Epiphany-3 (Yr B) January 21, 2024



PRELUDE               “Solemn Prelude on ‘Cranham’”                               Harry Visser


OPENING HYMN           “Sing praise to God who reigns above”            Hymn #408


1 Sing praise to God who reigns above,
the God of all creation,
the God of power, the God of love,
the God of our salvation.
With healing balm my soul is filled
and every faithless murmur stilled:
To God all praise and glory.


2 What God’s almighty power hath made,
His gracious mercy keepeth;
By morning glow or evening shade
His watchful eye ne’er sleepeth;
Within the kingdom of His might,
Lo! all is just and all is right;
To God all praise and glory!


3 Let all who name Christ’s holy name
give God all praise and glory;
let all who own his power proclaim
aloud the wondrous story!
Cast each false idol from its throne,
for Christ is Lord, and Christ alone:
To God all praise and 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

Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim
to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may
perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy
Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.


                    Please be seated for the lessons.



FIRST LESSON    Jonah 3:1-5, 10      A Reading from the book of Jonah.


The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time, saying, “Get up, go to Nineveh,
that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.” So Jonah set out
and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an

exceedingly large city, a three days’ walk across. Jonah began to go into the city, going
a day’s walk. And he cried out, “Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!”
And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone,
great and small, put on sackcloth.


When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed
his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did
not do it.


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



PSALM                      Psalm 62:6-14      Please read responsively.


6 For God alone my soul in silence waits; *
   truly, my hope is in him.


7 He alone is my rock and my salvation, *
   my stronghold, so that I shall not be shaken.


8 In God is my safety and my honor; *
   God is my strong rock and my refuge.


9 Put your trust in him always, O people, *
   pour out your hearts before him, for God is our refuge.


10 Those of high degree are but a fleeting breath, *
   even those of low estate cannot be trusted.


11 On the scales they are lighter than a breath, *
   all of them together.


12 Put no trust in extortion;
   in robbery take no empty pride; *
   though wealth increase, set not your heart upon it.


13 God has spoken once, twice have I heard it, *
   that power belongs to God.


14 Steadfast love is yours, O Lord, *
   for you repay everyone according to his deeds.



Epistle   1 Corinthians 7: 29-31    A Reading from the first letter of Paul to the Corinthians


I mean, brothers and sisters, the appointed time has grown short; from now on,
let even those who have wives be as though they had none, and those who
mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they
were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no possessions, and
those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the
present form of this world is passing away.


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



GRADUAL        “O Master let me walk with thee”                          Hymn #660



1 O Master, let me walk with thee

   in lowly paths of service free;

   tell me thy secret; help me bear

   the strain of toil, the fret of care.


2 Help me the slow of heart to move

   by some clear, winning word of love;

   teach me the wayward feet to stay,

   and guide them in the homeward way.


3 Teach me thy patience; still with thee

   in closer, dearer company,

   in work that keeps faith sweet and strong,

   in trust that triumphs over wrong,


4 in hope that sends a shining ray

   far down the future’s broadening way,

   in peace that only thou canst give,

   with thee, O Master, let me live.



GOSPEL                      Mark 1: 14-20


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


People:  Glory to you Lord Christ.


After John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God,
and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and
believe in the good news.”


As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew
casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them,
“Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” And immediately they left their
nets and followed him. As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee
and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. Immediately he
called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and
followed him.
The Gospel of the


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                   “Jesus, my Lord and God”                          John Ferguson




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          “My God, thy table now is spread”             HYMN #321


1  My God, thy table now is spread,

        thy cup with love doth overflow;

    be all thy children thither led,

        and let them thy sweet mercies know.


2  O let thy table honored be,

        and furnished well with joyful guests;

    and may each soul salvation see,

        that here its sacred pledges tastes.


3  Drawn by thy quickening grace, O Lord,

        in countless number let them come

    and gather from their Father’s board

        the Bread that lives beyond the tomb.


4  Nor let thy spreading Gospel rest

        till through the world thy truth has run,

    till with this Bread shall all be blessed

        who see the light or feel the sun.




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        “Christ for the world we sing”               Hymn #537


1  Christ for the world we sing!

     The world to Christ we bring with loving zeal;

     the poor, and them that mourn, the faint and overborne,

     sin-sick and sorrow-worn, whom Christ doth heal.


2  Christ for the world we sing!

     The world to Christ we bring with fervent prayer;

     the wayward and the lost, by restless passions tossed,

     redeemed at countless cost from dark despair.


3  Christ for the world we sing!

     The world to Christ we bring with one accord;

     with us the work to share, with us reproach to dare,

     with us the cross to bear, for Christ our Lord.


4  Christ for the world we sing!

     The world to Christ we bring with joyful song;

     the new-born souls, whose days, reclaimed from error’s ways,

     inspired with hope and praise, to Christ belong.





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 21, 2024
Celebrant and Preacher: Rev. Cricket Park
Ushers: Ginny Tuxhorn and Tony Rubino
Acolyte: Elizabeth Reuter
Lay Readers: Gabe Walch and TJ Walch
Chalice Bearers: Kendall Rubino and Elizabeth Wagner-Weber
Tech Table: Dave Reuter
Counters: Dave Reuter and Jim Rudd
Open/Close: Wagner/Nancarrow
Coffee Hour: TBA
Sanctuary Candle in memory of Jim Veazey by Katherine Wagner



Ministers for January 28, 2024
Celebrant and Preacher: Rev. Cricket Park
Ushers: Wayne Harper and Jim Rudd
Acolyte: Stephanie Welch
Lay Readers: Don Nancarrow and Jackie Hoskinson
Chalice Bearers: Don Nancarrow and Kendall Rubino
Tech Table: Gary Welch
Counters: Carol Nancarrow and Tony Rubino
Open/Close: Wagner/Nancarrow
Coffee Hour: Annual Meeting—Pot luck!



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 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)

February 18—Lent I


Upcoming Events


Candidate Slate for Vestry and Convention Delegates

Senior Warden:  Libby Nicholson

Junior Warden: Kendall Rubino

Class of 2026:  Filling vacancy:  Mary Sones

Class of 2027:  Jim Rudd and Tracey Swartz


Delegates for Diocesan Convention

Katherine Wagner

Jim Rudd

Tony Rubino (alternate)


Thank you to Elizabeth Wagner-Weber for her three years of service on St. Mark’s Vestry.



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.


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.


Transfiguration Spirituality Center Open House January 27
The Transfiguration Spirituality Center (TSC) will host an Open House on Saturday, January 27, from 1 to 3 p.m. We are inviting all area churches to visit our facilities and see how we might be a good fit for their retreat needs – whether for a staff day away or a weekend for a women’s group, or a personal retreat for clergy.

TSC is located in beautiful Glendale. We welcome groups both secular and religious, from a wide variety of backgrounds and faith traditions.



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.


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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

456 Woodman Drive

Dayton, OH 45431


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