Pentecost-3 (Yr B) June 9, 2024


PRELUDE                   “Religious sketch “                                            E. Gazier

OPENING HYMN        “Praise to the holiest in the height”              HYMN #445


1  Praise to the Holiest in the height,

       and in the depth be praise;

   in all his words most wonderful,

       most sure in all his ways!


2  O loving wisdom of our God!

       When all was sin and shame,

   a second Adam to the fight

       and to the rescue came.


3  O wisest love! that flesh and blood,

       which did in Adam fail,

   should strive afresh against the foe,

       should strive, and should prevail;


4  and that the highest gift of grace

       should flesh and blood refine:

   God’s presence and his very self,

       and essence all-divine.


5  Praise to the Holiest in the height,

       and in the depth be praise;

   in all his words most wonderful,

       most sure in all his ways!




Celebrant             Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
     People              And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and forever. Amen.


Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom all 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.



HYMN OF PRAISE          “Glory to God”          HYMN #S280


1. Glory to God in the highest!
Peace to his people on earth.


2. Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.


3. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,


4. you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;


5. you are seated at the right hand of the Father:
receive our prayer.


6. For you alone are the Holy One,
for you alone are the Lord,


7. you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father. Amen.



Celebrant          The Lord be with you.
      People          And also with you

Celebrant          Let us pray.




O God, from whom all good proceeds: Grant that by your inspiration we may think
those things that are right, and by your merciful guiding may do them; through Jesus
Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever
and ever.  Amen.


                                      Please be seated.


First Lesson       1 Samuel 8:4-20    A lesson from the first book of Samuel


All the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, and said
to him, “You are old and your sons do not follow in your ways; appoint for us, then,
a king to govern us, like other nations.” But the thing displeased Samuel when
they said, “Give us a king to govern us.” Samuel prayed to the Lord, and
the Lord said to Samuel, “Listen to the voice of the people in all that they say to
you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king
over them. Just as they have done to me, from the day I brought them up out of
Egypt to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so also they are doing to
you. Now then, listen to their voice; only—you shall solemnly warn them, and
show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them.”


So Samuel reported all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him
for a king. He said, “These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he
will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen, and
to run before his chariots; [and he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands
and commanders of fifties, and some to plow his ground and to reap his harvest,

and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots. He will
take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the
best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his courtiers.
He will take one-tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers
and his courtiers.] He will take your male and female slaves, and the best of your
cattle and donkeys, and put them to his work. He will take one-tenth of your flocks,
and you shall be his slaves. And in that day you will cry out because of your king,
whom you have chosen for yourselves; but the Lord will not answer you in that


But the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel; they said, “No! but we are
determined to have a king over us, so that we also may be like other nations, and
that our king may govern us and go out before us and fight our battles.”


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



PSALM                   Psalm 138              Please read responsively


1 1 I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with my whole heart; *
     before the gods I will sing your praise.


2 I will bow down toward your holy temple
and praise your Name, *
     because of your love and faithfulness;


3 For you have glorified your Name *
     and your word above all things.


4 When I called, you answered me; *
     you increased my strength within me.


5 All the kings of the earth will praise you, O Lord, *
     when they have heard the words of your mouth.


6 They will sing of the ways of the Lord, *
     that great is the glory of the Lord.


7 Though the Lord be high, he cares for the lowly; *
     he perceives the haughty from afar.


8 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you keep me safe; *
     you stretch forth your hand against the fury of my enemies;
     your right hand shall save me.


9 The Lord will make good his purpose for me; *
     O Lord, your love endures for ever;
     do not abandon the works of your hands.



EPISTLE  2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 A Reading from the second letter of Paul to the church in Corinth


Just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture—“I believed,
and so I spoke” —we also believe, and so we speak, because we know
that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring
us with you into his presence. Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it
extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.


So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner
nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing
us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at
what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary,
but what cannot be seen is eternal.


