The Celebration of Holy Eucharist
The Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
Dayton, Ohio, October 10, 2021, 10:30 AM
Note: the service is being livestreamed and recorded and will be available on our Facebook page.
If you’re new to St. Mark’s please see an usher for a welcome packet so we might acknowledge your visit and include you on our email list for weekly updates and information regarding St. Mark’s and the Diocese of Southern Ohio. The RESTROOM is located to the right as you enter the building.
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.
“So Fades the Lovely Blooming Flower” George Shearing
GREETINGS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Please stand for the ringing of the bell and processional.
“All creatures of our God and king” (verses 1-3) The Hymnal 1982, #400
1 All creatures of our God and King,
lift up your voices, let us sing:
Bright burning sun with golden beams,
pale silver moon that gently gleams,
O praise him, O praise him,
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
2 Great rushing winds and breezes soft,
you clouds that ride the heavens aloft,
O praise him, Alleluia!
Fair rising morn, with praise rejoice,
stars nightly shining, find a voice,
3 Swift flowing water, pure and clear,
make music for your Lord to hear,
Fire, so intense and fiercely bright,
you give to us both warmth and light,
The Liturgy of the Word
Please remain standing
Celebrant: Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.
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. Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
SONG OF PRAISE:
“Gloria in excelsis” The Hymnal 1982, #S280
All: Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of
the world; have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father; receive our
prayer. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.
Please be seated
A READING FROM THE BOOK OF JOB:
Reader: Job said: “Today also my complaint is bitter; his hand is heavy despite my groaning. Oh, that I knew where I might find him, that I might come even to his dwelling! I would lay my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments. I would learn what he would answer me, and understand what he would say to me. Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? No; but he would give heed to me. There an upright person could reason with him, and I should be acquitted forever by my judge. If I go forward, he is not there; or backward, I cannot perceive him; on the left he hides, and I cannot behold him; I turn to the right, but I cannot see him. God has made my heart faint; the Almighty has terrified me; If only I could vanish in darkness, and thick darkness would cover my face!” (23:1-9, 16-17)
Reader: The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
A READING FROM THE BOOK OF PSALMS:
Reader: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
All: and are so far from my cry and from the words of my distress? O my God, I cry in the daytime, but you do not answer; by night as well, but I find no rest. Yet you are the Holy One, enthroned upon the praises of Israel. Our forefathers put their trust in you; they trusted, and you delivered them. They cried out to you and were delivered; they trusted in you and were not put to shame.
Reader: But as for me, I am a worm and no man, scorned by all and despised by the people.
All: All who see me laugh me to scorn; they curl their lips and wag their heads, saying, “He trusted in the Lord; let him deliver him; let him rescue him, if he delights in him.” Yet you are he who took me out of the womb, and kept me safe upon my mother’s breast. I have been entrusted to you ever since I was born; you were my God when I was still in my mother’s womb.
Reader: Be not far from me, for trouble is near, and there is none to help.
All: Many young bulls encircle me; strong bulls of Bashan surround me. They open wide their jaws at me, like a ravening and a roaring lion. I am poured out like water; all my bones are out of joint; my heart within my breast is melting wax. My mouth is dried out like a pot-sherd; my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; and you have laid me in the dust of the grave.
Please be seated
A READING FROM THE LETTER TO THE HEBREWS:
Reader: The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account. Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (4:12-16)
Reader: The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
“As newborn stars were stirred to song” (verses 1-2) Wonder, Love, & Praise, #788
1 As newborn stars were stirred to song
when all things came to be,
as Miriam and Moses sang when Israel was set free,
so music bursts unbidden forth when God-filled hearts rejoice,
to waken awe and gratitude and give mute faith a voice.
2 In psalms that raise the singer’s sense
to universal truths,
in prophet’s dark-toned oracle or hymn of three brave youths:
the song of faith and praise endured through those God called to be
a chosen people bearing light for all the world to see.
Celebrant: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.
People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.
Celebrant: As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.’” He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions. Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.” Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.” (10:17-31)
Celebrant: The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Christ.
“As newborn stars were stirred to song” (verses 3-4) Wonder, Love, & Praise, #788
3 When God’s redeeming Word
took flesh to make salvation sure,
unheeding hearts attuned to strife refused love’s overture.
