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Throughout the service the people’s responses are in italics; directions are in bold italics.
If you prefer a gluten-free host please notify an usher prior to the service.
“Lord, Forever At Thy Side” Jerry Hancock
WELCOME: The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor
Please stand for the ringing of the bell and processional.
“O for a thousand tongues to sing” (verses 1-3) The Hymnal 1982, #493
1 O for a thousand tongues to sing
my dear Redeemer’s praise,
the glories of my God and King,
the triumphs of his grace!
2 My gracious Master and my God,
assist me to proclaim
and spread through all the earth
abroad the honors of thy Name.
3 Jesus! the Name that charms our fears
and bids our sorrows cease;
’tis music in the sinner’s ears,
’tis life and health and peace.
The Liturgy of the Word
Please remain standing
Celebrant: Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and for ever. Amen. (with gusto!)
Celebrant: 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.
COLLECT OF THE DAY:
Celebrant: The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us pray.
All: Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.
SONG OF PRAISE:
“God, my King” 1982 Hymnal, #414
All: God, my King, thy might confessing, ever will I bless thy Name;
day by day thy throne addressing, still will I thy praise proclaim.
Full of kindness and compassion, slow to anger, vast in love,
God is good to all creation; all his works his goodness prove.
Please be seated
A READING FROM THE BOOK OF PROPHET JEREMIAH:
Reader: Hear the word of the Lord, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel. Thus says the Lord: What wrong did your ancestors find in me that they went far from me, and went after worthless things, and became worthless themselves? They did not say, “Where is the Lord who brought us up from the land of Egypt, who led us in the wilderness, in a land of deserts and pits, in a land of drought and deep darkness, in a land that no one passes through, where no one lives?” I brought you into a plentiful land to eat its fruits and its good things. But when you entered you defiled my land, and made my heritage an abomination. The priests did not say, “Where is the Lord?” Those who handle the law did not know me; the rulers transgressed against me; the prophets prophesied by Baal, and went after things that do not profit. Therefore once more I accuse you, says the Lord, and I accuse your children’s children. Cross to the coasts of Cyprus and look, send to Kedar and examine with care; see if there has ever been such a thing. Has a nation changed its gods, even though they are no gods? But my people have changed their glory for something that does not profit. Be appalled, O heavens, at this, be shocked, be utterly desolate, says the Lord, for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living water, and dug out cisterns for themselves, cracked cisterns that can hold no water. (2:4-13)
Reader: The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God
A READING FROM THE BOOK OF PSALMS:
Reader: Sing with joy to God our strength and raise a loud shout to the God of Jacob.
Reader: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and said, “Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.”
Reader: And yet my people did not hear my voice, and Israel would not obey me.
Reader: So I gave them over to the stubbornness of their hearts, to follow their own devices.
Reader: Oh, that my people would listen to me! that Israel would walk in my ways!
Reader: I should soon subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes.
Reader: Those who hate the Lord would cringe before him, and their punishment would last for ever.
Reader: But Israel would I feed with the finest wheat and satisfy him with honey from the rock. (81:1,10-16)
Please be seated
A READING FROM THE LETTER TO THE HEBREWS:
Reader: Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured. Let marriage be held in honor by all, and let the marriage bed be kept undefiled; for God will judge fornicators and adulterers. Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?” Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Through him, then, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. (13:1-8,15-16)
Reader: The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
“Praise to the Holiest in the height” (verses 1-2) The Hymnal 1982, #446
1 Praise to the Holiest in the height,
and in the depth be praise;
in all his words most wonderful,
most sure in all his ways!
2 O loving wisdom of our God!
When all was sin and shame,
a second Adam to the fight
and to the rescue came.
Celebrant: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.
People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.
