Pentecost-23 (Yr B) Oct 31, 2021

 

The Celebration of Holy Eucharist

The Twenty-third Sunday After Pentecost

 

 

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Dayton, Ohio, October 31, 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.

 

PRELUDE:

“Praise the Lord, Rise Up Rejoicing”         Gerhard Krapf

 

WELCOME: The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor

 

Please stand for the ringing of the bell and processional.

 

PROCESSIONAL:                        

“Christ for the world we sing”                                                       The Hymnal 1982,  #537

 

1  Christ for the world we sing!

     The world to Christ we bring with loving zeal;

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

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

 

2  Christ for the world we sing!

     The world to Christ we bring with fervent prayer;

     the wayward and the lost, by restless passions tossed,

     redeemed at countless cost from dark despair.

 

3  Christ for the world we sing!

     The world to Christ we bring with one accord;

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

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

 

4  Christ for the world we sing!

     The world to Christ we bring with joyful song;

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

     inspired with hope and praise, to Christ belong.

 

 

 

 

The 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. (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. Almighty and merciful God, it is only by your gift that your faithful people offer you true and laudable service: Grant that we may run without stumbling to obtain your heavenly promises; 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 RUTH:

Reader:  In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land, and a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to live in the country of Moab, he and his wife and two sons. The name of the man was Elimelech and the name of his wife Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion; they were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah. They went into the country of Moab and remained there. But Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died, and she was left with her two sons. These took Moabite wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. When they had lived there about ten years, both Mahlon and Chilion also died, so that the woman was left without her two sons and her husband. Then she started to return with her daughters-in-law from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the Lord had considered his people and given them food. So she set out from the place where she had been living, she and her two daughters-in-law, and they went on their way to go back to the land of Judah. But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go back each of you to your mother’s house. May the Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me. The Lord grant that you may find security, each of you in the house of your husband.” Then she kissed them, and they wept aloud. They said to her, “No, we will return with you to your people.” But Naomi said, “Turn back, my daughters, why will you go with me? Do I still have sons in my womb that they may become your husbands? Turn back, my daughters, go your way, for I am too old to have a husband. Even if I thought there was hope for me, even if I should have a husband tonight and bear sons, would you then wait until they were grown? Would you then refrain from marrying? No, my daughters, it has been far more bitter for me than for you, because the hand of the Lord has turned against me.” Then they wept aloud again. Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her. So she said, “See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” But Ruth said,  “Do not press me to leave you  or to turn back from following you! Where you go, I will go; Where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die, I will die— there will I be buried. May the Lord do thus and so to me, and more as well, if even death parts me from you!” When Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more to her.     (1:1-18)

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

 

Please stand      

 

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF PSALMS

Reader: Hallelujah! Praise the Lord, O my soul!
All: I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. Put not your trust in rulers, nor in any child of earth, for there is no help in them. When they breathe their last, they return to earth, and in that day their thoughts perish.

 

Reader: Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help!

All: whose hope is in the Lord their God; Who made heaven and earth, the seas, and all that is in them; who keeps his promise for ever; Who gives justice to those who are oppressed, and food to those who hunger.

Reader: The Lord sets the prisoners free;
All: the Lord opens the eyes of the blind; the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; The Lord loves the righteous; the Lord cares for the stranger; he sustains the orphan and widow, but frustrates the way of the wicked. The Lord shall reign for ever, your God, O Zion,    throughout all generations. Hallelujah!                                             (PS 146)

 

Please be seated

 

A READING FROM THE LETTER TO THE HEBREWS:

Reader: When Christ came as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation), he entered once for all into the Holy Place, not with the blood of goats and calves, but with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls, with the sprinkling of the ashes of a heifer, sanctifies those who have been defiled so that their flesh is purified, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to worship the living God!                      (9:11-14)

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

 

Please stand

 

GRADUAL:                           

“God is love, and where true love is”  (verses 1-2)                The Hymnal 1982,  #577

 

 

          God is love, and where true love is

          God himself is there.

 

1 Here in Christ we gather, love of Christ our calling.

   Christ, our love, is with us, gladness be his greeting.

   Let us fear and love him, holy God eternal.

   Loving him, let each love Christ in one another.

 

   Refrain

 

2 When we Christians gather, members of one Body,

   let there be in us no discord but one spirit.

   Banished now be anger, strife and every quarrel.

   Christ, our God, be always present here among us.

