The Celebration of Holy Eucharist
The Twenty-first Sunday After Pentecost
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
Dayton, Ohio, October 17, 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.
“Fantasia in F” Johann Ludwig Krebs
GREETINGS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Please stand for the ringing of the bell and processional.
“All praise to thee, for thou, O King divine” (verses 1-3) The Hymnal 1982, #477
1 All praise to thee, for thou, O King divine,
didst yield the glory that of right was thine,
that in our darkened hearts thy grace might shine.
2 Thou cam’st to us in lowliness of thought;
by thee the outcast and the poor were sought;
and by thy death was God’s salvation wrought.
3 Let this mind be in us which was in thee,
who wast a servant that we might be free,
humbling thyself to death on Calvary.
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. Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; 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:
“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: The Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind: “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up your loins like a man, I will question you, and you shall declare to me. Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone when the morning stars sang together and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy? Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, so that a flood of waters may cover you? Can you send forth lightnings, so that they may go and say to you, ‘Here we are’? Who has put wisdom in the inward parts, or given understanding to the mind? Who has the wisdom to number the clouds? Or who can tilt the waterskins of the heavens, when the dust runs into a mass and the clods cling together? Can you hunt the prey for the lion, or satisfy the appetite of the young lions, when they crouch in their dens, or lie in wait in their covert? Who provides for the raven its prey, when its young ones cry to God, and wander about for lack of food? (38:1-7, 34-41)
Reader: The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
A READING FROM THE BOOK OF PSALMS:
Reader: Bless the Lord, O my soul;
All: O Lord my God, how excellent is your greatness! you are clothed with majesty and splendor. You wrap yourself with light as with a cloak and spread out the heavens like a curtain. You lay the beams of your chambers in the waters above; you make the clouds your chariot; you ride on the wings of the wind.
Reader: You make the winds your messengers and flames of fire your servants.
All: You have set the earth upon its foundations, so that it never shall move at any time. You covered it with the Deep as with a mantle; the waters stood higher than the mountains. At your rebuke they fled; at the voice of your thunder they hastened away.
Reader: They went up into the hills and down to the valleys beneath, to the places you had appointed for them.
All: You set the limits that they should not pass; they shall not again cover the earth. O Lord, how manifold are your works! in wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. Hallelujah! (PS 104:1-9, 25, 37c)
Please be seated
A READING FROM THE LETTER TO THE HEBREWS:
Reader: Every high priest chosen from among mortals is put in charge of things pertaining to God on their behalf, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is subject to weakness; and because of this he must offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. And one does not presume to take this honor, but takes it only when called by God, just as Aaron was. So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”; as he says also in another place, “You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.” In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek. (5:1-10)
Reader: The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
“Praise the Lord through every nation” (verse 1) The Hymnal 1982, #484
1 Praise the Lord through every nation;
his holy arm hath wrought salvation;
exalt him on his Father’s throne.
Praise your King, ye Christian legions,
who now prepares in heavenly regions
unfailing mansions for his own:
with voice and minstrelsy
extol his majesty:
His praise shall sound all nature round,
and hymns on every tongue abound.
Celebrant: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.
People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.
Celebrant: James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They replied, “We are able.” Then Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (10:35-45)
Celebrant: The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Christ.
“Praise the Lord through every nation” (verse 2) The Hymnal 1982, #484
2 Jesus, Lord, our Captain glorious,
o’er sin, and death, and hell victorious,
wisdom and might to thee belong:
we confess, proclaim, adore thee;
we bow the knee, we fall before thee;
thy love henceforth shall be our song.
The cross meanwhile we bear,
the crown erelong to wear:
Thy reign extend world without end;
let praise from all to thee ascend.
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 adversity, 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. (Rev. 4:11)
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
“Many Gifts, One Spirit” Mary Lynn Lightfoot
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.
PRAYER FOR THE GIFTS OF FOOD:
Celebrant: Remembering Jesus, who fed friends and strangers on the hillside, accept our gifts of food for the hungry in our community.
Celebrant: United in Christ, instill in us sincere appreciation for the food on our tables and the will to provide for those who are hungry. Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten, nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
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.
“As we gather at your table” Wonder, Love, & Praise, #763
1 As we gather at your Table,
as we listen to your Word,
help us know, O God, your presence;
let our hearts and minds be stirred.
Nourish us with sacred story
till we claim it as our own;
teach us through this holy banquet
how to make Love’s vict’ry known.
2 Turn our worship into witness
in the sacrament of life;
send us forth to love and serve you,
bringing peace where there is strife.
Give us, Christ, your great compassion
to forgive as you forgave;
may we still behold your image
in the world you died to save.