Yet to the end the song went on: a supper’s parting hymn,
a psalm intoned on dying lips when sun and hope grew dim.
4 But silence won no vict’ry there;
a rest was all it scored
before glad alleluias rose to greet the risen Lord.
The church still keeps that song alive, for death has lost its sting,
and with the gift of life renewed the heart will ever sing.
Please be seated
THE NICENE CREED:
“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.
(The cantor sings verse 1, and the congregation sings verses 2&3)
Please stand or kneel
THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE:
Reader: Let us now call to mind all who are in want or need and commend them to God’s transforming care. Most kind and loving God, confident of your care and concern for the whole of creation, we offer you our prayers of adoration, intercession, and thanksgiving.
Reader: Gracious God, we pray for the faithful all over the world, that all who love you may be united in your service. We pray for the Church, for St. Mark’s and for all congregations worshipping and serving Christ and the world in his name. Lord, hear our prayer.
Reader: We pray for the oppressed: For victims of injustice, prejudice, wrongful imprisonment or violence, and for the safety of all refugees; Lord, hear our prayer.
Reader: For this assembly, having been fed on the Word and Sacraments of our common worship; Lord, hear our prayer.
Reader: For the church and its leaders, formed by worship, practice and shared life in community; Lord, hear our prayer.
Reader: For preachers and teachers of the Christian tradition, who share the Word as a gift for all; Lord, hear our prayer.
Reader: For the people of the United States, for the community of Riverside and its sister communities, and for all those who hold authority in our nation and its municipalities; Lord, hear our prayer.
Reader: For the world, for refugees, victims of warfare and of oppression, for those impoverished physically and emotionally by racial, ethnic and gender discrimination; Lord, hear our prayer.
Reader: For the addicted and those imprisoned, for the unemployed and the homeless; Lord, hear our prayer.
Reader: For those who are ill or suffer from any especially those in this community we remember this day: Howard, Ruby, George, the Darnell Family, Judy, Juanita, Rob, Carmen, Mary, and Vern, and those named on the parish prayer list; and for the medical, health and wellness practitioners who care for them; Lord, hear our prayer.
Reader: For ourselves, for our ongoing evolution as we experience the adventure of being human, that we may use the spiritual gifts bestowed upon us for the good of all; Lord, hear our prayer.
Celebrant: Almighty God, by your Holy Spirit you have made us one with your saints in heaven and on earth: 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 and our neighbor.
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.
Please be seated
BIRTHDAY and ANNIVERSARY PRAYERS
THE PASSING OF THE PEACE:
Celebrant: The peace of the Lord be always with you. And also with you.
REMAINING IN THEIR PEWS, the congregation offers the peace of God to one another.
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.
Please be seated
SECOND SUNDAY CHOIR:
“Fairest Lord Jesus” St. Mark’s Singers Martin How
PRAYER FOR THE OFFERINGS OF THE PEOPLE:
Celebrant: Let us pray.
All: 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.
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. 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: The Hymnal 1982, #S130
All: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and
might, Heaven and earth are full, full of your glory. 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.
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.
FRACTION ANTHEM: “Agnus Dei “ The Hymnal 1982, #S164
All: 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.
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.
“All things bright and beautiful” The Hymnal 1982, #405
All things bright and beautiful,
all creatures great and small,
all things wise and wonderful,
the Lord God made them all.
1 Each little flower that opens,
each little bird that sings,
he made their glowing colors,
he made their tiny wings.
2 The purple-headed mountain,
the river running by,
the sunset, and the morning
that brightens up the sky,
3 The cold wind in the winter,
the pleasant summer sun,
the ripe fruits in the garden,
he made them every one.
POST COMMUNION PRAYER:
Celebrant: Let us pray. 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.
Celebrant: ….. +And may the blessing . . .
“O Jesus, I have promised” The Hymnal 1982, #655
1 O Jesus, I have promised
to serve thee to the end:
be thou for ever near me,
my Master and my friend;
I shall not fear the battle,
if thou art by my side,
nor wander from the pathway,
if thou wilt be my guide.
2 O let me hear thee speaking
in accents clear and still,
above the storms of passion,
the murmurs of self-will;
O speak to reassure me,
to hasten or control;
O speak, and make me
listen, thou guardian of my soul.
