Pentecost (Yr B) May 23, 2021

 

The Feast of Pentecost

Whitsunday

 

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Dayton, Ohio, May 23, 2021, 10:30 AM

 

 

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 mailing list.  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.

 

PRELUDE:

“Hail thee, festival day!”                                                                                                   The Hymnal 1982,  #225

You are invited to read the text of this hymn though singing is prohibited

 

GREETINGS & ANNOUNCEMENTS   

Please stand for the procession and ringing of the bell.

 

 

The Liturgy of the Word

 

Celebrant:  Alleluia!  Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia! 

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.

 

 

SONG OF PRAISE:  Canticle 19: Song of the Redeemed                                                                        

All: O ruler of the universe, Lord God, great deeds are they that you have done,     surpassing human understanding. Your ways are ways of righteousness and truth,  O King of all the ages. Who can fail to do you homage, Lord, and sing the praises of your Name?  For you only are the Holy One.  All nations will draw near and fall down before you, because your just and holy works have been revealed.

 

 

COLLECT OF THE DAY

Celebrant: The Lord be with you.  And also with you. Let us pray. Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

Please be seated

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF EZEKIEL:

Reader:  The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. He said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?” I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord.” So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.” I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude. Then he said to me, “Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.’ Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken and will act,” says the Lord.       (37:1-14)

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

                 

 

Please stand 

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF PSALMS

Reader: O Lord, how manifold are your works!

All:   in wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. Yonder is the great and wide sea with its living things too many to number, creatures both small and great. There move the ships, and there is that Leviathan, which you have made for the sport of it.

 

Reader: All of them look to you  to give them their food in due season.

All: You give it to them; they gather it; you open your hand, and they are filled with good things. You hide your face, and they are terrified; you take away their breath, and they die and return to their dust. You send forth your Spirit, and they are created; and so you renew the face of the earth.

 

Reader: May the glory of the Lord endure for ever; may the Lord rejoice in all his works.

All: He looks at the earth and it trembles; he touches the mountains and they smoke. I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will praise my God while I have my being. May these words of mine please him; I will rejoice in the Lord. Bless the Lord, O my soul. Hallelujah!                                                                           (PS 104:25-35, 37)

 

  

Please be seated

A READING FROM THE FIRST LETTER OF ACTS:

Reader: When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.  Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.  Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.” But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist. The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day. Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’”                                 (2:1-21)

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

 

 

Please stand

THE GOSPEL

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

People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Celebrant:       Jesus said to his disciples, “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning. I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’  But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because they do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned. I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.  When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”                                                 (15:26-27, 16:4b-15)

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

                            

 

 

Please be seated

THE SERMON 

 

        

 

 

Please stand   

RENEWAL OF BAPTISMAL VOWS(traditionally recited on high holy days in lieu of a baptism.)

 

Celebrant:  Let us join with those who are committing themselves to the body of Christ in churches worldwide this day and renew our own baptismal covenant.

Celebrant:      Do you reaffirm your renunciation of evil and renew your commitment to Jesus Christ?  I do.

Celebrant:      Do you believe in God the Father? I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

Celebrant:      Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God? I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended to the dead.  On the third day he rose again.  He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

Celebrant:  Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?  I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

Celebrant:  Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?  I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant:  Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?  I will, with God’s help. 

Celebrant:  Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?

I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant:  Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?  I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant:  Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being? I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant:  May Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has given us a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and bestowed upon us the forgiveness of sins, keep us in eternal life by his grace, in Christ Jesus our Lord.  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 or kneel

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE:  

Reader: Gracious God, it is in the power of your abundant and life-giving Spirit that we call upon you in prayer. Deepen our understanding and experience of your constant presence and the fulfillment of your promises as we observe the Feast of Pentecost; and in the name of Jesus we offer you these prayers. 

Reader: Empower with your Spirit, O Lord, all ministers of the gospel, that they may preach the word boldly, administer the sacraments faithfully and above all, lead your people with love and into love. Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader: Empower with your Spirit, O Lord, all the leaders of nations, that they may be unrelenting in their quest for peace and tirelessly pursue the well-being of the peopleLord, hear our prayer.

Reader: Empower with your Spirit, O Lord, all those who suffer persecution for doing justice; for teachers, authors, and leaders who encourage critical thinking, for those identifying and opposing oppressive systems and institutions, for those of every race who are educating and dismantling culturally conditioned racism, and for those promoting the well-being of the earth and all her creatures. Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader: Empower with your Spirit, O Lord, all those who experience desolation and despair, remembering especially the aged who remain isolated during the pandemic, and to honor the wisdom of our elders. Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader: Empower with your Spirit, O Lord,  the sick and those who suffer from any adversity, remembering Carolyn, Howard, Ruby, George, the Darnell Family, Judy, Juanita, Rob, Carmen, Joanne, Mary, and Vern; and all those named on the parish prayer list; that in their weakness they put their trust in you and therein find comfort and joy even in the midst of suffering. Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader: Empower with your Spirit, O Lord, all those who have died, that your will for them may be fulfilled and that they may share with all your saints in your eternal kingdom. 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.