Celebrant: On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely. Just then, in front of him, there was a man who had dropsy. And Jesus asked the lawyers and Pharisees, “Is it lawful to cure people on the sabbath, or not?” But they were silent. So Jesus took him and healed him, and sent him away. Then he said to them, “If one of you has a child or an ox that has fallen into a well, will you not immediately pull it out on a sabbath day?” And they could not reply to this. When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable. “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, `Give this person your place,’ and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, `Friend, move up higher’; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” He said also to the one who had invited him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” (14:1-14)
Celebrant: The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Christ.
“Praise to the Holiest in the height” (verses 3) The Hymnal 1982, #446
3 O wisest love! that flesh and blood,
which did in Adam fail,
should strive afresh against the foe,
should strive, and should prevail
Please be seated
THE CREED IN SONG:
“I believe in God almighty” Wonder, Love, & Praise, #769
1 I believe in God almighty, author of all things that be,
Maker of the earth and heavens, Keeper of the sky and sea.
I believe in God’s son, Jesus, now for us both Lord and Christ,
of the Spirit and of Mary born to bring abundant life.
2 I believe that Jesus suffered, scourged and scorned and crucified;
taken from the cross, was buried— True Life there had truly died.
I believe that on the third day Christ was raised up from the grave,
then ascended to God right hand. He will come to judge and save.
3 I believe in God’s own Spirit, bonding all the saints within
One church, catholic and holy, where forgiveness frees from sin;
in the body’s resurrection, for the breaking of death’s chain
gives the life that’s everlasting. This the faith that I have claimed.
Please stand or kneel
THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE:
Reader: In peace, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.
Reader: For the peace of the world, for the unity of the church of God, and for the well-being of all peoples; let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.
Reader: For our Joe, our President, for the leaders of nations, and for all in authority; let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.
Reader: For this gathering of the faithful, and for all who offer here their worship and praise; let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.
Reader: For all the baptized, for all who serve in the church, remembering especially the wardens, Libby and Kendall, for the officers, Don and Dave, for the vestry, for all committees and councils, and for all who serve to support the worship of this community: acolytes, readers, chalice-bearers, ushers, musicians, and the altar guild; let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.
Reader: For the city of Riverside and the surrounding communities of Dayton and for those who live in them; let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.
Reader: For the good earth that God has given us, and for the wisdom and will to care for it and rightly use its resources; let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.
Reader: For those who travel by land, water, or air, remembering especially those in this congregation who are traveling, that they may return home safely; let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.
Reader: For the aged and infirm, for those who are widowed and orphaned, and for those who are sick, grieving, or suffering from any adversity, remembering especially:
All: Linda, Libby, the Berta family, Wayne, Don, Carol S, Ruby, the Phillips family, the Darnell family, Judy, Juanita, Rob, Mary, George, and Vern.
Reader: Let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.
Reader: For the poor and oppressed, for those who are unemployed and destitute, for those who are imprisoned and captive, for refugees and those seeking asylum, and for all who remember and care for them; let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.
Reader: For all who have died in the assurance of the resurrection, and for all the departed; let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.
Celebrant: Almighty God, by your Holy Spirit you have made us one with your saints in heaven and on earth:
All: Grant that in our earthly pilgrimage we may always be supported by this fellowship of love and prayer, and know ourselves to be surrounded by their witness to your power and mercy. We ask this for the sake of Jesus Christ, in whom all our intercessions are acceptable through the Spirit, and who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
Celebrant: Let us confess our sins to God, our neighbor, and all our relations.
All: 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.
Celebrant: Our Lord Jesus Christ has bestowed power and commandment to his ministers to declare and pronounce to those who are truly repentant, absolution and remission of sin. Therefore, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, be reconciled to God through grace and “go and sin no more.” Amen.
THE PASSING OF THE PEACE:
Celebrant: The peace of the Lord be always with you. And also with you.
The congregation offers the peace of God to one another.
Please be seated
BIRTHDAY AND ANNIVERSARY PRAYERS: Birthdays: Eva Reuter (9/1).
ANNOUNCEMENTS Kendall Rubino, Jr. Warden
Celebrant: O Lord our God, you are worthy to receive glory and honor and power; because you have created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.
Thank you for your generous weekly gifts.