For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building
from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.


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



GRADUAL            “How wondrous and great thy works”            HYMN #533


1  How wondrous and great thy works, God of praise!

    How just, King of saints, and true are thy ways!

    O who shall not fear thee, and honor thy Name?

    Thou only art holy, thou only supreme.



2  To nations of earth thy light shall be shown;

    their worship and vows shall come to thy throne:

    thy truth and thy judgments shall spread all abroad,

    till earth’s every people confess thee their God.



GOSPEL                    Mark 3:20-35

Gospeler     The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark
    People     Glory to you Lord Christ.


The crowd came together again, so that Jesus and his disciples could not even
eat. When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying,
“He has gone out of his mind.” And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem
said, “He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.”
And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, “How can Satan
cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot
stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.
And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his
end has come. But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property
without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered.


“Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies
they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness,
but is guilty of an eternal sin”— for they had said, “He has an unclean


Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him
and called him. A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, “Your mother
and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.” And he replied,
“Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking at those who sat around him,
he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is
my brother and sister and mother.”


Response      Praise to you Lord Christ



SERMON                                                                                         The Rev. Cricket Park



We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,

begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.

Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven:

  by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin 

            Mary, and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death

   and was buried.

On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;

     he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the


He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.

He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.



                           THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE


The Leader and People pray responsively

Leader      In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.


For all people in their daily life and work;
For our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those who are alone.


For this community, the nation, and the world;
For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.


For the just and proper use of your creation;
For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.


For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;
For those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the needy.


For the peace and unity of the Church of God;

For all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek the Truth.


For Michael our Presiding Bishop, and Kristin, Ken, Nedi, and Wendall our Bishops;
and for all bishops and other ministers;

For all who serve God in the Church.


For the special needs and concerns of this congregation.

Silence     (The People may add their own petitions.)


Hear us, Lord;
For your mercy is great.


We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life.

Silence      (The People may add their own thanksgivings.)

We Hear us, Lord;
For your mercy is great.


We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life.

Silence     (The People may add their own thanksgivings.)

We will exalt you, O God our King;

And praise your Name for ever and ever.

We pray for all who have died, that they may have a place in
your eternal kingdom.

Silence     (The People may add their own petitions.)

Lord, let your loving-kindness be upon them;
Who put their trust in you.


We pray to you also for the forgiveness of our sins.


Silence may be kept.


Leader and People
Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father;
in your compassion forgive us our sins,
known and unknown,
things done and left undone;
and so uphold us by your Spirit
that we may live and serve you in newness of life,
to the honor and glory of your Name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus
Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in
eternal life.  Amen.




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





OFFERTORY HYMN        “Let us ever walk with thee”                          Dan Forrest


At this time the ushers will collect this week’s offering.



Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

Praise God all creatures here below;

Praise God above ye heavenly host;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.



                 THE HOLY COMMUNION


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 our thanks and praise.

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


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


For by water and the Holy Spirit you have made us a new people in Jesus Christ our
Lord, to show forth your glory in all the world.


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


Celebrant and People                                                              HYMNAL 1982 #S130

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.


                    The people stand or kneel. Then the Celebrant continues


We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have made
known to us in creation; in the calling of Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken
through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your Son. For in
these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be the Savior
and Redeemer of the world.


In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you. In
him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of
death into life.


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


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


Therefore, according to his command, O Father,


Celebrant and People


We remember his death,
We proclaim his resurrection,
We await his coming in glory;


And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O Lord of all; presenting
to you, from your creation, this bread and this wine.


We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts that they may
be the Sacrament of the Body of Christ and his Blood of the new Covenant. Unite us
to your Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him, being sanctified
by the Holy Spirit. In the fullness of time, put all things in subjection under your Christ,
and bring us to that heavenly country where, with Mark and all your saints, we may
enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ our
Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our


By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is
yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever.  AMEN.