3 O Jesus, thou hast promised
to all who follow thee,
that where thou art in glory
there shall thy servant be;
and, Jesus, I have promised
to serve thee to the end;
O give me grace to follow,
my Master and my friend.
Celebrant: Alleluia! Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Thanks be to God. Alleluia!
“Chorale Fantasia on ‘Lasst Uns Erfreuen’” Janet Linker
THE CANDLE IN THE SANCTUARY LAMP remains lighted throughout the week to indicate and honor the eternal presence of Christ. It is dedicated this week by the Wagners in celebration of Mike’s birthday.
THE ALTAR FLOWERS are given by Bridgette Bonifas in celebration of Jen’s birthday.
GROUNDED IN COMMUNITY
THIS SUNDAY– PENTECOST 20 – HOLY EUCHARIST – OCTOBER 10:
Celebrant: The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor
Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen
Ushers: Dave Reuter, Wayne Harper
Tech: TJ Walch, Mary-Anna Welch
Acolyte: Jennifer Phillips/Elizabeth Wagner
Lay Eucharist Ministers: Readers: OT/PS: Carol Williamson EP/POP: Judy Rudd
Counters: Janet Reuter, Tony Rubino
Altar Guild: Katherine Wagner, Elizabeth Wagner
Coffee Hour: OPEN
NEXT SUNDAY– PENTECOST 21 – HOLY EUCHARIST – OCTOBER 17:
Celebrant: The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor
Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen
Ushers: Tony Rubino, Jim Rudd
Tech: TJ Walch, TBD
Acolyte: Gary Welch, Stephanie Welch
Lay Eucharist Ministers: Readers: OT/PS: Don Nancarrow EP/POP: Jim Rudd
Counters: Carol Nancarrow, Janet Reuter
Altar Guild: Katherine Wagner, Elizabeth Wagner
Coffee Hour: OPEN
Altar Flowers: Day
Sanctuary Lamp: Wagner
Events at St. Mark’s this Week
THIS SUNDAY (Pentecost 20, Oct. 10): : HOLY EUCHARIST with THE SECOND SUNDAY CHOIR and BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS, 10:30am, in person and on Facebook Live.
MONDAY: OFFICE CLOSED; SAA MEETING, 6:30am, Lounge; AA MEETING, 7:30pm,
TUESDAY: TOPS MEETING, 9:30am, Bride’s Room; NA MEETING, 7:30pm, Parish Hall
WEDNESDAY: STAFF MEETING, 9:30am, Office
THURSDAY: SAA MEETING, 7:30pm, Lounge
FRIDAY: HEALING CIRCLE, 11:45am, Zoom
SATURDAY: HIDDEN GEMS, noon, parking lot; AA MEETING, 7:30pm, Parish Hall
NEXT SUNDAY (Pentecost 21, Oct. 17): HOLY EUCHARIST, 10:30am, in person and on
Facebook Live. HUNGER SUNDAY.
Places to be, things to do
THE CHURCH CRACKED OPEN BOOK GROUP will meet at 7pm on Wednesday, Oct. 13 via Zoom. This is an open group; please read all or part of the book before joining the group. We do have one copy of the book available for $16.00; contact the office if you’d like to be on the backorder list and we’ll make sure you get a copy.
VALLEY VINEYARDS: Come enjoy St. Mark’s annual parish dinner at this lovely winery Saturday, Oct. 16 at 6:30pm. Reservations are different this year: You must call by Thursday, Oct.14 to save your seats and to pay for your choice of dinner. There’s a sign-up sheet in the Narthex with the menus as well as the phone number needed to make your reservation. Contact Tony Rubino for more information.
HUNGER SUNDAY is Oct. 17. St. Paul’s UMC needs canned veggies, fruit, meat, soup, and beans; shelf milk, crackers, mac and cheese, salty snacks, pasta, boxed potatoes and rice; and personal care products such as shampoo, soap, and TP. Financial donations are also welcome and will be reflected on your contribution sheet.
LEARN TO ZOOM SUNDAY: on Oct. 17 after the service, we’ll help folks get comfortable with using Zoom. So bring your phone, tablet, or laptop and we’ll get you started.