The day-to-day mission and ministry of St. Mark’s
is funded primarily by gifts received in the offering plate each week.
“Rejoice, The Lord Is King” Eugene Butler Laura Leach, voice
PRAYER FOR THE OFFERINGS OF THE PEOPLE:
Celebrant: Let us pray. Most Holy God, the author of life and creator of all that is, receive and bless my offering this day; that the currency of worldly value may become the currency of transformation through the worship and work of this community. Amen.
PRAYER FOR THE CLERGY DISCRETIONARY FUND COLLECTION:
Celebrant: Let us pray. Abundant God, you made us in your image and breathed in us a spirit of generosity that is both gift and response. In that spirit, we offer our gifts to those in need and give thanks for the ministry of the clergy for the disbursement of the designated funds and gift cards collected this day for humanitarian aide. Amen.
The Liturgy of the Table
To receive the sacrament, please line up in the center aisle; at your turn approach the Celebrant to receive the Host. To receive the sacrament, which will be given in one kind only, please line up in the center aisle keeping at least six feet between households; at your turn approach the Celebrant. Return to your seat via the side aisles.
Those not receiving the sacrament are invited to come forward for a blessing; cross your arms across your chest to indicate this to the Celebrant who will administer the blessing. If you are unsure about receiving the sacrament please make an appointment with The Rev. MacGregor who would be delighted to speak with you.
Please remain standing
EUCHARISTIC PRAYER C:
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.
Celebrant: God of all power, Ruler of the Universe, you are worthy of glory and praise.
People: Glory to you for ever and ever.
Celebrant: At your command all things came to be: the vast expanse of interstellar space, galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses, and this fragile earth, our island home.
People: By your will they were created and have their being.
Celebrant: From the primal elements you brought forth the human race, and blessed us with memory, reason, and skill. You made us the rulers of creation. But we turned against you, and betrayed your trust; and we turned against one another.
People: Have mercy, Lord, for we are sinners in your sight.
Celebrant: Again and again, you called us to return. Through prophets and sages you revealed your righteous Law. And in the fullness of time you sent your only Son, born of a woman, to fulfill your Law, to open for us the way of freedom and peace.
People: By his blood, he reconciled us. By his wounds, we are healed.
Celebrant: And therefore we praise you, joining with the heavenly chorus, with prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and with all those in every generation who have looked to you in hope, to proclaim with them your glory, in their unending hymn:
THE SANCTUS: Wonder, Love, & Praise, #851
All: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of pow’r 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.
You may stand or kneel
Celebrant: And so, Father, we who have been redeemed by him, and made a new people by water and the Spirit, now bring before you these gifts. Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ our Lord. On the night he was betrayed he took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread, and gave it to his friends, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”
Celebrant: After supper, he took the cup of wine, gave thanks, 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.”
Celebrant: Remembering now his work of redemption, and offering to you this sacrifice of thanksgiving,
People: We celebrate his death and resurrection, as we await the day of his coming.
Celebrant: Lord God of our Fathers and Mothers; God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, and Rachel; God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ: Open our eyes to see your hand at work in the world about us. Deliver us from the presumption of coming to this Table for solace only, and not for strength; for pardon only, and not for renewal. Let the grace of this Holy Communion make us one body, one spirit in Christ, that we may worthily serve the world in his name.
People: Risen Lord, be known to us in the breaking of the Bread.
Celebrant: Accept these prayers and praises, Father, through Jesus Christ our great High Priest, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, your Church gives honor, glory, and worship, from generation to generation. AMEN! (with gusto!)
THE LORD’S PRAYER:
All: 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.
“Christ our Passover” Wonder, Love & Praise, #866
All: Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.
Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;
Therefore let us keep the feast.
Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.
INVITATION TO COMMUNION:
Celebrant: The Gifts of God for the People of God.
The people may now come forward to receive the Sacrament.