As our Savior Christ has taught us, we now pray


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.


THE FRACTION ANTHEM           “Alleluia, alleluia”                       Hymn #S115

Al-le-lu-ia, al-le-lu-ia, al-le-lu-ia

Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.

Therefore let us keep the feast.

Al-le-lu-ia, al-le-lu-ia, al-le-lu-ia



Celebrant    The Gifts of God for the People of God.


All are invited to God’s table. Receive the bread with outstretched hands. You may
sip from the chalice or lightly dip the wafer into the wine. (Please use hand sanitizer
available in the aisle.) If you prefer a blessing, cross your arms over your chest as a
signal to the ministers.


COMMUNION HYMN              “O God unseen, yet ever near”                 HYMN #322


1  When Jesus died to save us,

    a word, an act he gave us;

    and still that word is spoken,

    and still the bread is broken.


2  He was the Word that spake it,

    he took the bread and brake it,

    and what that Word did make it,

    I do believe and take it.





Celebrant       Let us pray.

Eternal God, heavenly Father,
you have 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 of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always.  Amen.


RECESSIONAL HYMN         “Thy strong word did cleave the darkness”       Hymn #381


1  Thy strong word did cleave the darkness;

        at thy speaking it was done;

    for created light we thank thee,

        while thine ordered seasons run:

    Alleluia, alleluia!

        Praise to thee who light dost send!

    Alleluia, alleluia!

        Alleluia without end!


2  Lo, on those who dwelt in darkness,

        dark as night and deep as death,

    broke the light of thy salvation,

        breathed thine own life-giving breath:

    Alleluia, alleluia!

        Praise to thee who light dost send!

    Alleluia, alleluia!

        Alleluia without end!


3  Thy strong word bespeaks us righteous;

        bright with thine own holiness,

    glorious now, we press toward glory,

        and our lives our hopes confess:

    Alleluia, alleluia!

        Praise to thee who light dost send!

    Alleluia, alleluia!

        Alleluia without end!


4  God the Father, Light-Creator,

        to thee laud and honor be;

    to thee, Light of Light begotten,

        praise be sung eternally;

    Holy Spirit, Light-Revealer,

        glory, glory be to thee;

    mortals, angels, now and ever

        praise the Holy Trinity.



         The congregation is dismissed.

Response      Thanks be to God. Alleluia. Alleluia


POSTLUDE                  “Trumpet tune for organ”                              Richard E. Frey


Please join us for coffee in the Fellowship Room of the Community Building.


Welcome to St. Mark’s! During the service, please assume the postures of prayer and
devotion as best suits your ability. If you are able, please stand for the Gospel, singing
hymns, and the prayers. Kneeling and sitting are also appropriate for the prayers of
the people and the Eucharistic prayers. Remember, the posture of your heart is more
important to God than the position of your body.


Ministry Assignments for June 9, 2024
Acolyte: Stephanie Welch
Lay Readers: Judy Rudd and Gabe Walch
Chalice Bearers: Judy Rudd and Kendall Rubino
Tech Table: TJ Walch
Ushers: Wayne Harper and Tony Rubino
Counters: Carol Nancarrow and Gary Welch
Open/Close: Wagner/Nancarrow
Coffee Hour: Ice Cream Social (Carol Nancarrow)
Altar Guild: Katherine Wagner and Elizabeth Wagner-Weber
Flowers and Candle in celebration and honor of Natalie’s 60th birthday by the
Phillips family.



Ministry Assignments for June 16, 2024
Acolyte: Faggio Nocero-Sargent
Lay Readers: Jackie Hoskinson and Don Nancarrow
Chalice Bearers: Elizabeth Wagner-Weber and Don Nancarrow
Tech Table: Dave Reuter
Ushers: Dave Reuter, Will Day, and Ginny Tuxhorn
Counters: Dave Reuter and Kendall Rubino
Open/Close: Wagner/Reuter
Coffee Hour: Jackie and Jim Hoskinson
Altar Guild: Katherine Wagner and Elizabeth Wagner-Weber


We have openings for coffee hour. Please sign up to help on the bulletin board sheets
next to the church office. The sign-ups for flowers and candles are there also.