 

 

Please stand

THE PASSING OF THE PEACE:  

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

    The congregation offers the peace of God to one another.

 

 

OFFERTORY SENTENCE

Celebrant:  All things come of thee, O Lord, and of thine own, have we given thee.  Amen.

 

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

MUSICAL MEDITATION AT THE OFFERTORY:    

“Come holy spirit, heavenly dove”                   (St. Mark’s Singers)                         The Hymnal 1982,  #510

 

Please stand

PRAYER FOR THE OFFERING OF THE PEOPLE: 

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, which will be given in one kind only, please  line up in the center aisle keeping at least six feet between households; at your turn approach the Celebrant, who will use tongs to safely distribute the host to you. Return to your seat via the side aisles. If you prefer a gluten-free host, please notify an usher prior to the service.

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 from a safe distance and without touch.

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 A

Celebrant:       The Lord be with you.  And also with you. Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.  Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.  It is right to give God thanks and praise. 

 

Celebrant:  It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. But chiefly are we bound to praise you for the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; for he is the true Paschal Lamb, who was sacrificed for us, and has taken away the sin of the world. By his death he has destroyed death, and by his rising to life again he has won for us everlasting life.  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 Name:

 

THE SANCTUS:                                                                                         

All: 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.

 

You may stand or kneel

Celebrant:  Holy and gracious Father: In your infinite love you made us for yourself; and, when we had fallen into sin and become subject to evil and death, you, in your mercy, sent Jesus Christ, your only and eternal Son, to share our human nature, to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all.  He stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself, in obedience to your will, a perfect sacrifice for the whole world.  On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, 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 we proclaim the mystery of faith:

 

All:  Christ has died.  Christ is risen.  Christ will come again.

 

Celebrant:  We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O Father, in this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Recalling his death, resurrection, and ascension, we offer you these gifts. Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of your Son, the holy food and drink of new and unending life in him. +Sanctify us also that we may faithfully receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you in unity, constancy, and peace; and at the last day bring us with all your saints into the joy of your eternal kingdom.  All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ. 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.

 

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.

 

THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD:

Celebrant  Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us; therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia!

 

INVITATION TO COMMUNION:

Celebrant:  The Gifts of God for the People of God.

The people may now come forward to receive the Sacrament.

 

 

THE PRAYER OF RECEPTION FOR THOSE PARTICIPATING ONLINE:

(to be said by those at home)

 

Blessed Jesus, with your faithful people at every altar of your church where the Holy Eucharist is now being celebrated, I offer my praise and thanksgiving.  Since I cannot receive you today in the Sacrament of your Body and Blood, I ask you to come spiritually into my heart.  Cleanse and strengthen me with your grace, Lord Jesus, and let me never be separated from you.  May I live in you, and you in me, in this life and the life to come.  Amen.

 

 

Please be seated

MUSICAL MEDITATION: 

Come holy ghost, our lord and God”                                                                                                   Franz Turner

 You are invited to read the text of this hymn though singing is prohibited

 

Please stand

POST COMMUNION PRAYER

Celebrant:  Let us pray. 

All:  Almighty and everliving God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the Body of your Son, and heirs of your eternal kingdom.  And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord.  To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever.  Amen.

 

 

THE BLESSING:

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

 

 

DISMISSAL:

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

 

POSTLUDE:

“The head that once was crowned with thorns”                                                       The Hymnal 1982,  #483

 

You’re invited to enjoy a cup of coffee and socialize on the lawn after the service.

 

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 Will Day,  in loving memory of his mother, Connie Schulz Day.

THE ALTAR FLOWERS are given by the Wagner family in celebration of the birthday of the Church.

