Lent-2 (Yr B) February 25, 2024





PRELUDE                  When I Survey the Wondrous Cross                Christopher Tambling


OPENING HYMN         “The God of Abraham Praise”                     Hymnal 1982 #401


1  The God of Abraham praise, who reigns enthroned above;

   Ancient of everlasting days, and God of love;

   the Lord, the great I AM, by earth and heaven confessed:

   we bow and bless the sacred Name for ever blest.



2  He by himself hath sworn: we on his oath depend;

   we shall, on eagle-wings upborne, to heaven ascend:

   we shall behold his face, we shall his power adore,

   and sing the wonders of his grace for evermore.



3  There dwells the Lord, our King, the Lord, our Righteousness,

   triumphant o’er the world and sin, the Prince of Peace;

   on Zion’s sacred height his kingdom he maintains,

   and, glorious with his saints in light, for ever reigns.



4  The God who reigns on high the great archangels sing,

   and “Holy, holy, holy,” cry, “Almighty King!

   Who was, and is, the same, and evermore shall be:

   eternal Father, great I AM, we worship thee.”



5  The whole triumphant host give thanks to God on high;

   “Hail, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!” they ever cry;

   hail, Abraham’s Lord divine! With heaven our songs we raise;

   all might and majesty are thine, and endless praise.



Celebrant:   Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.
People:        His mercy endures for ever.





Hear the commandments of God to his people:
I am the Lord your God who brought you out of bondage.
You shall have no other gods but me.
Amen. Lord have mercy.


You shall not make for yourself any idol.
Amen. Lord have mercy.


You shall not invoke with malice the Name of the Lord your God.
Amen. Lord have mercy.


Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.
Amen. Lord have mercy.


Honor your father and your mother.
Amen. Lord have mercy.


You shall not commit murder.
Amen. Lord have mercy.


You shall not commit adultery.
Amen. Lord have mercy.


You shall not steal.
Amen. Lord have mercy.


You shall not be a false witness.
Amen. Lord have mercy.


You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor.
Amen. Lord have mercy.


If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if
we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us
from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:8,9


The Deacon or Priest invites the congregation to confession.
Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.


Silence may be kept.


Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.


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:  Let us pray.
O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone
astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith
to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son;
who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


                                    Please be seated for the lessons.



Old Testament     Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16      A Reading from the book of the Book of Genesis.


When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said
to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make
my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.”
Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, “As for me, this is my covenant
with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your
name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor
of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will
make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. I will establish my covenant
between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations,
for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.


God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah
shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I
will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from


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



PSALM                      Psalm 22:22-30           Please read responsively.


22 Praise the LORD, you that fear him; *
stand in awe of him, O offspring of Israel;
all you of Jacob’s line, give glory.


23 For he does not despise nor abhor the poor in their poverty;
neither does he hide his face from them; *
but when they cry to him he hears them.


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         Romans 4:13-25              A Reading from the letter to the Romans


For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his
descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. If it is the adherents
of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void.
For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation.


For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace
and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but
also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it
is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”) —in the presence of the
God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the
things that do not exist. Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become
“the father of many nations,” according to what was said, “So numerous shall
your descendants be.” He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own
body, which was already as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years
old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No distrust made
him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he
gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had
promised. Therefore his faith “was reckoned to him as righteousness.” Now the
words, “it was reckoned to him,” were written not for his sake alone, but for ours
also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from
the dead, who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for
our justification.


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



GRADUAL HYMN          “Take up your cross, the Savior said”        Hymnal 1982 #675


1  Take up your cross, the Savior said,

       if you would my disciple be;

   take up your cross with willing heart,

       and humbly follow after me.



2  Take up your cross, let not its weight

       fill your weak spirit with alarm;

   his strength shall bear your spirit up,

       and brace your heart, and nerve your arm.



3  Take up your cross, heed not the shame,

       and let your foolish heart be still;

   the Lord for you accepted death

       upon a cross, on Calvary’s hill.



4  Take up your cross, then, in his strength,

       and calmly every danger brave:

   it guides you to abundant life

       and leads to victory o’er the grave.