 

   Refrain

 

 

THE GOSPEL

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

People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Celebrant:  One of the scribes came near and heard the Saducees disputing with one another, and seeing that Jesus answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Then the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that ‘he is one, and besides him there is no other’; and ‘to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength,’ and ‘to love one’s neighbor as oneself,’ —this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” After that no one dared to ask him any question.                                  (12:28-34)

Celebrant:  The Gospel of the Lord.   Praise to you, Lord Christ.  

 

GRADUAL:                           

“God is love, and where true love is”  (verse 3)                The Hymnal 1982,  #577

 

3 Grant us love’s fulfillment, joy with all the blessèd,

   when we see your face, O Savior, in its glory.

   Shine on us, O purest Light of all creation,

   be our bliss while endless ages sing your praises.

 

   Refrain

  

Please be seated

 

THE SERMON 

 

Please stand

 

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, 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. 

 

THE CONFESSION:

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 stand

 

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.

 

Please be seated

 

ONLINE COMMENTS

 

BIRTHDAY and ANNIVERSARY PRAYERS 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

OFFERTORY SENTENCE

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

 

OFFERTORY

“Find Us Faithful”              Craig Courtney

 

Please stand

 

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!)

 

Please stand

 

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.

 

Please stand

 

COMMUNION HYMN:  

“Seek ye first”                    The Hymnal 1982,  #711

 

1  Seek ye first the kingdom of God

     and its righteousness,

     and all these things shall be added unto you;

     Allelu, alleluia!

 

 

              Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

              Allelu, alleluia!

 

 

2  Ask, and it shall be given unto you,

     seek, and ye shall find,

     knock, and the door shall be opened unto you;

     Allelu, alleluia!

 

 

     Refrain

 

 

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.

 

THE BLESSING:

Celebrant:  ….. +And may the blessing . . .

 

RECESSIONAL:

“Lord of all hopefulness”                                                     The Hymnal 1982,  #482

 

1  Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy,

   whose trust, ever child-like, no cares could destroy,

   be there at our waking, and give us, we pray,

   your bliss in our hearts, Lord, at the break of the day.

 

2  Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith,

   whose strong hands were skilled at the plane and the lathe,

   be there at our labors, and give us, we pray,

   your strength in our hearts, Lord, at the noon of the day.

 

3  Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace,

   your hands swift to welcome, your arms to embrace,

   be there at our homing, and give us, we pray,

   your love in our hearts, Lord, at the eve of the day.

 

4  Lord of all gentleness, Lord of all calm,

   whose voice is contentment, whose presence is balm,

   be there at our sleeping, and give us, we pray,

   your peace in our hearts, Lord, at the end of the day.

 

 

DISMISSAL:

Celebrant:  Alleluia! Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.  Thanks be to God. Alleluia!

 

POSTLUDE:

“Epilogue”                                                                                             Norman Gilbert

 

 

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 Welch family in celebration of Mary-Anna’s and Stephanie’s birthdays.

 

THE ALTAR FLOWERS are given by the Welches.

 

 

 

GROUNDED IN COMMUNITY

 

THIS SUNDAY– PENTECOST 23- HOLY EUCHARIST – OCTOBER 31:

Celebrant: The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor

Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen

Ushers: Wayne Harper, Jim Rudd

Tech: Gary Welch, Mary-Anna Welch

Acolyte: Elizabeth Wagner

Lay Eucharist Ministers: Readers: OT/PS: Judy Rudd   EP/POP: Don Nancarrow

Counters: Janet Reuter, Kendall Rubino

Altar Guild: Katherine Wagner, Elizabeth Wagner

Coffee Hour: Laura Leach

 

NEXT SUNDAY– ALL SAINTS SUNDAY – HOLY EUCHARIST – NOVEMBER 7:

Celebrant: The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor

Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen

Ushers: Dave Reuter, Jim Rudd

Tech: TJ Walch, Mary-Anna Welch

Acolytes: Gary Welch, Stephanie Welch

Lay Eucharist Ministers: Readers: OT/PS: Jim Rudd EP/POP: Elizabeth Wagner

Counters: Gary Welch, Tony Rubino

Altar Guild: Norma Peachey, Ginny Tuxhorn

Altar Flowers: Williamson

Sanctuary Lamp: Williamson

Coffee Hour: Welch

 

 

Events at St. Mark’s this Week

 

THIS SUNDAY (Pentecost 23, Oct. 31): HOLY EUCHARIST 10:30am, in person and on

 Facebook Live. 