 

 

 

GROUNDED IN COMMUNITY

 

THIS SUNDAY– THE DAY OF PENTECOST HOLY EUCHARIST – MAY 23:

Celebrant: The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor

Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen

Ushers: Wayne Harper, Tony Rubino

Tech: Katherine Wagner

Acolyte: Elizabeth Wagner

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

Counters: Kendall Rubino, Janet Reuter

Altar Guild: Katherine and Elizabeth Wagner

Coffee Hour: Joy Brown, Sandy Bultman

 

NEXT SUNDAY– TRINITY SUNDAY HOLY EUCHARIST – MAY 30:

Celebrant: The Rev. Rowena Mae MacGregor

Music Director/Organist: Donna Larsen

Ushers: Dave Reuter, Jim Rudd

Tech: Dave Reuter

Acolyte: Gary Welch, Stephanie Welch

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

Counters: Kendall Rubino, Janet Reuter

Altar Guild: Katherine and Elizabeth Wagner

Coffee Hour: Joy Brown, Sandy Bultman

 

 

Events at St. Mark’s this Week

THIS SUNDAY (Pentecost, May 23): HOLY EUCHARIST, 10:30am, in person and on Facebook Live; EDUCATION FOR MINISTRY, 1:30pm, Fellowship Room

MONDAY: SAA MEETING, 6:30am, Lounge; AA MEETING, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

TUESDAY: TOPS MEETING, 10am, Sanctuary;  NA MEETING; 7:30pm, Parish Hall

WEDNESDAY: VESTRY MEETING, 6:30pm, Zoom

THURSDAY: SAA MEETING, 7:30pm, Lounge

FRIDAY: STAFF MEETING, 9:30-10am, Office; COMMUNICATIONS MEETING, 10:30am, Office

SATURDAYNEEDMORE SOBRIETY MEETING, 10:30am, Parish Hall; HIDDEN GEMS, noon, parking lot; AA MEETING, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

NEXT SUNDAY (Pentecost 1, May 30): HOLY EUCHARIST, 10:30am, in person and on Facebook Live; EDUCATION FOR MINISTRY, 1:30pm, Fellowship Room

 

 

Places to be, things to do

THE SOFTBALL TEAM is back in action at Fairfield Park! Come watch them play on Thursday, May 27 at 7:15pm (Diamond 2).

THE VESTRY will meet again on Wednesday, May 26 at 6:30pm via Zoom.  Please contact the office if you would like the Zoom link.

WEAR WHITE NEXT SUNDAYSunday, May 30, is Trinity Sunday.  Celebrate by wearing white.

 

 

The Community of St. Mark’s Classifieds

WANT TO SING AGAIN? People dying to sing again are encouraged to sign up for a Sunday beginning in June. Shy? Sign up with someone in your immediate circle (spouse, sibling, parent/youth, etc.) to share a mic with; four mics can be utilized per song. You can help to fill St. Mark’s with happy, shining voices once again – sign up today!

ONLINE GIVING is up and running!  St. Mark’s is now offering online giving services through ShelbyNext as an alternative to cash or check donations. You can still give through traditional methods, but you can also make one-time or recurring gifts online with a credit/debit card or electronic check, using your computer or smartphone. You’ll be able to pay your pledge, make donations to our Outreach programs, help with the Clergy Discretionary Fund, and even write in your own specific donation such as flowers, candle, Day of Change, etc. We will monitor online donations to ensure they are reflected on your contribution sheet. (We are asking for a $1 donation per transaction to help offset the processing fees charged by the bank; this amount is also included on your contribution sheet.)

THE SMARTPHONE GIVING PLATFORM IS SET UP AND READY! Text the word “give” to 937-932-1082, and it will take you through the steps to set up your account. This is really easy: you can donate to multiple funds and keep current on your pledge. Contact the office if you have questions.

COFFEE HOUR  (weather permitting) is held outdoors with precautions in place. Masks must be worn when not actively eating or drinking, and all safe physical distance protocols must be followed. A sign-up sheet is on the Narthex bulletin board: Coffee will be made, all we need is someone to setup, serve, and cleanup! Thanks to our weekly hosts.

SOCIAL MEDIA: If you are on social media, please help us get the word out about what’s happening at St. Mark’s.  NOTE: Our Facebook page is public, meaning anyone can view it.  What we need from you is for you to actually click the “LIKE” button–this affects the algorithm and keeps our posts in the public eye.  So please make sure you’ve LIKED us, comment, and share the posts.  Thanks!

EDUCATION FOR MINISTRY is taking names of interested people for the fall class of 2021. The EfM program covers Old Testament, New Testament, Christian Church History, and Theology & Ethics. It spans four years but participants commit to one year at a time. Please consider this opportunity to study with other Episcopalians from Dayton-area churches. For more information contact Deb Johns 765-277-6554, or Carol Nancarrow, Susan Kendall or Mary Sones.