THE PRAYER OF RECEPTION FOR THOSE PARTICIPATING ONLINE:
(to be said by those at home)
Blessed Jesus, with your faithful people at every altar of your church where the Holy Eucharist is now being celebrated, I offer my praise and thanksgiving. Since I cannot receive you today in the Sacrament of your Body and Blood, I ask you to come spiritually into my heart. Cleanse and strengthen me with your grace, Lord Jesus, and let me never be separated from you. May I live in you, and you in me, in this life and the life to come. Amen.
“Breathe on me breath of God” 1982 Hymnal, 1982, #508
1 Breathe on me, Breath of God,
fill me with life anew,
that I may love what thou dost love,
and do what thou wouldst do.
2 Breathe on me, Breath of God,
until my heart is pure,
until with thee I will one will,
to do or to endure.
3 Breathe on me, Breath of God,
till I am wholly thine,
till all this earthly part of me
glows with thy fire divine.
4 Breathe on me, Breath of God,
so shall I never die;
but live with thee the perfect life
of thine eternity.
POST COMMUNION PRAYER:
Celebrant: Let us pray.
All: Almighty and everliving God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the Body of your Son, and heirs of your eternal kingdom. And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
Celebrant:….. +And may the blessing . . .
“Hail thou once despised Jesus!” The Hymnal 1982, #495
1 Hail, thou once despisèd Jesus! Hail, thou Galilean King!
Thou didst suffer to release us; thou didst free salvation bring.
Hail, thou universal Savior, bearer of our sin and shame!
By thy merit we find favor: life is given through thy Name
2 Paschal Lamb, by God appointed, all our sins on thee were laid:
by almighty love anointed, thou hast full atonement made.
All thy people are forgiven through the virtue of thy blood:
opened is the gate of heaven, reconciled are we with God.
3 Jesus, hail! enthroned in glory, there for ever to abide;
all the heavenly hosts adore thee, seated at thy Father’s side.
There for sinners thou art pleading: there thou dost our place prepare;
ever for us interceding, till in glory we appear.
4 Worship, honor, power, and blessing thou art worthy to receive;
highest praises, without ceasing, right it is for us to give.
Help, ye bright angelic spirits, all your noblest anthems raise;
help to sing our Savior’s merits, help to chant Emmanuel’s praise!
Celebrant: Alleluia! Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Thanks be to God. Alleluia!
“Lead On, O King Eternal”
with “The Lord Is My Light” Anna Laura Page
GROUNDED IN COMMUNITY
THIS SUNDAY– PENTECOST 12 — HOLY EUCHARIST – AUGUST 28:
Celebrant: The Rev. Rowena MacGregor
Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen
Voice: Laura Leach, as available
Ushers: Dave Reuter and TBS
Acolyte(s): Stephanie Welch
Lay Eucharist Ministers: Readers:
OT/PS: Judy Rudd;
EP/POP: Carol Williamson
Chalice Bearers: Carol Williamson and Elizabeth Wagner
Eucharistic Minister (Home Communions): Carol Williamson, as available
Tech/Facebook Live: Gary and Mary-Anna Welch
Counters: Jim Rudd and Mary-Anna Welch
Altar Guild: Norma Peachy and Ginny Tuxhorn
Coffee Hour Host: Norma Peachey and Ginny Tuxhorn
NEXT SUNDAY– PENTECOST 13 — HOLY EUCHARIST – SEPTEMBER 4:
Celebrant: The Rev. Rowena MacGregor
Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen
Voice: Laura Leach, as available
Ushers: Tony Rubino and Jim Rudd
Lay Eucharist Ministers: Readers:
OT/PS: Jim Rudd;
EP/POP: Elizabeth Wagner
Chalice Bearers: TBS and Kendall Rubino
Eucharistic Minister (Home Communions):
Carol Williamson, as available
Tech/Facebook Live: TBA
Counters: Janet Reuter and Tony Rubino
Altar Guild: Carol Nancarrow and Kendall Rubino
Coffee Hour Host: OPEN
Altar Flowers: OPEN
Candle Dedication: Gary and Mary-Anna Welch
Happening this Week at St. Mark’s:
THIS SUNDAY (Pentecost 12, August 28): HOLY EUCHARIST followed by COFFEE HOUR, CLERGY DISCRETIONARY FUND COLLECTION SUNDAY, 10:30am, in-person and on Facebook Live.
