lost and lonely, one voice hearing,

        ears attentive to your word;

    by your Blood new life receiving,

    in your Body, firm believing,

        we are yours, and you the Lord.


3  Sins forgiven, wrongs forgiving, we

    go forth alert and living

        in your Spirit, strong and free.

    Partners in your new creation,

    seeking peace in every nation,

        may we faithful followers be.





The congregation is dismissed.

Response      Thanks be to God. Alleluia. Alleluia


POSTLUDE            “Sheep shall safely graze”                                      John Carter



        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 21, 2024
Acolyte: Gabriel Walch
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: TBA
Sanctuary Candle: In thanksgiving for St. Mark’s by Deacon George Snyder
Altar Guild: Norma Peachey and Ginny Tuxhorn



Ministry Assignments for April 28, 2024
Acolyte: Jackie Hoskinson
Lay Readers: Gabe Walch and TJ Walch
Chalice Bearers: Judy Rudd and Kendall Rubino
Tech Table: Dave Reuter
Ushers: Tony Rubino and Wayne Harper
Counters: Carol Nancarrow and Jim Rudd
Open/Close: Wagner/Reuter
Coffee Hour: Youth Sunday School Class and the parish
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 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.


April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
Please support CARE House with your donations of snacks, individual drinks (juices and water), and
huggable stuffed animals. Place donations in the large tub in the narthex or order from Amazon,
Walmart, etc., and have them shipped directly to CARE House. For more information, contact Libby


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.


Donate your eclipse glasses
Bring them to church and deposit them in the box designated. They will be sent to an organization
that is collecting them to be distributed to children in Latin America, where the next total eclipse is
this fall. Do outreach and creation care all at once!


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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