 

 

Lesser Feasts and Fasts

RECOMMENDED FEAST DAY TO OBSERVETuesday, May 25 is the Feast of Bede the Venerable.  At the age of seven, Bede’s parents brought him to the nearby monastery at Jarrow (near Durham in northeast England) for his education. There, as he later wrote, “spending all the remaining time of my life. . . I wholly applied myself to the study of Scripture, and amidst the observance of regular discipline, and the daily care of singing in the church, I always took delight in learning, teaching, and writing.” Bede was ordained deacon at nineteen, and presbyter at thirty. He died on the eve of the Ascension while dictating a vernacular translation of the Gospel according to John. Bede was the greatest scholar of his time in the Western Church. He wrote commentaries on the Scriptures based on patristic interpretations. His treatise on chronology was standard for a long time. He also wrote on orthography, poetic meter, and especially on history. His most famous work, The Ecclesiastical History of England, written in Latin, remains the primary source for the period 597 to 731, when Anglo-Saxon culture developed and Christianity triumphed. In this work, Bede was clearly ahead of his time. Heavenly Father, you called your servant Bede, while still a child, to devote his life to your service in the disciplines of religion and scholarship: Grant that as he labored in the Spirit to bring the riches of your truth to his generation, so we, in our various vocations, may strive to make you known in all the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Amen.      (Holy Women, Holy Men)

 

 

Prayers for the Week of May 23:

FOR PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST. For those who have died; 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; 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, may they find rest and peace; For those serving in the Armed Forces; and for the safety of all American men and women serving in harm’s way around the world, and we remember all those serving at Wright-Patterson AFB.

 

For those in our prayer cycles: in the Anglican cycle of prayer, we pray for the Anglican Church of Melanesia;  in the Diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for St. Edward’s in Columbus, St. James in Piqua, and Trinity in Troy;  in our Parish cycle of prayer, we pray for Hayward Jones, Matt, Justine, Scott, and Robert Kelly, and Susan Kendall;  For those celebrating May birthdays: Tony Rubino (5/9), Deb Harvey (5/18), Lisa Darnell (5/19), Bridgette Bonifas (5/26)  For those celebrating wedding anniversaries: Howard and Ann Phillips (5/9);  For those on our parish prayer list: Carolyn, Howard, Ruby, George, the Darnell Family, Judy, Juanita, Rob, Carmen, Joanne, Mary, Vern; For those who suffer from illness, grief, or any other adversity: Albert (Butch) – Wayne Harper’s brother; Alexis – the Reuters’ niece; Amanda – friend of Megan Rubino; Ann –  friend of the Bertas; Bisi & Bitrus – friends of Joanne Stearns; Caiti  &  Madelyn – friends of Ann Phillips; Carl – friend of the Welches; Carol – friend of the Rubinos; Carrie & Stefani – Susan Kendall’s daughters; Cassie & Debbie – friends of the Tallmans; Chip – Jim Rudd’s step-mother; Chris & family – friends of the Reuters; Clara – Pat Tallman’s cousin; Danielle – Jenna Walch’s sister; David – Vern Hogden’s son; Debbie – friend of the Tallmans; Dwight – friend of the parish; Emily – Ann Phillips’ niece; Emma, Lowell, & the Burton Family – friends of Juanita Limes and the Darnells; Gary – Dave Reuter’s brother; Helen C – Wayne Harper’s mother in law; Jaime & Ryan – Linda Stagles’ daughter & son-in-law; James – Linda Stagles’ brother; Jane – friends of the Tallmans; 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; Mary – friend of the Wagners; Nanci – friend of the Larsens; 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’; Tonia – Juanita Limes’ daughter-in-law; Tony – Judy Rudd’s brother; Tracy – friend of the parish.

 

For faithful animal companions and those who care for them; For the mission work of this congregation: CARE House, Canterbury Court, St. Paul’s UMC Food Pantry, and for the non-profit groups who use our Community Building;  For our Diocesan Bishops: The Rt. Rev. Kenneth Price, the Rt. Rev. Nedi Rivera, and the Rt. Rev. Wendell Gibbs, and for the search process to call a new bishop; For our Presiding Bishop, The Most Rev. Michael Curry; For all postulants and candidates for holy orders in this Diocese: Patricia Rose, Hume Jamison, Jacob Cunliffe, Dan Carlson, Amy Cochran, Phoebe Myhrum, Brice Patterson, Mike Struble, Martha Camele, Maggie Gough, Brad Gough, Jason Davis, Catherine Duffy, Alane Osborne, Libbie Crawford, Gayland Trim.

 

 

PRAYER FOR THE CALL OF  A PROVISIONAL BISHOP

Almighty and everliving God, we pray to you for guidance as the Standing Committee selects a provisional bishop to lead the Diocese of Southern Ohio as it prepares to call a new bishop. We pray that we, as the body of Christ, may be bound together in love of your holy ways. Grant us all things necessary for our common life, and bring us all to be of one heart and mind within your Holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

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