MONDAY: PARISH OFFICE, 10am-1pm; SAA MEETING, 6:30am, Lounge; AA MEETING, 7:30pm, Parish Hall
TUESDAY: PARISH OFFICE, 10am-1pm; TOPS MEETING, 10am, Lounge; NA MEETING, 7:30pm, Parish Hall
WEDNESDAY: PARISH OFFICE, 10am-1pm
THURSDAY: PARISH OFFICE, 10am-1pm; SAA MEETING, 7:30pm, COIN CLUB, Lounge, 7:30pm, Parish Hall
FRIDAY: PARISH OFFICE CLOSED; there are no events scheduled this day.
SATURDAY: HIDDEN GEMS, 12pm, Parking Lot; AA MEETING, 7:30pm, Parish Hall
NEXT SUNDAY (Pentecost 13, September 4): HOLY EUCHARIST, CARE HOUSE COLLECTION SUNDAY, 10:30am, in-person and on Facebook Live.
Places to be, things to do:
COFFEE HOUR THIS WEEK! Thank you to Norma Peachey and Ginny Tuxhorn who are hosting coffee hour THIS Sunday, August 28 following worship in the Community Room.
MOBILE HEALTH UNIT COMING TO ST. MARK’S: The Outreach and Evangelism Committee, in coordination with Hope4Riverside, is sponsoring a Mobile Premier Health Unit in the St. Mark’s parking lot on Saturday, September 10, from 9am to 1pm. The unit provides walk-in health screenings, hearing tests, education, etc. St. Mark’s and Eastview Church of God are co-sponsoring this event. Health screenings are available for everyone who would like one.
THE PARISH PICNIC will be held on Sunday, September 11 following the worship service. The food-to-pass sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the narthex; you may also call or email the office to sign up.
THE CHRISTIAN EDUCATION FALL SEMESTER KICKS OFF on Sunday, September 18.
There are three youth classes, covering all ages, on Sunday mornings:
- the older youth are led by Katherine and Elizabeth Wagner, meeting at 9:30am,
- the elementary-aged youth are led by Janet Reuter and Kendall Rubino, meeting at 10:30am,
- and the early education youth are led by Susan Kendall and Sandy Bultman, meeting at 10:30am.
Rowena+ will be leading both adults and youth with the following offerings this fall:
- Study of Luke via Zoom on Tuesday evenings from 7:15-8pm, beginning Tuesday, September 20 – November 8.
- The Church Cracked Open book discussion group shared with St. Margaret’s and open to the diocese, via Zoom, on Wednesday evenings from 7:15-8pm, beginning Wednesday, September 21 (meets every other week) – November 16.
- Confirmation/Reaffirmation Class – in-person, for youth and adults (if you are interested in joining the Episcopal Church, want to learn more about it, or wish to reaffirm your commitment to Christ and the Church, this class is for you). Schedule is participant dependent.
ANNUAL CALL FOR KAIROS COOKIES: The cookie collection bags with instructions will be available in September in preparation for the collection dates of Sunday-Tuesday, October 9-11. Kairos is an international prison ministry. Once a year, locally, a special weekend is held in the prison, led by lay ministers, in which the cookies play a significant role. St. Mark’s has been participating in this missional work for many years and all are invited to bake and pray for the men, women and youth who are incarcerated and those who minister to them.
The Community of St. Mark’s Classifieds:
COFFEE HOUR HOSTING OPPORTUNITIES: All Sundays are currently open for September and until the end of October. Consider sharing with someone else if you would not want to host by yourself. Coffee Hour sign-ups are in the narthex.
