Epiphany-2 (Yr B) January 14, 2024



PRELUDE               “How Brightly Shines the Morning Star”               Sigfrid Karg-Elert


OPENING HYMN            “Christ whose glory fills the skies”                     Hymn #7


1  Christ, whose glory fills the skies,

        Christ, the true, the only Light,

    Sun of Righteousness, arise!

        Triumph o’er the shades of night:

    Dayspring from on high, be near;

    Daystar, in my heart appear.



2  Dark and cheerless is the morn

        unaccompanied by thee;

    joyless is the day’s return,

        till thy mercy’s beams I see,

    till they inward light impart,

    glad my eyes, and warm my heart.



3  Visit then this soul of mine!

        Pierce the gloom of sin and grief!

    Fill me, radiancy divine;

        scatter all my unbelief;

    more and more thyself display,

    shining to the perfect day.



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

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that
your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of
Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the
earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and
reigns, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.


                    Please be seated for the lessons.



FIRST LESSON    1 Samuel 3:1-10(11-20)   A Reading from the book of the prophet Samuel.


Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the LORD under Eli. The word of
the LORD was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.


At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see,
was lying down in his room; the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was
lying down in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was. Then
the LORD called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and he said, “Here I am!” and ran to Eli, and
said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So
he went and lay down. The LORD called again, “Samuel!” Samuel got up and went
to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son;
lie down again.” Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, and the word of
the LORD had not yet been revealed to him. The LORD called Samuel again, a third
time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then
Eli perceived that the LORD was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go,
lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.’”
So Samuel went and lay down in his place.


Now the LORD came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And
Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” Then the LORD said to Samuel,
“See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make both ears of anyone who
hears of it tingle. On that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken concerning
his house, from beginning to end. For I have told him that I am about to punish his
house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming
God, and he did not restrain them. Therefore I swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity
of Eli’s house shall not be expiated by sacrifice or offering forever.”


Samuel lay there until morning; then he opened the doors of the house of the LORD.
Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli. But Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel,
my son.” He said, “Here I am.” Eli said, “What was it that he told you? Do not hide it
from me. May God do so to you and more also, if you hide anything from me of all
that he told you.” So Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him. Then he
said, “It is the LORD; let him do what seems good to him.”


As Samuel grew up, the LORD was with him and let none of his words fall to the
ground. And all Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was a trustworthy
prophet of the LORD.


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



PSALM                      Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17      Please read responsively.


1 LORD, you have searched me out and known me; *
     you know my sitting down and my rising up;
     you discern my thoughts from afar.


2 You trace my journeys and my resting-places *
     and are acquainted with all my ways.


3 Indeed, there is not a word on my lips, *
     but you, O LORD, know it altogether.


4 You press upon me behind and before *
     and lay your hand upon me.


5 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; *
     it is so high that I cannot attain to it.


12 For you yourself created my inmost parts; *
     you knit me together in my mother’s womb.


13 I will thank you because I am marvelously made; *
     your works are wonderful, and I know it well.


14 My body was not hidden from you, *
     while I was being made in secret
     and woven in the depths of the earth.


15 Your eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb;
     all of them were written in your book; *
     they were fashioned day by day,
     when as yet there was none of them.


16 How deep I find your thoughts, O God! *
     how great is the sum of them!


17 If I were to count them, they would be more in number than the sand; *
     to count them all, my life span would need to be like yours.



Epistle   1 Corinthians 6:12-20    A Reading from the first letter of Paul to the Corinthians


“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are beneficial. “All things are lawful
for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. “Food is meant for the stomach
and the stomach for food,” and God will destroy both one and the other. The
body is meant not for fornication but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And
God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power. Do you not know that
your bodies are members of Christ? Should I therefore take the members of
Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that
whoever is united to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For it is said, “The
two shall be one flesh.” But anyone united to the Lord becomes one spirit with
him. Shun fornication! Every sin that a person commits is outside the body; but
the fornicator sins against the body itself. Or do you not know that your body is a
temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are
not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your


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



GRADUAL        “All praise to thee, for thou, O King divine”                   Hymn #477



1  All praise to thee, for thou, O King divine,

   didst yield the glory that of right was thine,

   that in our darkened hearts thy grace might shine.



2  Thou cam’st to us in lowliness of thought;

   by thee the outcast and the poor were sought;

   and by thy death was God’s salvation wrought.



3  Let this mind be in us which was in thee,

   who wast a servant that we might be free,

   humbling thyself to death on Calvary.



4  Wherefore, by God’s eternal purpose, thou

   art high exalted o’er all creatures now,

   and given the Name to which all knees shall bow.



5  Let every tongue confess with one accord

   in heaven and earth that Jesus Christ is Lord;

   and God the Father be by all adored.

       Alleluia! Amen.



GOSPEL                      John 1:43-51


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


People:  Glory to you Lord Christ.


Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now
Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael
and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the
prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” Nathanael said to him, “Can
anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” When
Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite
in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know
me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Nathanael
replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus
answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree?
You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you,
you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon
the Son of Man.”


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.







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 all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.


For the just and proper use of your creation;
For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.


For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;
For those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the needy.