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


Upcoming Events
June 9—3rd Sunday after Pentecost and Ice Cream Social
June 12—Adult Forum on the Road
June 15—Priest Ordinations
June 16—4rd Sunday after Pentecost
June 19—Juneteenth

June 20-28—General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Louisville, KY

Jun 23—5th Sunday After Pentecost


Join us for Ice Cream after the service
Our annual Ice Cream Social happens after the service today. We’ll be outside, weather
permitting. Please give a hand in moving chairs and helping with clean up. The annual
teacher recognition, which usually happens on the same day, is being postponed
until June 23rd.


Canterbury Court (CCT) Ministry Opportunities
Arts & Crafts Classes: Provide materials and conduct class for “Make it & Take it” classes for 10
residents of CCT at 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. on April 15th and May 20th.
Butterfly Garden Party: Donate annuals, perennials and monetary contributions and weed and
plant gardens on May 24th from 9am – 11am.
Annual Friends Luncheon: Provide soup, sandwiches, and desserts and serve free lunches to
CCT residents on June 25th at 11am.


Adult Forum goes on the road: Psalms and Schwarma
What’s your favorite Psalm? There are 150 of these ‘songs’ in Scripture. If you say the
Daily Office, you’ll go through them at least twice a year. But, what are they all about?
Why are some of the verses disturbing as well as comforting? Mark your calendars
for 6:30pm, beginning Wednesday June 12 and continuing through August. Grab your
Bible and head for Cedarland Lebanese Restaurant in Beavercreek.Root on the players!


Prayer Retreat presented by Forward Movement
Led by Scott Gunn and Miriam McKenney July 8-10 at the
A disciple’s work begins in prayer. Spend time deepening your prayer life in communi-ty with others at the beautiful Transfiguration Spirituality Center. $200 all inclusive; $120 for Diocese of Southern Ohio members; $75 commuter rate. Meals and lodging are included. Register at


St. Arbuck’s Coffee Ministry
Be a part of local witness to God’s love and St. Mark’s fellowship. Join us at the Star-bucks Café inside the Kroger store across the street. Spend the morning or just stop by for a few minutes. Evangelism goes down better with a cappuchino! Plus, you can shop for the St. Paul’s Food Pantry while you’re there!



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Libby Nicholson, Senior Warden

Kendall Rubino, Junior Warden

Jackie Hoskinson

Jim Rudd

Mary Sones

Patricia Tallman

Jenna Walch

Don Nancarrow, Treasurer

Dave Reuter, Recorder

Interim Priest-in-Charge:

Rev. Cricket Park;

Office Hours by appointment. 937-256-1082


                  Our Mission Statement:

“We gather for worship, education and mutual support;

welcome all people; and serve the community in God’s name”.


A prayer for St. Mark’s in a time of transition:

O Lord, Father of life and change, of new and old: You gifted us with abilities to speak and listen, to hear and decide, to choose and know. We thank you for teaching us how to used these abilities, though we must at times remember to combine them with patience. Remind us to speak with kindness, to listen to understand, to hear all voices, to decide on what is just and true, to choose the path of peace, and to know we are not alone. Be with us in this time of transition, that it is as effective as it is unsettling, as comforting as it is confusing. And never leave our side on the journey ahead, as we strive for an unknown destination. In the name of your Son Jesus, who walks alongside us, we pray. Amen.

(written by Elizabeth Wagner-Weber)

The Rev. Cricket Park, Interim Priest-in-Charge

Libby Nicholson – Senior Warden;

Kendall Rubino – Junior Warden,

Donna Larsen, Music Director/Organist,

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Dayton, OH 45431


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