Easter-5 (Yr B) April 28, 2024



PRELUDE                        “Now the green blade rises”                  Franklin Ashdown


OPENING HYMN            “Earth and all stars”                              Hymnal #412


1  Earth and all stars,

          loud rushing planets,

     sing to the Lord a new song!

          O victory,

          loud shouting army,

     sing to the Lord a new song!


              He hath done marvelous things.

              I, too, will praise him with a new song!


2  Hail, wind, and rain,

          loud blowing snowstorms,

     sing to the Lord a new song!

          Flowers and trees,

          loud rustling dry leaves,

     sing to the Lord a new song!




3  Trumpet and pipes,

          loud clashing cymbals,

     sing to the Lord a new song!

          Harp, lute, and lyre,

          loud humming cellos,

     sing to the Lord a new song!




4  Engines and steel,

          loud pounding hammers,

     sing to the Lord a new song!

          Limestone and beams,

          loud building workers,

     sing to the Lord a new song!




5  Classrooms and labs,

          loud boiling test-tubes,

     sing to the Lord a new song!

          Athlete and band,

          loud cheering people,

     sing to the Lord a new song!




6  Knowledge and truth,

          loud sounding wisdom,

     sing to the Lord a new song!

          Daughter and son,

          loud praying members,

     sing to the Lord a new song!







Celebrant    Alleluia. Christ is risen.
     People     The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.
Celebrant    There is one Body and one Spirit.
     People     There is one hope in God’s call to us.
Celebrant    One Lord, one Faith, one Baptism.
      People    One God and Father of all.


Celebrant    The Lord be with you.
     People    And also with you.


Celebrant    Let us pray.


Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grants us so perfectly to know
your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly
follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our
Lord, who lives and reigns with you , in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever
and ever.  Amen.




First Lesson         Acts of the Apostles 8:26-40      A Reading from Acts


An angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get up and go toward the south to the road
that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a wilderness road.) So he got
up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace,
queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem
to worship and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the
prophet Isaiah. Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over to this chariot and join it.”
So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, “Do
you understand what you are reading?” He replied, “How can I, unless someone
guides me?” And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. Now the passage
of the scripture that he was reading was this:


“Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter,
     and like a lamb silent before its shearer,
     so he does not open his mouth.
In his humiliation justice was denied him.
    Who can describe his generation?
    For his life is taken away from the earth.”


The eunuch asked Philip, “About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this,
about himself or about someone else?” Then Philip began to speak, and starting with
this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus. As they were going
along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water!
What is to prevent me from being baptized?” He commanded the chariot to stop, and
both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized
him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away;
the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. But Philip found himself
at Azotus, and as he was passing through the region, he proclaimed the good news to
all the towns until he came to Caesarea.


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



PSALM                   Psalm 22:24-30               Please read in responsively


24 My praise is of him in the great assembly; *
     I will perform my vows in the presence of those who worship him.
25 The poor shall eat and be satisfied,
     and those who seek the Lord shall praise him: *
     “May your heart live for ever!”
26 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, *
     and all the families of the nations shall bow before him.
27 For kingship belongs to the Lord; *
     he rules over the nations.
28 To him alone all who sleep in the earth bow down in worship; *
     all who go down to the dust fall before him.
29 My soul shall live for him;
     my descendants shall serve him; *
     they shall be known as the Lord’s for ever.
30 They shall come and make known to a people yet unborn *
     the saving deeds that he has done.



EPISTLE     1 John 4:7-21   A Reading from the first letter of John


Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves
is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for
God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only
Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we
loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our
sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another.
No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love
is perfected in us.


By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of
his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as
the Savior of the world. God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of
God, and they abide in God. So we have known and believe the love that God
has for us.


God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.
Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the
day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in
love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever
fears has not reached perfection in love. We love because he first loved us.
Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those
who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom
they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love
God must love their brothers and sisters also.


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



GRADUAL HYMN         “Descend O Spirit, purging flame”        Hymn #297


1 Descend, O Spirit, purging flame,

   brand us this day with Jesus’ Name!

   Confirm our faith, consume our doubt;

   sign us as Christ’s, within, without.



2 Forbid us not this second birth;

   grant unto us the greater worth!

   Enlist us in your service, Lord;

   baptize all nations with your Word.



GOSPEL                      John 15: 1-8


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


Jesus said to his disciples, ”I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower.
He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit
he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word
that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot
bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in
me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them
bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not
abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered,
thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in
you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified
by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”


The Gospel of the Lord.


Response      Praise to you Lord Christ



SERMON                                                                                         The Rt. Rev. Kristin Uffelman White



  Presenters     We present Jenna Walch and Gabriel Walch for confirmation.
         Bishop     Do you reaffirm your renunciation of evil?
Candidates      I do.
        Bishop      Do you renew your commitment to Jesus Christ?
Candidates      I do, and with God’s grace I will follow him as my Savior and Lord.
        Bishop      Will you who witness these vows do all in your power to support
                          these persons in their life in Christ?  
        People      We will.
       Bishop      Let us join with those who are committing themselves to Christ and
                         renew our own baptismal covenant.