ALL SAINTS DAY NECROLOGY: On Sunday, November 7 we will celebrate All Saints Day. In that day’s Eucharistic Prayers, we include the names of our parishioners, relatives, and friends who have died during the past year. If you have a loved one whose name you would like included, please contact Katherine by Nov. 1.
The Community of St. Mark’s Classifieds
THE SECOND SUNDAY CHOIR sings TODAY, Oct. 10! Thank you to all who came to sing this morning!
NAME TAG ALERT! With guests and new parishioners joining us each week, it’s important that they be able to get to know us. Please remember to wear your name tag (available in the Narthex). If you need a new one, please let Katherine know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOW TO DONATE ONLINE: From your phone, text the word “give” to 937-932-1082 and it will take you through the steps to set up your account. You can also access the link through our website at www.StMarksDayton.org. Contact the office if you have questions.
Lesser Feasts and Fasts
RECOMMENDED FEAST DAY TO OBSERVE: Tuesday, Oct. 4 is the Feast of Francis of Assisi, Friar, 1226. Francis, the son of a prosperous merchant of Assisi, was born in 1182. His early youth was spent in harmless revelry and fruitless attempts to win military glory. Various encounters with beggars and lepers pricked the young man’s conscience, and he decided to embrace a life devoted to Lady Poverty. Despite his father’s intense opposition, Francis totally renounced all material values, and devoted himself to serve the poor. In 1210 Pope Innocent III confirmed the simple Rule for the Order of Friars Minor, a name Francis chose to emphasize his desire to be numbered among the least of God’s servants. The order grew rapidly all over Europe. But by 1221 Francis had lost control of it, since his ideal of strict and absolute poverty, both for the individual friars and for the order as a whole, was found to be too difficult to maintain. His last years were spent in much suffering of body and spirit, but his unconquerable joy never failed. Not long before his death, during a retreat on Mount La Verna, Francis received, on September 14, Holy Cross Day, the marks of the Lords wounds, the stigmata, in his own hands and feet and side. Pope Gregory IX, a former patron of the Franciscans, canonized Francis in 1228, and began the erection of the great basilica in Assisi where Francis is buried. Of all the saints, Francis is the most popular and admired, but probably the least imitated; few have attained to his total identification with the poverty and suffering of Christ.
Most high, omnipotent, good Lord, grant your people grace to renounce gladly the vanities of this world; that, following the way of blessed Francis, we may for love of you delight in your whole creation with perfectness of joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (Holy Women, Holy Men)
Prayers for the Week of Oct. 10
FOR PEACE. For those who have died; For medical professionals, and all those who are suffering from exhaustion and burnout in the midst of the pandemic; For the homeless; For all those addicted to heroin, remembering especially those who died this week from overdose; For all those who have committed suicide; For all our brothers and sisters who have died by violence around the world, remembering especially the recent acts of violence across the nation; 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, flooding, drought, fire, mudslides, and tornadoes; For the millions of refugees worldwide who wander the lands of the earth 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 Church of the Province of West Africa; in the Diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray St. Stephen’s in Columbus, St. Paul’s in Greenville, and St. Mark’s in Columbus; in our Parish cycle of prayer, we pray for Linda Stagles, Tracey Swartz, and Jim and Patricia Tallman; For those celebrating October birthdays: Robert Kelly (10/3), Mike Wagner (10/9), Sophie Darnell (10/13), Rowena MacGregor (10/13), Jen Bonifas (10/14), Will Day (10/16), Jasmyne Phillips (10/17), Joy Brown (10/19), Phyllis Berta (10/20), Jennifer Phillips (10/30); For those celebrating wedding anniversaries: Larry & Joy Brown (10/20), Paul & Carol Sharp (10/22); For those on our parish prayer list: Howard, Ruby, George, the Darnell Family, Judy, Juanita, Rob, Carmen, Mary, Vern; For those who suffer from illness, grief, or any other adversity: Ann – Carol Nancarrow’s mother; Ann – friend of the Bertas; Caiti – friend of Ann Phillips; Carl – friend of the Welches; Carol – friend of the Rubinos; Carrie – Susan Kendall’s daughter; Cassie and Jane – friends of the Tallmans; Chip – Jim Rudd’s step-mother; Chris & family – friends of the Reuters; Cindy & Marvin – friends of Elizabeth Wagner; Clara – Pat Tallman’s cousin; Danielle – Jenna Walch’s sister; David – Vern Hogden’s son; Emily – Ann Phillips’ niece; Emma, Lowell, & the Burton Family – friends of Juanita Limes and the Darnells; Helen – Wayne Harper’s mother-in-law; James – Linda Stagles’ brother; Joni & Leslie – family of softball team member; Jose & Elena – friends of the Welches; Katie – friend of the Reuters; Keith & Jeff – friends of Jim Larsen; Leslie – friend of Juanita Limes; Margaret – Rowena MacGregor’s mother; Meghan – friend of Elizabeth Wagner; Maya, Liz, and Peter – Rowena MacGregor’s family; Nanci – friend of the Larsens; the Pitcher Family – friends of Katherine Wagner; Renea – friend of Juanita and Lisa; Roberta – Tracey Swartz’ mother; Ron – friend of Ruby Webster; Steve & Debi – friends of Linda Stagles; Sue & Tom – friends of the Phillips’; Susan – friend of the Nancarrows; Tonia – Juanita Limes’ daughter-in-law; Tony – Judy Rudd’s brother; Tracy – friend of the parish.