3 Gracious Spirit, help us summon
other guests to share that Feast
where triumphant Love will welcome
those who had been last and least.
There no more will envy blind us
nor will pride our peace destroy,
as we join with saints and angels
to repeat the sounding joy.
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 . . .
“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!
“Praeludium III” Johann Ludwig Krebs
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 Elizabeth Wagner.
THE ALTAR FLOWERS are given by Steve and Tibby Day in celebration of Will’s birthday.
GROUNDED IN COMMUNITY
THIS 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, Mary-Anna Welch
Acolytes: 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
NEXT SUNDAY– PENTECOST 22 – HOLY EUCHARIST – OCTOBER 24:
Celebrant: The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor
Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen
Ushers: Dave Reuter, Ginny Tuxhorn
Tech: Katherine Wagner, Mary-Anna Welch
Acolyte: Jennifer Phillips/Elizabeth Wagner
Lay Eucharist Ministers: Readers: OT/PS: Elizabeth Wagner EP/POP: Gary Welch
Counters: Tony Rubino, Mary-Anna Welch
Altar Guild: Katherine Wagner, Elizabeth Wagner
Coffee Hour: Rubino
Altar Flowers: Rubino
Sanctuary Lamp: Johnson
Events at St. Mark’s this Week
THIS SUNDAY (Pentecost 21, Oct. 17): HOLY EUCHARIST 10:30am, in person and on Facebook Live. HUNGER SUNDAY.
MONDAY: SAA MEETING, 6:30am, Lounge; AA MEETING, 7:30pm, Parish Hall
TUESDAY: TOPS MEETING, 9:30am, Fellowship 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 22, Oct. 24: HOLY EUCHARIST, 10:30am, in person and on Facebook Live.
Places to be, things to do
HUNGER SUNDAY is TODAY. 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: TODAY 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.
THE CHURCH CRACKED OPEN BOOK GROUP: 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. Dates and times of the Zoom meetings will be announced.
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.
DAY OF CHANGE: when we “spring forward” and “fall back”, we take up a special donation for the Food Pantry at St. Paul’s UMC. So as you set your clocks BACK on Sunday, Nov. 7, please bring in your change (checks and folding money also welcome!)
The Community of St. Mark’s Classifieds
2022 STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN: “Every Perfect Gift” is the theme for this year’s campaign. See the weekly Constant Contact for lots of information, and please consider making a pledge to St. Mark’s for 2022. If you didn’t receive a letter with a pledge card, please contact the office.
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 email@example.com.
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: Saturday, Oct. 23 is the Feast of Saint James of Jerusalem, Brother of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and Martyr, c. 62. In Matthew’s gospel and Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians, the James whom we commemorate today is called the Lord’s brother. Some writers believe him to have been a cousin of Jesus, while others speak of him as a son of Joseph’s first wife. Whatever his relationship to Jesus – brother, half-brother, or cousin – James was converted after the resurrection. Eventually, he became Bishop of Jerusalem. In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul says that James was favored with a special appearance of the Lord before the ascension. Later, James dealt cordially with Paul at Jerusalem, when the latter came there to meet Peter and the other apostles. Eusebius, quoting from an earlier church history by Hegesippus, declares that James was surnamed the Just. He was holy, abstemious, did not cut his hair nor oil his body, and was continually on his knees in prayer, interceding for his people. James’ success in converting many to Christ greatly perturbed some factions in Jerusalem. According to Hegesippus, “they begged him to restrain the people, for they have gone astray to Jesus, thinking him to be the Messiah … we bear you witness that you are just … Persuade the people that they do not go astray … we put our trust in you.” They then set James on the pinnacle of the temple, bidding him to preach to the multitude and turn them from Jesus. James, however, testified for the Lord. They hurled him from the roof to the pavement, and cudgeled him to death. Grant, O God, that, following the example of your servant James the Just, brother of our Lord, your Church may give itself continually to prayer and to the reconciliation of all who are at variance and enmity; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (Holy Women, Holy Men)
Prayers for the Week of Oct. 17
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 in the Province of the west Indies; in the Diocesan cycle of prayer, St. Christopher’s in Fairborn, Grace Church in Cincinnati, and St. John’s in Lancaster; in our Parish cycle of prayer, we pray for Ginny Tuxhorn, Jasmyne and Jennifer Phillips, Elizabeth Wagner and Sean Weber, and Mike and Katherine Wagner; 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; Dick & Sandy – friends of the Wagners; 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.; Vickie – friend of Rowena MacGregor.
For faithful animal companions: Max, longtime canine companion to the Tallman family, Jack; longtime canine companion to Libby & Jeff Nicholson and recently passed; and Coco, canine companion to Norma Peachey, 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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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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