CANDLE/FLOWER OPENINGS: The Eternal Light dedication ($5) and Altar Flowers ($30) are available for signups in September and October: Candle – 9/18 and 10/23; Flowers – 9/4, 9/11 and 10/2. This is a lovely way to honor a loved one or a special occasion. The flower arrangement is yours to take home after the service.
THE SUNDAY READINGS can be found at www.lectionarypage.net. The readings for
next Sunday, September 4 are: Jeremiah 18:1-11, Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17, Philemon 1-21, and Luke 14:25-33. Reading at least the gospel lesson in preparation for worship can be a useful spiritual practice.
FEAST DAYS THIS WEEK TO OBSERVE: Monday: The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist; Tuesday: [Margaret Ward, Margaret Clitherow, and Anne Line, Martyrs, 1588, 1586, and 1601], Wednesday: Aidan of Lindisfarne, Bishop, 651, Thursday: David Pendleton Oakerhater, Deacon, 1931, Friday: The Martyrs of New Guinea, 1942; Saturday: [Phoebe, Deacon].
Prayers for the Week of August 28
FOR PEACE. For those who have died: remembering especially all who died in violence in our nation this week; For all those who have committed suicide: remembering especially teens and young adults who took their own lives this week; For the people of Ukraine and Sri Lanka – and all nations striving for peace and just governance; For medical and wellness practitioners, who are assisting people with mental, physical, and financial conditions and issues related to the Covid pandemic; For the homeless: remembering especially those who lost their homes due to flooding and fires in recent weeks; and the homeless of Dayton; For all those addicted to heroin, remembering especially the youth who died this week from overdose; For our enemies; For the safety of all American military and civilian personnel where ever they serve, remembering especially all those serving at Wright-Patterson AFB; For those who struggle with the basic necessities of life after natural catastrophic events, especially those misplaced by earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, drought, fire, mudslides, and tornadoes; For those who suffer from a lack of water without which there can be no life; For the work of Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) and for the millions of refugees and asylum seekers worldwide who wander the lands of the earth in search of safety, food, water, employment, and family, and whose suffering is greater than we can ever know.
For those in our prayer cycles: in the Anglican cycle of prayer, we pray for The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia; in the Diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for St. Albans (Bexley), Columbus, Ascension/Holy Trinity, Wyoming, and St. George’s, Dayton;
For St. Mark’s Families in our parish prayer cycle;
For those celebrating birthdays;
For those celebrating wedding anniversaries;
For those on our parish prayer list;
For those who suffer from illness, grief, or any other adversity.
For faithful animal companions and those who care for all animals.
For the mission work of this congregation: CARE House, Canterbury Court, St. Paul’s UMC Food Pantry, Becoming Beloved Community Initiative, Hope 4Riverside; and for the non-profit groups who use our Community Building; For our Diocesan Bishops: for the Rt. Rev. Wayne Smith, Bishop Provisional; The Rt. Rev. Kenneth Price, the Rt. Rev. Nedi Rivera, and the Rt. Rev. Wendell Gibbs; For our Presiding Bishop, The Most Rev. Michael Curry; For all postulants and candidates for holy orders in this Diocese: Phoebe Myhrum, Martha Camele, Maggie Gough, Brad Gough, Catherine Duffy, Alane Osborne, Libbie Crawford, Gayland Trim, Molly Cook, Victoria Lewis, Kate Meeks, Kyle Schenkewicz, Gregory Williams.
For all faith communities as we navigate the way forward in a world being transformed by a number of crises – that we remain faithful in our devotion to God and open to constant change and ongoing self-evaluation.
For the complete Weekly Prayers with parishioners’ names, click HERE.
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Office Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10am-1pm
Office closed on Friday
(Please contact The Rev. Rowena MacGregor directly to report a pastoral emergency.)
The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor, Priest-In-Charge
Katherine Wagner, Parish Administrator
Donna Larsen, Music Director
Jill Dryden, Sexton
Contact via Church Office
Libby Nicholson, Senior Warden
Kendall Rubino, Junior Warden
Dave Reuter, Webmaster
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