For faithful animal companions, especially Max who is part of the Tallman family, 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, and for the non-profit groups who use our Community Building; For our Diocesan Bishops: for our Provisional Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Wayne Smith; 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: Patricia Rose, Jacob Cunliffe, Dan Carlson, Amy Cochran, Phoebe Myhrum, Brice Patterson, Martha Camele, Maggie Gough, Brad Gough, Catherine Duffy, Alane Osborne, Libbie Crawford, Gayland Trim.
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.
ADULT EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES
The Rev. Rowena MacGregor will be facilitating the following adult educational/spiritual development offerings beginning in September. These are only the first offerings for this fall into winter; additional study and sharing opportunities TBA. Offerings will be on Zoom unless otherwise specified. Some will be recorded, such as the book study and bible study; others, like practice circles and meditation will not be recorded as they may contain personal content given by the participants wherein confidentiality and safety in the group is essential. Recordings will be available by request only to those who are unable to attend or miss a session. All offerings are open to friends and family that participants feel would be interested and because they are on Zoom, people may attend from anywhere in the world.
Book Study Circle: “The Church Cracked Open: Disruption, Decline, and New Hope for Beloved Community” by Stephanie Spellers. Spellers will be preaching at the upcoming Diocesan Convocation at the Proctor Center on Saturday, September 25. So this is the perfect time to read and share in mutual conversation about the relevant topics she covers in her new book which is being read by churches across the diocese. “Spellers serves as Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Canon for Evangelism, Reconciliation, and Creation, helping Episcopalians to share the good news and cross boundaries as part of the Jesus Movement. A former church planter and seminary faculty member, she is the author of Radical Welcome: Embracing God, the Other and the Spirit of Transformation.” (from book back cover) This book study will be held over two sessions as it is a book of only 8 chapters over 126 pages. It is expected that the first four chapters of the book will be read PRIOR to the first meeting and the remaining four chapters prior to the second and last meeting. This circle will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 15 and 22 at 7pm on Zoom. More to follow!
Healing and Peacemaking Practice Circle: This offering contains both a healing litany as well as an opportunity for sharing. This circle is for those who are experiencing health challenges, the changes that come from aging, grief and loss, significant life changes, COVID fatigue or any other adverse circumstance. The sharing circle, educational materials, and healing litany will focus on learning to cope with external challenges/opportunities to promote spiritual growth through self-inquiry, self-evaluation, and self-forgiveness. The first class will be held at 11:45pm – 1pm, on Friday, Sept. 17; the fixed meeting time and meeting frequency will be decided by participants at this meeting.
Extra: If there is interest in Intro to Meditation I will offer that as well; please communicate with me if you feel you would try such an offering.
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To read a copy of the September 23, 2021 Vestry Minutes, click HERE.
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Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – noon
The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor, Priest-In-Charge
Katherine Wagner, Parish Administrator
Donna Larsen, Music Director
Carol Nancarrow, Senior Warden
Jim Rudd, Junior Warden
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