5  Take up your cross, and follow Christ,

       nor think till death to lay it down;

   for only those who bear the cross

       may hope to wear the glorious crown.



Please stand as you are able for the Gospel proclamation.


The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.

People:  Glory to you Lord Christ.


GOSPEL                      Mark 8:31-38


Jesus began to teach his disciples that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering,
and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, 
and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took
him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he
rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind
not on divine things but on human things.”


He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become
my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.
For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for
my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to
gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for
their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and
sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes
in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”


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



ANNOUNCEMENTS and Birthday/Anniversary Prayers



OFFERTORYJesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me                         Craig Courtney




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.


The Celebrant proceeds


It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you,
Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.


Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who was tempted in every way as we are, yet did not
sin. By his grace we are able to triumph over every evil, and to live no longer for ourselves
alone, but for him who died for us and rose again.


Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all
the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:


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


Holy Holy and gracious Father: In your infinite love you made us for yourself, and, when we
had fallen into sin and become subject to evil and death, you, in your mercy, sent Jesus
Christ, your only and eternal Son, to share our human nature, to live and die as
one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all.


He stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself, in obedience to your
will, a perfect sacrifice for the whole world.


On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, our Lord Jesus Christ took
bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples,
and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance
of me.”


After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to
them, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is
shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this
for the remembrance of me.”


Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith:


Celebrant and People


Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.


The Celebrant continues
We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O Father, in this sacrifice of praise and
thanksgiving. Recalling his death, resurrection, and ascension, we offer you these
Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of your
Son, the holy food and drink of new and unending life in him. Sanctify us also that we
may faithfully receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you in unity, constancy, and
peace; and at the last day bring us with all your saints into the joy of your eternal kingdom.


All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ: By him, and with him, and in him, in the
unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever.



As our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,


Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power,
and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.





The Celebrant breaks the consecrated Bread. A period of silence is kept.


Agnus Dei                                                                   Hymnal 1982 #S164


 Jesus, Lamb of God:

Have mercy on us.


Jesus, bearer of our sins:

Have mercy on us.


Jesus, redeemer,

redeemer of the world:

Give us your peace.,

Give us your peace



Facing the people, the Celebrant says the following Invitation


The Gifts of God for the People of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died
for you and feed on him in your hearts by faith with thanksgiving.


Come to God’s altar. You are welcome to receive communion. If you wish only to receive a blessing
from the priest, please cross your arms when you come forward. If you require a gluten-free wafer,
please let the ushers know.



COMMUNION HYMN          “My Faith Looks Up to Thee”                          LEVAS #88


1  My faith looks up to thee,

    Thou lamb of Calvary,

        Savior divine!

    Now hear me while I pray,

    Take all my guilt away;

    O let me from this day

        Be wholly thine.


2  May thy rich grace impart

    Strength to my fainting heart,

        My zeal inspire;

    As thou hast died for me,

    O may my love to thee

    Pure, warm, and changeless be

        A living fire.


3  While life’s dark maze I tread,

    And griefs around me spread,

        Be thou my guide;

    Bid darkness turn today,

    Wipe sorrow’s tears away;

    Pure, warm, and changeless be

        A living fire.


4  When ends life’s transient dream,

    When death’s cold, sullen stream

        Shall o’er me roll;

    Blest Savior, then in love,

    Fear and distrust remove,

    O bear me safe above,

        A ransomed soul.



After Communion, the Celebrant says     Let us pray.


Celebrant and People:

Eternal God, heavenly Father,
you have graciously accepted us as living members
of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ,
and you have fed us with spiritual food
in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood.
Send us now into the world in peace,
and grant us strength and courage
to love and serve you
with gladness and singleness of heart;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.





Grant, Almighty God, that your people may recognize their weakness and put their
whole trust in your strength, so that they may rejoice for ever in the protection of your
loving providence; through Christ our Lord.



CLOSING HYMN            “Before the Lord’s eternal throne”                   Hymnal 1982 #39


1 Before the Lord’s eternal throne,
ye nations, bow with sacred joy;
know that the Lord is God alone;
he can create, and he destroy.