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

SATURDAYHIDDEN GEMS, noon, parking lot; AA MEETING, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

NEXT SUNDAY (All Saints Sunday, Nov. 7): HOLY EUCHARIST, 10:30am, in person

 and on Facebook Live. 

 

 

Places to be, things to do

 

CARE HOUSE SUNDAY is Sunday, Nov. 7. Donations of small water bottles, healthy snacks, and gift cards (gas, Kroger, Wal-Mart) are welcome. Monetary donations will be noted on your contribution sheet. NOTE: Please check the expiration dates of all food products, as CARE House cannot distribute anything that has expired.

ALL SAINTS DAY NECROLOGY: On Sunday, Nov. 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 TOMORROW, 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!)

 again

THE CHURCH CRACKED OPEN BOOK GROUP will meet at again 7pm on Wednesday, Nov. 10 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.

SECOND SUNDAY CHOIR: For those who love to sing,  please consider joining other members of St. Mark’s in a monthly choral (with safety protocols) offering. Please let music director, Donna Larsen, know you are interested so you can get the music ahead of time. Practice will be at 10am on the second Sunday; the anthem will be sung that day. Family members are encouraged to sing together! The next choir performance will be Sunday, Nov. 14

HEALING CIRCLE is now called PRAYER CIRCLE, and will meet via Zoom at 7pm on Wednesday, Nov. 17.

 

 

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 information, and please consider making a pledge to St. Mark’s for 2022.  We are asked to use our abundant gifts with which we have been blessed to do God’s work in this world.  We are expected to grow those gifts and use them wisely as we attend to the needs of those less fortunate than ourselves. During this Stewardship Campaign, may we give in worship and appreciation to God for our many blessings and as a statement of our faith that He will continue to provide for our own needs.  Please submit your pledge by Nov. 21 to allow it to be included with the other pledges received as an offering during the worship service on that day

 

 

Lesser Feasts and Fasts

 

RECOMMENDED FEAST DAY TO OBSERVEMonday, Nov. 1,  is the Feast of  All Saints.  Gregory Thaumaturgus, writing before the year 270, refers to the observance of a festival of all martyrs.  A hundred years later, Ephrem the Deacon mentions such an observance in Edessa on May 13; and the patriarch John Chrysostom, who died in 407, says that a festival of All Saints was observed on the first Sunday after Pentecost in Constantinople at the time of his episcopate. The contemporary lectionary of the East Syrians set a commemoration of all the saints on Friday in Easter week. On May 13, in the year 610, the Pantheon in Rome, originally a pagan temple dedicated to all the gods, was dedicated as the Church of St. Mary and All Martyrs. All Saints Day is classed, in the Prayer Book of 1979, as a Principal Feast, taking precedence of any other day or observance. Among the seven so classified, All Saints Day alone may be observed on the following Sunday, in addition to its observance on its fixed date. It is one of the four days recommended in the Prayer Book (page 312) for the administration of Holy Baptism.

Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.     (Holy Women, Holy Men)

 

 

Prayers for the Week of Oct. 31

 

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 Episcopal/Anglican Province of Alexandria;  in the Diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for Our Savior in Mechanicsburg, Trinity in Troy, and Christ Church in Cincinnati;  in our Parish cycle of prayer, we pray for Carol Williamson, Fred and Phyllis Berta, and Joy and Larry Brown;  For those celebrating November birthdays: Ginny Tuxhorn (11/5), Mary-Anna Welch (11/5), Stephanie Welch (11/8), Carmen Davis (11/9), Carol Williamson (11/9), Wesley Walch (11/11), Norma Peachey (11/13), Mary Sones (11/18), Megan Rubino (11/23), Sandy Bultman (11/26); Judy Rudd (11/26), Annabelle Leach (11/28); For those celebrating wedding anniversaries: Dave & Janet Reuter (11/12), Tony & Kendall Rubino (11/16);  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; Ken – the Berta’s son; 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; Sarah – friend of the Wagners; 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, 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.

 

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ADULT EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES

 

 The Rev. Rowena MacGregor will be facilitating various adult educational/spiritual development offerings this fall (Zoom).  Be sure to check the Sunday bulletin for times and dates.

 

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For more announcements, click HERE.

 

To read a copy of the October 21, 2021 Vestry Minutes, click HERE.

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The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor, Priest-In-Charge

570-404-2025   rector@stmarksdayton.org

 

Katherine Wagner, Parish Administrator

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Donna Larsen, Music Director

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Carol Nancarrow, Senior Warden

Jim Rudd, Junior Warden

wardens@stmarksdayton.org

 

 

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