Epiphany-1 (Yr B) January 7, 2024



PRELUDE                       “In Dulcimer Jubilo”                                     Robert W. Thygerson


OPENING HYMN        “From God Christ’s deity came forth”                 Hymn #443


1  From God Christ’s deity came forth,

    his manhood from humanity;

    his priesthood from Melchizedek,

    his royalty from David’s tree:

        praised be his Oneness.


2  He joined with guests at wedding feast,

    yet in the wilderness did fast;

    he taught within the temple’s gates;

    his people saw him die at last:

        praised be his teaching.


3  The dissolute he did not scorn,

    nor turn from those who were in sin;

    he for the righteous did rejoice

    but bade the fallen to come in:

        praised be his mercy.


4  He did not disregard the sick;

    to simple ones his word was given;

    and he descended to the earth

    and his work done, went up to heaven:

        praised be his coming.


5  Who then, my Lord, compares with you?

    The Watcher slept, the Great was small,

    the Pure baptized, the Life who died,

    the King abased to honor all:

        praised be your glory.



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           “Songs of thankfulness and praise”            Hymn #135 v 1


1  Songs of thankfulness and praise,

   Jesus, Lord, to thee we raise,

   manifested by the star to the sages from afar;

   branch of royal David’s stem in thy birth at Bethlehem

   anthems be to thee addressed,     God in man made manifest.



Celebrant   The Lord be with you.

People   And also with you


Celebrant: Let us pray

Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him
your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are
baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess
him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God,
in glory everlasting.  Amen.


                    Please be seated for the lessons.



FIRST LESSON      Genesis 1:1-5     A Reading from the Book of Genesis.


In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a
formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God
swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there
was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from
the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there
was evening and there was morning, the first day.


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



PSALM                          Psalm 29      Please read responsively.


1 Ascribe to the LORD, you gods, *
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his Name; *
worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.


3 The voice of the LORD is upon the waters;
the God of glory thunders; *
the LORD is upon the mighty waters.
4 The voice of the LORD is a powerful voice; *
the voice of the LORD is a voice of splendor.


5 The voice of the LORD breaks the cedar trees; *
the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon;
6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, *
and Mount Hermon like a young wild ox.


7 The voice of the LORD splits the flames of fire;
the voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; *
the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
8 The voice of the LORD makes the oak trees writhe *
and strips the forests bare.


9 And in the temple of the LORD *
all are crying, “Glory!”
10 The LORD sits enthroned above the flood; *
the LORD sits enthroned as King for evermore.


11 The LORD shall give strength to his people; *
the LORD shall give his people the blessing of peace.



Epistle          Acts 19: 1-7    A Reading from the Book of Acts


While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the interior regions and came
to Ephesus, where he found some disciples. He said to them, “Did you receive the
Holy Spirit when you became believers?” They replied, “No, we have not even
heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” Then he said, “Into what then were you baptized?”
They answered, “Into John’s baptism.” Paul said, “John baptized with the
baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come
after him, that is, in Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the
Lord Jesus. When Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon
them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied— altogether there were about
twelve of them.


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



GRADUAL         “Christ when for us you were baptized”               Hymn #121



1 Christ, when for us you were baptized,

      God’s Spirit on you came,

   as peaceful as a dove and yet

      as urgent as a flame.


2 God called you his belovèd Son,

      called you his servant true,

   sent you his kingdom to proclaim,

      his holy will to do.


3 Straightway and steadfast until death

      you then obeyed his call

   freely as Son of Man to serve

      and give your life for all.


4 Baptize us with your Spirit, Lord,

      your cross on us be signed,

   that, likewise in God’s service we

      may perfect freedom find.



GOSPEL                      Mark 1: 4-11


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


People:  Glory to you Lord Christ.


John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance
for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside
and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him
in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair,
with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed,
“The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy
to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water;
but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”


In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in
the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens
torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from
heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”


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.






Celebrant:  Do you believe in God the Father?

People: I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.


Celebrant: 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.


Celebrant: 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.


Celebrant: 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.


Celebrant: 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.


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


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


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


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.





Our celebration continues with the Prayers of the People.


Reader: In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.




For all people in their daily life and work;
For our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those who are alone.


For this community, the nation, and the world;


For the peace and unity of the Church of God;
For all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek the Truth.


For Michael, our Presiding Bishop, and Kristen our Bishop-Elect; and for all bishops
and other ministers;
For all who serve God in the Church.


For the special needs and concerns of this congregation.
The People may add their own petitions silently or aloud
Hear us, Lord; For your mercy is great.


We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life.
The People may add their own thanksgivings silently or aloud
We will exalt you, O God our King; And praise your Name for ever and ever.


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


Lord, let your loving-kindness be upon them; Who put their trust in you.


We pray to you also for the forgiveness of our sins.       Silence may be kept.


Leader and People

Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father;
in your compassion forgive us our sins,
known and unknown,
things done and left undone;
and so uphold us by your Spirit
that we may live and serve you in newness of life,
to the honor and glory of your Name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.





Celebrant:  Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life.  Amen.




Celebrant:     The Peace of the Lord be always with you.

Response:      And also with you.


Please greet one another with a sign of peace.





OFFERTORY/ANTHEM                   “Angels Waken”                              Garry A. Corrnell




At this time the ushers will bring up the offering of money and any pantry items. As they do this, please stand and sing the following:


Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise God all creatures here below;

Praise God above ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.



THE HOLY COMMUNION            Enriching Our Worship Prayer Two


Celebrant   The Lord be with you.

People         And also with you.


Celebrant      Lift up your hearts.

People          We lift them to the Lord.