       Bishop      Do you believe in God the Father?
       People      I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
      Bishop      Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?
      People      I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died,
and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
Bishop Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?
People I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting


        Bishop      Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking
                          of the bread, and in the prayers?
         People      I will, with God’s help.


        Bishop      Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent
                         and return to the Lord?
        People      I will, with God’s help.


       Bishop      Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?
       People      I will with God’s help.


       Bishop      Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as
       People      I will with God’s help.


      Bishop      Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the
                        dignity of every human being?
       People      I will with God’s help.

Bishop      Let us now pray for these persons who have renewed their commitment
                 to Christ.


Leader      Deliver them, O Lord, from the way of sin and death.
People      Lord, hear our prayer.


Leader      Open their hearts to your grace and truth.
People      Lord, hear our prayer.


Leader      Fill them with your holy and life-giving Spirit.
People      Lord, hear our prayer.


Leader     Keep them in the faith and communion of your holy Church.
People     Lord, hear our prayer.


Leader    Teach them to love others in the power of the Spirit.
People    Lord, hear our prayer.


Leader    Send them into the world in witness to your love.
People    Lord, hear our prayer.


Leader    Bring them to the fullness of your peace and glory.
People    Lord, hear our prayer.


Bishop      Almighty God, we thank you that by the death and resurrection of your
Son Jesus Christ you have overcome sin and brought us to yourself, and that by the
sealing of your Holy Spirit you have bound us to your service. Renew in these your
servants the covenant you made with them at their Baptism. Send them forth in the
power of the spirit to perform the service you set before them; through Jesus Christ
your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now
and for ever. Amen.


Bishop     Almighty and everliving God, let your fatherly hand ever be over these
your servants; let your Holy Spirit ever be with them; and so lead them in the
knowledge and obedience of your Word, that they may serve you in this life, and dwell
with you in the life to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



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






OFFERTORY ANTHEM         “Let all things now living”                   Katherine K Davis




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     “I come with joy to meet my Lord”                  Hymn #304


1  I come with joy to meet my Lord,

     forgiven, loved, and free,

     in awe and wonder to recall

     his life laid down for me.


2  I come with Christians far and near

     to find, as all are fed,

     the new community of love

     in Christ’s communion bread.


3  As Christ breaks bread and bids us share,

     each proud division ends.

     That love that made us makes us one,

     and strangers now are friends.


4  And thus with joy we meet our Lord.

     His presence, always near,

     is in such friendship better known:

     we see, and praise him here.


5  Together met, together bound,

     we’ll go our different ways,

     and as his people in the world,

     we’ll live and speak his praise.




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 well-pleasing
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                “Spread, O spread thy mighty word”            Hymn #530


1  Spread, O spread, thou mighty word,

     spread the kingdom of the Lord,

     that to earth’s remotest bound

     all may heed the joyful sound;


2  word of how the Father’s will

     made the world, and keeps it, still;

     how his only Son he gave,

     earth from sin and death to save;


3  word of how the Savior’s love

     earth’s sore burden doth remove;

     how forever, in its need,

     through his death the world is freed;


4  word of how the Spirit came

     bringing peace in Jesus’ name;

     how his never-failing love

     guides us on to heaven above.


5  Word of life, most pure and strong,

     word for which the nations long,

     spread abroad, until from night

     all the world awakes to light.





The congregation is dismissed.

Response      Thanks be to God. Alleluia. Alleluia


POSTLUDE                 “This joyful Eastertide”                             Alan Bullard



        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 28, 2023
Acolyte: Jackie Hoskinson
Lay Readers: Gabriel Walch and TJ Walch
Chalice Bearers: Kendall Rubino and Judy Rudd
Tech Table: TJ Walch
Ushers: Tony Rubino and Wayne Harper
Counters: Carol Nancarrow and Jim Rudd
Open/Close: Wagner/Reuter
Coffee Hour: Senior High Youth and the parish
Altar Guild: Norma Peachey and Ginny Tuxhorn



Ministry Assignments for May 5, 2023
Acolyte: Elizabeth Reuter
Lay Readers: Judy Rudd and Gabe Walch
Chalice Bearers: Elizabeth Wagner-Weber and Don Nancarrow
Tech Table: Gary Welch
Ushers: Ginny Tuxhorn and Carol Williamson
Counters: Janet Reuter and Tony Rubino
Open/Close: Wagner/Nancarrow
Coffee Hour: TBA-please sign up!
Altar Guild: Carol Nancarrow and Kendall Rubino


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


Upcoming Events
April 28 – Regional Evensong with Bishop White at St. George, Dayton, at 4:00pm
May 4 – Vestry Retreat (time and place TBD)
May 5— Easter 6 – Holy Eucharist


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!


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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