2 His sovereign power without our aid
formed us of clay and gave us breath;
and when like wandering sheep we strayed,
he saved us from the power of death.


3 We are his people, we his care,
our souls, and all our mortal frame:
what lasting honors shall we rear,
almighty Maker, to thy Name?


4 We’ll crowd thy gates with thankful songs,
high as the heavens our voices raise;
and earth, with her ten thousand tongues,
shall fill thy courts with sounding praise.


5 Wide as the world is thy command,
vast as eternity thy love;
firm as a rock thy truth must stand,
when rolling years shall cease to move.





Deacon:     Let us bless the Lord

People       Thanks be to God.


POSTLUDE                   Festival Song in D                                  Frank E. Brown



        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 Lent II, February 25
Acolyte(s): Faggio Nocero-Sargent
Lay Readers: Elizabeth Wagner-Weber and Jim Rudd
Chalice Bearers: Judy Rudd and Elizabeth Wagner-Weber
Tech Table: Gary Welch
Ushers: Wayne Harper and Jim Rudd
Counters: Carol Nancarrow and Dave Reuter
Open Close: Wagner/Rubino
Altar Guild: Katherine Wagner and Elizabeth Wagner-Weber



Ministry Assignments for Lent III, March 3
Acolyte(s): Gabriel Walch
Lay Readers: Gary Walch and TJ Walch
Chalice Bearers: Don Nancarrow and Kendall Rubino
Tech Table: Gary Welch
Ushers: Dave Reuter and Jim Rudd
Counters: Kendall Rubino and Jim Rudd
Open Close: Wagner/Welch
Altar Guild: Mary-Anna Walch, Stephanie Walch, & Janet Reuter


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


Canterbury Court (CCT) Ministry Opportunities
Leap Year Celebration:
Prepare sandwiches at 1:00 p.m. on February 28th at CCT for Leap Year Celebration
on February 29th. Ingredients for sandwiches will be provided by CCT.
Spa Day:
Provide hand massages and nail polishing to residents of CCT on March 14th from
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
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.


Dismantling Racism Course
Miriam McKenny and Canon Oden have worked hard to get a great program in place.
Classes are offered via zoom with a good amount of flexibility. Not only is this an opportunity
to learn about and have an open conversation about Dismantling Racism but
a great way to interact with other Episcopalians all throughout the Diocese and some
other Dioceses as well. We do strongly encourage people, especially those who are
seeking lay licensing, to participate in one of the sessions. I have attached the next
sessions below:

March (12, 19, 26 from 6 to 8 p.m.). Sign up here.
April (10, 17, 24 from 1 to 3 p.m.) Sign up here.
May (15, 22, 29 from to 8 p.m.). Sign up here.
June (4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 from 12 to 1 p.m.). Sign up here.
August (14, 21, 28 from 6 to 8 p.m.). Sign up here.


Email Director of Dismantling Racism Miriam McKenney to learn more.


Day of Change
It’s almost time to move our clocks forward on March 10th and to collect much needed
donations for St. Paul’s United Methodist Church food pantry. No donation is too small
– or too large.


Please consider the risks of attending worship for your personal health situation. If you
have been exposed to COVID, the flu, RSV, or any other virus we ask that you participate


Some of our parishioners and guests have respiratory sensitivity issues when exposed
to various scents, so please be aware of that when using perfumes and colognes.


Online Giving Available for St. Mark’s
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You can do this at the Offertory at church, or anytime you’re ready.


Adult Forum
Please order (or borrow via the library system) the book What Are Biblical Values:
What the Bible says about Key Ethical Issues by John Collins. We’re reading chapters
two and three for this Sunday.
You can join us on Zoom if you’d like. Here’s the link:


Donate your old LEGOs of any form or version to Christ Church Dayton. They will
be used at an upcoming LEGO Madness night, sponsored by the Diocesan Sunday
School Ministries. You can drop them off between 9am and 1pm Monday through
Thursday during February.




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

Jim Rudd

Mary Sones

Patricia Tallman

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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