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                   “Thou who was rich”                           arr. Molly James




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           “Let all mortal flesh keep silence”            HYMN #324


1  Let all mortal flesh keep silence,

        and with fear and trembling stand;

    ponder nothing earthly-minded,

        for with blessing in his hand

    Christ our God to earth descendeth,

        our full homage to demand.


2  King of kings, yet born of Mary,

        as of old on earth he stood,

    Lord of lords in human vesture,

        in the Body and the Blood

    he will give to all the faithful

        his own self for heavenly food.


3  Rank on rank the host of heaven

        spreads its vanguard on the way,

    as the Light of Light descendeth

        from the realms of endless day,

    that the powers of hell may vanish

        as the darkness clears away.


4  At his feet the six-winged seraph;

        cherubim with sleepless eye

    veil their faces to the Presence,

        as with ceaseless voice they cry,

    “Alleluia, alleluia!

        Alleluia, Lord Most High!”




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        “How brightly shines the morning star”            Hymn #497


1  How bright appears the Morning Star,

     with mercy beaming from afar;

          the host of heaven rejoices;

     O righteous Branch, O Jesse’s Rod!

     Thou Son of Man and Son of God!

          We, too, will lift our voices: Jesus, Jesus!

          Holy, holy, yet most lowly, draw thou near us;

          great Emmanuel, come and hear us.



2  Though circled by the hosts on high,

     he deigned to cast a pitying eye

          upon his helpless creature;

     the whole creation’s Head and Lord,

     by highest seraphim adored,

          assumed our very nature;

              Jesus, grant us, through thy merit, to inherit

              thy salvation; hear, O hear our supplication.



3  Rejoice, ye heavens; thou earth, reply;

     with praise, ye sinners, fill the sky,

          for this his Incarnation.

     Incarnate God, put forth thy power,

     ride on, ride on, great Conqueror,

          till all know thy salvation.

              Amen, amen! Alleluia, alleluia!

          Praise be given evermore,  by earth and heaven.





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 14, 2024
Celebrant and Preacher: Rev. Cricket Park
Ushers: Tony Rubino and Jim Rudd
Acolyte: Jackie Hoskinson
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: Wagner/Welch
Coffee Hour: TBA
Thank you Meg and Johnathon Ortiz for co-hosting last week’s coffee hour.



Ministers for January 21, 2024
Celebrant and Preacher: Rev. Cricket Park
Ushers: Tony Rubino and Jim Rudd
Acolyte: Elizabeth Reuter
Lay Readers: Gary Welch and TJ Walch
Chalice Bearers: Kendall Rubino and Jim Rudd
Tech Table: Gary Welch
Counters: Kendall Rubino and Gary Welch
Open/Close: Wagner/Nancarrow
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 14—Second Sunday after Epiphany
January 21—Third Sunday after Epiphany
January 21—Food Pantry ingathering
January 25—Vestry Meeting
January 28—ANNUAL MEETING and election of vestry members and delegates to
Diocesan Convention.
February 4—Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
February 11– Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
February 13—Shrove Tuesday
February 14—Ash Wednesday (Sorry St. Valentine)



Upcoming Events


Neighborhood Bridges helps meet basic needs of lower income students in our
community. Their Care Closet needs some specific supplies. The program requests
hats, gloves, underwear and socks for ages 5 to adult. These must be new items.
Let’s keep those young hands and feet warm this winter.


Next week is the gathering of food for the St. Paul’s Food Pantry. Grab a can of
soup, tuna/salmon, chickpeas, or shelf-stable milk and add them to the offering on
January 21st.


2024 Proctor Summer Camp:  Registration coming soon!  Check out their website for more information.


Eucharistic Visitor training January 20
Eucharistic Visitor training will be held on Saturday, January 20 from 10 a.m. to noon at Christ Church, Springfield. The Rev. Michelle Boomgaard will be the trainer.


Eucharistic Visitors are licensed lay people who take Communion to parishioners who are unable to attend services–for example, those in the hospital. This training is open to people who wish to be licensed as Eucharistic Visitors and to those who need to have their license renewed. Individuals should be nominated and registered by their rector or priest-in-charge, using this online form. Contact the Rev. Michelle Boomgaard at mboomgaard@christspringfield.org with questions.


Everyone is invited to the Bishop’s Consecration on February 17!
God willing and the people consenting, the Rev. Canon Kristin Uffelman White will be ordained bishop on Saturday, February 17 at 11 a.m. at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus. Everyone in our diocese is invited to attend in person! The service will also be livestreamed on the diocesan website.


Reservations are not required, but your RSVP will help us plan. Please be sure to reserve a spot if you need child care during the ordination service so we have as many caregivers as we need. Make a reservation using the link on the diocesan website.


Volunteers needed: Sing in the ordination choir, provide hospitality
Would you like to sing in a combined choir with more than a hundred singers from across the diocese? Sign up by tomorrow to volunteer as a choir member. Rehearsal will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, February 17 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Over the ordination weekend, we will welcome guests from across the church.


Can you help provide hospitality by staffing a registration desk, being a runner, hosting events, or other duties? Sign up to be an ordination volunteer. All sign-up links are available at www.diosohio.org and in this week’s St. Mark’s Constant Contact email.



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,



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