Celebrant     Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People         It is right to give him thanks and praise.


The Celebrant continues, with the congregation joining in the words in bold type.


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)


SANCTUS                                                                                                                     HYMN S128


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

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.



Then the Celebrant continues


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.  


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 




God of promise, you have prepared a banquet for us.
Happy are those who are called to the Supper of the Lamb. AMEN 





Celebrant: The gifts of God for the people of God.


Everyone is welcome to come forward for communion or a blessing. You may receive the bread and the wine, or the bread or the wine. If you prefer a blessing only, please cross your hands over your chest as a signal to the priest.



COMMUNION HYMN           “Sing Praise to our creator”                             HYMN #295


1 Sing praise to our Creator,

       O you of Adam’s race—

   God’s children by adoption,

       baptized into his grace.



2 To Jesus Christ give glory,

       God’s co-eternal Son;

   as members of his Body

       we live in him as one.



3 And praise the Holy Spirit

       poured forth upon the earth;

   who sanctifies and guides us,

       made strong in our rebirth.




Celebrant:  Let us pray.

God of abundance, you have fed us with the bread of life and cup of salvation;
you have united us with Christ and one another; and you have made us one
with all your people in heaven and on earth. Now send us forth in the power of
your Spirit, that we may proclaim your redeeming love to the world and continue
for ever in the risen life of Christ our Savior. Amen.





May the peace of God that passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in
the knowledge and love of God, and of God’s son, Jesus Christ our Lord. And the
Blessing of God: Father, Son, Holy Spirit, be with you now and remain with you always.



RECESSIONAL HYMN        “Hail to the Lord’s anointed”                       Hymn #616


1  Hail to the Lord’s Anointed, great David’s greater Son!

     Hail, in the time appointed, his reign on earth begun!

     He comes to break oppression, to set the captive free;

     to take away transgression, and rule in equity.



2  He comes with succor speedy to those who suffer wrong,

     to help the poor and needy, and bid the weak be strong;

     to give them songs for sighing, their darkness turn to light,

     whose souls, condemned and dying, were precious in his sight.



3  He shall come down like showers upon the fruitful earth,

     and love, joy, hope, like flowers, spring in his path to birth:

     before him on the mountains shall peace, the herald, go;

     and righteousness in fountains from hill to valley flow.



4  Kings shall bow down before him, and gold and incense bring;

     all nations shall adore him, his praise all people sing;

     to him shall prayer unceasing and daily vows ascend;

     his kingdom still increasing, a kingdom without end.



5  O’er every foe victorious, he on his throne shall rest;

     from age to age more glorious, all-blessing and all-blest:

     the tide of time shall never his covenant remove;

     his Name shall stand for ever,   his changeless Name of Love.





The congregation is dismissed by the deacon or the priest.

People    Thanks be to God.


POSTLUDE                   “As with gladness men of old”                   Alfred Harris



        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.



Ministers for January 7, 2024
Altar Guild for January: Carol Nancarrow and Kendall Rubino
Celebrant and Preacher: Rev. Cricket Park
Organist: Donna Larsen
Acolyte: Elizabeth Wagner-Weber
Lay Readers: Jackie Hoskinson and Judy Rudd
Chalice Bearers: Kendall Rubino and Jim Rudd
Tech Table: Gary Welch
Ushers: Ginny Tuxhorn and Jim Rudd
Counters: Jim Rudd and Tony Rubino
Open/Close: Wagner/Welch
Coffee Hour: TBA



Ministers for January 14, 2024
Celebrant and Preacher: Rev. Cricket Park
Ushers: Tony Rubino and Jim Rudd
Acolyte: Jackie Hoskinson and Stephanie Welch
Lay Readers: Gary Welch and TJ Walch
Chalice Bearers: Kendall Rubino and Jim Rudd
Tech Table: TJ Walch
Counters: Kendall Rubino and Gary Welch
Open/Close: Rubino/Welch
Coffee Hour: TBA


Please volunteer for coffee hour, flowers, and the sanctuary candle. The calendars for
2024 are on the bulletin board next to the church office. So easy to do during coffee
hour! (Flowers are $40; Candles are $7.50)



Calendar items:
January 7—The Baptism of our Lord (1st Sunday after Epiphany)
January 7—Adult Forum, Sunday School, Holy Eucharist

January 18—Vestry Meeting (currently scheduled—may be changed)
January 24—ANNUAL MEETING and election of vestry members and delegates to
Diocesan Convention.



Upcoming Events


Adult Forum: The Revelation to John
Beginning December 3rd and continuing through Epiphany: The Revelation to John.
The final book of the Bible is 24 chapters of some very creative prose and symbolism.
Please join us for this wild ride of a Bible Study.


Neighborhood Bridges helps meet basic needs of lower income students in our community. Their Care Closet is running low on some specific supplies. We have a mini-Closet with the Care closets most urgent needs represented as cutouts – you can take one as a reminder to throw an extra item in your shopping cart or there are rough dollar estimates listed on the back. Contact Meg Hull Ortiz at

                     bookmeg.hull@gmail.com with any questions.

Also, NB requests hats, gloves, underwear and socks for ages 5 to adult. These must be new items. There are pieces of paper with specific family needs, if that is more your style. Thank you for your generosity during this holiday season.



St. Mark’s is a parish in the Diocese of Southern Ohio, which is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion.



Libby Nicholson, Senior Warden

Kendall Rubino, Junior Warden

Jackie Hoskinson

Patricia Tallman

Elizabeth Wagner-Weber

Jenna Walch


Don Nancarrow, Treasurer

Dave Reuter, Recorder



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




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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